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Stimulating Visual: The Stimulus' Impact Is Easy to See

Stimulating Visual: The Stimulus' Impact Is Easy to See
Did the “stimulus” work? Republicans claim it was a failure, a waste of money, and was the reason the deficit soared. However, an updated version of familiar graph clearly shows the benefits of the much-derided stimulus package.
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Movement Toward Universal Paid Family Leave Gains Strength

Movement Toward Universal Paid Family Leave Gains Strength
The Family and Medical Leave Act helps protect families from making the choice between their families or their jobs in times of crisis, but still does not mandate paid sick leave when a person takes time off due to illness. The movement toward universal paid family leave is gaining strength, however, and would alleviate many of the burdens a critical illness can cause.
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New Study: America's 'Exceptional' Economic Mobility Is Actually Just Exceptionally Bad

New Study: America's 'Exceptional' Economic Mobility Is Actually Just Exceptionally Bad
With more news of strikes in the fast food industry and concerns about low wages in other retail industries, economic inequality continues to emerge as a growing issue heading into 2014. According to results of a new study, there's good reason for concern: Among developed countries, only in Italy and the UK is there less economic mobility than in the U.S.
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One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains

One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains
The President’s speech last week on inequality avoided the “R” word. No politician wants to mention “redistribution” because it conjures up images of worthy “makers” forced to hand over hard-earned income to undeserving “takers.” The number of losers is growing so quickly, and so much of the economy's winnings are going to a small group at the top — since the recovery began, 95 percent of the gains have gone to the richest 1% — that some direct redistribution of the gains is necessary.
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Robert Reich
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One Year Later, Impact of 'Right-to-Work' on MI’s Private Sector Unions Is Minimal

One Year Later, Impact of 'Right-to-Work' on MI’s Private Sector Unions Is Minimal
For Michigan unions, the one year anniversary of the implementation of “Right-to-Work” is fast approaching, yet for many shops the effects have been minimal. The new recruiting methods have allowed some unions to bring in younger workers, most of whom are happy to enter the union, to replace outgoing retirees.
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As Workers Suffer, Conservative House Manufactures Budget Crisis

As Workers Suffer, Conservative House Manufactures Budget Crisis
Over 21 million people are in need of full-time work. Wages are stagnant. The too-big-to-fail banks are bigger and more concentrated than ever. The wealthiest Americans have captured virtually all of the rewards of growth, while most Americans have yet to experience any recovery. Now the Republican Party in the Congress is concocting another manufactured budget crisis.
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No Such Thing as Free: What Global Trade Agreements Teach Us About Putting Americans to Work

No Such Thing as Free: What Global Trade Agreements Teach Us About Putting Americans to Work
As the Trans-Pacific Partnership gets rammed through Congress, greased by backroom dealings, promises of jobs, jobs, jobs are being proffered exponentially. However, the U.S. has a long history of global trade deals and the evidence of job growth isn't exactly promising. So what do NAFTA and deals with China and Korea have to teach us about TPP's promises?
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'The System Is Rigged' and 11 Other Great Quotes from Elizabeth Warren

'The System Is Rigged' and 11 Other Great Quotes from Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will be one of the keynote speakers at the AFL-CIO 2013 National Convention in Los Angeles from Sept. 8–11. Here are 12 key quotes from her that show why she is a champion of the 99%.
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Ahead of 2014 Races, Voters Worried Congress Too Focused on Syria and Not Jobs

Ahead of 2014 Races, Voters Worried Congress Too Focused on Syria and Not Jobs
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor had intended to use an appearance at a Labor Day picnic to tout his record on worker's rights issues such as the minimum wage as he faces a 14-month battle to keep his seat in Arkansas. But as the two-term Democratic senator moved from table to table at a fairgrounds hall, he also quizzed constituents about whether Congress should authorize military action against Syria.
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Andrew DeMillo
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(Executive) Order Up! What President Can Do to Help Low Wage Federal Contractors

(Executive) Order Up! What President Can Do to Help Low Wage Federal Contractors
These days, when I say “federal contractor,” you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we’re talking about here. The workers who would benefit from an executive order clean federal buildings, sell food, sew uniforms for the armed services, provide security services, and so on. They’re members of the low-wage work force.
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Jared Bernstein
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