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  • Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies

    09/04/2014 10:42:09 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 42 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 4, 2014 1:27 PM EDT | JOSEPH PISANI
    NEW YORK (AP) — Police handcuffed dozens of protesters in cities around the country on Thursday as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The protests, which were planned by labor organizers for about 150 cities nationwide throughout Thursday, are part of a campaign called "Fight for $15."
  • Loss of mid-wage jobs hampers state's growth

    08/08/2014 9:11:14 AM PDT · by Pelham · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | Tiffany Hsu
    On the surface, California's job market is booming. The state has now recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, and done so at a faster pace than all but five states. The growth, though, belies a troubling imbalance. The fastest job creation has come in low-wage sectors, in which pay has declined. At the high end of the salary scale, a different dynamic has taken hold: rising pay and improving employment after rounds of consolidation. Most distressing, middle-wage workers are losing out on both counts. "People talk about it like an hourglass," said Tracey Grose, vice president of the...
  • The Unions’ War on Small Businesses

    08/11/2014 11:51:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/9/14 | James Sherk
    Would you like to own a small business someday? If so, sorry — the Service Employees International Union would rather you didn’t. The SEIU has convinced the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to eviscerate the franchising model that many small-business owners rely on.Under the current model, these small-business owners pay for the right to use a corporate brand. The franchising corporation researches appealing products. It also does marketing to promote the brand. In return, the local franchisees agree to produce those products to fit certain price and quality specifications. The local franchisee handles all the hiring and employment.
  • Here's Why Wages Might Rise Despite Millions Of Unemployed Being Available For Work

    08/11/2014 7:43:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/11/2014 | CHARLES HUGH SMITH
    Tragically, the inability of our institutions to impart the skills required by the emerging economy hobble not just the unemployed but employers. A reader recently offered a compelling reason why total compensation costs (wages plus benefits/payroll taxes) could rise even in a stagnant economy with millions available for work: many of those who have been out of work for a long time (or have yet to hold a formal job) are unqualified by experience and professionalism to perform the work that is available. This is a complex topic, so let's separate the key issues. 1. Inability to perform the available work successfully on...
  • Let The Good Times Roll For The US Economy

    08/04/2014 4:48:37 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    BI ^ | 8-4-2014 | Ed Yardeni
    Ed Yardeni, Dr. Ed's BlogAugust 4, 2014 Yardeni chart Aug 4, Dr. Ed's Blog The US economy appears on my worry list only indirectly and only because it is performing well, showing no signs of a recession. That’s bearish only if the Fed’s response of starting to raise interest rates in baby steps triggers an unanticipated financial crisis simply because interest rates have been too close to zero for too long. A rush out of corporate bond funds could be one of the consequences with recessionary consequences, or maybe not. It’s something to watch. For now, let the good times...
  • ISTOOK: Get ready for super-priced burgers due to NLRB decree

    07/30/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 89 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    Once again, one man has dictated a major change of federal law that can cost American families dearly. It may double the price of your Big Mac, Whopper, fried chicken, donuts or other purchases at your local fast-food restaurant. Where’s the beef coming from? Surprise! This time it’s neither President Obama nor Attorney General Eric Holder who is twisting the law like a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. It’s Obama appointee Richard Griffin, the president’s hand-picked choice for the all-powerful position as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mr. Griffin has declared that millions of Americans who work...
  • Unions weep: After becoming RTW state, Michigan incomes rise

    07/27/2014 4:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 27, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Hey, do you remember when Michigan shocked the nation and became a right to work state in 2012? That was supposed to usher in the end of the world, at least in the view of union leaders and their Democrat water carriers. As Thomas Lifson reminds us at The American Thinker, the predictions were nigh on to apocalyptic. “There will be blood, there will be repercussions,” State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, warned ahead of the votes. And of course, there were predictions of disaster for the “little guy” as ruthless bosses would exploit...
  • Wage Growth Is Really Going Nowhere

