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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 >>>


Local 1199 SEIU strikes Hopkins Hospital

It is critically important that ALL Workers, ALL Unions, ALL Community and Faith Organizations and Elected Officials of Good Will join with 1199SEIU on FRIDAY, APRIL 11 AT 5:00 P.M. at the corner of Orleans and Wolfe Streets in Baltimore.

I know that this is short notice, but please reach out to your members and consider closing your offices early today to allow staff the opportunity to participate. We need to make this demonstration of union support BIG!

Wear your union hats, shirts and other items to show SOLIDARITY with our sisters and brothers of 1199SEIU who are demonstrating their courage and sacrificing three days pay to win for themselves and a Better Baltimore!

Be part of this major event as we put a picket line all the way around Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For more info, check out the website: hardshipathopkins.org.

 

LABOR 2014 KICK-OFF
Saturday, April 26, 2014
 

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.    Rally
9:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.  Labor to Labor Walks
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.  Lunch for Returning Volunteers

Nights of Labor Studies

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>>>

 

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