Rosemary Jenkins: This is the day Governor Brown signed into law the Raise-the-Wage mandate—$15 an hour minimum wage for nearly every worker in California phased-in over the next few years until it is eventually indexed to the cost-of-living.
Berry Craig: The host of a nationally-syndicated labor radio talk show wants union members to “thank” Sen. Mitch McConnell for his “help” with the Friedrichs case.
Peter Dreier: More than 40% of California workers earn less than $15 dollars an hour. By putting more money in people’s pockets, the pay increase will improve the economy by increasing consumer spending in businesses throughout the state.
Randy Shaw: The past 50 years has seen remarkable growth in Latino political power, electoral clout, and in unionized Latino workers; sadly, the plight of farmworkers has declined since the UFW’s high point at the end of the 1970’s.
Berry Craig: Unions were a big reason Democrats still have the legislature’s lower chamber, according to House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. Killing Right to Work
José-Antonio Orosco: The mood among the farmworkers at the time was not unlike a general feeling among many voters today who feel that the promise of the American dream is slipping away as a result of an unjust collusion of government and economic elites. Cesar Chavez Delano
Berry Craig: We’re ready to advance beyond these regressive policies of Gov. Bevin and these other anti-worker Republicans and start turning Kentucky around.
Robert Borosage: With the latest weak jobs report, Americans are still waiting to feel the rewards of growth. Wages are barely stirring; the average hourly wages of non-supervisory private sector workers remained unchanged from the previous month and is up little more than 2 percent (2.2 percent) over the year.
Berry Craig: Predictably, the union-busters are in high dudgeon over Federal District Judge David Hale’s ruling that, in effect, invalidated a dozen county “right to work” ordinances in Kentucky.
Berry Craig: Kentucky AFL-CIO president says judge’s ruling against county RTW ordinance is a victory for Kentucky’s working families.
Peter Dreier: At 12:15 am Tuesday, the Pasadena City Council voted 7-0 to adopt a minimum wage policy that will lead to $15/hour by 2020. Pasadena Raises Minimum Wage
Peter Dreier and Mark Maier: The proposal that the City staff submitted to the City Council includes a number of troublesome loopholes that could seriously undermine the law’s effectiveness, make enforcement difficult, and hurt the local economy.
Peter Dreier: Pasadena workers and supporters are fighting for a living wage. Restaurant moguls Gregg and Bob Smith (owners of Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chop House, Smitty’s and Seco) want to stop them.