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Back to the No Future: Wealth Bottoms Out to 1986 Levels for 90% of Americans

Back to the No Future: Wealth Bottoms Out to 1986 Levels for 90% of Americans
Just in case you need a reminder of how lopsided the economy has become, a new paper from economists at the London School of Economics and the University of California at Berkeley shows the bottom 90 percent of American families are no wealthier than they were in 1986. While the top one percent have seen their share of wealth steadily grow, the vast majority of Americans are making due with less.
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Secret Recording Reveals Staples Held Captive Audience Union-Busting Meeting

Secret Recording Reveals Staples Held Captive Audience Union-Busting Meeting
Last Monday, workers at an Atlanta-area Staples fulfillment center seeking to organize with the Teamsters union showed up to work wearing union buttons as a sign of solidarity. By the end of the week, they were being forced to attend a mandatory captive-audience meeting in which they were read the company’s anti-union script. The meeting was secretly recorded and has now made it to the Internet.
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MN Senate Approves Statewide Minimum Wage Boost

MN Senate Approves Statewide Minimum Wage Boost
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would boost the minimum wage in the state – to $9.50 an hour for employees in larger businesses, and to $7.75 for smaller ones. Though still not quite a living wage, it's at least a step in the right direction.
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VIDEO: Obama Reinforces That Women Deserve Equal Pay For Equal Work

VIDEO: Obama Reinforces That Women Deserve Equal Pay For Equal Work
President Obama highlights the importance of making sure our economy rewards the hard work of every American — including America's women. The President again calls for Congress to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work and increase the minimum wage to $10.10, which would give nearly 28 million Americans the raise they deserve. He underscores his belief that providing opportunity for working women and families is the right thing to do for our economy, because when women succeed, America succeeds.
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Super-Sized Settlement: 1,600 NYC McDonald’s Workers Will Receive $500,000 in Back Pay

Super-Sized Settlement: 1,600 NYC McDonald’s Workers Will Receive $500,000 in Back Pay
The Huffington Post reports that the state of New York has reached an agreement with the owner of seven Manhattan McDonald’s locations that will result in 1,600 current and former employees receiving a combined $500,000 in back pay. An investigation by the Labor Bureau found that workers were not properly compensated for uniform costs, did not receive overtime for shifts lasting more than 10 hours, and were routinely forced to perform duties off the clock.
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KY Dems Defeat Latest Round of GOP Efforts to Gut Prevailing Wages and Institute Right-to-Work Laws

KY Dems Defeat Latest Round of GOP Efforts to Gut Prevailing Wages and Institute Right-to-Work Laws
A committee in the Democratic-majority Kentucky House of Representatives voted down Republican proposals to make Kentucky a right-to-work state and to exempt school construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage laws.
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Fight for Minimum Wage Increase Moves from State Capitol to McDonalds

Fight for Minimum Wage Increase Moves from State Capitol to McDonalds
Colorado workers are gathering at the Capitol at noon today, calling on the state legislature to ask Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Then the workers are heading a few blocks away to continue their rally at, appropriately, a McDonald’s. No doubt, some state lawmakers will flatly oppose an increase of the minimum wage, which is $8 an hour in Colorado — higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 hourly.
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One J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

One J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half
Sheryl Swingley has been the journalism internship coordinator at Ball State University for more than 20 years, where she also teaches journalism. ProPublica sat down to talk with her about paid and unpaid internships, the kind of advice she offers students and trends at Ball State – where she says students’ paid summer internships have dropped by nearly half.
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Wage-Old Truth: Increasing Pay Doesn’t Decrease Job Growth

Wage-Old Truth: Increasing Pay Doesn’t Decrease Job Growth
New studies are lending support to the idea that an increase in the minimum wage, tacked to keep pace with inflation, does not bring stagnation to local economies. In fact, higher wages coincide with less worker turnover, higher productivity, and higher levels of job satisfaction.
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Austin City Council Passes Landmark Wage Requirements for Development Incentives

Austin City Council Passes Landmark Wage Requirements for Development Incentives
Last week, the Austin City Council voted 6-1 to require that construction workers be paid the prevailing wage by companies who seek economic development incentives from the city. Austin is now the second and largest city in Texas to have such requirements.
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