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.
Brian Biery: In the 1960’s the U.S. made 95% of the clothing sold here; today that stat hovers around 3%. Why the dramatic shift? Profit.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months, scarcely two years after the “Fight for $15″ was dismissed as a pipe dream by some observers.
Elizabeth Ben-Ishai: The Pasadena Chamber pretends to care about the plight of working poor families by claiming that workers will become ineligible for the benefits they rely on if their wages increase, making them worse off.