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Worth the Fight: Archived Posts

Poll: Americans Want Action to Close Income Gap

According to a new poll, the deepening chasm between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else is a problem that needs to be addressed now, and government should play a greater role in solving the problem.

Clyde Weiss |

VIDEO: Strong Unions Strengthen Economy

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich knows that in order to have a strong economy that works for everyone. Watch the seventh of 10 videos with ideas about how to strengthen the American economy.

Michael Byrne |

ALEC, Legislators Caught Making Sausage

Brendan Keefe, a Georgia investigative reporter, was kicked out of a hotel for trying to film and expose corporate lobbyists' back-room dealing with lawmakers.

Pablo Ros |

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Art Auction, CEO Pay Reflect Obscene Income Gap

Clyde Weiss |

Right-to-Work Scam Hurts All Workers

According to EPI, wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than they are in non-RTW states. That’s a difference in pay of $1,558 a year for a typical full-time, full-year employee, the report says.

Joye Barksdale |

Rule to Increase Overtime Threshold Advances

The Labor Department's proposed increase to the salary threshold for overtime pay has been sent to the Budget Office for review. The update to the overtime regulations would mean increased pay for millions of workers whose wages have stagnated.

Erick Sanchez |

Private Prisons Get Profit Guarantee with ‘Immigrant Detention Quotas’

Thanks to a new report from Grassroots Leadership, we know the extent to which the federal government is guilty of offering “immigrant detention quotas” to private prison companies.

Pablo Ros |

Union Fair Share Fees Explained

Sometimes complex court rulings can best be understood with the simplest of explanations. Thus it is with a new AFSCME video that uses the analogy of friends going to dinner to puncture the logic of a new court challenge to “fair share” fees.

David Sheeley |

CEO to Workers: I Want You to Be Happy

The founder and CEO of a credit-card payment processing company based in Seattle, Dan Price announced this week that the new minimum wage at his company is to be $70,000 a year.

Pablo Ros |

Corporations Get Tax Breaks While Illinois Taxpayers Get Shaft

In Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner decided that $100 million in business tax breaks promised to corporations by a previous governor must be honored. Meanwhile, taxpayers will get the shaft.

Clyde Weiss |

VIDEO: Today’s Important Step to Strengthen Retirement Security

The Department of Labor is proposing to update rules to protect Americans saving for retirement and crack down on conflicts of interest in retirement advice that are costing middle-class and working families billions of dollars every year.

Tom Perez & Jeff Zients |

Fifth Anniversary of ACA Is Cause for Celebration

Today, March 23, is the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a law that helped 16.4 million people obtain or keep health insurance. That’s cause for celebration.

Pablo Ros |

‘The Truth About John Arnold’ Revealed

Last November, Phoenix voters emphatically rejected a ballot initiative that would have replaced city workers’ pensions with risky 401(k)-style plans.

Pablo Ros |

Ohio Correction Officers Attacked by Inmates

At a time when overcrowding is the rule rather than the exception in Ohio prisons, four correction officers, members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 11, were attacked by a large group of inmates.

Pablo Ros |

Labor Secretary: ‘Turn Up the Volume on Worker Voice’

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez made a strong case for the value of labor unions following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 Union Membership Report.

Pablo Ros |

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