    07/27/2014 9:22:30 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    BI ^ | 7-27-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandJuly 27, 2014 Wage growth is close to not being growth at all. On August 1, we'll get the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, the report showed that the economy added 288,000 jobs in June, with wages growing 2% year of year. Unfortunately, when taking into account the rate of inflation, "real" wage growth was flat. In Business Insider's latest Most Important Charts In The World feature, Ellen Zentner, senior U.S. economist at Morgan Stanley, highlighted the following chart, which shows how real wage growth has slowed to, well, no growth at all.(snip)(snip)
  • Obamanomics In Action: Typical Us Household Worth One-Third Less Than Under Bush

    07/27/2014 4:31:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 26, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Another Obama record… AMERICANS GETTING POORER – HOUSEHOLD NET WORTH IN DECLINE.The median household net worth under Obama is one-third what it was during the Bush years. Under Barack Obama American households are worth two-thirds of what they were worth under George W. Bush. The New York Times reported: Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too. The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only...
  • Fast food workers vow civil disobedience (Demand $15/hr. minimum wage, unions)

    07/26/2014 5:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    VILLA PARK, Ill. — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted today to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership to include nonviolent civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of a campaign that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Wearing T-shirts that said “Fight for $15” and “We Are Worth More,” the workers cheered loudly and said they would win if they stuck together. “People are just fed up,” said Cindy...
  • 10 Cities Where Wages Are Soaring

    07/17/2014 7:40:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/16/2014 | By Alexander Kent and Alexander E.M. Hess
    Although there are many signs the economy is improving, average weekly wages in the United States remained stagnant throughout 2013. This was a notable change from a year earlier, when weekly wages rose 4.7% over the same period. Despite flattening nationally, wages posted strong growth in some metro areas. In six of the 10 metro areas, wages grew at least 6%. In Idaho Falls, wages grew by 18.4% between the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2013. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), these are the metro areas where wages are soaring.Click here to see the 10...
  • EPA backs off on wage garnishment rule

    07/16/2014 8:20:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    The Environmental Protection Agency is rescinding regulations allowing the agency to garnish wages of those it says are delinquent on debts. A notice to be published in Thursday’s Federal Register formally withdraws the rule, issued earlier in the month. “In the direct final rule, EPA stated that if adverse comments were received by August 1, 2014, the direct final rule would be withdrawn and not take effect,” according to the terse notice. “EPA received adverse comments on that direct final rule.” However, the agency did not rule out proceeding with another version of the measure via a more deliberative rulemaking...
  • These Three Charts Show Inflation Is Finally Right Around The Corner

    07/07/2014 8:22:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-5-2014 | JOE WEISENTHAL
    1. Historically, when Capacity Utilization is as high as its now (suggesting not much industrial slack) the inflation rate has been much higher. 2. According to survey data from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, more and more companies are saying they can't find qualified applicants for job openings. 3. Survey data shows a big increase in the number of businesses who say they plan to raise wages in the future.
  • The Insiders: This month’s jobs headlines don’t tell the true story

    07/04/2014 6:03:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 3 | Ed Rogers
    The headline of today’s jobs report, that 288,000 jobs were created in the last month, is positive. At least, it is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. However, as with most economic reports these days, there is a veneer of good news — but when you look closer, the White House is using the positive headlines to hide the growing deterioration of the American workforce. Last month, 523,000 full-time jobs were lost, while 799,000 part-time jobs were added. Another way of looking at these numbers is that almost all of the 288,000 jobs created last...
  • Hobby Lobby Wage Boost Rankles Democrats

    07/04/2014 6:43:29 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 July 2014 | John Semmens
    With the liability of being forced to finance employees' abortions taken off its back by the recent Supreme Court voiding of the Obamacare mandate, Hobby Lobby announced it is raising the minimum wage of its full-time employees to $14.50 per hour. Aspiring presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dubbed the move "a callous and insensitive slap in the face to American women. This company went to a lot of effort to deny its responsibility to insure the reproductive health of its female employees. Now that they've won a totally unfair verdict in court they're insulting these imperiled women by investing the costs...
  • Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

