Labor Then, and Labor Now

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A half-century ago, when workers were calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage, civil rights leader Bayard Rustin said “so that men may live in dignity." President Obama has recognized the growing wage gap. His proposal to increase minimum wage to a measly $9 an hour by 2016 and assertions that economic growth will solve the low-wage problem have left workers with uncertainty. 

Labor, Then and Now - New York Times

The new labor movement is getting stronger, evidenced by the fast-food worker protests and other low wage worker activities. A new National Employment Law Project (NELP) report suggests using “federal contracts, concessions and subsidies as leverage toward a higher-wage economy. The labor movement has largely been to utilize and change laws for better wages and working conditions. "This Labor Day could be remembered as the moment when that idea rose again."

A comeback for labor - Washington Post

"We strongly support the courageous fast food workers who held strikes last week in cities across the United States to demand wages that can support their families," Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers said."Wages are stagnant even though worker productivity has risen by 23 percent since 2000." 

All low-wage workers need a big pay raise (EDITORIAL) - Detroit News

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