Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO


America's Next Top Role Model

As a 14-year-old, Sara Ziff faced situations most adults find difficult to manage. But as a model barely out of middle school, sexual harassment and fighting for wages owed to her were all too common. She found out she wasn’t alone. Other models faced the same challenges, and many were pressured to drop out of high school to make the most of a short-lived career.

They banded together to address these concerns collectively, to establish fair and ethical standards in the workplace. In 2012, Ziff formed the Model Alliance to bring dramatic and lasting change in the fashion industry. We spoke with Ziff this month about the fashion industry and the initiatives at The Model Alliance. Read the full article>>>


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.

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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

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