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Ensuring equal pay for equal work President Barack Obama
Last week was Equal Pay Day. It marks the extra time the average woman has to work into a new year to earn what a man earned the year before. You see, the average woman who works full-time in America earns less than a man – even when she’s in the same profession and has the same education. That....
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No, gender wage gap isn’t a myth
April 8th was Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day by which women supposedly have put in enough extra work to catch up to what men will make in a year. That’s because even when they work full-time, year-round, they still make 77 percent, on average, of what similar men make. But conservatives have rece....
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 María Contreras-Sweet: A fierce advocate

María Contreras-Sweet: A fierce advocate
This week at the White House, President Obama and Vice President Biden participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for María Contreras-Sweet as the new Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She is an excellent choice to lead the SBA, having served at high levels in both t....

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 Chávez work lives on in farm workers, UFW

Chávez work lives on in farm workers, UFW
César said many times that if his movement didn’t survive his death then his work would be in vain. The union of César Chávez continues to aggressively help farm workers organize and negotiate new UFW contracts that dramatically change their lives, and to win new legal protections. Workers in ....

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Strengthening protections for overtime pay President Barack Obama
Strengthening protections for overtime pay President Barack Obama “In this year of action, I’m doing everything I can, with or without Congress, to expand opportunity for more Americans. Last week, I ordered a review of our nation’s overtime rules, to give more Americans the chance to earn....
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A call for more than a $10.10 minimum wage
President Obama signed an executive order last Wednesday raising the minimum wage for some federally contracted workers to $10.10. This move illustrates the fact that we need a higher minimum wage for all workers. It also promotes the bill by Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller that would raise....
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Calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage President Barack Obama
In this year of action, I said I’d do everything in my power to expand opportunity for more Americans. And last week, I took action to lift more workers’ wages by requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour. These are workers who serve our troops’ ....
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Economic benefits of the Affordable Care Act
Last week witnessed the release of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that refuted claims by opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that it is a “job killer” and demonstrated that, by giving families more options for obtaining affordable health insurance outside the workplace, the AC....
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President nominates Latina to lead SBA
America’s small businesses are on the front lines when it comes to creating jobs and new opportunities. They are the cornerstones of our communities, and can help lead the way as we continue to grow the economy and add jobs in the coming year. “They’....
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Cargill pays $2.2M for hiring discrimination
Cargill Meat Solutions, headquartered in Wichita, Kan., has agreed to settle charges of hiring discrimination based on race and sex with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Under the agreement, Cargill will pay $2,236,218 in back wages and interest to 2,9....
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Myth of minimum wage as job killer persists
The GOP has ruthlessly sold the outlandish myth to millions that a hike in the minimum wage is a huge job killer. It has been so effective in its hard sell that President Obama and Congressional Democrats have repeatedly been stymied and frustrated in every effort they’ve made to boost the minimum....
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What workers won in 2013
Things can look bleak for American workers these days: they’re working harder yet wages keep falling, unionization levels are the lowest they’ve been since the Great Depression, and more and more jobs don’t even pay enough to survive. But workers and their supporters are still pushing for better p....
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The meaning of decent society
It’s the season to show concern for the less fortunate among us. We should also be concerned about the widening gap between the most fortunate and everyone else. Although it’s still possible to win the lottery (your chance of winning $648 million in the recent Mega Millions sweepstakes was one in....
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NAFTA at 20: State of the American farmer
One of the clearest stories to emerge in the two decades since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented is the devastation wreaked on the Mexican countryside by dramatic increases in imports of cheap U.S. corn. But while Mexican farmers, especially small-scale farmers, undo....
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Cuts have devastating effects on American Indians
Sequestration has been particularly damaging to Native Americans and breaks promises made by treaties between the United States and the tribes. From 1778 to 1871, the U.S. ratified numerous treaties with various Native American tribes, explicitly guaranteeing education and health care services. De....
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