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I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

By Mac McClelland “Don’t take anything that happens to you there personally,” the woman at the local chamber of commerce says when I tell her that tomorrow I start working at Amalgamated Product Giant Shipping Worldwide Inc. She winks at … Continue reading

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Dunkin Donuts operator to pay $200K in back wages

The U.S. Labor Department says the operator of 55 Dunkin Donuts franchises throughout New Jersey and on New York’s Staten Island will pay nearly $200,000 in back wages to 64 employees for overtime and minimum wage violations. Federal officials say … Continue reading

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Court ruling could doom living-wage law

By Andrew J. Hawkins A judge’s decision to strike down the city’s prevailing-wage law provides the Bloomberg administration an opening to get rid of another City Council statute it doesn’t like: the 2012 living-wage law. The administration’s lawyers believe that … Continue reading

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Understand how being unemployed can endanger not just yourself but those you love. Understand how we need to raise the minimum wage. Living on a $9.00 the minimum wage  would still be extremely hard for families to survive but it … Continue reading

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The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants Are Getting Crushed

By Michael Grabell It’s 4:18 a.m. and the strip mall is deserted. But tucked in back, next to a closed-down video store, an employment agency is already filling up. Rosa Ramirez walks in, as she has done nearly every morning … Continue reading

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Do private-sector unions still have a future in the U.S.?

By Brad Plumer In the latest issue of Democracy, Rich Yeselson has a long and interesting essay considering the decline of private-sector labor unions in the United States and whether they might ever make a comeback. The piece is way … Continue reading

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Five myths about the minimum wage

By Betsey Stevenson In February’s State of the Union address, President Obama provoked conservatives’ ire by proposing an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9. Especially in a struggling economy, wouldn’t a minimum-wage boost increase unemployment … Continue reading

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GOP, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Beat Back Bill To Combat Outsourcing

I am not nor will I be a proponent of outsourcing. I know too many people whose jobs have gone overseas. I think American companies who make a regular practice of outsourcing jobs to foreign countries should be penalized. Companies should be fined … Continue reading

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‘Cracking the Code’ to Keeping Manufacturing Jobs in America

Gov. Granholm of Michigan writes a very positive article about how companies in Michigan are waking up and beginning to stem the tide of corporate offshoring of American jobs. That is only one state out of 50. What are the other … Continue reading

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