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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:

AFL-CIO Organizing Official Says Board Rule Has Impact; Discusses Other Priorities: "In an exclusive interview held during the labor federation’s annual winter Executive Council meeting in San Diego Feb. 23, Christian Sweeney, AFL-CIO deputy director of organizing, said the NLRB’s rule, implemented in April 2015 (71 DLR A-1, 4/14/15), increased the share of representation elections won by unions, but not as much as the federation would like. Sweeney also said members of the council discussed ongoing organizing campaigns at Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and Nissan North America Inc., as well as the potential impact on organizing of the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association."

Why Gender Inequality Is More Acute for Women in the South: "The gender pay gap is a worldwide problem, but women in some places have it worse than others. A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research reveals that working women in the South suffer some of the harshest inequalities in the U.S., not only in terms of how much they are paid, but how they are treated in the workforce."

Should Congress Rescind the Pay-Ratio Rule? No: It Provides Crucial Data for Investors: "Executive pay has skyrocketed over the past few decades and is often completely divorced from company fundamentals. At the same time, most American workers have faced wage stagnation despite increasing productivity. This raises serious questions about corporate strategies, values and long-term outlook."

Why the Next President Should Raise the Minimum Wage: "Economic inequality is the looming issue of the 2016 campaign. The presidential debates have focused on personalities and inflammatory topics like immigration, but the underlying cause of voter frustration is the lack of wage growth."

How to Level the Playing Field for Working Families: "First, raise wages. No one who works full-time should live in poverty—and that starts with raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It also means passing equal-pay laws. The gender pay gap can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional wages over a lifetime of work for women doing the same jobs as their male colleagues. And finally, it means protecting workers’ right to organize. Unions help workers secure higher wages for their members, by as much as 20 percent, according to the Economic Policy Institute, but they also increase wages for all workers, union or not."

Richard Trumka on Trump: He’s an Anti-American Bigot: "In a speech yesterday to the Plasterers and Cement Masons (OPCMIA) union, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka challenged Donald Trump’s appeal to working-class voters."

The Economy Adds 242,000 Jobs in February, and Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 4.9%: "The U.S. economy added 242,000 jobs in February and unemployment was 4.9%, unchanged from January, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth."

TPP’s Lack of Currency Rules Is Fatal Flaw for U.S. Workers: "A new report released today from the Economic Policy Institute offers further data that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is fatally flawed."

Detroit's Majority Has Some Questions for Republicans on Debate Night: "Tonight, Republicans will be holding their latest debate in Detroit. It's an odd choice considering the racism we've seen in this presidential cycle and the fact that Detroit is a city where people of color are the majority. In the latest video in the Fusion series #CallingAllVoices, Detroit residents demand answers from the Republican candidates."

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 labor councils on Twitter."

Women's History Month Profiles: Florida's Theresa King: "This month, we are celebrating Women's History Month by honoring important working family activists and present-day organizers who are women and are fighting at the intersection of women's rights and workers' rights. Today, we look at Theresa King."

AFL-CIO Asserts that Gig Economy Workers Are Employees: "The AFL-CIO Executive Council affirmed that working people in the gig economy share a single common designation: employees."

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