We Can Raise Pay

From the AFL-CIO

The rules of our economy have been rigged against working people for decades, but our sustained activism can raise pay and build momentum for a new economy built on broadly shared prosperity.

We raise pay by negotiating with employers. As congressional leaders were ramming through a massive tax cut for corporations, Communications Workers of America (CWA) pressured employers to use the savings to raise pay. This week, AT&T will pass along a $1,000 bonus to workers.  

We raise pay at the ballot box. A national worker-led movement to raise pay will lift the minimum wage in 18 states and 20 cities on Jan. 1. Ten states passed minimum wage increases that go into effect over several years. Pay in eight other states will automatically rise to match a higher cost of living.

When our pay goes up, communities thrive. Pay raises create 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.

$4,784: That’s how much annual pay the GOP-controlled Missouri Legislature has taken from every St. Louis worker by lowering the city’s minimum wage from $10 an hour to $7.70.

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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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