Published with permission from Media Matters. Right-wing media and Republican politicians blasted the Labor Department’s decision to update and expand overtime protections, clearly taking their cues from the National Retail Federation (NRF) — a business association known for spreading falsehoods on worker rights. The NRF and its allies are portraying overtime expansion as something that […]
Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott went to California to steal some jobs. Scott urged California businesses to pack up and move to Florida because the minimum wage in Florida is only $8.05 an hour. That was actually the thrust of his selling point: Why are you paying your workers $10 an hour? Floridians will work dirt cheap!
Ted Cruz has taken to co-opting populist messaging on “wages,” but his own record is clear: Cruz has been a consistent opponent of raising the minimum wage, and is even skeptical of the concept of a minimum wage itself.
“I’m more afraid of, actually, Hillary Clinton’s war record and her hawkishness than I am of building a wall,” she said, after Colbert asked about her interview with Hayes.
The deal, if passed in the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, would add to a wave of minimum wage increases at the state level in the United States, where the federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour for more than six years.
The liveliest portions of Sunday’s Democratic debate, the last before Iowa’s caucuses Feb. 1, were sparked by gun control and Wall Street regulation.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin is opening the door to new initiatives aimed at helping low-income families as he prepares to discuss poverty in a forum showcasing GOP presidential candidates in Columbia, S.C.
The same uber-rich bosses who have pushed relentlessly to disempower labor and to send jobs offshore now recognize that inequality is a problem — and guess what they want in exchange for solving it.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told home health aides that raising the minimum wage is a central part of her campaign’s economic agenda.
“This is going to help hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, but this is going to do something else,” Governor Andrew Cuomo told a jubilant rally audience. “Because when New York acts, the rest of the states follow.”
The Los Angeles City Council’s 14-1 approval is a victory for wage activist groups composed of labor unions, immigrant groups, community activists.
Voters should listen closely to the Republicans who assert that they are the true spokesmen for the working class. What do they propose to address inequality? And how “authentic” is their concern?