All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>
It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>
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Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>
On Sunday, May 4, 2014, the John J. Driscoll United Labor Agency will once again be part of Foodshare’s Annual Greater Hartford Walk Against Hunger, which benefits both Foodshare and ULA. Through the United Labor Agency, Foodshare provides food for anyone in need of food due to strikes, layoffs and plant closings or to any individual who has fallen on hard times. Read more >>>
We encourage everyone to buy and shop union whenever possible. Click "Read more" to find a union grocery store in Connecticut! Read more >>>
Executives at Northeast Utilities are trying to close area work centers and outsource good information technology jobs to India. Please sign our petitions to protect jobs in Connecticut! Read more >>>
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