Las Vegas, NV — This week, leaders and members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) visited the Reno and Las Vegas offices of Senator Dean Heller to personally deliver a letter from the members of the union calling for the passage of the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2884). The legislation, due to be voted on in the Senate shortly, is designed to curb jobs outsourcing by eliminating the tax deduction U.S. companies receive for moving expenses and rewarding businesses that bring jobs back to the U.S. with a tax credit.
According to the AFL-CIO, nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last decade and over 50,000 manufacturing facilities have been shuttered in the same timeframe.
“The tax code currently allows companies moving operations overseas to deduct their moving expenses – and reduce their taxes in the Unites States as a result,” said IUPAT General President James Williams in the letter to Senator Heller. “We give tax breaks for companies that offshore jobs while millions of families in the United States struggle to find work. By supporting the Bring Jobs Home Act, you can take a good first step toward a more comprehensive plan to stop incentives for off-shoring, re-orient our economic policies to make the economy work for working people and reform our dangerously lopsided tax policies.”
Union members and leaders throughout the United States are a part of the AFL-CIO Bring Jobs Home Campaignwhich launched in late June. Since then, events calling on leaders to pass this act and other legislation, such as the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (if passed, it would bar companies that send call center jobs overseas from receiving federal grants and tax breaks), have been happening all over the United States in the hopes of getting America back to work.