Thank Low-wage Workers for Walking off Their Jobs; Maryland Becomes 2nd State to Increase Minimum Wage; Temp Jobs are Widening Income Inequality Gap

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Workers are finally receiving additional hours at Wal-Mart, but don't thank Wal-Mart. Thank the workers that walked off the job and demanded respect from their employer. Wal-Mart wouldn't have implemented a new software program that lets workers pick-up more hours if employees weren't demanding respect, more hours and better pay at last year's strikes. "We fought for this from the beginning," Cynthia Murray, a 14-year employee who works at the Wal-Mart store in Laurel, Maryland.

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It's because of people like Cynthia Murray, who walked off their Wal-Mart jobs for better working conditions and pay that the State of Maryland, just yesterday, passed a statewide minimum wage of $10.10 an hour. “We worked hard to bring people together and forge the consensus necessary to make this important progress possible,” Governor O’Malley said.

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Workers are demanding higher wages, because they know their employers aren't paying them their worth. But what about workers that aren't considered employees. A contributing factor to the widening income inequality gap is contingent employment, meaning temp jobs, contract workers, part time jobs, or jobs with irregular hours. According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, One-third of the U.S. workforce (or 42.6 million workers) is contingent.  

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