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Labor Hits $10 Billion Goal for Clinton Global Initiative Jobs and Infrastructure Investment

Labor Hits $10 Billion Goal for Clinton Global Initiative Jobs and Infrastructure Investment

In 2011, the American labor movement made a pledge to the Clinton Global Initiative to raise $10 billion over the following five years to invest in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and to boost the sagging job market. Yesterday, two years ahead of schedule, that pledge was fulfilled.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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New BIT Investment Creates Good, Safe Jobs in Oregon

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new $43.2 million multifamily project in Portland, Ore., financed by the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT), that will create hundreds of construction, service and maintenance jobs performed by highly trained union workers also served as a Workers Memorial Day remembrance Monday.

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6 Reasons Even Conservatives Should Support Raising the Minimum Wage

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While Democrats in Congress and the president are attempting to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, there is still pretty strong opposition to raising the wage (or its very existence) from pro-corporate extremists on the far right. But as more and more evidence is gathered concerning the minimum wage and its effect on workers, it’s harder and harder to sustain any belief other than that the wage should be raised. Not only is it the morally correct thing to do, it has positive effects on the economy. Here are six reasons why everyone, including conservatives, should support raising the minimum wage (hat tip to Joshua Holland at BillMoyers.com).

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and Media Matters have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy

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5 Reasons Congress Must Extend Unemployment Insurance

5 Reasons Congress Must Extend Unemployment Insurance

Congress allowed emergency unemployment insurance to expire on Dec. 28, 2013, leaving 1.3 million Americans without a vital economic lifeline. The U.S. Senate is now considering extending these benefits for another three months. Failing to do so would be unprecedented in the history of federal responses to high unemployment following economic recessions.

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What We're Reading Today: Friday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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What We're Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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