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  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Pending $15 minimum wage forces Seattle pizza shop to close

    05/22/2015 8:37:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 61 replies
    KPLC ^ | April 29, 2015
    A pizza shop owner in Seattle says the city's new minimum wage law is forcing her to close her doors. The new law says businesses have six years to phase into giving employees $15 an hour. Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise when Seattle's minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month. “I definitely recognize that having more money is important, especially in a city as expensive as this one,” he said. He'll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza,...
  • The Living Wage Diaspora

    05/22/2015 8:46:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 22, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Believe it or not there is actual evidence that illegal immigration does depress wages for the native-born but you are not likely to hear about it in the multitude of classes that touch on various “diasporas.” “In studies at meat-packing plants, when illegal immigrants are taken out, wages went up,” Professor Philip Cafaro pointed out in a panel discussion at the National Press Club last Thursday sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Cafaro teaches philosophy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He has amassed a multitude of research on the subject, much of it on display in...
  • The ‘low-wage recovery’ is a myth

    05/21/2015 7:43:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/21/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    Guess what? This isn’t a low-wage job recovery. Listen to the media, and you might think that the only kind of jobs being created are in fast-food restaurants and retail chains. It turns out that this is wildly misleading and that the economy’s employment profile — the split between high- and low-paying jobs — hasn’t changed much since the recession or, indeed, the turn of the century. Put differently, the share of high-wage jobs is just below one-third of all employment, roughly where it was in 2000 and 2007 — the last year before the financial crisis. Similarly, the share...
  • Here's How Much Michigan 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District

    05/19/2015 5:24:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/13/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan’s “prevailing wage” law costs residents more than $224 million each year, according to the Anderson Economic Group. Now there’s a website that brings the impact of that even closer to home. Created by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Michigan, the new site, www.TimeForRepeal.com/waste-calculator/, lets people learn the cost of prevailing wage mandates for individual school districts. ABC of Michigan, which represents commercial, governmental and industrial construction industries, has consistently advocated for eliminating the state’s prevailing wage law, which essentially requires construction firms doing work for the government to pay union scale wages and follow union work rules....
  • We Might Be Better Off if Professionals Paid More for Manicures—and Other Low-Wage Services

    05/13/2015 6:26:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/12/2015 | Reihan Salam
    There are millions of low-wage immigrant workers across the United States who make life easier for professionals in various ways. These immigrants prepare and serve meals, clean homes and offices, care for children and aging parents and grandparents, drive passengers to and fro, and, among many other things, clean, trim, and paint nails. Over the past few days, Sarah Maslin Nir’s two-part report in the New York Times on labor conditions in America’s burgeoning manicure industry has attracted a great deal of attention, and for good reason. Nir’s work is a powerful reminder that low-wage immigrant workers aren’t always treated...
  • Boyz II Men co-founder launches campaign to help homeless Capitol worker

    05/04/2015 6:08:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/27/15 | Dana Bash
    ...After seeing CNN's story Friday on Charles Gladden -- a man who works in the Senate cafeteria but lives on the streets -- Nathan Morris, the co-founder of musical group Boyz II Men, started an online call to arms to help. Using a crowd-funding site "Go Fund Me," Morris urged people to make a donation to help Gladden find housing.... ...Gladden, 63, makes about $11 an hour, and takes home about $360 a week. But he said he gives a lot of it to his children and grandchildren, who have their own financial troubles. "I take care of them," he...
  • Jobs elusive for 40% of area poor: Survey respondents still struggling

    05/03/2015 1:41:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Local ^ | May 3, 2015 | Sherry Slater
    A survey targeting local low-income families has found that 40 percent of respondents felt they have very little or no job security, according to results being released this week. That kind of instability makes it challenging to commit to car loans, apartment leases and tuition payments – steps often necessary to improving a family’s economic standing. Of those participating in the survey, more than 1 in 2 has received free groceries or meals and about 1 in 4 has needed help with housing, utilities or health care. The 502 responses reflect the experiences of those who continue to struggle in...
  • Congress: Middle class incomes drop as immigration surges

    04/23/2015 2:23:07 PM PDT · by xzins · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 23, 2015 | PAUL BEDARD
    Wages of America's middle class have dropped below 1970s levels as immigration has surged 325 percent, according to a new congressional report that questions claims that native Americans are economically helped by greater immigration. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service report studied immigration and middle class income from 1945-2013 and found that as immigration slowed between 1945 and 1970, American incomes increased. But when immigration expanded, the incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans went flat and then dropped beginning in 2000. In the report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the CRS reported that the foreign-born population of the United...
  • Scott Walker: Immigration policy should protect American wages as well as the border

    04/10/2015 1:40:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Ever since Scott Walker began engaging on the national stage, he’s been dogged by questions about his policies on immigration. The Wisconsin governor admits that his position has changed from a few years ago, a change he attributes to having more opportunity to study the issue now that the cycle of elections in Wisconsin has finally played all the way out. Still, Walker has had some trouble defining the issue in a way that makes him stand out from the field.Did he succeed last night? In an interview with Sean Hannity, Walker said that immigration policy should have as...
  • Five Reasons Why Prospects for Jobs, Wage Gains Are Dimming

