Monthly Archives: February 2015

Current status: morning fresh.

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In queens, the taco trucks have their own heated indoor patios. #nofilter.

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Minimum Wage for New York City’s Tipped Workers Will Increase to $7.50

Huge victory to give workers the basic labor protection of the minimum wage.

h/t Jesse Alan
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Even Better Than a Tax Cut

“Contrary to conventional wisdom, wage stagnation is not a result of forces beyond our control. It is a result of a policy regime that has undercut the individual and collective bargaining power of most workers. Because wage stagnation was caused by policy, it can be reversed by policy, too ..”

“We need to start with monetary policy. In the next few years, the most important decisions being made about wages are those of the Federal Reserve Board as it determines the scale and pace at which it raises interest rates — and thereby slows job growth. Before raising rates, it is essential we achieve a robust recovery, with roughly 3.5 to 4 percent annual wage growth. This will ensure that wage growth matches productivity growth and that everyone can benefit from the rebounding economy.”
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Malcolm X Matters: Icon’s Words Still Ring True

A collection of rarely clips of Malcolm X on the anniversary of his assassination:

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”
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In Service Sector, No Rest for the Working

The Fair Workweek Initiative at the Center for Popular Democracy in the news again, this time addressing the issue of “clopenings” or employees, particularly in fast food and retail, being forced to close one night and open the next morning. That means closing at 11 pm and needing to open by 6 am and fitting in commuting home and back, eating, sleeping, feeding your kids, and everything else into a short time that leaves you with 3 and half hours of sleep and a full day ahead of you. Director Carrie Gleason talks about the prevalence clopenings and some of our efforts to create legislation to set a baseline labor standard protecting workers right to a humane rest period.

The National Retail Federation says, “Advocates have it wrong to think you can legislate and just outlaw the process. The market adjusts to the needs of workers,” and there’s just not an lol big enough.

cc: Elianne Farhat; Rachel Deutsch; Amy Carroll;
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Labor-backed group aims to end erratic, last-minute scheduling for hourly workers

Very, very proud to be part of the Fair Workweek Initiative at Center for Popular Democracy and helping the coalition in Minnesota protect working families from insane, inhumane scheduling practices. 41% of hourly workers do not know their schedules a week in advance, so they can’t plan for childcare, education, or another job — which most of these folks need to make ends meet. The fair workweek legislation aims to ensure working families have the basic right to a predicable schedule so they can plan the rest of their lives.

h/t Elianne Farhat
cc: Anthony Newby, Amy Carroll; Carrie Gleason; Rachel Deutsch
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