Issues

Woman Workers Campaign for Pay Equity, Fairness

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Saying the pay gap between male and female workers in the same jobs with the same skills and qualifications goes far beyond the quoted 77 cents a woman earns for every dollar for the identical man, a panel of female workers and business owners campaigned for strengthening federal pay fairness laws at an April 1 Senate committee hearing. They [...]

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Unions to OSHA: Cut Workers Exposure to Silica

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer WASHINGTON (PAI)–The nation’s unions are asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to cut worker exposure to silica.  And while they praise OSHA’s proposal to cut exposure in half, some say OSHA doesn’t go far enough. Their testimony came during three weeks of public hearings on the standards, ending April 4.  The hearings [...]

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Op-Ed: A Better Yardstick for Measuring Inequality

By Sam Pizzigati, Editor, Too Much We always get what we measure.  And if we measure inequality with a yardstick that only wonks can decipher, we’ll end up with a society too confused about inequality to do anything meaningful about it. Just 85 of the world’s billionaires, the anti-poverty group Oxfam reported earlier this year, hold as much wealth as [...]

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Minimum Wage Hike Drive Resumes; Bus to Visit More States, MD. OKs Hike

The labor-backed campaign to raise the minimum wage resumed the week of April 13, as the “Raise The Wage” bus headed for more states, while Maryland became the second state to enact a multi-year hike of the wage to $10.10 an hour. The bus will head for Nevada, Nebraska, Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and Iowa, said Jeremy Funk of [...]

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Unionists Take Minimum Wage Raise Fight to Heritage Foundation, Citadel of Radical Right

Unionists Take Minimum Wage Raise Fight to Heritage Foundation, Citadel of Radical Right

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Dozens of unionists, spotlighting how raising the minimum wage would help woman workers in particular, took the fight to raise the wage on March 31 to the doorstep of a leading Radical Right foe, the Heritage Foundation. Led by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, the group picketed the foundation’s headquarters on Capitol Hill, challenging the group’s president, former [...]

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GOP-Run House Panel Approves Anti-NLRB Bills; Board Holds hearings on Election Procedures

WASHINGTON –By party-line votes, the highly polarized Republican-run House Education and the Workforce Committee approved two bills curbing the National Labor Relations Board, even as the board held two days of hearings on its plan to streamline union recognition election procedures. Committee Democrats called the GOP measures “union-busting bills” and unsuccessfully tried to attach to them legislation to raise the [...]

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House GOP Jams Through Budget Blueprint Over Union, Dem Dissent

WASHINGTON –Brushing aside dissent and objections from unions, workers and the Democratic minority, the House’s ruling Republicans jammed through a GOP-written budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, by a 219-205 vote on April 10.  Democrats opposed it 193-0.  Solons then scattered for a 2-week recess. The blueprint sets priorities for legislators as they start writing actual money [...]

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Key Lawmaker Warns Highway-Mass Transit Money is Running Out

WASHINGTON –Money to repair the nation’s crumbling roads and rehab its creaky mass transit lines will run out by July, a key lawmaker on budget issues warns. In an April 8 floor speech, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., added the federal highway-mass transit trust fund could be exhausted by then, bringing projects to a dead halt at the [...]

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“A Republic, if You Can Keep It”

In September 1787, just as the U.S. Constitution was being finished, a Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got?  A republic or a monarchy?” “A republic, if you can keep it,” was the sage’s reply. Thanks to the unholy combination of Republican-named U.S. Supreme Court justices and the Republicans on Capitol Hill and in [...]

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Obama Executive Order Marks Equal Pay Day Push; Senate GOP Kills Debate on Pay Equity Bill

WASHINGTON –Democratic President Barack Obama’s executive order banning companies with federal contracts from retaliating against workers who discuss their pay with each other, and a Senate vote on pay equity legislation, marked the “equal pay day” push of 2014. But while Obama’s orders marked Equal Pay Day on April 8, the Senate failed to come through on April 9.  Senate [...]

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