    06/23/2014 12:08:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/23/2014 | Cameron King
    The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more. Keep in mind that 50% is a conservative number at the lowest end of the spectrum. This is assuming that your career is only going to last 10 years. The longer you work, the greater the difference will become over your...
  • The Wages Of Young Female College Grads Are Lower Today Than In 1989

    05/16/2014 9:09:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/16/2014 | ALYSSA DAVIS, EPI'S WORKING ECONOMICS BLOG
    One of the most shocking findings from Heidi Shierholz’s, Will Kimball’s, and my research on young graduates is that inflation-adjusted wages for young female college graduates are lower today than they were in 1989. Average real wages for young female college graduates are currently $15.29, whereas 25 years ago they were $16.12 (in 2013 dollars) — a decrease of 5.2%. This is part of a wider trend of wage stagnation and decline since 1989 for both men and women. For all college graduates ages 21-24 (male and female combined), wages today are only 2.4% higher than they were in 1989....
  • Billionaires try to convince Americans it’s good to import foreign workers, increase immigration

    05/06/2014 12:47:27 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 62 replies
    Bangaor Daily News ^ | May 05, 2014 | Jonette Christian
    Billionaires buy whatever they want. And not just mansions and Teslas but elections and legislation. The recent Supreme Court decision lifting caps on campaign contributions gives them even more power. The libertarian Koch brothers have already pumped millions into this year’s elections. But Michael Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Rupert Murdoch and George Soros are no less guilty of buying our political system, and all of them, from libertarian Koch brothers to liberal Soros, are united in one cause: Bring in more foreign workers, increase job competition, and allow “market forces” to drive down wages. Since 2007, political lobbies spent a whopping...
  • Happy Easter: Worker Sends 1,000 Ducklings to Boss’s Home in Wages Dispute

    04/19/2014 6:20:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Saturday 19 Apr 2014
    A disgruntled worker hatched an unusual revenge plot against his former boss when he sent more than 1,000 baby ducks to his home. Builder Chiu Xiang arranged for the 1,130 live ducklings to be dropped in the home of his employer, Hung Bin, in a dispute over wages. The 60-year-old, who worked for Bin for three years, said he was owed £300 in unpaid wages after quitting his job in China’s Sichuan province last year, according to the Shanghaiist. ‘It was all he deserved,’ he said. ‘I hope the ducks drove him quackers.’ Xiang organised for a contact who runs...
  • This is the huge question Democrats wont (and can't) answer as they peddle the gender wage gap myth

    04/09/2014 3:14:40 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 18 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-9-14 | The Looking Spoon
    See a comprehensive takedown of liberals on this issue at Legal Insurrection.
  • 9 Of The Top 10 Occupations In America Pay An Average Wage Of Less Than $35,000 A Year

    04/03/2014 2:55:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/03/2014 | Michael Snyder
    According to stunning new numbers just released by the federal government, nine of the top ten most commonly held jobs in the United States pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year. When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes. And once you consider how we are being taxed into oblivion, things become even more frightening. Can you pay a mortgage and support a family on just a couple grand a month? Of course not. In the old days, a single income would enable a...
  • The High Costs of Obamacare

    03/16/2014 11:38:15 AM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 16, 2014 | Jack Kelly
    Obamacare will reduce the earnings of its 300,000 members by up to $5 an hour by requiring them to buy health insurance, according to a report by Unite Here, a union which represents chiefly lower-wage workers in service industries. The union said it “threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.” Americans who says they’ve been hurt by Obamacare outnumber those who say they’ve benefited from it by more than 2 to 1, according to recent polls by both Rasmussen and Gallup.
  • Milford crowd confronts Malloy on gun laws, wage increase

    03/06/2014 6:48:18 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | March 6, 2014 | Jennifer Swift
    MILFORD >> Residents with a collage of questions and suggestions made their way to the microphone held by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at a town hall event in Milford. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stood at the lectern in City Hall Wednesday to answer as many questions he could in an hour — or directed people to the right staff member to contact to follow up.
  • Are We Entering Another Stagflation Era?

