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Watch: Farm Representative Punches A Union Organizer Right In The Face

Watch: Farm Representative Punches A Union Organizer Right In The Face

A consultant from the North Carolina Growers Association, a group that provides workers who come to the U.S. from countries like Mexico on visas to work on a seasonal basis, was caught on camera punching a labor organizer in the face last week. According to Buzzfeed, the fight started after the liaison for the growers [...]

Worker Disciplined For Exceeding 6 Minutes A Day For Bathroom Breaks

“They offered $1 per day for anyone who doesn’t go to the bathroom at all,” said Nick Kreitman, senior business agent for Teamsters Local 743

217,000 Jobs Added; Payrolls Finally Surpass Pre-Recession Numbers

May saw 217,000 new jobs and the employment rate remain at 6.3%. The labor participation rate, which is closely watched by economists and the Federal Reserve as a yardstick for the overall health of the economy, was unchanged at 62.8 percent. In recent months, the labor participation rate has been hovering at lows not seen [...]

Vermont Passes Highest Minimum Wage Law In U.S.

Vermont’s minimum wage will go from $8.73 an hour to $10.50 during the next four years. By 2018 Vermont will have the highest minimum wage in the country. “I will be proud to sign it,” Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) said of the bill. The final version will phase in the higher wage in order to [...]

CEO Of Biggest Fast Food Chain Explains Why He Supports Minimum Wage Hike

Subway’s founder says raising the minimum wage wouldn’t hurt his business and that in the future it should be tied to inflation. “I’m not concerned,” CEO Fred DeLuca said on Wednesday when CNBC asked him about minimum wage hikes. “Over the years, I’ve seen so many of these wage increases. I think it’s normal. It [...]

Robert Reich Speaks Out On Income Equality

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich today listed the three biggest lies about widening income inequality in the United States. DEPARTMENT OF RIGHT-WING DECEPTION. The three biggest Republican lies about widening inequality: (1) The rich and CEOs are America’s job creators. Wrong. The middle class and poor are the job-creators, through their purchases of goods and [...]

Seattle Announces Highest Minimum Wage In The U.S.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, in conjunction with both labor and business groups, have come up with a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of the decade. The new pay floor will phase in at different speeds for businesses of different sizes, but all employers will have to meet [...]

The Minimum Wage Myth

The Minimum Wage Myth

It is no longer news when Senate Republicans block a bill that would improve life for the American people. They keep coming up with interesting talking points that are not based on fact or reality to justify their failure. Yesterday, when Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 [...]

Senate Likely To Sink Minimum Wage Hike Today

And that’s  because of cowardice. Democrats, aware that the measure faces all but certain rejection Wednesday in the chamber they control, plan to use the vote to buttress their campaign theme that the GOP is unwilling to protect financially struggling families. “Americans understand fairness, and they know it’s unfair for minimum-wage workers to put in [...]

Labor, Athletes And Sherpas

Nepali sherpas guiding climbers up Mount Everest may not seem to have much in common with Northwestern University football players, but both were in the news this week due to labor issues.  As different as they seem, both form elite groups whose work is exploited by others for profit.   That profit is large. Nepal [...]

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