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Report: U.S. $1.44 Trillion Short in Critical Infrastructure Spending

Report: U.S. $1.44 Trillion Short in Critical Infrastructure Spending

During national Infrastructure Week, metro riders in Washington, D.C., were the latest Americans to get an alarming reminder of how badly our infrastructure needs improvement when popular website FiveThirtyEight.com noted that trains in the nation's capital catch fire, on average, more than four times a week. Scan the local news across the country, in places like Flint, Michigan, for example, and you'll see other stories of crumbling infrastructure. These stories of collapsing bridges, trains on fire and undrinkable water are far from just annoyances, they are a clear sign that the safety and prosperity of America's working people is in danger without massive improvements.

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New ITC Trade Report Shows How Dangerous TPP Is for America’s Families

This week, the U.S. International Trade Commission published a damning report about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade and economic agreement between the United States and 11 other countries. The report predicts the TPP will increase the job-killing U.S. trade deficit by a whopping $21.7 billion.  

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You’ve Got Questions, The Student Loan Borrowers Hotline Has Answers

You’ve Got Questions, The Student Loan Borrowers Hotline Has Answers

Have questions about your student loans? Want to know if you can lower your payment or even pay off your loans faster? Having a hard time getting answers from your servicer or finding reliable information on the internet?

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Donald Trump Gets a Million-Dollar Loan from His Dad and Thinks Your Wages Are Too High

Funny, we think candidates who support working people would agree it's becoming harder and harder to afford a middle-class life. Wages simply haven't kept up with the cost of living. 

Yet Donald Trump, who got a boost from dad with a million-dollar loan, thinks our wages are too high already

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Global Labor Film Festival Returns for Fourth Year

Global Labor Film Festival Returns for Fourth Year

Twelve films, eight cities and four countries comprise the fourth annual Global Labor Film Festival. GLFF is organized by labor film festivals around the world who each screen a labor-themed film of their choice during the month of May, chosen because May 1—International Workers’ Day—is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

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New Report Shows the Middle Class Is Shrinking Across the Country

New Report Shows the Middle Class Is Shrinking Across the Country

The shrinking of the middle class in the United States is something that you hear pundits talk about frequently. A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that problem is not just a real one, but one that is widely distributed across the country and is hurting not just the Rust Belt, Appalachia and the Deep South, but also hits nearly every metropolitan area in the country. Most importantly, the study shows that the rise of inequality is one of the key effects of the shrinking middle class.

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$15 Minimum Wage, Strike Relief Bills Released from New Jersey Labor Committee

$15 Minimum Wage, Strike Relief Bills Released from New Jersey Labor Committee

The release of a $15 minimum wage bill from New Jersey’s Senate Labor Committee is being hailed by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and other advocates as a powerful step toward lifting an estimated one million New Jersey residents out of poverty. 

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CEOs Paid 335 Times Average Rank-and-File Worker; Outsourcing Results in Even Higher Inequality

CEOs Paid 335 Times Average Rank-and-File Worker; Outsourcing Results in Even Higher Inequality

CEO pay for major U.S. companies continues to soar as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs increases. Outsourcing has become a hot presidential election topic with candidates calling out corporations that say they need to save money by sending jobs overseas. Meanwhile, according to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 company received an annual income of $12.4 million in 2015—335 times more money than the average rank-and-file worker.

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Seven Things You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

Seven Things You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

According to news reports, the Obama administration will unveil new rules on Wednesday that will make millions more people eligible to receive overtime pay. 

Here are seven things you need to know about the new rules (after the jump).

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Are Manufacturing Jobs the New McJobs?

Are Manufacturing Jobs the New McJobs?

The ugly reality that people who work in manufacturing have witnessed for years has just been laid out for all to see in new research by the National Employment Law Project and the UC Berkeley Labor Center: Wages in the manufacturing sector have been pushed so low that 34% of all people who work in production are in households enrolled in public safety net programs.

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