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$2.13 Per Hour Since 1991: Sub-Minimum Waiter Wage Creates Substandard Way of Life

$2.13 Per Hour Since 1991: Sub-Minimum Waiter Wage Creates Substandard Way of Life
Many of the jobs created post-Great Recession have been in low wage service occupations, and many of these jobs pay only $2.13 an hour. How is that possible? Employers with employees who collect tips are allowed to subsidize this portion of their overhead with the change that's left on a dirty table. It means an uncertain income for a profession filled with mostly women.
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Q&A: Unionizing Is a Civil Right

Q&A: Unionizing Is a Civil Right
Why Labor Organizing Should be a Civil Right: Rebuilding a Middle-Class Democracy by Enhancing Worker Voice, by Moshe Z. Marvit and Richard D. Kahlengerg, was released last year to critical and academic acclaim but not nearly enough attention. The book, whose authors are both fellows at the progressive think tank the Century Foundation, lays out a simple, brilliant idea: to amend the Civil Rights Act so that it prohibits discrimination.
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Manufacturing Unemployment: Free Trade with Low-Income Countries on the Rise

Manufacturing Unemployment: Free Trade with Low-Income Countries on the Rise
Many of the existing free trade agreements have seriously ill effects on income inequality, and experts agree that the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership could further damage the hurting U.S. manufacturing industry. What does it mean for the average local labor market? "Increased unemployment, decreased labor-force participation, and increased use of disability and other transfer benefits."
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Right to Work (For Scraps): New Litigation Aims to Take Union-Busting National

Right to Work (For Scraps): New Litigation Aims to Take Union-Busting National
Gary CohnGary Cohn: A conservative legal organization that has pushed to overturn the 1964 Voting Rights Act filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana that could accomplish in the courts what Prop. 32 couldn’t at the ballot box.
Prop 32 Ghost Looms Over Lawsuit Against Teachers Union is a post from: LA Progressive
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Reforming the Debate: Cities With Higher Immigration Rates Have Higher African-American Employment Numbers

Reforming the Debate: Cities With Higher Immigration Rates Have Higher African-American Employment Numbers
Woven into our national conversation on immigration reform are divisive arguments pitting immigrants against U.S. workers — including workers of color. These arguments aren't just unfounded — they run counter to the goal of helping all workers organize against wage suppression and exploitation. As union members and immigrants' rights activists, we think it's time to re-frame the discussion.
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Wage Theft Whistleblower Faces Deportation After Exposing Federally-Contracted Food Court Fiends

Wage Theft Whistleblower Faces Deportation After Exposing Federally-Contracted Food Court Fiends
A few days after speaking out against an employer contracted by the federal government — a company who denied him minimum wage and overtime benefits — Antonio Vanegas was detained by Homeland Security for four days. He now awaits a deportation hearing, while the employer/exploiter of undocumented immigrants goes un-reprimanded.
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CT Taxpayers Gave $51 Million to $20 Billion Company

CT Taxpayers Gave $51 Million to $20 Billion Company
Last summer, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced that Alexion Pharmaceuticals would become the fourth company to collect taxpayer subsidies (aka, Corporate Welfare) under his "First Five" economic development initiative. So what will happen to that money now that Alexion is in the process of being bought by a Swiss company?
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John Pelto
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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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Detroit's Retired City Workers at Risk as Bondholders Demand Repayment

Detroit's Retired City Workers at Risk as Bondholders Demand Repayment
With Detroit’s finances looking increasingly dire, the city’s creditors are beginning to face off with one another, each trying to minimize their losses. The city’s pension fund, which supports retired city workers, has found itself in direct conflict with a formidable opponent, the bondholders, individuals and institutions that gave the city money in order to enjoy the interest on the loan.
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Walmart's Model to Milk Millions from CA Taxpayers

Walmart's Model to Milk Millions from CA Taxpayers
Walmart’s expansion strategy for Los Angeles and other urban areas has been to avoid public oversight by choosing real estate that doesn’t require public review — and, where possible, to secure public subsidies, often with little public scrutiny. Once Walmart employees start to receive public assistance to the tune of $5,815 per employee, will the superstores really be worth it to their communities?
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