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New York Times Issues Strong Rebuke of 'Skills Gap' Theory, Calls It 'Corporate Fiction'

New York Times Issues Strong Rebuke of 'Skills Gap' Theory, Calls It 'Corporate Fiction'
New numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that there were 3.8 million job openings in April of 2013. Yet, the unemployment rate was at 7.5 percent that same month. This disparity is often attributed to a “skills gap,” something which suggests companies are hiring but American workers are not qualified for the open positions. The New York Times, however, isn’t so sure.
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High-Tech Sector's Low-Wage Strategy is a Poor Immigration Solution

High-Tech Sector's Low-Wage Strategy is a Poor Immigration Solution
When Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook and the other big-time cyber giants say they need to import more foreign high-tech workers — and then put on a full-scale lobbying assault to up the number of H-1B visas allowed in the immigration reform bill now under consideration — what are they really after?
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First Quarter Worker Compensation Posts Biggest Drop Since 1947 Despite 3.5 Percent Productivity Increase

First Quarter Worker Compensation Posts Biggest Drop Since 1947 Despite 3.5 Percent Productivity Increase
U.S. worker compensation posted its biggest drop since 1947 during the last quarter. The year 1947 is when the Labor Department began tracking the statistic. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data today showing a 3.8 percent drop in the first quarter.
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Cantor Works Overtime to Give Away Workers' Time and Money

Cantor Works Overtime to Give Away Workers' Time and Money
A crude deceit is at the very heart of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's “Working Families Flexibility Act,” which the Virginia Republican recently slid through the House. It eliminates a central piece of America’s middle-class framework: the eight-hour workday and 40-hour week. Under the 1938 Fair Labor Law, bosses can make hourly employees work extra, but only by paying an overtime wage for the added hours. Cantor's plan takes that away.
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REPORT: A Whopping 84% of NYC Fast Food Workers Have Experienced Wage Theft

REPORT: A Whopping 84% of NYC Fast Food Workers Have Experienced Wage Theft
A staggering new statistic does much to explain why fast food workers are striking from New York to Milwaukee. According to Fast Food Forward, 84% of fast food workers surveyed report having experienced wage theft at least once. For delivery workers, the number is an incredulous 100 percent.
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OUR Walmart's 'Ride for Respect' to Descend on Walmart Shareholders' Meeting, June 7th

OUR Walmart's 'Ride for Respect' to Descend on Walmart Shareholders' Meeting, June 7th
“Ride for Respect,” the demonstration at Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be modeled on civil rights volunteers who rode buses into the South in the 1960s to protest Jim Crow racial injustice.
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Abusing Independent Contractors: KY Business Ordered to Pay Millions in Back Pay

Abusing Independent Contractors: KY Business Ordered to Pay Millions in Back Pay
Kentucky-based cable installer Bowlin Group, LLC has been ordered to pay $1,075,000 in back wages and damages to 196 employees after the Department of Labor (DOL) obtained a consent judgement from a federal court.
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The Corporate Betrayal of America

The Corporate Betrayal of America
Multinational corporations have built their businesses on the backs of American taxpayers. Yet they've turned around and mocked us with declining tax payments, low wages and dwindling retirement support.
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Attention Big Mac Customers: NYC Workers Demand $15 Wage and Union Rights

Attention Big Mac Customers: NYC Workers Demand $15 Wage and Union Rights
Over 400 food workers at more than 50 fast food locations in New York City went on a surprise strike Thursday demanding higher wages and the ability to unionize without retaliation. Wages of $15 an hour are being sought. Workers are being assisted in their organizing by Fast Food Forward, a campaign created by New York Communities for Change. Workers’ desire to organize has been met with retaliation and even termination. In late November, New York workers staged their first strike, but now many workers who were afraid to take action at the time appear willing to join.
This is the second action of its kind by fast food workers in the city, but this effort appears to feature much larger numbers and may cause store closures.
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Attempt to Curtail Wages, Overtime Pay Thwarted by 200 Protesters in NV

Attempt to Curtail Wages, Overtime Pay Thwarted by 200 Protesters in NV
Over 200 union workers stood outside the Nevada legislature in protest as the Nevada Assembly Government Affairs Committee debated a proposed law that would make drastic changes to the state’s prevailing wage standards.
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