Benefits

A Moral And Economic Imperative to Extend Unemployment Benefits

A Moral And Economic Imperative to Extend Unemployment Benefits
Federal unemployment assistance for 1.3 million people who have been unemployed longer than 26 weeks expired last Saturday, after Republicans blocked efforts to extend them. 3.6 million more people will lose these benefits over this year. Restoring these benefits is a moral, economic and political imperative.
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Movement Toward Universal Paid Family Leave Gains Strength

Movement Toward Universal Paid Family Leave Gains Strength
The Family and Medical Leave Act helps protect families from making the choice between their families or their jobs in times of crisis, but still does not mandate paid sick leave when a person takes time off due to illness. The movement toward universal paid family leave is gaining strength, however, and would alleviate many of the burdens a critical illness can cause.
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Don't Bet with Our Health: MGM Casino Workers to Keep Benefits

Don't Bet with Our Health: MGM Casino Workers to Keep Benefits
Union workers at Las Vegas Strip casinos owned by MGM Resorts International have overwhelmingly approved a contract that preserves health benefits and aims to bring back workers laid off when restaurants closed during the recession.
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Cut Social Security to Destroy the Recovery

Cut Social Security to Destroy the Recovery
President Obama picked the very day that new job creation collapsed to propose a deflationary budget deal featuring cuts in Social Security and Medicare. This is perverse economics and worse politics, on several grounds.
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Has NPR Joined the Crusade Against Social Security and Medicare?

Has NPR Joined the Crusade Against Social Security and Medicare?
The most striking feature of the U.S. economy over the last three decades has been the upward redistribution of income. The top 1.0 percent of households has managed to pocket the vast majority of gains over this period. That is a sharp contrast with the three decad
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With 75 Republicans Signing A Legal Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage, Will Obama Do the Same?

With 75 Republicans Signing A Legal Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage, Will Obama Do the Same?
At least 75 top Republicans have signed a legal brief to be submitted to the Supreme Court this week, arguing that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the document.
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Across the Nation, Working Families Say Stop Sequestration

Across the Nation, Working Families Say Stop Sequestration
Detroit’s below freezing temperatures and gray winter skies didn’t deter a group of union and community activists from gathering downtown in front a Chase Bank to build support to ensure that corporate special interests like Chase pay their fair share in taxes.
The morning action was just one of more than 100 events in a national day of action urging Congress to avert the $85 billion in arbitrary, across-the-board sequestration cuts in everything from mental health servic
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Rich Are Getting Richer and It’s Hurting Social Security’s Finances

Rich Are Getting Richer and It’s Hurting Social Security’s Finances
The unprecedented upward distribution of income to the already rich over the past three decades has caused a conundrum for Social Security’s finances.
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Workers Soundly Reject Social Security Benefit Cuts

Workers Soundly Reject Social Security Benefit Cuts
A new poll from the National Academy of Social Insurance shows a large majority, 64 percent, think the cost-of-living adjustment should be increased to better protect seniors and other beneficiaries from inflation and rising prices of food, utilities and other necessities.
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Oh Great, More CEOs Telling Us We Need to Cut Social Security and Medicare

Oh Great, More CEOs Telling Us We Need to Cut Social Security and Medicare
Someone needs to tell these CEOs 8.9 percent of American seniors already live in poverty, while 5.4 percent are on the edge. The average Social Security recipient collects $1,164 per month.
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