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Patt Morrison for April 30, 2012




American Airlines and American Eagle employees rally in front of the  U.S. Bankruptcy Court to protest against American's plans to cut jobs and labor costs while under bankruptcy court protection on April 23, 2012 in New York City.
American Airlines and American Eagle employees rally in front of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to protest against American's plans to cut jobs and labor costs while under bankruptcy court protection on April 23, 2012 in New York City.
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It's not just individual billionaires ducking taxes. Corporations like Apple save millions through tax loopholes, too - should more of those millions be in the pockets of states like California? Plus, American Airlines has already tried to cancel its pension plan for 130,000 workers, and now it wants to pull the plug on its union contracts. Do unions have any future in this scaled-down, screwed up economy? And will Californians vote to tack a dollar tax onto a pack of cigarettes for cancer research? The tobacco industry is campaigning hard to make this about high taxes – are you buying? Next time at one o’clock.