    02/19/2014 6:04:43 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/18/2014 | IBD Staff
    Economy: Food and energy prices are rising, wages are flat and the top concern among Americans is unemployment. What was that word coined in the '70s to describe a stagnant economy suffering inflationary pressures? Since the Obama "recovery" started 4-1/2 years ago, inflation appears to have been relatively tame, with core prices climbing just 7% from June 2009 to December 2013. But as CBS News discovered when it looked a little closer, the overall number is deceptive. In fact, it found food prices soaring. The official inflation data confirm this. Overall, food prices are up 9% since June 2009, according...
  • Obamacare’s $70 billion pay cut

    02/10/2014 9:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2014 | Marc A. Thiessen
    In his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to “give America a raise.” Well, it turns out that Obama is giving America a $70 billion annual pay cut, courtesy of Obamacare. That is the overlooked nugget in the new Congressional Budget Office report detailing the economic costs of Obamacare. While much attention has been paid to the report’s finding that Obamacare will reduce employment by as much as 2.5 million workers, buried on page 117 (Appendix C) is this bombshell: “CBO estimates that the ACA will cause a reduction of roughly 1 percent in aggregate labor compensation...
  • Minimum Wages: Few Benefits, Many Consequences

    02/10/2014 2:25:41 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-10-14 | Will Freeland
    President Obama’s recent State of the Union address was the culmination of months of advocacy from Democrats and activists for a higher minimum wage. The President proposed a raise to the minimum wage for federal contractors by executive order to $10.10 per hour and called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage for all workers to the same mark, along with indexing it to inflation. A raise of the national minimum wage was framed as giving low income workers the “living wage” they deserve and fighting perceived growth in income inequality in America. Though the President’s proposal is well...
  • Almost Everything You Have Been Told About The Minimum Wage Is False

    02/04/2014 6:36:13 AM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1-30-13 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    The Democrats, their union supporters, and liberals in general are making a hard and concerted push for an increase in the minimum wage. President Obama mentioned the subject prominently in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and even promised to take executive action to increase the minimum wage federal contractors must pay their workers starting in 2015. While Republicans and small business owners are sure to resist this push, it is important that everyone on both sides debates the issue with the correct facts. Much of what you hear about the minimum wage is completely untrue. First,...
  • How to Increase Unemployment: Gang of Eight–style reform would depress wages of low-skill workers.

    01/10/2014 5:03:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/10/2014 | Andrew Stiles
    Five years after winning control of the White House and Congress, Democrats can’t wait a minute longer for a serious conversation about income inequality, a problem that is considerably worse under President Obama than it was under his much-maligned GOP predecessor. Republicans naturally accuse the president of wanting to double down on anti-poverty measures that haven’t worked, but they too seem eager to engage the issue. This decision to make income inequality the priority issue in 2014 is noteworthy in light of last year’s priority issue: comprehensive immigration reform. Although dormant for the past few months, immigration reform is still...
  • McDonald's shuts down internal website

    12/27/2013 4:30:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    WWLP-TV ^ | 12/27/13
    McDonald’s has pulled an internal website that advised its workers to avoid eating the fast food it sells... It was the last straw after a long list of embarrassments calling even more attention to what workers are already protesting that it's hard to live on a McDonald’s wage. “If everyone is talking about these gaffes and pr nightmares, that just draws attention to the fast food strikes and I don't think that's what McDonald’s should be drawing attention to,” said CNN money writer Emily Fox Recently the web site instructed McDonald’s workers how to find a second job, sell off...
  • Influential voices in food movement seek better worker wages

