Wage Growth Still Too Slow


The economy added 313,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported, up from 200,000 in January. Wage growth slowed to 2.6% over the previous year, down from 2.8% in January. Working people still are not receiving a fair return on our labor.

The unemployment rate for black workers is 6.9%, which is nearly double that of whites.  

February’s jobs report is a reminder that wages are not rising to match working people’s productivity.

Our elected leaders should adopt a policy agenda focused on lifting wages:

Economic growth can and must be shared with the hardworking men and women who make it possible.

Raising wages boosts consumer spending, which is good for working people, businesses and our entire economy.



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Union Matters

Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”


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