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$15 Minimum Wage, Strike Relief Bills Released from New Jersey Labor Committee

$15 Minimum Wage, Strike Relief Bills Released from New Jersey Labor Committee

The release of a $15 minimum wage bill from New Jersey’s Senate Labor Committee is being hailed by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and other advocates as a powerful step toward lifting an estimated one million New Jersey residents out of poverty. 

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CEOs Paid 335 Times Average Rank-and-File Worker; Outsourcing Results in Even Higher Inequality

CEOs Paid 335 Times Average Rank-and-File Worker; Outsourcing Results in Even Higher Inequality

CEO pay for major U.S. companies continues to soar as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs increases. Outsourcing has become a hot presidential election topic with candidates calling out corporations that say they need to save money by sending jobs overseas. Meanwhile, according to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 company received an annual income of $12.4 million in 2015—335 times more money than the average rank-and-file worker.

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Seven Things You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

Seven Things You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

According to news reports, the Obama administration will unveil new rules on Wednesday that will make millions more people eligible to receive overtime pay. 

Here are seven things you need to know about the new rules (after the jump).

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Are Manufacturing Jobs the New McJobs?

Are Manufacturing Jobs the New McJobs?

The ugly reality that people who work in manufacturing have witnessed for years has just been laid out for all to see in new research by the National Employment Law Project and the UC Berkeley Labor Center: Wages in the manufacturing sector have been pushed so low that 34% of all people who work in production are in households enrolled in public safety net programs.

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'Pregnancy Isn't Part of the Uniform': Winners and Losers of the Week

'Pregnancy Isn't Part of the Uniform': Winners and Losers of the Week

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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Americans Miss Unions: The Working People Weekly List

Americans Miss Unions: 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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Participate in the Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive Today!

The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive is on May 14 this year. The food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is the world’s largest one-day food drive, taking place in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Steps Up for the Transgender Community in North Carolina Fight

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Steps Up for the Transgender Community in North Carolina Fight

Attorney General Loretta Lynch made one of the boldest and clearest statements in support of transgender people by a government official at any level this week:

"Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself. Some of you have lived freely for decades. Others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to lead. But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward."

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Top 5 Topics Discussed at the Donald Trump-Paul Ryan Summit

Top 5 Topics Discussed at the Donald Trump-Paul Ryan Summit

Today, TV reality star and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan to iron out differences between them. While we would give anything to be a fly on the wall during that meeting, we can only speculate about topics of conversation.

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AFL-CIO Welcomes OSHA’s New Injury and Illness Reporting Rules

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to new rules to modernize workplace injury reporting and protect workers who report injuries.

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