Worker Power Update
Supporting a More Equitable and Fair Tax Code for Union Workers
Last week, Shannon Opfer, President of CWA Local 2107, participated in a press conference organized by Congressmen Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) to announce the introduction of the Tax Fairness for Workers Act. The bill would allow workers to get a tax deduction for their work expenses and union dues. This deduction was eliminated under Donald Trump’s 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which gave tax cuts to large corporations and made it easier for them to send jobs overseas.
“This legislation would ensure that our tax code is not solely working on behalf of the rich, but that it prioritizes working families and supports workers who have made the choice to join a union. For far too long, our tax code has prioritized tax cuts for large corporations at the expense of workers. Corporations are able to write off the expenses they incur in intimidating, browbeating, and even threatening workers to try and prevent them from unionizing,” said Opfer who spoke in support of the legislation at the press conference. Previously, Opfer, who also serves as the CWA Maryland State Council, helped a successful push for similar legislation in the state of Maryland.
CWA Local 2017 President Shannon Opfur spoke at a press conference in support of the Tax Fairness for Workers Act.
CWA District 2-13 Members Build Broadband Better
CWA District 2-13 leaders in Maryland met with key governmental officials from the Office of Housing and Community Development and the Office of Statewide Broadband for Maryland in mid-July to discuss the plan to build out high-speed, reliable internet for the state of Maryland.