    12/25/2013 10:57:28 AM PST · by thecodont · 42 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:01 pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | Joe Garofoli
    Since he wrote "Fast Food Nation" more than a decade ago, muckraking author Eric Schlosser has noticed a sympathy gap in the food movement that he helped foster. Some foodies seem to care more about the treatment of the animals they eat than the workers who prepare and serve them. "It's not all foodies by any means," Schlosser said. "But the food movement can get sidetracked into wealthy, upper-middle-class people caring about food as status, caring about food as pleasure. I'm a huge supporter of animal welfare, but the compassion for the abuse of animals is so much more excessive,...
  • Rising riches: 1 in 5 in US reaches affluence

    12/09/2013 11:08:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 9, 2013 | Hope Yen
    Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding extensive influence over America's economy and politics, according to new survey data. These "new rich," made up largely of older professionals, working married couples and more educated singles, are becoming politically influential, and economists say their capacity to spend is key to the U.S. economic recovery. But their rise is also a sign of the nation's continuing economic polarization. They extend well beyond the wealthiest 1 percent, a traditional group of super-rich millionaires and billionaires with long-held family assets. The new rich have household income of...
  • A United States 'Spring' Coming?

    12/08/2013 8:59:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 5, 2013 | Matthew Dowd
    Could an "Arab Spring" type of upheaval be brewing in the United States? Is the frustration and anger toward our dysfunctional politics and economics beginning to reach a tipping point where young folks begin to push for profound change? Has our democracy become so broken that citizens are going to find creative avenues to express their feelings? Will we pass through the holidays and winter of our dysfunction to arrive at a spring of change? I sense a movement of social unrest growing strongly and quietly towards our own version of the Arab Spring. Let's take a look at some...
  • How Obama can bypass Tea Party Congress (and raise fast food worker wages)

    12/04/2013 5:59:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | 12/04/13 | Josh Eidelson
    The White House has offered “no response” to a months-old call from congressional Democrats to bypass Congress and use executive action to raise workers’ wages, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus told Salon Tuesday afternoon. “It wasn’t responded to,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. “I mean, the response would have been, ‘We’re working on it, we’re looking into it,’ ‘We feel it’s a good idea,’ or, ‘No, we’re not going to do it.’ Any of those is a response. We received none of that.” Grijalva pledged that, starting with a Thursday rally at the National Air and Space Museum,...
  • Minimum Wage Battles in Michigan

    11/26/2013 1:11:26 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/24/2013 | James Hohman
    One of the seven principles of sound public policy is that we consider long-run effects and all people, not short-run effects and a few people. The latest push for an increase in the minimum wage could use more of a consideration of the long-term effects on all people. The stated goal of proponents for a higher minimum wage is to help struggling families, according to Fight for 15, the union-sponsored group supporting fast food strikes around the country. In 2012, however, 55 percent of all minimum wage workers were between 16 and 24 years old, according to the Bureau of...
  • Switzerland's Proposed New Law To Link Executives' Pay With Their Lowest Paid Workers

    11/19/2013 12:10:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/19/2013 | CAROLINE COPLEY
    Switzerland will vote on Sunday on whether to limit the salaries of top executives so they don't earn more in a month than the lowest paid workers earn in a year, a move that could mean big pay cuts for business leaders earning millions. The so-called 1:12 initiative for Fair Pay, the latest attempt to narrow a growing wage gap in one of the world's wealthiest nations, was brought about by the youth wing of the Social Democrats (JUSO), who gathered the 100,000 signatures needed to force a nationwide vote. Despite its high standard of living, Switzerland is a generally...
  • Obama courting CEOs on immigration widens conservative split, raises issue of corporate motives

    11/10/2013 5:41:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 10, 2013
    POLITICS Obama courting CEOs on immigration widens conservative split, raises issue of corporate motives Published November 10, 2013 FoxNews.com President Obama's courting of top U.S. executives this week to help get the Republican-controlled House to pass immigration reform is furthering the divide among conservatives, with a top GOP senator and others suggesting corporate America is lending its support with hopes of getting more access to low-cost immigrant labor. The president said before the White House meeting Tuesday that he and others who support comprehensive immigration reform passed in the Senate know the “politics are challenging” in the House and that...
  • BLS: Real Median Earnings Dropped In Q3 2013, Down 3.5% Since End Of Recession

