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Let's Not Forget Martin Luther King Jr's Radical Legacy

On the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," much of Martin Luther King Jr's message is being missed by both politicians and pundits. "I have a dream" may be what is remembered most frequently, but Dr. King's legacy is much deeper than the marketing line suggests and it's one that includes some radical ideas.
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71 Percent of Americans Want Higher Pay, Not More Foreign Workers

71 Percent of Americans Want Higher Pay, Not More Foreign Workers
New polling shows that Americans are increasingly opposed to allowing an influx of foreign workers into the country while unemployment remains above seven percent. Unsurprisingly, they think that competitive wages might be the answer to the so-called skills gap.
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Repealing Sequester Would Create 900,000 New Jobs

Repealing Sequester Would Create 900,000 New Jobs
The Economic Policy Institute did some calculations last week and reported that “Repealing Sequestration Would Create 900,000 New Jobs in a Year.” What's worse is that the cuts aren't even saving the American public money.
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Dave Johnson
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$2.13 Per Hour Since 1991: Sub-Minimum Waiter Wage Creates Substandard Way of Life

$2.13 Per Hour Since 1991: Sub-Minimum Waiter Wage Creates Substandard Way of Life
Many of the jobs created post-Great Recession have been in low wage service occupations, and many of these jobs pay only $2.13 an hour. How is that possible? Employers with employees who collect tips are allowed to subsidize this portion of their overhead with the change that's left on a dirty table. It means an uncertain income for a profession filled with mostly women.
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Keystone Pipeline's Blip on the Job Radar: Some Jobs but Negligible Impact

Keystone Pipeline's Blip on the Job Radar: Some Jobs but Negligible Impact
President Obama has mischaracterized the exact number of jobs stemming from the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The resulting impact on the economy, however, is right on target with what both the President and State Department believe - that is, the job impact will have a negligible effect on unemployment.
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Reforming the Debate: Cities With Higher Immigration Rates Have Higher African-American Employment Numbers

Reforming the Debate: Cities With Higher Immigration Rates Have Higher African-American Employment Numbers
Woven into our national conversation on immigration reform are divisive arguments pitting immigrants against U.S. workers — including workers of color. These arguments aren't just unfounded — they run counter to the goal of helping all workers organize against wage suppression and exploitation. As union members and immigrants' rights activists, we think it's time to re-frame the discussion.
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Embracing Moral Mondays Seven Days a Week

Embracing Moral Mondays Seven Days a Week
The fight for the middle class is gaining steam in North Carolina and their weekly Moral Monday protests. What does it mean for a de-unionized Wisconsin and the rest of the country?
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Joanne Boyer
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CT Taxpayers Gave $51 Million to $20 Billion Company

CT Taxpayers Gave $51 Million to $20 Billion Company
Last summer, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced that Alexion Pharmaceuticals would become the fourth company to collect taxpayer subsidies (aka, Corporate Welfare) under his "First Five" economic development initiative. So what will happen to that money now that Alexion is in the process of being bought by a Swiss company?
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John Pelto
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One Million New Factory Jobs?

One Million New Factory Jobs?
The American Association of Manufacturers is calling on the President and Congress to make good on promises to boost manufacturing jobs in the United States, specifically the Administration's promise to create one million of those jobs by the end of Obama's tenure.
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Youth Jobs Act is Bernie Sanders' $1.5 Billion Immigration Silver Lining

Youth Jobs Act is Bernie Sanders' $1.5 Billion Immigration Silver Lining
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' Youth Jobs Act, included in the Senate's now-passed immigration bill, would provide $1.5 billion to state and local governments over the next two years to help find jobs for 400,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24.
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Chaz Bolte
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