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Fast Food Workers Continue Fight Against Poverty Wages

Adults working full time at McDonald’s are “paid less per hour in real terms than the lowest paid US workers were half a century ago” when hundreds of thousands of people flooded into Washington, D.C., for the historic march for freedom and jobs for black Americans, The Guardian reports Thursday.

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Fast Food Workers Super Size Their Walkout

Fast food workers demanding a livable wage of $15 an hour are pushing for a nationwide walkout Aug. 29, leading, fittingly enough, into Labor Day weekend.

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Capitalism Run Wild

If you missed economist Richard Wolff talking about economic disparity on the most recent “Moyers & Company,” you can watch the whole episode right here.

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Raising Minimum Wage Increases Quality of Life, Not Unemployment

Though many economists would have you that believe raising the minimum wage would result in higher unemployment rates, they are mistaken. Statistical analyses of a significant sampling of studies have shown no evidence that unemployment rates are affected by wage increases.

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Why Republicans Want Jobs to Stay Anemic

Job-growth is sputtering. So why, exactly, do regressive Republicans continue to say “no” to every idea for boosting it — even last week’s almost absurdly modest proposal by President Obama to combine corporate tax cuts with increased spending on roads and other public works?

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Pennies at the Register, Dollars in the Paycheck

Is it really true that higher wages would be devastating for individual consumers? The answer, it seems, depends on your definition of “devastating.”

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The True Cost of Paying McDonald’s Workers a Livable Wage

How much more would you have to pay for a Big Mac or Dollar Menu items in order for low-income workers at the fast food giant to make a livable wage? A University of Kansas researcher does some number crunching to find out.

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GOP Senator’s Obamacare Threat, Weiner’s Alleged New Sex Chats, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert skewers McDonald’s over its unrealistic employee budget tool and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stirs things up with House Speaker John Boehner.

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Raising the Stakes on Immigration

The fiscal benefits of immigration reform to the federal government have been documented by the Congressional Budget Office, which estimated it would reduce the deficit by nearly $850 billion over two decades.

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Walmart Apparently Doesn’t Want to Pay Workers a ‘Livable Wage’

The corporate retail giant is threatening to pull out of plans to open several stores in Washington, D.C., if the city passes a higher minimum wage law that would boost the hourly income of lowly paid Walmart workers by nearly $5.

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Low Wage Workers in New York City Speak Out

A 25-year-old fast food worker from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn went on record in the newspaper of record to say that life earning just above minimum wage is not desirable for herself or her children.

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The Resilient Minority Wage Gap

At the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” almost 50 years ago, black leaders called for “decent housing, adequate and integrated education, a federal jobs program for full employment, and a national minimum wage of more than $13 an hour in today’s dollars.” Greg Kaufmann at The Nation tells us how far we’ve failed to come.

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Time for a Raise in the Minimum Wage

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is rapidly approaching, commemorating the historic Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington.

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Abolish the Minimum Wage? It’s No Fantasy

The slow bulldozing of government protections has allowed lawmakers to re-examine programs and policies that haven’t been touched for decades.

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Elizabeth Warren Debunks GOP Talking Points on Minimum Wage

Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues her crusade against big financial institutions and businesses, this time tearing apart an argument by a restaurant owner who testified before a Senate panel Thursday that raising the minimum wage would force businesses like his to fire employees.

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Watch: Robert Reich Explains Why the Minimum Wage Should Be Raised

“Raising the minimum wage from the current rate of $7.25 an hour to $9 should be a no-brainer,”  the former labor secretary says.

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Walmart Bosses: Time for a Decision

Walmart is feeling some heat with the rising demand for increasing the stagnant federal minimum wage finally coming from Washington, backed by over 70 percent of the people in polls.

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With Minimum Wage Bill, Congress Is Just Trying to Keep Up With Inflation

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said they would like to see the minimum wage hiked even higher than what they have proposed, but “We want it to pass through Congress.”

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Jeb Bush Reverses Immigration Stance, Brian Williams ‘Disappointed’ With U.S., and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House weighing in on whether cellphones should be locked and Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to raise the minimum wage.

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How a Higher Minimum Wage Helps the Whole Economy

Economist Richard Wolff tells Bill Moyers the argument that a higher minimum wage kills jobs makes no sense.

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Indian Protesters: ‘Up With the Workers, Down With the Government’

As many as 100 million Indians angry about high prices, low pay and poor working conditions walked off their jobs Wednesday as a two-day strike organized by 11 major trade unions closed banks, disrupted major transportation and reportedly saw two deaths, Al-Jazeera reports.

