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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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My American Dream: A Minimum Wage that Allows Everyone to Prosper

My American Dream: A Minimum Wage that Allows Everyone to Prosper

When I think of the American Dream, I don't just see images of white picket fences and fathers kissing their children before they leave for work.

I see an African American mother of two dropping her children off at school and driving to her place of employment, with the confidence that she'll have enough gas to get to work and enough food to cook dinner. I imagine a Latina mother able to save enough money to help her son go to the college of his choice regardless of the rising cost of tuition. I see an America where working 40 hours a week allows women of all backgrounds the opportunity to gain prosperity and success. But how can anyone achieve such a dream on $7.25 an hour? They can't.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states already have taken action—Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious—Washington, D.C., and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00.

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If Walmart Paid Its Workers a Living Wage So They Wouldn't Need Food Stamps, How Much More Would It Cost Customers? (You'll Be Surprised)

Photo via Ryan R. Berdel Instagram (@nanokarbon)

Companies like Walmart often claim they can't afford to raise employee salaries because it would cause them to raise prices, which would hurt customers, decrease sales and then hurt the very employees whose salaries they raised, leading to layoffs and less hours. Ignoring the fact that they could easily absorb any such cost increases by slightly slimming down their billions of dollars of profits, the math just doesn't add up (watch the video after the jump).

If you think Walmart workers deserve a living wage, sign the petition

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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New Jersey's Hudson County to Make Living Wage a Lasting Wage

New Jersey's Hudson County to Make Living Wage a Lasting Wage

The first of its kind in the Garden State, Hudson County, N.J., passed an ordinance that will index the county's living wage to inflation. The Freeholder Board unanimously approved the measure, as expected, which will make the current wage of $10.88 go up to $11.13 per hour when it goes into effect.

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In the States Roundup

Photo courtesy VOCAL-NY

Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states over the past week.

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Check Out This County in New Jersey Making Strides for Living Wages

Raising wages. It's the topic we're all talking about, and one county in New Jersey is walking the walk. 

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