Shortcut Navigation:

AFL-CIO Now

Showing blog posts tagged with low-wage jobs

Boosting Minimum Wage to $10.10 Means a Raise for 6.8 Million Latinos

Courtesy of UFCW.

Nearly 6.8 million Latino workers would benefit if Congress raises the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, according to the new AFL-CIO study Closing the Gap to the American Dream. While Latinos comprise 16% of the country’s workforce, they make up nearly one-quarter of the workers who would be positively affected by raising the minimum wage. 

Read more and comment »

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).

Read more and comment »

Pentagon Contract Workers Strike for Living Wage

Photo by gregwest98/Flickr

A group of Pentagon workers employed by federal contractors at low wages to operate concessions and clean federal buildings are the latest federal contract workers to walk off the job and urge President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to establish a living wage requirement for contractors that do business with the government.

Read more and comment »

Here’s Proof Walmart Workers Go Hungry

Our Walmart illustration

Just when you think you’ve heard it all about the low wages Walmart pays its workers, something comes along that stunningly reinforces that far too many Walmart workers can’t make ends meet on their wages and that the retail giant doesn’t really give a hoot.

Read more and comment »

Why Taxpayers Subsidize Fast-Food Companies to the Tune of Nearly $7 Billion a Year

Why Taxpayers Subsidize Fast-Food Companies to the Tune of Nearly $7 Billion a Year

In addition to short-changing employees and customers, the cheapness of the fast-food industry, which nationally pays its core workers an average of $8.69, leaves taxpayers paying nearly $7 billion annually. That's the major conclusion of a new report, Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry, from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The majority of employees at fast-food restaurants are paid so poorly that they are forced to enroll in public assistance programs, despite the industry making $200 billion a year.

Read more and comment »

Low-Wage Federal Workers Call on Obama for Living Wage Executive Order

Low-Wage Federal Workers Call on Obama for Living Wage Executive Order

Federal workers employed by contractors at low wages to operate concessions and clean federal buildings walked off the job today to urge President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to establish a living wage requirement for contractors that do business with the government.

 

Read more and comment »

Federal Contractors Employ 2 Million Low-Wage Workers

Nearly 2 million people who are employed through federal contractors earn less than $24,000 a year. That’s more low-wage workers than any private company, including Walmart and McDonald's, combined. At the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's recent Legislative Conference, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) moderated a panel discussion on those low-wage workers and ways to improve their wages and working conditions.

Read more and comment »

The Issue Isn't the Minimum Wage, but the Effective Minimum Wage Population

Photo by Chris Dilts/Flickr Creative Commons

The minimum wage has recently been in the news because of the fast-food workers’ strike for $15 an hour. Critics claim that would cause unemployment. There is a tipping point, but we don't really know where that is. The principal reason minimum wage increases have not led to disemployment effects is that the minimum has been so far below a market clearing wage. In the case of the fast-food industry increases, so long as they are below the tipping point, they are likely to lead to increases in employment because the fast-food industry is a labor monopsony. That is, they are the principal employers of minimum wage workers.

Read more and comment »

Walmart Should Look in Mirror for Declining Sales Cause

OUR Walmart Photo/Flickr

Walmart reported last week that sales at its U.S. stores had unexpectedly declined. Walmart tried to explain its shrinking sales away by citing outside factors such as higher gas prices and payroll taxes.

But, say many market observers, the real cause lies within Walmart itself—the largest private-sector employer in the United States and the poster child for low-wages.  

Read more and comment »

$8 Is NOT Enough: Stories from Minimum Wage Workers

Photo by Organization United for Respect

Meet Shenita Simon. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and three young daughters. She earns $8 an hour as a shift supervisor at a Brooklyn KFC.

“It’s not enough to support us,” says Simon, whose husband also works. “I work hard to provide for my family. In 2012, my overtime hours were routinely paid in the following week’s check as regular hours.”

Read more and comment »

Online Community

Take Action

Stop Fast Track

Sign the petition and tell Congress to stop the Fast Track bill, it's undemocratic and bad for working families.

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO

Are you a union member?

GET TEXT FROM AFL-CIO

*Message and data rates may apply.

Facebook Favorites

Blogs

Join Us Online