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Ralph Nader Wants More From Obama

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The president’s minimum wage hike isn’t high enough, sweatshop economics, more on jobs, and California manhunts.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE


Ralph Nader Wants More From Obama

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The president’s minimum wage hike isn’t high enough, sweatshop economics, more on jobs, and California manhunts.

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Obama’s Immigration Plan Leaked, Krugman on the Minimum Wage, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a congresswoman’s attempt to criminalize public female nipple exposure and “Saturday Night Live” pokes fun at Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response.

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The Minimum Wage, Guns, Health Care and the Meaning of a Decent Society

Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that’s baloney.

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Minimum Wage Should Be More Than $20

If the federal minimum wage had kept pace with changes in worker productivity, busboys and baristas would be making at least $21.72 an hour today, according to a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE


Nader, Protesters Seek Minimum Wage Increase

The group, which targeted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO headquarters Tuesday, wants to see the minimum wage raised from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.50.

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Corporate Rule Has ‘Infected’ AFL-CIO Leadership, Labor Activist Contends

Under its current president, the organization has failed to address the mounting threat against labor in the United States from the loss of bargaining rights to the refusal to adjust minimum wage standards to the push against implementing the “card check” union organizing system, Harry Kelber says.

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Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage

The corporate state uses debt to keep workers—especially the working poor—frightened and disempowered. Only through a campaign for a minimum wage of at least $11 an hour can Americans begin to regain economic, social and political control.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE



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An Open Letter to Walmart CEO Mark Duke

You need to do something authentic that people can relate to—70 percent of the people in polls support an inflation-adjusted minimum wage. So did Rick Santorum and even Mitt Romney, until he waffled during the primaries.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Barack to Mitt: Corporations Run the Economy

President Obama should send this open letter to his GOP opponent—pronto!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE


A Rare Admission That Money Trumps Everything Else

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using his power to undermine a popular proposal to increase the minimum wage.

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Billionaire Bloomberg Vetoes Living Wage Bill

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to live in a better world. That’s why he vetoed a law that would have raised the minimum wage for a measly few hundred or so working New Yorkers to at least $10 an hour.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Greece Set for Second Bailout

Having pulled off the biggest debt restructuring deal ever, Greece is on track for yet another bailout. Meanwhile, the Greek government is also preparing to make yet another round of austerity cuts, which may involve lowering the nation’s minimum wage.

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Ralph Nader: Raise the Minimum Wage

Ralph Nader believes that the call to raise the minimum wage has the potential to divide the Republican Party, which has not been split on any major issue in Congress since Obama took office.

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Working for Amazon Is No Bed of Roses

Heat exhaustion, lightheadedness, dehydration and other problems afflicted employees at Amazon’s warehouses around the United States this summer, where a steady supply of low-paid temporary workers keeps the packing and shipping lines fully staffed. (more)

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Take the U.S. Inequality Quiz

Think you have the dirt on inequality in America? Jeffrey Rudolph, a college accounting professor in Montreal, has crafted an extensive quiz stocked full of hard facts and figures from a range of authoritative sources that cuts through the myth and lies thrown up by America’s leading misinformers. (more)

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



Computer Nerd Barbie

On today’s list: Speaking more than one language can delay Alzheimer’s, literary tattoos, why they hate us (hint: it’s not our freedom), and Barbie goes geek.

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The Shadow Class War of 2010

The 2010 election is turning into a class war. The wealthy and the powerful started it. This is a strange development.

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Schooling Scholars on Classroom Success

There is of course no doubt that our public education system is broken. There is also no doubt that wages are too low. But blaming “bad teachers” is not the answer to either.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Technical Difficulties Bring Luck to Calif. Workers

California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system.

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Schwarzenegger’s Unwelcome July Surprise

Around 200,000 state employees in California will notice an adjustment in their July paychecks—and it won’t be the kind of change they want. According to an order issued Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Apple Admits to Using Child Labor

Something’s rotten in the Apple empire—a few things, actually. For starters, the technology titan revealed that at least 11 children, who the company claimed were 15 years old, were employed in three Apple-affiliated factories in undisclosed locations. (continued)

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Minimum Compassion for Wage Slaves

Senate Republicans continue to oppose a minimum-wage hike, despite the fact that the buying power of the working poor hasn’t approved in five decades.

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Businesses Fight Over Minimum-Wage Law

The business community is divided over minimum-wage legislation making its way through the Senate. While small businesses are celebrating the tax incentives included in the bill, major corporations are frustrated by the Democrats’ requirement that every new tax break be matched by either a tax increase or a closed loophole.

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