About That Raise...

From the AFL-CIO

Eleven years ago today, Congress passed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which was the last time federal politicians raised pay for those who work the hardest for the least. Since then, the value of the minimum wage has dipped 10 percent because of inflation, while the earnings of the country’s wealthiest earners have continued to soar.

America’s working families are united behind an agenda to raise pay, so nobody who works full-time will live in poverty.

A national worker-led movement to raise pay has been gaining momentum for years because we need better wages to live and for our communities to thrive. Yet politicians in Congress have not answered the call and instead have rigged the rules of our economy against us.

We want a $15 minimum wage because nobody who works full-time should live in poverty.

We want the freedom to join in union with our co-workers to negotiate with our employers for fair pay and benefits.

We want working family champions who will work with us to write new economic rules, so our families and our communities can thrive.

Rising pay creates a virtuous cycle of higher living standards, growing consumer demand and greater business investment, which fuels a race to the top.

Working people want a fair economy with good pay and benefits and a secure retirement, and we’ll organize and mobilize to win it.

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Posted In: Union Matters

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He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”

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