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EPI Analysis: Time To Raise The U.S. Minimum Wage

Economic Policy Institute Analysis: Time To Raise The U.S. Minimum Wage Analyzing the recent federal minimum wage proposals: $10.10, $9.00, and $9.80– Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would give working families and the economy a much-needed boost An in-depth analysis of the impact raising the federal minimum to $10.10 would have, detailing the demographic breakdown of […]

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The New Rules Of American Work: The Truth About Employers

By ROBERT SCALLY— If there ever really was any kind of social contract between American workers and employers there is little doubt it is nothing but a memory. America’s 21st century’s work rules in are firmly rooted in employers’ take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward their workforces. Big companies and the people that run them – employers – […]

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This Week In The War On Workers- “Comp Time” Eric Cantor’s Plan To Give Bosses Added Power Over The Clock

By LAURA CLAWSON for Daily Kos Labor— Part of Eric Cantor’s big Republican rebranding agenda is to pass the Working Families Flexibility Act, which would let employers replace paying time and a half for overtime hours worked with offering comp time. Of course, it’s branded as offering workers more choice. But there are a few problems with […]

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Economic Crisis Shockwaves Reverberate In European Public Sector

Although there have been diverse responses to the economic crisis in Europe, the immediate pressure to make savings and reduce public spending have led most governments to make cuts to expenditure, jobs and wages – often hastily. The wages of public sector employees have been cut in a variety of ways: Several countries have implemented […]

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How Much Unemployment Was Caused By Two Economists’ Mistaken Math?

By DEAN BAKER— How much unemployment was caused by Carmen Reinhart’s and Ken Rogoff’s arithmetic mistake? That’s the question millions will be asking when they see the new paper by my friends at the University of Massachusetts, Thomas Herndon, Michael Ash, and Robert Pollin. Herndon, Ash, and Pollin (HAP) corrected the spreadsheets of Carmen Reinhart and Ken […]

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Great PLaces To Work? How To Unlock Inside Information On Employers

By VICKIE ELMER— Look inside before you commit to walk through the gates or guard station every day. Do your due diligence on an employer before you sign on as an employee. Starting today, there’s another way to peek in to corporate cultures: It’s Great Rated! a “social search engine for workplace culture,” developed by the […]

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Trader Joe’s Pays Employees A Living Wage And Wins

By Lorraine Devon Wilke— We’ve watched as places like Walmart, Papa John’s, Target, Applebee’s and other businesses continue to pay sub-par wages while claiming their only option for profit, given the economy and their being “forced” to provide employees with insurance, is to either cut employees’ hours and/or their wages. This miserly strategy is justified and implemented despite the fact that […]

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The Strong Case For Teleworking

By JON MESSENGER and LAURA ADDATI— There’s been much debate about the merits – and demerits – of teleworking, since Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, issued a ban on working from home. According to a confidential internal memo leaked to the press, Mayer said speed, quality, communication and collaboration are often sacrificed when staff work remotely, […]

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HR Smells Like Bug Spray

Bug spray has become scentless mainly to keep people from freaking out in professional environments. But HR shouldn’t smell like bug spray. From Paul Smith’s Welcome To The Occupation blog— I don’t like insects. I find no good use for them and wish that their existence was wiped from this planet. This is why I […]

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Living Wages Let Workers Afford Healthier Food

By JILL RICHARDSON– Healthy food is expensive and telling people to eat organic, local food is elitist. Have you heard that argument before? It’s true. Healthy, organic, local food is expensive. Calorie for calorie, you get more for your money at a fast food drive-through than at a farmer’s market. And the fast food will be […]

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