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The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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Liz Shuler Talks About the 2016 Election and Workers' Rights

In an interview with Machinists' (IAM's) Dierdre Kaniewski, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler talks to the ViewPoint host about the 2016 election, workers' rights and everything else that is at stake for the labor movement.

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The Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs in March, and Unemployment Is Essentially Unchanged at 5.0%

The Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs in March, and Unemployment Is Essentially Unchanged at 5.0%

The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March and unemployment was 5.0%, essentially unchanged from February, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth.

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There’s a Pretty Clear Solution to This Problem for Low-Wage Workers

There’s a Pretty Clear Solution to This Problem for Low-Wage Workers

A new analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that low-income Americans are experiencing a massive increase in housing costs that makes it impossible for some to afford basic needs. The study found that low-income Americans spent a median of $6,897 on housing in 2013, and that number rose to $9,178 in 2014. This was the biggest jump in the nearly 20 years of data that Pew studied. Other necessities, such as transportation and food, also have risen, but not as drastically.

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California Leaders Announce Historic Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

California Leaders Announce Historic Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

History was made this week. California Gov. Jerry Brown joined legislative leaders, workers and unions to announce a deal on legislation to make California the first state in America to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. This day was a long time in the making. Worker-led movements like Fight for 15, labor unions and community groups have been gathering momentum for several years on this issue.

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Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Worker Attack in Friedrichs Ruling

Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Worker Attack in Friedrichs Ruling

The Supreme Court today rejected an attempt by wealthy special interests to restrict the voices of America’s teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses and others who provide vital services for our communities. The court issued a 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, upholding a lower court ruling in favor of working people and their right to join together to build a better future for their families.

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California's on the Rise: Winners and Losers of the Week

Image courtesy Raise the Wage Sacramento on Twitter

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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The Working People Weekly List

The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.

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Over 100 Years Ago, 123 Young Women Working in a Factory Never Came Home. It Changed Our Country

Photo courtesy the Kheel Center on Flickr

I have a hard time watching this and not getting terribly angry. Those 123 young women and 23 men who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, deserve to be remembered. But we're watching it happen all over again in developing countries that supply Walmart, Gap, and other marketing and retail giants. Sorry/not sorry, I'm mad as hell, and I wish we could live in a world where we didn't have to take this anymore. Warning: some violent images.

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Who Benefits from Private Courts in the TPP? We’ll Give You One Guess

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The Trans-Pacific Partnership sets up private “corporate courts,” with few rules, that are only open for multinational companies to sue countries. Nearly all the winnings in these "corporate courts" go to the world’s biggest corporations and richest people—and most of the rest goes to the lawyers who work in these tribunals, according to a new study.

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