Category: LABOR

A Worker’s Take On The New Overtime Proposal

Community Change

July 6, 2015 at 10:40 am

Originally posted on Talk Poverty and The Nation. As a manager for a national auto supply chain, Lora McCrary puts in between 50 and 70 hours a week remodeling stores across the country. But because she’s a salaried employee, she’s ineligible to earn overtime pay. The long hours, weeks spent on the road and living […]

Retail work and the instability of the New Year

Mark Ortiz

January 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

The New Year tends to be a time for new beginnings, but for Americans who work in seasonal jobs in the retail industry, the New Year can be a very unsettling time. The rush for material goods has finally subsided, and work hours disappear along with the jobs, creating only a select number of positions […]

Social Security expansion: Something we can all agree on

Community Change

January 29, 2015 at 10:02 am

Yesterday, Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson, authors of the new book “Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All,” joined AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler at the ALF-CIO headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. to speak about their book and answer questions from the audience. Altman […]

President Obama, Think Big in 2015

Robin Curran

January 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm

It’s a new year, which means new resolutions, new inaugurations and the beginning of holding politicians accountable for their campaign promises. Last week I attended the Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN) Inaugural Action with Mayor Muriel Bowser. In a packed church with standing room only, more than 900 WIN members and supporters came together to present […]

Working Families’ Lives Matter

Tamika Middleton

December 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

For the past several weeks, cities across the country have seen a multitude of protests and acts of civil disobedience following announcements that police officers would not be indicted in the murders of two unarmed Black men, Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in New York City.  Thousands of protesters have hit […]

Minimum Wage Momentum!

Marisol Bello

June 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

Pictured here: People cheer the moment the minimum wage bill passes in the Seattle City Council. There have been a lot of minimum wage victories in the news lately. Yesterday, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Last week, Michigan’s governor signed into law a bill that […]

Frances Perkins: Equal pay trailblazer

Nicole Duarte

April 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Frances Perkins, former Secretary of Labor and first woman to hold a Presidential cabinet appointment, began her career fighting poverty in some of the most impoverished communities in New York and Philadelphia. Perkins was known for her determination, boldness, and ability to find common ground between people with wildly different viewpoints. One of Perkins’ first […]

Is the RNC Ready for an Immigration Makeover?

Guest Blogger

March 19, 2013 at 12:00 am

By Alesia Lucas & Sarah English The Republican National Committee (RNC) has wrapped up their meeting and may be ready for a party makeover. Instead of playing the blame game, like they did after losing last November, Republicans took an introspective look and identified key flaws in their platform and campaign. This resulted in a […]

Tell your Representatives that you want immigration reform, now!

Alesia Lucas

March 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

Tomorrow is the final day of National Call-in week for immigration reform.  We need everyone to call their representatives and urge them to support immigration reform that keeps families together and creates a reasonable pathway to citizenship. We have the chance to fix our country’s broken immigration system which has torn apart so many people […]

Building the Economic Strength of Women

Alesia Lucas

March 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and although it’s 2013, American women still lag behind men in paycheck fairness. Women still make a mere 64 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. Correcting this would not only make an unfair situation right, it would also go a long way toward helping families from slipping […]

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