    04/02/2015 9:56:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/02/2015 | Prof. Peter Morici
    Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 247,000 jobs in March down from 295,000 in February and 324,000 during the fourth quarter. Wages, for all but the most skilled professionals, continue to advance only slowly, and going forward good paying jobs and pay raises will likely be even scarcer for struggling middle and working class Americans. The headline unemployment rate is down to 5.5 percent, from the recession high of 10, largely because fewer adults are participating in the labor force—for example, the 7 million men ages 25 to 55 that neither have a job nor...
  • Hotel employee tells newspaper how hard it is to live on minimum wage, then manager fires her

    03/31/2015 11:23:05 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 36 replies
    National Post ^ | March 31, 2015 | Chico Harlan, Washington Post
    Shanna Tippen was another hourly worker at the bottom of the nation’s economy, looking forward to a 25-cent bump in the Arkansas minimum wage that would make it easier for her to buy diapers for her grandson. When I wrote about her in the Post last month, she said the minimum wage hike would bring her a bit of financial relief, but it wouldn’t lift her above the poverty line. She called me the other day to say she didn’t get to enjoy the 25-cent hike for long. After the story came out, she says she was fired from her...
  • Why There Is No Wage Growth In America

    03/28/2015 10:42:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/28/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past 2 years the Obama administration has been desperate to boost minimum wages, usually over tedious bickering with republicans and corporations who have resisted such an increase, with neither party realizing that such a measure would not do much to actually boost aggregate spending. Instead, what Obama should have been focusing on was to limit the maximum number of hours worked per week, because as the following chart shows, the reason why weekly pay is rising and aggregate earnings is not due to an increase in hourly wages but because Americans are simply working longer hours every...
  • The Mystery Of America's Missing Wage Growth Has Been Solved

    03/11/2015 9:06:28 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 3/11/2015 | Tyler Durden
    ...the next time anyone asks why there is no broad-based pick up in consumer retail spending across the entire population, just show them the above charts.
  • Record setting number of women not in the labor force

    03/06/2015 1:45:11 PM PST · by xzins · 22 replies
    Young Cons ^ | 6 Mar 15 | Michael Cantrell
    Leftists love to constantly spout off about the “war on women” by conservatives and Republicans. Because, you know, we hate women if we believe they shouldn’t murder their unborn children or something. They also claim women are discriminated against in the workplace by making less money than men, again spewing nonsense and incomplete facts in order to persuade women to vote Democrat. The only problem is, if you look at the statistics involving women in the workforce, you start to see it’s really the loony left that has a war on women. From CNS News: A record 56,023,000 women, age...
  • Albertans make too much money, some economists say

    03/05/2015 3:19:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    CBC News ^ | Mar 05, 2015 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015 5:00 AM ET | Tracy Johnson
    Alberta wages almost 25% higher than Canadian average Economists, politicians and business leaders seek ways to bring wages down Springtime is typically oilpatch bonus season. As the grass turns green, car dealerships and upscale stores tend to get busier. This year is different. Bonuses — if they exist at all — are expected to be small. Wages have been frozen. Oilpatch workers are happy to have a job at all. And that's the private sector. Public sector workers, like teachers and nurses, are on high alert as the provincial government makes increasingly loud noises about reopening their contracts to cut...
  • Walmart Recent Wage Increase a Free Market Success

    02/20/2015 1:39:45 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-20-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Yesterday, Walmart announced that, beginning in April of this year, the company will raise the pay of all its employees to at least $9 an hour. In 2016, the company’s minimum pay rate will again jump to $10. This move will affect approximately 500,000 Walmart employees and, along with several other changes such as increased training and scheduling options, is estimated to cost the company $1 billion. Walmart’s pay increase follows a number of businesses, including Aetna, Ikea and Gap Inc., that have announced an internal company minimum wage higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. While some...
  • When Leftwing Economists Gruber and Krugman Practiced Economics

    02/05/2015 7:37:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | Larry Elder
    resident Barack Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for a minimum-wage hike and for government-mandated paid family and medical leave. "We are the only advanced country on Earth," said the President, "that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers." On the minimum wage, Obama issued this challenge: "And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it. If not, vote to give millions of the...
  • Indian employees likely to see a 11.3 percent wage hike this year

    01/28/2015 7:25:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Forbes India ^ | January 28, 2015 | Debojyoti Ghosh
    W orking professionals across sectors might not have much to cheer this year as salary increases likely to see a “marginal” rise compared with last year’s pay hikes in India. According to a study released today by global management consultancy Hay Group, employees across job roles can expect an average of 11.3 percent wage hike in 2015 led by FMCG and chemical industry. Last year, the actual average salary increase was recorded at 10.9 percent across industries, the report noted. “The study that we have conducted predicts that the pay raise in 2015 will remain in double digits. At this...
  • Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

