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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round to Give America a Raise

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round to Give America a Raise

It might not be the Beatles or the Nuns on the Bus (aren't those women great?), but there is a pretty important bus touring the country in the next few weeks. 

The AFL-CIO is a partner in the upcoming launch of the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour, which starts on March 24 and will make 18 stops in 10 states over two weeks. The tour will end with an April 3 event outside the U.S. Capitol in support of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which would raise the wages of 28 million hardworking Americans.

If you think America's working families needs a raise, sign the petition

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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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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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Sequestration’s Knife Cuts Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

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It’s tough enough being out of work and forced to rely on none-too-generous unemployment insurance benefits, but now thanks to sequestration, long-term jobless workers are seeing a reduction in their lifeline benefits.

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Will Immigration Reform Work for the U.S. Economy?

This is a crosspost from The Huffington Post by Annette Bernhardt and Haeyoung Yoon.

The debate over comprehensive immigration reform has the potential to be one of the defining moral moments of our time. In the ongoing struggle over what kind of country we want to be, immigration reform gives us the chance to show our humanity, commit to values of inclusion and justice and honor the dreams and aspirations that immigrants bring to our shores.

But immigration policy is also economic policy, and here the case for reform is just as strong. If we care about future growth in America, our goal must be to provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, as well as for future immigrants. If we get it right, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that everyone who lives and works in America will see significant economic gains; even conservative economists are weighing in to support reform.

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New NELP Study Shows that ALEC Is Engaged in Widespread Campaign to Suppress Wages

new report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) shows that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is engaged in a widespread campaign to suppress the wages of already low-wage workers. ALEC has created model legislation that is designed to weaken or repeal state minimum wage laws, reduce minimum wages for young workers and tipped workers, weaken overtime compensation rules and stop local governments from passing living wage ordinances.

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Miller & Harkin Introduce Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10

Photo courtesy George Miller

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama joined a growing chorus of voices demanding that the national minimum wage be raised.  Tuesday, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-Calif.) announced they will introduce the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.

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Broken Immigration Systems Puts Workers' Rights on ICE

Broken Immigration Systems Puts Workers' Rights on ICE

A new report outlines how employers across the country are gaming today’s broken immigration system to exploit immigrant workers and evade both labor and immigration laws. The report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) uses two dozen case studies—including the recent action at Palermo’s Pizza—as examples of employers’ use of immigration enforcement or the threat of it to retaliate against workers who seek their basic workplace rights.  

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Obama Calls for Minimum Wage to Be Raised

Photo courtesy of Joe Bielawa

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama proposed raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour and indexing the wage to increases in the cost of living.

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‘Jobless Need Not Apply’ Signs Coming Down in NYC

‘Jobless Need Not Apply’ Signs Coming Down in NYC

One of the ugliest side effects of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression is the continuing practice among many employers of refusing to consider applications of job seekers who are unemployed.  

But the New York City Council yesterday overwhelmingly (44-4) passed a bill that prohibits discrimination against the unemployed in hiring.

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