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Groundbreaking Study on Domestic Workers Finds Widespread Mistreatment and Systemic Low Pay

Groundbreaking Study on Domestic Workers Finds Widespread Mistreatment and Systemic Low Pay
Domestic workers, such as caregivers and nannies, make all forms of other work possible and play an increasingly significant role in the U.S. economy. However, a new national study found, on average, domestic workers earn little more than minimum wage and few receive benefits like Social Security, health insurance or paid sick days.
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Lame-Duck Session of Congress: Myths and Facts

In the recently convened “lame-duck” session of Congress, senators and representatives will take on a number of issues that could have major consequences for working families and retirees. Congress is considering benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare and members are looking at cutting taxes for the wealthy even further.
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‘Fix the Debt’ CEOs Sit on Massive Retirement Funds While Pushing for Cuts

A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies shows that the CEOs who make up the “Fix the Debt” campaign sit on massive retirement funds of their own while calling for the retirement programs that working families rely on to be cut as part of a deficit-reduction package. Furthermore, those same CEOs have been shortchanging pension funds for working families at the corporations they run.
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AFL-CIO president to Lame Duck Congress: Fair Taxes, No Cuts

After a hard-fought and divisive election year, it’s time to rebuild America’s middle class — but to do it we need to make sure the lessons from this campaign stick.
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Six Steps to Protect Your Vote

As unpatriotic as it sounds, some people would deny American citizens the right to vote, even those who are fully entitled to cast their ballot. The only way to make sure to avoid being the victim of such tactics is to know what your rights are and know who to talk to if you have a problem.
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Know Your Rights: State By State Laws on Employee Time Off to Vote

Federal law does not require that employers allow their workers time off to vote, but the majority of states have at least some level of protection for employees who want to leave work to engage in their civic duty. The specifics vary by state, but in each state, the rules apply to almost every type of workplace.
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Romney Assails Teachers Union Contributions While Raking in Wall Street Cash

Mitt Romney went to NBC’s Education Nation Summit Tuesday to deliver his usual set of already-failed ideas on the subject: dump kids in giant classes to learn a curriculum entirely centered around standardized testing and taught by teachers paid according to said standardized test scores. But beyond his ideas about what should go on in the schools, he offered another classic for thee but not for me theory about how the political process should work:
“I don’t mean to be terribly partisan, but I kind of am,” he followed up, to laughs from the audience, before calling the donations from teachers’ unions to Democratic politicians an “extraordinary conflict of interest” because those politicians are then supposed to stand up to the unions and for students in negotiations.
Mitt Romney has gotten giant contributions from the financial sector and he’s running for president vowing to repeal Wall Street reform. Romney’s entire campaign is about his promise to govern on behalf of his biggest donors and assorted other rich people like himself.
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Republican Platform: Road Map to Dismantle Workers’ Rights

The basic message of the Republican platform on labor issues is this: Rights are there to be taken from workers and given to the 1 percent.
Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times says the Republican platform “calls for numerous steps that could significantly weaken America’s labor unions.”
Just what does the platform say about workers’ rights, unions, job safety, wages and more?
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Hey Paul Ryan, Your Budget Doesn’t Work for Families

I think everyone here comes together around the Ryan budget, which makes cuts to programs that have worked as safety nets for years. Cutting Medicare hurts seniors. It cuts Pell grants for college students. Repealing the Affordable Care Act makes cuts to all the programs in place that are helping women now. A million women in Missouri are now be helped by no-costs mammograms, cervical screenings, and pre-natal visits.
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What Workers Really Fear on the Job

Some 40 percent of America’s workers say they fear their benefits will be reduced in the near future, according to Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll released today. That compares with 28 percent who are afraid their wages will be cut back and 28 percent who fear they will be laid off, a percentage that’s still high compared with pre-recession levels. (Click on chart to enlarge.) In addition, 26 percent fear their hours will be cut back.
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