    11/01/2013 1:14:07 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/01/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the real median earnings of Americans dropped in the third quarter of 2013. blsheaderrealmedianwage According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the great recession ended in June 2009. Since the end of the Great Recession, real median earnings for Americans have dropped 3.5%. Any wonder why mortgage purchase applications are so low … mbapurchase1995 and money velocity is dying? m2velosp20
  • Data Center: Current and projected average BART wages

    10/16/2013 6:18:40 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | Oct. 15, 2013 | Daniel J. Willis
    To help you keep track of where both sides stand in the BART contract negotiations, here are our best estimates of current average salaries by bargaining unit based on the 2012 Public Employee Salary Database. This page will be updated as new contracts are proposed. Last updated 5:26 pm Oct. 14 to reflect the latest contract proposal by BART management.
  • Strippers Are Protected by Labor Laws, Judge Says

    09/11/2013 4:34:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 9/10/13 | PATRICK McGEEHAN
    As she shook her bare backside for the sparse afternoon crowd at Rick’s Cabaret, the dancer introduced as Vanessa appeared to be more committed to her work than the typical clock-puncher. But a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that she and her fellow strippers were hourly workers who deserved at least the minimum wage. The judge, Paul A. Engelmayer of the Southern District, ruled that the dancers who strip to their G-strings and stilettos every day and night at Rick’s are indeed employees protected by federal and state labor laws. The ruling came in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf...
  • Burger Restaurant To Pay Entry Level Workers $15 An Hour

    09/11/2013 1:51:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 66 replies
    Opposing views.com ^ | 9/9/13 | Michael Allen
    ... a local burger joint outside of Detroit, Mich. is going to start to paying $15 an hour to new employees on October 1. Moo Cluck Moo is currently paying its entry level employees $12 an hour, far above the state minimum wage of $7.40. “We always wanted to be at $15 an hour. It just feels human to do it. It’s not an easy job to do.
  • Labor Days Blues: Employee Compensation Falls In July As Labor Day Weekend Begins

    08/30/2013 7:57:59 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/30/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As we enter the Labor Day weekend when we are supposed to be celebrating hard-working Americans, we get the monthly personal income and spending numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Personal income rose .. 0.1% in July. pitab083013 compensation of employees, the core component of personal income, fell by $21.9 billion, the was the biggest monthly slide decline since May 2012. pi083013 Another view of declining employee compensation. Compensation Employees_0 And my favorite chart of declining real household income: household-income-monthly-median-growth-since-2000 Chicago Purchasing Managers Index printed at 53.0 in August, up from 52.3 in July. But there was a...
  • Fast-food strikes scheduled for August 29, day after March on Washington [Nationwide]

    08/28/2013 10:17:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    The Grio ^ | 8/27/13 | Carrie Healey
    On August 29th, the day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, fast-food workers around the nation are planning to strike for better pay and working conditions. Workers going on strike are demanding $15 an hour wages, mirroring the demand for $2 an hour the organizers of the 1963 march made.
  • Data Indicate Forced Union Dues-Paying Factory Workers Have Far Less Job Security, Lower Wages

    08/22/2013 10:11:07 AM PDT · by willowsdale · 7 replies
    A front-page Wall Street Journal article published at the beginning of this week (see link below) and other news reports are calling public attention to the fact that, after many years of decline, manufacturing employment in the U.S. has modestly rebounded since the end of the Great Recession. Unfortunately, the Journal account and others appearing in major media outlets ignore data showing that even as the total number of manufacturing jobs increased by roughly 480,000 from 2009 to 2012, the number of factory jobs held by unionized workers fell by nearly 130,000. (Our source for these figures and those in...
  • Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric

