City Govts are Raising Standards for Working People—GOP State Legislators are Reversing Them

A new EPI report analyzes the recent wave of preemption laws passed by state legislatures to undercut local labor standards. EPI associate labor counsel Marni von Wilpert shows that preemption activity has increased dramatically since 2010, as Republican-controlled state legislatures have repeatedly struck down local government efforts to improve the working conditions of their residents. …

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Democrats Introduce Bill to Stop Wage Theft & Boost Workers’ Financial Security

The Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act would crack down on employers who steal wages from their workers — Employers steal more than $15 billion from workers every year, particularly from workers in low-wage industries On Tuesday, August 1, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN), along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro …

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Suing the President

Our newly inaugurated president has vowed to repeal 75 percent of all federal regulations, you know those regulations that protect our air, water, food we eat, drugs we take, etc.  As a first step, he release an Executive Edict mandating that federal agencies shall repeal two regulations for each new rule they issue.  That however, was a step …

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Please Note: Democratic Candidates May Have Lost, But Progressive Issues Won

— by David Morris (reposted from CommonDreams) On November 4th Democrats lost big when they ran a candidate but won big when they ran an issue. In 42 states about 150 initiatives were on the ballot. The vast majority did not address issues dividing the two parties (e.g. raising the mandatory retirement age for judges, …

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What I signed today

Earlier today, I signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers. It’s the right thing to do. But what’s more, companies have found that when their employees earn more, they’re more motivated, they work harder, and they stick around longer. You should expect the same of your federal …

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2012-11-27: What I’ve Been Reading Today

  Military Women Challenge Combat Exclusion Rule In Lawsuit Against Defense Department Molly O’Toole | HuffPost: A first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves and a major in the U.S. Air National Guard filed suit Tuesday against the Department of …

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2012-11-26: What I’ve Been Reading

Tax Rates For America’s Wealthiest Fell In 2010 Travis Waldron | News Report: Low capital gains rates have helped the wealthy pay lower and lower tax rates even as their incomes have skyrocketed. And while capital gains income makes up almost half of the incomes of the wealthiest Americans, it accounts for 2.2 percent or …

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Workers Laid Off During the Rest of 2012 will receive NO Federal Unemployment Benefits

— by Pat Garofalo, Think Progress / News Analysis, 6 July 2012 Jobless Americans are facing a cliff when it comes to their unemployment benefits. As a new report from the National Employment Law Project notes, due to Congress phasing out federal unemployment benefits that were implemented as a response to the Great Recession, U.S. …

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