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  • Monday, April 15, 2013 How GOP Obstruction is Killing the Working Class

    The GOP is doing whatever it can to stop the government from functioning properly, including blocking nominations to the NLRB. “At the moment the Republicans are wide open to attacks that they are so preoccupied with partisan politics that they have forgotten about the need for the government to enforce the nation’s labor law.”

    Opinion: Labor fight one front in GOP war - The Hill 

    “Congress essentially told working Americans to drop dead. House Republicans pushed through a dangerous bill that would paralyze the National Labor Relations Board, blocking the only path that workers have to workplace justice… Today the NLRB has no teeth, but if H.R. 1120 has its way, tomorrow it might not survive.”

    No NLRB, No Voice - Huffington Post 

    The GOP isn’t just holding up the NLRB, but is also blocking nominations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. When will they stop blocking progress and start trying to help the working class? 

    Republicans’ D.C. Circuit barricade - Washington Post

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  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013 The Real Impact of Abusing Workers

    “Things are getting tougher for many people at work, as companies seeking to improve efficiency push employees to work harder… But this trend doesn’t just play out in the workplace. It also makes a profound difference in how people behave at home and in their communities.” This is leading to higher divorce rates, children having little supervision because their parents are forced to work longer hours, increased stress at home, and decreased productivity. 

    Tougher workplace makes home life worse too - LA Times 

    Here is just another example of worker abuse that is going on in our country. The wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and retaliation against workers reported in this story are eerily similar to the conditions faced by Walmart contracted warehouse workers across the country. 

    Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly - NPR

    In addition to the stress of raising a family and putting food on the table, workers additionally have to deal with management monitoring every key stroke and bathroom break workers take. It’s only going to get worse until workers organize together and stand up to abuses and overreach by management. 

    Monitoring upends balance of power at workplace, some say - LA Times 

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  • Monday, April 8, 2013 American Workers – A Disposable Workforce

    Big businesses now largely believe their workers are disposable.  “Many businesses no longer want long-term relationships with their employees, who must now work harder without getting financial and psychological rewards that were once routine.”

    As employers push efficiency, the daily grind wears down workers - LA Times 

    David Macaray sums up why labor unions are the last hope for America. “It's no accident that this draconian work environment coincides with the precipitous drop in union membership. It's no accident and it's no coincidence, because the one thing a labor union brings to the workplace is resistance -- resistance in the form of worker representation and adult supervision.”

    Labor Unions: America's Last Hope - Huffington Post 

    One major obstacle the middle class faces is the fact that some of America’s largest corporations exert a great deal of effort in blocking their workers from forming a union. Take the example of New York Fast Food workers, who went on strike Thursday for a fair wage, and the right to form a union without fear. 

    Albor Ruiz: Workers at fast food eateries across the city walk off their jobs to demand fair compensation - New York Daily News  

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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Sick and Tired at Work

    More than 40 million hard-working Americans don’t receive any paid sick leave. “The absence of paid sick leave is a glaring injustice that puts American workers in the distinguished company of workers in Syria, Somalia and North Korea. It’s an affront to our values and the dignity of a hard day’s work. And it’s a drag on our families, our businesses, and our society.”

    Lack of paid sick leave is unhealthy for America - Washington Post 

    Long-term health risks from occupational illnesses are costing the American economy roughly $250 billion per year. By working to improve workplace safety, we could not only boost our economy, but make life better for hard-working Americans across the country. 

    As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long-Term Health Risks Fester - New York Times

    Unfortunately, instead of investing in the protection of American workers, Washington is doing the exact opposite. Legal teams assembled by the Labor Department are being dismantled due to the sequester. One prominent example is the legal team that was formed following the Upper Big Branch mining disaster to force mine operators to improve safety. 

    Legal efforts to pursue mine safety claims cut under sequestration - Washington Post

     

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  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013 How the Middle Has Fallen

    “Incomes for the bottom 90 percent of Americans only grew by $59 on average…[while] the average income for the top 10 percent of Americans rose by $116,071.” “If you say the $59 boost is equivalent to one inch, then the incomes of the top 10 percent of Americans rose by 168 feet.”

    Income Growth For Bottom 90 Percent Of Americans Averaged Just $59 Over 4 Decades: Analysis - Huffington Post 

    “It's a visual no parent wants to picture: a child describing what it's like to live in a house with no power for lights, heat or cooking.” Unfortunately, hundreds of families that were once solidly in the middle class are facing these situations just like this. Can middle-class Americans survive this “American Winter”?

    'American Winter' Families Struggle To Survive Fall From Middle Class - NPR

    An interesting look at how middle class families are still hurting from the recession; many have been forced to leave their homes to live in hotel rooms rented by the week, and are just one small step away from homelessness. 

    The Weeklies - American Prospect

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