    07/28/2013 12:33:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 27, 2013 | Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear
    GALESBURG, Ill. — In a week when he tried to focus attention on the struggles of the middle class, President Obama said in an interview that he was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. Upward mobility, Mr. Obama said in a 40-minute interview with The New York Times, “was part and parcel of who we were as Americans.” “And that’s what’s been eroding over the last 20, 30 years, well before the financial crisis,” he added. “If we don’t...
  • American Cities Where Wages Are Soaring

    07/15/2013 8:01:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/15/2013
    The average wage of a U.S. worker was $1,000 per week in the fourth quarter of 2012, or 4.7% higher from the same time in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In some areas, pay rose than 10%. In the San Francisco metropolitan area, the average wage grew by nearly 25%, more than any area in the country. Based on the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, these are the cities with the biggest increases in pay.Click here to see the cities where wages are soaringClick here to see the cities where wages are plummetingIn an...
  • Gun-loving states in frenzy over Connecticut gun makers

    06/17/2013 8:13:40 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Guns.Com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Daniel Terrill
    Yesterday, Texas came a knocking. While most would assume that with the Lone Star State’s love of guns would pair the two together better than peas and carrots, Gov. Rick Perry will have to bring more than just a box of chocolates and some bright red roses. He aims to woo them with things like low taxes, fewer regulations and offer an economic incentive package. On top of the sweet talk, Perry has been laying ground work since the National Rifle Association’s annual convention last month (check out his intro video) and, as of his arrival yesterday, with TV and...
  • Who ‘Needs’ Immigrant Labor? You can’t have a real discussion without mentioning wages.

    06/11/2013 7:20:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/11/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the most common arguments for allowing more immigration is that there is a “need” for foreign workers to do “jobs that Americans won’t do,” especially in agriculture. One of my most vivid memories of the late Armen Alchian, an internationally renowned economist at UCLA, involved a lunch at which one of the younger members of the economics department got up to go get some more coffee. Being a considerate sort, the young man asked, “Does anyone else need more coffee?” “Need?” Alchian said loudly, in a cutting tone that clearly conveyed his dismay and disgust at hearing an...
  • Real Wages Decline Again — Literally No One Notices

    06/02/2013 6:13:18 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-1-2013 | Kenneth Thomas, Middle Class Political Economist
    Real Wages Decline Again — Literally No One Notices Kenneth Thomas, Middle Class Political Economist Jun. 1, 2013, 12:09 PM You read it here first: Real wages fell 0.2% in 2012, down from $295.49 (1982-84 dollars) to $294.83 per week, according to the 2013 Economic Report of the President. Thus, a 1.9% increase in nominal wages was more than wiped out by inflation, marking the 40th consecutive year that real wages have remained below their 1972 peak. Yet no one in the media noticed, or at least none thought it newsworthy. I searched the web and the subscription-only Nexis news...
  • We the People: Minimum wage is not enough to live on

    05/14/2013 12:00:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Crossville Chronicle ^ | May 8, 2013 | Pat Vaughn
    For folks too young or too unaware what has happened to our economy the past 30 years, here is an answer. Ronald Reagan, G.H.W. Bush and the Republican Party are responsible for what we know as "Reaganomics," an economy that continues today resulting in few "labor unions” and the resulting low wages and lack of worker benefits. Newly elected Reagan’s (1981) first attack on the middle class economy was his dismantling a labor union representing 11,000 striking air traffic controller employees, whom he “fired.” Their PATCO union was destroyed. Reagan and his rich, conservative friends (not one who needed job...
  • US Goes Full Europe: Output Gap At $840 Billion, Real Wages Declining (Awful, Euro-Style Recovery)

    04/21/2013 11:42:00 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/21/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    One of the measures I like to follow is the spread between real GDP growth and potential real GDP growth. Potential GDP is the highest level of real Gross Domestic Product output that can be sustained over the long term. As of the end of 2012, the output gap (potential – actual real GDP growth) logged in at $840 billion. And that is just for Q4 2012. Notice that the US has been running almost a trillion dollars in subpar performance per quarter since 2009. Nobel Laureate Robert Lucas from University of Chicago gave a lecture in 2011 where he...