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Standing Up on Black Friday: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Don Barrett on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Republican UI Bill Not What It Seems

Brianna Bulkley is one of 2 million jobless workers who have lost their unemployment benefits.

You’ve got to feel bad for folks who go through life so distrustful and suspicious of their fellow citizens that they believe people are always trying to get away with something, trying to game the system. Like those millions of jobless workers who would rather lay back and collect $300 or so a week in unemployment insurance benefits than go out and try to find a job that pays a decent wage and gives them a chance to support a family, keep a roof over their heads and climb a step or two up the ladder.

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'I Hate Being Unemployed'

Mike Licht,

"I hate being unemployed. It is a waste of my abilities," says Stan Osnowitz of Baltimore, 67, a journeyman wireman electrician. Even with the recession, Osnowitz was able to find work on a three-year job that included overtime pay. But a five-month job he held earlier this year ended July 3, and now unemployment benefits are his only income. His savings already have been exhausted. 

Osnowitz is one of the people who testified at a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee today to address the need for extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which will run out by the end of the year without any action from Congress. 

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3 Million Face Loss of UI Lifeline

3 Million Face Loss of UI Lifeline

If Congress doesn’t extend the current extended federal unemployment insurance (UI) program by the end of the year, 1.3 million jobless workers will be cut off from UI the week of Dec. 28. Nearly 1.9 million more would lose the extended UI during the first half of 2014 as their state benefits run out.

But with only nine days left on the House legislative calendar before the congressional holiday recess, a group of lawmakers issued an urgent call Wednesday to reauthorize federal jobless aid for the long-term unemployed, as Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) announced new legislation to renew federal unemployment insurance through 2014.

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McHelp Me! McDonald’s Pushes Welfare, Not Wages

McDonald’s can’t say it doesn’t know it pays its workers so little that many of them qualify for public assistance (52% of fast-food workers do) to eat, go to the doctor or heat their homes. In fact, the burger giant appears to encourage its employees to seek out government help to meet the ends that their paychecks won’t.

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Fair Wages Not Part of Value Menu: Fast Food Workers Set to Strike

Photo by Chris Dilts/Flickr Creative Commons

Low-wage workers in seven cities Monday will walk off their jobs in several prominent fast food chains and retail outlets to demand a living wage, the right to form unions and an end to what they say are unfair labor practices.

The strike will come on the heels of a new report released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). The report says although companies claim these low-wage jobs are a step toward good careers, opportunities to advance are limited for front-line workers in the fast-food industry. 


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Low-Wage Workers See Biggest Drop in Real Wages


Many of us and our families have felt the pinch of stagnant wages during the past several years, and a new study shows that while real wages (adjusted for inflation) fell by 2.8% across the board between 2009 and 2012, low- and middle-wage workers—especially women—took the brunt of the hit.  

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Despite 195,000 New Jobs, Jobless Rate Remains 7.6%

Despite 195,000 New Jobs, Jobless Rate Remains 7.6%

The nation’s economy added 195,000 new jobs in June and the jobless rate remained at 7.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).But economists say the growth rate is far too slow to fuel a healthy jobs recovery.

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