Minnesota Loses the Race to the Bottom – And Wins

When CNBC released the results of its latest ratings of "top states for business," the winner wasn't one of the states where conservatives have cut government spending, lowered taxes on the wealthy and weakened unions.
Isaiah J. Poole
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A Small Pushback Against The Uber-ization Of Work

A ruling against the ride-sharing service Uber in California is a sign of the increased scrutiny some regulators and courts are giving the labeling of workers as independent contractors in these new disruptive industries.
Jacob Woocher
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President Obama Should Make Rebuilding America His Legacy

Federal investment to rebuild America needs a champion. President Obama could give running room to the members of Congress and progressive activists with bold plans for the nation's infrastructure.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Fed Should Wait For Wages To Rise

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected on Wednesday to announce the latest verdict on if, and perhaps when, interest rates will begin to rise. The answer should be: when workers' wages rise.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Justice Gets Delivered To FedEx Workers

The company will pay $277 million to resolve the claims of workers who were victims of worker misclassification – bossed around like employees, but without the rights and benefits of an employee.
Emily Foster
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Clinton Tells the Fight for $15, “We Need You”

Hillary Clinton’s show of support follows St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s announcement on Friday of a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Emily Foster
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St. Louis Mayor Joins the Fight for $15

Missouri's second-largest city is on its way to join others across the nation in gradually moving to a living wage of $15 an hour. But it must get past a door Republicans have timed to slam shut on the effort.
Emily Foster
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May Jobs Report: Progress and a Long Way to Go

The economy continued into its sixth year of recovery in May. But over 17 million people remain in need of full-time work. Wages still aren't picking up. The economy is recovering, but workers are not.
Robert Borosage
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As a Bridge Crumbles, Congress Fumbles

A Congress gridlocked by conservative ideologues hit the equivalent of the snooze button on a surface transportation bill that would provide federal funding for the nation's bridges, roads and public transportation.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Los Angeles Goes to $15 Minimum Wage

The City of Angels is rising, voting to lift its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. This is entirely a victory of the workers who led the fight and the community groups that joined the struggle.
Robert Borosage
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National Day of Action to Save the Postal Service

The security of workers in the U.S. Postal Service is being threatened, and that is why the American Postal Workers Union asked for support for protests in 85 cities across 42 states.
Emily Foster
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The Price We Pay For Conservative Scorn Of Amtrak

An Amtrak train derails on its way through Philadelphia. A House appropriations subcommittee votes to cut federal funding for Amtrak by about 20 percent. Two dots conservatives don't want you to connect.
Isaiah J. Poole
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You Don’t Have To Sell Your Soul To Pay For Infrastructure

Anti-government conservative ideologues and their big-business benefactors have an interest in convincing people that privatization, privatization-lite and breaks for tax evaders are the only options worth discussing.
Isaiah J. Poole
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For Infrastructure Week, A Progressive Call To Action

Progressive populists are going to have to get loud and get active – and this is a good week to do so. An adequately and honestly funded infrastructure plan is essential to a “jobs for all” agenda.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Jobs Report: We’re Still Feeling The Effects of Austerity

As has been true for the past few months, you have to get below the sunny top lines of the April jobs report to get the real story: We're still have a slack labor market, and right-wing austerity is the cause.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Andrew Cuomo Feels the Heat, Sees the Light

For evidence that movement matters, read the attached op-ed by Andrew Cuomo. The man who shot down New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to raise the minimum wage now champions fast food workers. Who knew?
Robert Borosage
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The Words of Dead Workers

On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
Leo Gerard
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Government Sweatshops: A Time for the President to Act

The federal government is the leading generator of low-wage jobs in America. Now those workers are calling on the president to step up and use his pen to lift workers up, not drive them down.
Robert Borosage
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Government Contract Workers Strike For Better Pay

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Progressive Caucus members stand with low-wage government contract workers, saying that taxpayer-paid contractors should pay workers a living wage.
Miya Pontes
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Study: “Right-To-Work” Lowers Wages

A new reports confirms that "right-to-work" laws are really about employers' to "right" make their employees work for lower wages, and not about protecting workers rights.
Terrance Heath
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