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 Fair pay, wage enforcement matters for families 

Fair pay, wage enforcement matters for families
If you work hard and play by the rules, then you should be able to earn enough to take care of yourself and your family – that’s a core American value. But for too many people, their hard work isn’t reflected in their paychecks. In many cases, workers aren’t being fully and properly paid for all t....

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 Food Chains: more than a film, it’s a movement 
Food Chains: more than a film, it’s a movement
The documentary, Food Chains, looks at an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. T....

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It’s time to help women and working families By President Barack Obama
I had a discussion with working women in Rhode Island last week about the economic challenges they face in their own lives – challenges shared by many of you. Thanks to the work we’ve all put in, our economy has come a long way these past six years. Over the past 55 months, our businesses have a....
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Puerto Rico is ready to work
The President is focused every day on strengthening the American economy and creating good jobs. As part of his year of action, the President will do whatever he can to help put Americans back to work. Recently, the Obama Administration announced several steps to promote employment opportunities, ....
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The unequal mortgage market is no coincidence
Persistent racial and ethnic inequality in the mortgage market is not a coincidence. Nearly 50 years after the adoption of the Fair Housing Act, newly released federal data indicate that people of color continued to lose ground in the homeownership market in 2013. In particular, black and Hispanic....
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How we punish low-income people for being poor
Recently, I was part of a panel discussion on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry with New York Times reporter Michael Corkery, whose reporting on the rise in subprime auto loans is as horrifying as it is important. In what seems a reprisal of the predatory practices that led up to the subprime mortgage....
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End the $2.13/hour tipped minimum wage
While cities across the country are fighting for increases in the minimum wage, thousands of servers are stuck earning the shockingly low federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 an hour. Unlike the standard minimum wage of $7.25, the tipped minimum wage has remained unchanged for 23 years, forcing wo....
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Fighting for online equality for Latinos
It is undeniable that the Internet has become a vital tool for communication. With the Internet, many Latinos have been able to stay in touch more easily with relatives living far away, whether in the United States or in their native countries in Latin America. Many Latinos have moved up the econ....
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Why working two jobs isn’t enough
President Obama’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour would benefit 28 million hardworking Americans and I’m one of them. My name is Amanda DeShazo, I live in Tacoma, Washington and I have two jobs. Currently I work as a sales associate at a retail store mak....
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Facts that poverty-deniers don't want to hear
Three-quarters of conservative Americans say “poor people have it easy.” The degree of ignorance about poverty is stunning, even for people far removed from the realities of an average American lifestyle. Both oilman Charles Koch and Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim have suggested that we should comp....
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Training workers for more job opportunities
President Obama firmly believes that our economy is stronger when every American who works hard gets a fair shot. Hispanic workers – immigrants or citizens – are a pillar of our economy. But obstacles often stand in our way — and that hurts not only Hispanic families but our country as a whole. ....
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Forced to choose between a job and their family President Barack Obama
As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead. That's the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families this week. We're bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working pare....
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Raising minimum wage is essential all workers
We’re at a critical moment in our economic recovery that requires real leadership and people power to ensure true economic democracy in our country. There is incredible work being done to build a strong antipoverty movement, and spaces like these are fundamental to encourage an open dialogue about....
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The United States of inequality
Even though French economist Thomas Piketty has made an air-tight case that we’re heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the nineteenth-century robber barons, right-wing conservatives haven’t stopped lying about what’s happening and what to do about it. Herewith, the four ....
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Scrap the Ryan budget and start over
Is a budget document a manifestation of your beliefs and values? If so, then communities of color definitely had good reason to be dismayed as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) readied his fiscal year 2015 budget. Once again, the chairman of the House Budget Committee has produced a document that lacks a bala....
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