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From LA with Love: The Time When Justice Trumped Business

From LA with Love: The Time When Justice Trumped Business

July 2016 is an important month in the history of the city of Los Angeles. That history is one of a pro-business city, where a trajectory of unbridled capitalism, as well as contemporary expectations of how the economy should work, did not point to success in implementing what became one of the most impactful minimum wage and wage-enforcement ordinances across the country. July 2016 is a month when, against great obstacles, justice trumped business.

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We Are One New Jersey and Union County Celebrate Newly Confirmed U.S. Citizens

We Are One New Jersey and Union County Celebrate Newly Confirmed U.S. Citizens

The road to U.S. citizenship is rarely easy. For those who complete the journey, the sense of reward and accomplishment is unparalleled. On April 27, a ceremony was held in honor of more than 100 new American citizens who were joined by their friends and family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, at an event sponsored by Union County and We Are One New Jersey.

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Victory in New York: New Law Raises Minimum Wage to $15 and Provides Paid Family Leave

Victory in New York: New Law Raises Minimum Wage to $15 and Provides Paid Family Leave

The unified efforts of 2.5 million working people and the 3,000 local unions of the New York State AFL-CIO lead to a major victory on Monday, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a law raising the state's minimum wage. Millions will see wage increases. Future wage increases will be tied to economic indicators. The law also establishes a robust 12 weeks of paid family leave for working people.

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California Leaders Announce Historic Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

California Leaders Announce Historic Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

History was made this week. California Gov. Jerry Brown joined legislative leaders, workers and unions to announce a deal on legislation to make California the first state in America to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. This day was a long time in the making. Worker-led movements like Fight for 15, labor unions and community groups have been gathering momentum for several years on this issue.

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Cambridge Takes Steps to Protect Workers from Wage Theft

Cambridge Takes Steps to Protect Workers from Wage Theft

This week, workers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gained new protections for making sure they are paid fairly and on time. On March 14, city manager Richard Rossi signed an executive order establishing certification requirements for vendors bidding on city contracts. The measure seeks to prevent wage theft, which is the improper withholding of payment from employees and the failure to pay employees according to required schedules. Wage theft most often involves employers paying less than the minimum, contracted or prevailing wage, not paying for all hours worked, or not paying overtime for hours exceeding 40 per week. But wage theft can take many forms—employers may never send the final paycheck or may misclassify workers as independent contractors.

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