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We Love How This ‘Frozen’ Star Sang About the Minimum Wage. But There Are Three Problems With It

We Love How This ‘Frozen’ Star Sang About the Minimum Wage. But There Are Three Problems With It

Kristen Bell, the voice of Princess Anna in the blockbuster Disney hit “Frozen” and dozens of other films, put on a different costume this week to talk about something you wouldn’t expect.

Fans of the humor website Funny or Die were surprised to find a new video of Bell portraying Mary Poppins, the famous fictional British governess. In the video, she is telling her two young wards that she has to quit. Why? She makes minimum wage, and it’s not enough to live on.

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Five Myths That Keep You from Getting a Better Credit Card

Five Myths That Keep You from Getting a Better Credit Card

You’re not happy, but you are afraid to leave. You wonder if there is anything better out there but you don't have the energy to look.

No, we’re not talking about a relationship or a job here. We're talking about your credit card. It’s very common to hold onto a credit card for years, even if it’s not serving you well anymore.

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What Are You Willing to Do to Make Your Job Better?

Jess Kutch, founder of Coworker.org, a group that helps workers come together to make their workplaces better, gave a very powerful speech at the recent RootsCamp conference

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And Now For Your 1 Minute Of Inspiration — How Change Happens

Collective action — the art of working together with others to achieve a common goal — is as old as human beings themselves. Though it's sometimes a challenge, if we hope to change things for the better in our personal lives, at work, in our communities, and in our political systems, that's the starting point.

Check out the AFL-CIO's Stronger Together site, where anyone can join the labor movement.

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Meet WorkingAmericaHealthCare.org

Meet WorkingAmericaHealthCare.org

We’re excited to unveil our new health care website: WorkingAmericaHealthCare.org.

In the thousands of conversations we have every week, health care is consistently one of the most important issues to our members. That’s why we’ve spent a decade as a champion for coverage, and why we fought so hard to pass the Affordable Care Act. And now that the law is taking effect, we want to do everything we can to make sure it works.

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Action Session Explores Models for Alternative Membership to Broaden Labor Movement

A central theme of this year’s convention is building a broader, more inclusive labor movement to better support all workers, both union and nonunion. As attendees of the action session “Anyone Can Join and Everyone Should: Models for Alternative Membership” learned this afternoon, associate membership can be a powerful tool to achieve that goal.

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We Love This Note to an Abusive Boss That’s Going Viral. But There’s One Thing Wrong with It

We Love This Note to an Abusive Boss That’s Going Viral. But There’s One Thing Wrong with It

We don’t use the term “viral” lightly, but these guys earned it. This note written by Journeys’ workers to their boss “Jamie” was posted to Reddit on Saturday and has zipped across the Internet today. “Niki, Jess and TJ” can now see their note in The Huffington Post, Gawker, msn.com and Yahoo! News, as well as thousands of posts, tweets, pins and tumbls.

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Dear David: Overtime, Over State Lines?

Dear David, Working America

Overtime, Over State Lines? is a cross-post from Working America’s Dear David workplace advice column.

Question:

My son works part-time at a shipping/receiving business. He was hired by an outside trucking company to work there. His co-workers who are actual employees of the shipping/receiving business are full-time. They are told that they cannot receive time and a half for overtime because the company is from Tennessee and the contract (not a union contract) was signed under Tennessee rules. The company is in Georgia. (My son is not affected because he is hired from the outside and only gets about 32 hours at most per week.) I’ve never heard of this before. Is that true, or is the employer ripping them off?

—Concerned Parent, Georgia

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Working America's Dear David: Train in Vain?

Working America's Dear David: Train in Vain?

Train in Vain is a cross-post from Working America’s Dear David workplace advice column

Question:

At the company I work for, employees are expected to attend training, usually four hours per day, Monday to Friday, for 30 days (without pay). Once training is completed, they may or may not get a chance to work, because the company has brought on so many people that most of the time only 10 percent can be on the schedule at one time. There are over 3,000 of us with the same job title working for this company all over the country. So many people are getting taken advantage of every day by this company. I know at least 90 percent of us feel the same way. A lawsuit has already been started, but I feel we need to organize and create a union to stop the abuses and manipulation of this company in its tracks. Where do I go from here?

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Netroots Nation: Why Alt-Labor is Important

Netroots Nation: Why Alt-Labor is Important

It's hard to argue with fairness. Pointing out the injustices for dancers in the music video industry is exactly how choreographer and chair of the Dancers' Alliance Galen Hooks found momentum around gaining basic workplace safety and benefits. Something as simple as a water break during an eight-hour video shoot (sometimes in the desert) and access to chairs were workplace safety and health basics  dancers simply did not have. But that all changed when the power of collective action spread across the dancer community, which often was hard to organize because of the nature of the business: multiple employers, different jobs every day and competition from fellow dancers who'll take any job (even if it's unpaid).

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