Los Angeles City Workers Vote to STRIKE

Los Angeles City Workers Vote to STRIKE

Los Angeles city workers from SEIU Local 721 have voted to strike as part of their efforts to fix LA. With the support of the Fix LA Coalition, they are taking a stand to restore the vital city services and the thousands of middle class jobs that were slashed after Wall Street crashed the economy. Workers and community activists are also demanding that the City reduce the $300 million it sends to big banks each year and use the savings to pay for the crossing guards, trash removal, street cleaning, and tree trimming services that make Los Angeles clean and safe for its residents. Lastly, city employees joined the nationwide movement to call for a $15 minimum wage for all workers in Los Angeles. Read more in the Los Angeles...
Denver Classroom Teachers Association Fights Toxic Swaps

Denver Classroom Teachers Association Fights Toxic Swaps

In Denver last month, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association held a training with 200 members to educate teachers about the role that toxic swaps had played in draining hundreds of millions out of the district budget. Denver Public Schools was trapped in some of the most egregious predatory financial deals in the country and had to pay huge termination penalties to get out. One of the former school board members who voted to approve the deals in 2008 has now come forth as a whistleblower, demanding that the SEC investigate the...
Exposing Wall Street’s Predatory Behavior in Wisconsin

Exposing Wall Street’s Predatory Behavior in Wisconsin

The Refund America Project is working to expose Wall Street’s predatory behavior in Wisconsin, where public officials are pushing for austerity cuts on vital infrastructure such as public education. In its compelling report, RAP lays out a clear choice for Wisconsin’s elected representatives: “disinvest in education and other vital services, which hurts ordinary working people; or hold Wall Street accountable for its destructive effect on our economy and take action to get taxpayer money back from...
Fix LA Fighting For What Los Angeles Deserves

Fix LA Fighting For What Los Angeles Deserves

In Los Angeles, city workers and community allies from the Fix LA Coalition have been mobilizing to call on the Mayor to reverse cuts to vital city services that have left piles of garbage, unfilled potholes, and sewage overflows in the streets and compromised the health and safety of LA residents. The Fix LA Coalition has questioned why public officials siphon nearly $300 million to Wall Street each year but refuse to adequately maintain the City. At the same, United Teachers of Los Angeles are boycotting faculty meetings and rallying to secure “Schools That LA Students Deserve” with lower class sizes, early childhood education funding, restorative justice, and fair pay for...
Refund America Project’s Financial Plan for Chicago

Refund America Project’s Financial Plan for Chicago

In Chicago, a coalition of labor and community groups is countering the narrative that the City is broke and needs to cut public services and government pensions. They are rallying support for a financial plan for Chicago that puts communities first by seeking revenue solutions from the city’s wealthiest residents and corporations. The plan, released by the Refund America Project (RAP), also calls on city leaders to recover millions of dollars in losses from unjust, complex financial deals and drastically reduce fees paid to Wall Street each...