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Belabored Podcast #59: Labor Rights as Civil Rights, with Moshe Marvit

TCF fellow, Moshe Marvit talks about labor rights as civil rights, in an interview for Dissent Magazine.

Unionization has always been about labor rights—but is the right to form a union also a civil right? How might the politics and culture of organized labor change if society saw unionization not simply as an exercise of collective power in the workplace, but as an individual entitlement, part of one’s economic citizenship? We explore this question with Moshe Marvit, a Century Foundation fellow who recently helped turn the idea into legislation now pending in Congress. We also discuss minority unionism, technology and labor exploitation, and how our concepts of labor rights are evolving in response to economic shifts and intensifying legal attacks on the labor movement.

Listen to the entire podcast here.

Tags: unions, unionization, union rights, labor rights, labor organizing as a civil right, labor organizations, labor movement, civil rights

Could a Carbon Tax Cut Down on Corporate Inversions?

TCF fellow, Edward D. Kleinbard has been quoted in an article about corporate tax inversions on Triple Pundit.

 Marc Hafstead of the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, along with Lawrence Goulder of Stanford University, have come up with an idea that could potentially address two important problems in one broad policy action. The first, which is where they’ll likely began, is the problem of corporate inversions. No, that’s not corporations standing on their heads; it’s when they buy another company in a country with a lower tax rate so that they can begin paying taxes there instead of here in the U.S., where they receive the most government services. The other problem is climate change.

The two did an analysis of the gross domestic product (GDP) impact of a revenue-neutral carbon tax, under three scenarios. In the first scenario, revenues are returned directly to Americans in a lump sum. The second uses the revenue to pay for tax cuts on individuals, while the third did the same, except that the tax cuts would go to corporations.

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Tags: tax inversions, corporate taxes, corporate tax, corporate profit, carbon tax

The New Volkswagen Model: Minority Unionism

TCF fellow, Moshe Marvit writes about United Auto Workers "minority union" at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, in a piece for In These Times.

When the workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted in February on whether to unionize, the stakes were high. A victory would create a foothold for labor in the elusive South, while a defeat could be interpreted as a sign of the labor movement’s inexorable decline.

The vote went against the union—712 to 626—and labor was left to figure out its next move. Under U.S. labor law, another vote cannot be held for a year.

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Tags: volkswagen, united auto workers, unions, union movement, labor unions, labor protest, labor movement

Daily Kos has published a piece about TCF fellow, Edward D. Kleinbard's work on U.S. corporate taxes.

I couldn't help the "EXPOSED" start to the headline because, actually, this is no surprise. Citizens for Tax Justice has been making this case for a very long time (including here, just as one example). But, here's another piece of evidence to try to undo that hard-wired, decades-long rhetorical nonsense about corporate taxes being too high in the U.S.

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Tags: taxes, tax inversions, corporate taxes, corporate tax, corporate profit

Don’t Believe the Crocodile Tears Over High Corporate Tax Rates

Mother Jones has published a piece about TCF fellow, Edward D. Kleinbard's work on U.S. corporate taxes.

The US corporate tax code is inefficient, distortive, and staggeringly complex. Almost no one defends it on those grounds. But US multinational corporations, who have recently been engaged in a wave of tax inversions, have a different complaint: our tax rates are just flatly too high. They make American corporations uncompetitive compared to their foreign peers, and that's why they're being forced to relocate their headquarters to other countries with lower tax rates.

Edward D. Kleinbard, a professor at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California and a former chief of staff to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, says this is nonsense. Firms that are entirely (or almost entirely) domestic do indeed pay high corporate taxes.

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Tags: taxes, tax system, tax inversions, corporate taxes, corporate tax, corporate profit

New Study Debunks Big Corporations’ Argument About Taxes

The Huffington Post has published a piece about TCF fellow, Edward D. Kleinbard's work on U.S. corporate taxes.

Not long ago, the top executive at a large American drug company said that her company would be planting its corporate flag in the Netherlands, because the U.S. tax code is just so darn unfair.

Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, told a New York Times columnist that her bid to acquire a smaller Dutch company and move ownership abroad through a controversial tactic known as an inversion was forced by Congress, which has refused to lower corporate tax rates and make U.S. businesses "more competitive."

As a patriot, she resisted until it was clear she had no other choice, she said

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Tags: taxes, tax system, tax reform, tax inversions, corporate taxes, corporate tax, corporate profit


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