    01/28/2015 6:51:27 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/26/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan’s prevailing wage law sets an arbitrary mandate for what public entities (like schools) have to pay for construction projects. Top Republicans in Lansing rightly want to eliminate these mandates, as the Mackinac Center has recommended for years. This is estimated to save taxpayers more than $200 million per year. Democrats disagree with the proposed changes. "It's extremely disappointing that the first priority of Republicans is to lower wages and have people work for less," said House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills. "It's just another example of Republicans' relentless push for cheap labor." But if government can set an...
  • Solving the Puzzle of Stagnant Wages

    01/26/2015 6:43:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 25, 2014 | Edward P. Lazear
    The elation over wage increases in private business reported in last month’s job report has been replaced by disappointment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Jan. 16 that average hourly earnings fell five cents in December, eating up most of the six-cent increase in November. Between 2010 and 2014, the average real wage fell 1.1%, a poor showing after rising 3.4% between 2006 and 2010. What accounts for this performance? There are basically two ways that the average economywide wage can fall. There might be a shift in employment away from high-paying to lower-paying industries; in other words, the...
  • Why Wages Lag Employment Recovery

    01/19/2015 6:20:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/19/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    The great wage mystery deepens. In economic recoveries, there usually comes a time when strong job gains lead to strong wage gains. Businesses must pay more to recruit and retain the workers they need. Not this time - or at least not yet. The unemployment rate has dropped from a peak of 10 percent in October 2009 to 5.6 percent at the end of 2014. But hourly wage gains haven't accelerated. They've plodded along at about a 2 percent annual rate, roughly matching inflation. Economists are baffled. "This labor market recovery looks different from anything since World War II," says University...
  • Can Liberals Talk About Standard-of-Living Stagnation Without Sounding All Socialist?

    11/11/2014 2:36:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | November 10, 2014 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    Much of the discussion of last Tuesday's election results has addressed voters' ongoing dissatisfaction with what, by the numbers, is an improving economy. Commenters like Slate's William Saletan noted that Republicans won by using liberal-sounding economic rhetoric to play on income-stagnation angst. President Obama talked about the issue in a press conference, citing the dearth of high-wage jobs amidst the recovery. Today Josh Marshall of the progressive news and commentary site Talking Points Memo and Derek Thompson of the Atlantic poke deeper into the issue. They really poke the heck out of the issue, I tell you! Marshall's piece is...
  • There Is No Wage Growth: America Will Soon Have More Waiter/Bartenders Than Manufacturing Workers

    11/07/2014 6:57:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/7/2014 | Tyler Durden
    While the headline jobs print was a modest kneejerk disappointment at least until it is appropriately spun in some sort of "goldilocks" frame, where the October jobs report was a true disappointment, was in the report of average hourly earnings: rising at just 0.1% for the month and 2.0% Y/Y, it missed expectations across both metrics. As a reminder, even Janet Yellen has observed that with the unemployment rate ridiculously low and thus meaningless to shape policy, the key thing the Fed head is watching is any changes in wages to determine where benign wage inflation is headed. Well,...
  • What's Causing the Wage Stagnation?

    11/06/2014 7:57:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/6/2014 | Robert Samuelson
    I recently wrote about sluggish and stagnant wages, which are said to weaken the economy's recovery. I argued that workers' fear of losing their jobs is an important - perhaps decisive - explanation. In a nutshell: Frightened of being fired and being unable to find a new job, workers are less inclined to quit and search for something better. Therefore, employers don't have to raise wages, or can raise them less, to retain their best workers. Wage gains have been running at about 2 percent annually, a bit above the rate of inflation. There are many competing theories. The most...
  • Cotton: Amnesty Would Drive Down Wages and Increase Unemployment

    10/28/2014 10:00:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Oct 2014 | Dan Riehl
    In discussing U.S. immigration policy on Monday’s “Laura Ingraham Show,” U.S. Senate Tom Cotton (R-AR) cited illegal immigration as a “major issue” in his race in Arkansas, while also pointing out that based upon non-partisan analysis, the so called Gang of Eight bill previously passed by the Senate "would both drive down wages in America and increase unemployment". "I think we need to get Americans back to work before we worry about increasing the number of guest workers, or temporary visa holders we have in the country," he added. “In so many ways, this bill is just like Obamacare --...
  • 50% Of American Workers Make Less Than $28,031 A Year

    10/25/2014 6:11:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/25/2013 | Michael Snyder via Zero Hedge
    The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling.  Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000.  If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000.  So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling.  This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country.  In many homes in America today, both parents are...
  • Where The Rising Wages Are?

    10/03/2014 7:13:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/03/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With the September jobs report, perhaps one of the most irrelevant monthly updates from the BLS in a long time, due out in less than half an hour, BofA's Chart of the Day looks at what has become the most sticky issue in the monthly jobs report of late: where the inflation-adjusted income growth, or lack thereof, can be found. What it finds is that the average American can still hope for rising real wages: they just have to be massively underwater on unrepayable student debt. To wit:  As of 2013, the median income for college graduates was about $80,000...
  • 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 · 45 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 Ł300 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.