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Unemployment Drops to New Four-Year Low of 7.5%

Unemployment Drops to New Four-Year Low of 7.5%
U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than the government first estimated. The job increases helped reduce the unemployment rate from 7.6 percent to a four-year low of 7.5 percent.
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Five Cartoons About Cheap Clothing and Bangladeshi Deaths

Five Cartoons About Cheap Clothing and Bangladeshi Deaths
We all enjoy the cheap prices we play for stuff here in the U.S., while remaining completley oblivious to where they are produced and by whom. You probably even read about the factory collapse and fire of five clothing factories in Bangladesh on your sweatshop-produced iPhones.
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Don't Forget Don 'Wetbacks' Young's Offensive Anti-Immigrant Votes

Don't Forget Don 'Wetbacks' Young's Offensive Anti-Immigrant Votes
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) set off a media firestorm for his use of the offensive term “wetbacks” to describe immigrant workers. He has since apologized and said that he supports immigration reform.
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NY Contractors Charged with Grand Larceny, Labor Violations and Falsifying Records

NY Contractors Charged with Grand Larceny, Labor Violations and Falsifying Records
The owners of R3 Electrical were in Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday being charged with two counts of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of state labor law violations and 20 counts each of falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing.
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Wages at Financial Institutions Continue to Grow, Even as Wages Everywhere Else Stagnate

Wages at Financial Institutions Continue to Grow, Even as Wages Everywhere Else Stagnate
Wages used to go up as productivity went up, but in the 1970s they decoupled. Productivity kept going up but wages stagnated.
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40% of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage

40% of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage
The average American’s living standard would be much, much higher today if wages had not decoupled from productivity gains – with the gains all going to the 1 percent instead of being shared by workers. If wages had kept pace we wouldn’t feel the terrible squeeze that everyone in the middle class is feeling.
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Rick Perry's Job Poaching Presentation Falls Flat in CA

Rick Perry's Job Poaching Presentation Falls Flat in CA
Rick Perry's job-poachin' trip to California didn't sit well with the locals, especially when he tried to steal companies away from their local communities. In Oxnard, Perry met with Haas Automotive, located in Ventura County. The company is planning an expansion, and is flirting with leaving California rather than expand on land adjacent to their current headquarters.
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The Minimum Wage Would Be $21.72 an Hour if it Rose with Productivity Since 1968

The Minimum Wage Would Be $21.72 an Hour if it Rose with Productivity Since 1968
The Center for Economic and Policy Research’s John Dewitt looked at what the minimum wage would be if it simply rose with productivity since 1968, and found that it would be almost 3 times what it is now.
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Despite an Expanding Labor Market, Union Membership Continues to Fall

Despite an Expanding Labor Market, Union Membership Continues to Fall
Even as the labor market expanded in 2012, union membership fell again, both in the private and public sectors a major reason American working families, despite their relatively high productivity levels, benefit significantly less from the fruits of their labor.
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In MLK Award Acceptance Speech at WI Capitol, Woman Gives Gov. Walker Hell to His Face

In MLK Award Acceptance Speech at WI Capitol, Woman Gives Gov. Walker Hell to His Face
In Wisconin, Dr. Margaret Rozga accepted the MLK 2013 Heritage Award for her husband, the late Father James Groppi, and used her acceptance speech to deliver a pointed attack on Governor Scott Walker as he sat just feet from her.
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