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What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

You'd have to live under a rock to not be somewhat familiar with the Boy Scouts of America program. The Boy Scouts work to instill values in its young members and one of those values is workers' rights on the job. Mainly, the ability to join and form unions. 

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In the States Roundup

It’s time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s 19th Labor Candidates School Draws Record Class, Positions Workers to Win in November

Thirty-four union members, representing 23 local unions, took part in the 19th annual New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School on Aug. 15-16, 2015.

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Common Sense Economics: A Call to Action for Young Workers This Election Season

Jennifer Higgins of AFT Local 1904 and Carli Meneses, president of IAM Local 2339N, lead a Common Sense Economics session for young workers at IBEW 94 in Hightstown, N.J.

Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 94 in Mercer County, N.J., became a classroom recently for young workers taking part in Common Sense Economics, led by Jennifer Higgins of AFT Local 1904 and Carli Meneses, president of Machinists (IAM) Local 2339N.

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Scott Walker Doesn't Want Wisconsin Workers to Have a Living Wage

Photo courtesy John Pemble on Flickr

That's the only logical conclusion to reconcile the facts. On “Fox & Friends,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the leading Republican presidential candidates, was asked by host Brian Kilmeade whether or not he thought the minimum wage should be a living wage. Walker responded...

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The Real ALEC Promo Video

The newest video from AFSCME takes a closer look at the latest promotional video from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy, extremist organization behind much of the anti-worker agenda in the states. It seems that the video left some information out, but AFSCME quickly responded and helped out by including the missing info. Check it out and learn more about ALEC on AFSCME's blog.

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Victory in New York! Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

Victory in New York! Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

A national movement for a higher minimum wage, increased dignity and a better quality of life looks like it's going to pay off for the New York fast-food workers who launched the whole thing. Momentum has grown in recent years for not only increasing the minimum wage, but for making the wage closer to one that workers can support their families on, and the state of New York is set to join the wave. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) directed the state's acting commissioner of labor to appoint a panel to consider the issue, and the panel has recommended that the state raise the wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour in chains that have more than 30 outlets. The acting commissioner still must approve the changes, but he is widely expected to do so. When he does, 70% of New Yorkers who currently work for the minimum wage will see a raise.

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Labor Offers Realistic Path Toward Meeting New Jersey’s Pension Obligation

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions have been working hard to find solutions to the state’s pension funding problem on behalf of nearly 800,000 current and retired public employees who have been contributing faithfully to their pensions and whose retirement security depends partly on earned pension income.

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Montgomery County Needs to Work to Make Taxis Wheelchair-Accessible

My name is Peter Ibik. For the past 17 years, I have driven a wheelchair-accessible taxi for Barwood in Montgomery County, Md. The taxi system isn’t working for drivers or passengers in Montgomery County, especially those requiring wheelchair-accessible transportation. We have been working on legislative reforms that are pro-passenger and pro-driver. We have gotten support from a majority of council members on reforms that are good for drivers. But these reforms have fallen short for people who need accessible taxis.

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About to Announce for President, Scott Walker Is Trying to Take Away Your Weekends

After decades of fighting, unions lead the charge to enact fair labor standards and the eventual creation of, what many commonly refer to as, “the weekend.” For those unfamiliar, America's workers love our weekends. We use that time to relax from an exhausting workweek, mow the lawn, do the laundry, binge-watch Netflix and cook up some barbecue—among other national pastimes.

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