Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke Workers

Are unemployed workers striking?

by Wade Rathke May 12, 2021 A small group of state governors have announced that their states may abandon the supplemental unemployment program way before its September expiration. The number of Republican governors making the announcement…

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Food delivery driver Jorge Vargas honks a horn while driving his vehicle in a car caravan strike by fast food workers and their supporters on February 9, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Labor Minimum wage News

Pay a Living Wage or ‘Flip your own damn burgers’: progressives blast right-wing narrative on jobs

“If one in four recipients are making more off unemployment than they did working, that’s not an indictment of $300 a week in UI benefits. It’s an indictment of corporations paying starvation wages.” by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Analysis Minimum wage Republicans Wealth

John Thune’s childhood $6 wage—$24 adjusted for inflation—sure helps make the case for at least $15

“The worst thing is that these people aren’t dumb. They know about inflation… They just don’t think people who make their food and clean their bathrooms deserve the same things they got.” by Kenny Stancil, staff…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Reparations

Slave-built infrastructure still creates wealth in US, suggesting reparations should cover past harms and current value of slavery

by Joshua F.J. Inwood, Penn State and Anna Livia Brand, University of California, Berkeley Sunday, February 14, 2021 The Port of Savannah used to export cotton picked by enslaved laborers and brought from Alabama to Georgia…

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Posted in Minimum wage News Restart 2021

‘It is not a budget item,’ Democrat Kyrsten Sinema falsely says as she joins Joe Manchin in opposing $15 wage

“She is incorrect. It has a budgetary impact, and it was verified by CBO. Let’s get it done now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 12, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Friday joined fellow conservative…

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Posted in Analysis Minimum wage

New Year, higher minimum wages in 24 states and 50 municipalities thanks to fight for $15

‘Raises From Coast to Coast in 2021’ “These increases are a testament to the power of workers coming together and fighting for what real people and families need.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, December 31,…

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Posted in Columns Labor Minimum wage Wade Rathke

New York City protects fast food workers

by Wade Rathke December 18, 2020 Atlanta   The New York City Council passed two ordinances that could open the door to a new era of job protection for some of the most precarious workers in the…

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Posted in Common Dreams Labor News Workers

Longtime Union members Pocan and Norcross announce Labor Caucus to advocate for workers in Congress

“President-elect Joe Biden’s new administration gives the Democratic Party the opportunity to reprioritize working families at the center of our legislative agenda.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, November 13 Amid a flurry of new campaigns…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

Progressives call again for ‘Peoples Agenda’ with eyes towards next relief package

“No more waiting for ‘next time.’ Next time is now.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Sunday, April 3 As the Senate prepares to reconvene Monday, progressive organizations are encouraging people to put pressure on lawmakers to…

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Posted in Citizen Wealth Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke

Ripple effects on remittances

New Orleans    One thing leads to another. Easy to say, but hard to endure, especially when it comes to the economic damage that keeps spreading from the pandemic shutdowns. This is the real trickledown economics,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Evictions Health Insurance Safety Net SNAP benefits Wade Rathke

The poor and workers are being hammered

Pearl River   As the economic numbers become more stark, and the economy teeters towards something closer to a depression than a recession, the impact on workers and the poor that has been hidden in plain…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Wade Rathke

Some changes the coronavirus should bring

Pearl River    In the Age of Trump and the Time of the Coronavirus, there seems to be constant speculation about what changes in our society, habits, and government might be permanent given our collective experience….

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Economy Guaranteed basic income Public Policy Safety Net The Conversation

Job guarantees, basic income can save us from COVID-19 depression

A universal basic income and a job guarantee are critical ways to help us weather the economic storm of the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock) by D.T. Cochrane, York University, Canada COVID-19 is both a public health crisis…

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Posted in Columns Gig Economy Labor Safety Net Wade Rathke

Virus exposes gig economy for predatory business model it promoted

By Wade Rathke New Orleans    A lot of Silicon Valley are self-isolating in what should be shame as their app-based, platform capitalism, or whatever they wanted to call it, is exposed as little more than…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Health Insurance News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

New polling shows widespread US public support for paid sick leave, Medicare for all to fight coronavirus

“Humane policies are popular policies.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer CommonDreams Strong majorities of U.S. voters across the political spectrum support an array of progressive policy proposals that would provide immediate relief to those affected by the…

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Posted in Business Columns Labor Labor Wade Rathke

Louisiana case study of delivery app scams

New Orleans A funny thing happened to platform capitalism and its predatory business model in Louisiana of all places making the experience there a case in point. Being Louisiana, the fact that somehow booze triggered the…

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Posted in economic justice Labor Minimum wage News Wages

In Flagstaff minimum wage increased to $13 per hour. If you can get it, and keep it.

Flagstaff    The beginning of 2020 was historic for workers in 47 states, cities, and counties, including Arizona and Flagstaff, as minimum wage inched upward. Across Arizona the Minimum wage increased to $12.00 per hour from…

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Posted in Business economic justice Economy Labor Off the wire Politics Wages

Raising the minimum wage in restaurants could be a win for everyone

Nicole Hallett, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wage…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Off the wire Politics Race for the White House 2020

Sanders Team Weighing Executive Orders to legalize marijuana, stop Trump border wall, declare climate emergency, and more

“We cannot accept delays from Congress on some of the most pressing issues, especially those like immigration where Trump has governed with racism and for his own corrupt benefit.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams…

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Posted in Business economic justice Economy Income Equality Labor News Off the wire Politics Wages

Getting poorer while working harder: The ‘cliff effect’

Susan R. Crandall, University of Massachusetts Boston Forty percent of all working-age Americans sometimes struggle to pay their monthly bills. There is no place in the country where a family supported by one minimum-wage worker with…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Income Equality Labor Off the wire Politics Poverty Wade Rathke Wages Working Class

Fight for $15 is fight for 14 euros in Europe

Amsterdam      In the second meeting of what we are now calling the “The Organizing Forum” or TOF, which I choose to pronounce as TOUGH, more than forty organizers from the Netherlands, France, Brussels, the United Kingdom,…

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Posted in Business Council meetings Economy Flagstaff Flagstaff City Government News Politics

4 – 3 vote from Council to move forward with controversial minimum wage study

Against objections from community members and from three council-members, Flagstaff City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to move forward with an impact study of the minimum wage increase on area businesses. Rounds Consulting Group is the…

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