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Expose Yourself! (To Benzene and Other Toxic Chemicals at Fracking Sites)

Expose Yourself! (To Benzene and Other Toxic Chemicals at Fracking Sites)
A growing body of research suggests that not only does the fracking industry create fewer jobs than promised, the jobs that are created come with serious dangers for the workers who take them.
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A Win for the Little Guy: Market Basket Workers, Customers Rebuff Corporate Takeover

Rogue owners took control of Market Basket supermarkets in New England because the former CEO treated his workers too fairly. They wanted to squeeze every little dime out of it. Workers and customers alike were having none of it.
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OSHA...SMH: 115 Inspectors Assigned to NY's 592,148 Workplaces

OSHA...SMH: 115 Inspectors Assigned to NY's 592,148 Workplaces
A new report from Public Citizen shows that New York lost $10.9 billion between 2010 and 2012 due to occupational injuries. An even more alarming figure is OSHA’s budget for fiscal year 2012: $583 million, or $4 for each U.S. worker. Underfunding saddles OSHA with a nearly impossible task. There are 115 inspectors assigned to New York’s 592,148 workplaces.
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Debunked: Myth that Increasing Minimum Wage Hurts Business

Debunked: Myth that Increasing Minimum Wage Hurts Business
Sam Seder talks with a listener to debunk more of the anti-minimum wage increase myths floating around right-wing circles.
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California Legislative Session: Raises Minimum Wage, Axes Corporate Tax Breaks, Passes Immigrant Protection

California Legislative Session: Raises Minimum Wage, Axes Corporate Tax Breaks, Passes Immigrant Protection
It's easy to be pessimistic about the future these days. Tea Party extremists threatened to push our federal government into default. In a host of states, anti-worker governors are hell-bent on gutting workers' rights while giving more power to corporate special interests. But in California, a decidedly different story is playing out. The end of the legislative session here brought huge gains to workers and their families that boost our state's economy and bolster the middle class.
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Steve Smith
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Walmart Workers Protest Outside Company Heir's Multi-Million Dollar Car Racing Event

Walmart Workers Protest Outside Company Heir's Multi-Million Dollar Car Racing Event
Over the weekend, Salinas Valley community supporters joined Walmart workers at a demonstration in front of the Laguna Seca Raceway in California during the annual Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The demonstration took place while Walmart Board Chair, and heir to the Walton family fortune, Rob Walton raced two of his multimillion dollar race cars worth more than $16 million.
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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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Wage War: New Charts Explain Why Americans Are So Broke

Charts provided by the website Visualizing Economics supply a visual answer to the question, "What happened to Wages?"
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Costco CEO Supports Raising Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour

Costco CEO Supports Raising Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour
Costco CEO Craig Jelinek has joined the push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by saying he supports the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would not only raise the current wage from $7.25, but would index the wage to inflation and raise wages for tipped employees, too.
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Workers Want Unions But Employers Thwart Organizing

Workers Want Unions But Employers Thwart Organizing
Last March, 18 bakers at a Panera Bread franchise in southwest Michigan voted to join a labor union.  Now, nearly a year later, they are still waiting for their employer, Bread of Life, to recognize their bargaining unit.
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