LA Protests Walmart’s Poverty Wages

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Jamie Way: Walmart has set its sights on expanding in urban areas like Los Angeles, but community opposition to its treatment of workers, effect on local business and negative environmental impact has been great.

A Milk-Carton Campaign for “Missing Workers”

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Jim Hightower: In December 2007, when Wall Street’s reckless greed crashed our economy, the unemployment rate was only about 5%, the average length of being unemployed was half of today’s, and far fewer people were forced into part-time work or had to find multiple jobs to make ends meet. Plus, family income was much higher back then.

Hi-Yo, Silvers! Away with Chained CPI

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Berry Craig: We didn’t vote, give money, wear out shoe leather going door-to-door or staff phone banks for our union-endorsed candidates – most of them Democrats — so they could go to Washington and help tea party-tilting Republicans eviscerate Social Security.

Gov. Brown Signs Weak Minimum Wage Bill

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Cathy Deppe: What needs to happen is an immediate rise in the minimum wage to a living wage, with an immediate annual indexing to inflation that will end the senseless need to refight this battle every five to six years.

What Americans Need Are Jobs

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Richard Eskow: Congress wasn’t elected to “reduce the deficit.” According to polling from 2012, it — and the president — were elected to create jobs.

Fast-Food Inc.’s Supersized Subsidies

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Brad Wong: These days, many fast-food employees at large restaurants are hoping that more than just hamburgers, tacos, fried chicken and sandwiches will be exchanged across restaurant counters.

Who Knows How Many Jobless People Last Month?

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Carl Bloice: Millions of our friends, relatives and neighbors are living precarious lives of want and insecurity due to unemployment or underemployment. We are still faced with a jobs crisis, even if few in Washington seem to want to own up to it.

Low-Wage Worker Activism

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Allison Mannos: Under the dark cloud of government shutdowns and other conservative-created mayhem shines a silver lining — the recent gains of California’s low-wage workers.

Bible Lesson on Patriotism

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Berry Craig: Throughout the New Testament, Roberts says, Jesus Christ “talks about the people who are poor and living in poverty. Today, who tries to lift people out of poverty? It’s the labor movement.”

The Robots Are Coming: Now What?

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Richard Eskow: Which profession is most vulnerable to automation? Telemarketers. That will satisfy some people’s vindictive streak, but it will also create more unemployment.

Pension-Cutting Ballot Initiative Revealed

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Gary Cohn: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and conservative activists are developing a ballot initiative to empower governments and voters in California to cut state and local public sector workers’ pension guarantees — not just new hires, but those who have been working for years under existing pension agreements.

Promise Breakers: How Pew Trusts Is Helping to Gut Public Employee Pensions

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Gary Cohn: While few budget experts would deny there are problems with funding public employee pensions, there is nothing resembling a consensus that supports the solutions proposed by Pew and the Arnold Foundation – whose warnings of imminent pension bankruptcy complement similar apocalyptic scenarios sketched by conservatives about Social Security’s future.

A Dancer Speaks Out

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Dana Wilson: In partnership with our union SAG-AFTRA, we built our campaign to the point where we were prepared for an industry-wide work stoppage on music videos.

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