Here’s a classic example of good news/bad news. First, the good news: The wage gap between what men earn and what women earn narrowed last year to its closest point ever, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The bad news? Women still earn an average of 17.8 percent less than men. More bad news: The gap only closed because wages for men have fallen further than for women.
Last week, the Obama administration continued its push to boost U.S. manufacturing jobs when it proposed a $1 billion National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The proposal would create as many as 15 state-of-the-art institutes nationwide devoted to research and worker training to make U.S. manufacturers more competitive.
Tens of thousands of community members, working families, retirees, veterans, students and other supporters of workers’ rights stood together on a beautiful, sunny Saturday in Madison to reclaim Wisconsin. After enduring a year of Gov. Scott Walker’s disastrous agenda—tax cuts for corporations and the richest 1 percent, at the expense of public services and the dismantling of collective bargaining rights—Wisconsinites are more united than ever in their fight to recall the governor and repair all the damage his policies have done to the state.
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I am an officer of a local union in Florida. I would like suggestions on how to deal with a situation that bugs me.
We are always fighting our company and their efforts to bring in outside contractors. A lot of our bosses, planners, supervisors wear shirts provided by the outside contractors.
Republican presidential candidates and party and conservative leaders holler that the rich are paying far, far too much in taxes. Here are the facts: Rich Americans are not overtaxed. Not by a long shot. From 1996 to 2007, the overall federal tax rate for the richest 1 percent fell by more than 6 percentage points. The top marginal income tax rate dropped from 70 percent in 1980 to 35 percent today. And that’s just for starters.
Genwal Resources, the Murray Energy company that operated the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah where six miners were killed in a 2007 wall collapse and three rescuers died in a second implosion, is pleading guilty to violating mine safety laws and will pay a $500,000 fine.
Surprising as it may sound, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney earlier this year said something that all of us in the progressive world—and in most worlds—agree with: It's time to raise the minimum wage and protect its value by indexing it against inflation. But....
Rev. Al Sharpton’s statement fired up a crowd of thousands standing in front of the steps of the Alabama State Capitol building in downtown Montgomery early Friday afternoon: "These laws in Alabama aren't immigration laws. They're Jim Crow laws."
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