MERIDEN, Kan. — Celeste Henderson is a living, breathing mom who is in the news today, but only as a statistic. She’s one of the millions of American low-wage workers directly affected by Friday’s hike in the national minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour.
They say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Maybe, at times, that’s true. This is about what is going to happen in another city, however — the home of the Pirates, Steeltown, USA, — the city of Pittsburgh. Consider this an invitation to come with us to that city this September to help launch something that will definitely not stay in Pittsburgh.
Just days after the New York Times and other media outlets reported recently that a group of senators “dropped” the majority sign-up provision of the Employee Free Choice Act, the Service Employees International Union responded with an online petition campaign demanding that both houses of Congress schedule an up or down vote on the provision, either as part of the EFCA or by itself.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — With Central High School as a backdrop, the fight for the Employee Free Choice Act took center stage here in this southern state. About 1,500 people rallied and marched July 11 in what was considered the largest demonstration in the state in 20 years.
ST. LOUIS -- 'This isn't just about our future,' Bob Huss, vice president of the St. Louis Communications Workers of America retirees council, told the World as nearly 200 AT&T employees rallied outside the downtown AT&T tower here July 14. 'This is about the future of all working people.'
GARY, Ind. – In another sign of the economic crisis hitting working class cities around the country, angry residents and laid off city workers rallied in front of this city’s new General Services building. The crowd brought uncollected garbage and dumped it in front of the building sign. This was only the second day of a stop in the collection of household waste here.
The California Labor Federation, the largest state labor federation in the country, gave its unconditional support to the bill now before the House of Representatives extending affordable quality health care to the uninsured, including a strong public option.
A top economist at the labor-backed Economic Policy Institute said today that this month’s jobless figures and other economic indicators show the “urgent need” for “a second stimulus package as large as or even bigger than” the $700 billion Economic Recovery Act passed in the opening weeks of the Obama administration.