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Clintons' Corporate 'Aid' is Stealing Garment Workers' Wages in Haiti

Haiti's Caracol Industrial Park—the U.S. State Department and Clinton Foundation pet project to deliver aid and reconstruction to earthquake-ravaged Haiti in the form of private investment—is systematically stealing its garment workers' wages, paying them 34 percent less than minimum wage set by federal law, a breaking report from the Worker Rights Consortium reveals.
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$664,000 Misclassification Decision Levied on Unscrupulous Sacramento Landscaper

$664,000 Misclassification Decision Levied on Unscrupulous Sacramento Landscaper
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has announced that Sacramento-based Green Valley Landscaping must pay $664,000 in back wages and fines to 43 workers. The investigation, launched in May of 2012, discovered that Green Valley had 43 workers despite claiming only 10 on its payroll records.
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CA 'Charter Cities' Undercut Prevailing Wage Laws in Race to the Bottom

CA 'Charter Cities' Undercut Prevailing Wage Laws in Race to the Bottom
In a recent op-ed for the Modesto Bee, Mark Breslin, CEO of San Francisco-based United Contractors, explains why he favors California’s SB7, a bill which would make charter cities eligible for public funds if they would only follow prevailing wage guidelines.
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Wave of Resilience, Solidarity as Workers Talk Strike Across the Nation

Wave of Resilience, Solidarity as Workers Talk Strike Across the Nation
A wave of strikes - either in progress, or soon to develop - have occurred across the United States. Workers have been demanding a renewal of contracts, or better benefits, in an age of cheap employment and increased disparity.
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Bawling on a Budget: McDonald’s Suggested Employee Spending Plan Highlights Need for Minimum Wage Boost

Bawling on a Budget: McDonald’s Suggested Employee Spending Plan Highlights Need for Minimum Wage Boost
In a delicious turn of terrible-for-us events, a website created by McDonald’s to help its employees create a monthly budget may have just become the prime example of how difficult it is to live off a minimum wage paycheck. Step #1: Get a second full-time minimum wage job. Seriously.
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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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Fee'd Me: NY AG to Investigate Use of 'Payroll Cards' that Depress Already Low Take-Home Pay

Fee'd Me: NY AG to Investigate Use of 'Payroll Cards' that Depress Already Low Take-Home Pay
Some of the companies being probed say they provide this service as an option for workers without a bank account. But recent complaints filed with the NY AG's office indicate that workers fear retaliation if they opt out.
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Chaz Bolte
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Ms. Classification: Former Lady Gaga Assistant Suing for $380,000 of Unpaid Overtime

Ms. Classification: Former Lady Gaga Assistant Suing for $380,000 of Unpaid Overtime
A former assistant to singer Lady Gaga is taking her former employer to court for unpaid overtime after being forced to be “on call” for 24 hours a day. Gaga's response? She's a "rat who is suing me for money she didn’t earn."
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Raising the Minimum Wage Isn’t 'a Job Killer.' It’s 'a Life Saver.'

Raising the Minimum Wage Isn’t 'a Job Killer.'  It’s 'a Life Saver.'
A new study by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) finds that if the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour it would be enough to pull nearly six million Americans out of poverty.
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US Faces Multi-Trillion Dollar Retirement Deficit, Median Savings Account Holds Just $3,000

US Faces Multi-Trillion Dollar Retirement Deficit, Median Savings Account Holds Just $3,000
A new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security concludes that the United States faces a staggering retirement savings deficit. America’s families are between $6.8 trillion and $14 trillion short of recommended retirement savings targets, it says, according to financial services firms.
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Kenneth Quinnell
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