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Higher Minimum Wage?

By Vince Bruni In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama made news by calling for an increase to the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour. The issue has been one of contention for years. After the President’s speech, law makers, splitting mostly down party lines, both supported and opposed the idea. […]

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Countdown to Election 2012: The Candidates’ Proposals to Fix the Economy

By Eileen Lohmann On November 6, the people of the United States will choose between two fundamentally different presidential candidates, and in an economic climate in which the rate of unemployment is 7.8 percent, each candidate has offered his own solution to create jobs and grow the economy. President Barack Obama’s plan to revitalize the […]

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AFL-CIO: California’s Prop. 32: Clone of Past Anti-Worker Measures

Maybe this election year will finally put a stake through the heart of efforts by corporations and extremist right-wing millionaires to silence the voice of California’s working families in the political arena. This year, it’s called Prop. 32 and it’s a near-clone of 2005’s Prop. 75 and 1998’s Prop. 226, which voters defeated by 53% to 47%. Both times, huge mobilizations by […]

California vetoes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

During an eleventh hour vote, California governor Jerry Brown vetoed legislation which would have protected approximately 200,000 domestic workers in California by providing for overtime, the right to breaks for adequate sleep, greater access to worker’s compensation, the right to prepare one’s own meals by having access to an employer’s kitchen, the right to obtain […]

New Wisconsin Law Limits State Court Discrimination Remedies

On April 6, 2012, Wisconsin employers celebrated as Governor Scott Walker signed into law legislation repealing a state law enacted in 2009 that permitted employees to recover compensatory and punitive damages in employment discrimination suits under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. The bill was opposed by special interests groups advocating for women’s rights who painted […]

Paycheck Fairness Act Failed To Pass In The Senate

On June 5, 2012, Senate Democrats fell 8 votes shy of the 60 votes needed to proceed to a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220).  The Act, as written would, among other things, amend the Equal Pay Act to allow employees to recover punitive damages for gender discrimination and would require employers to […]

Senate Democrats Call On Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

On May 23, 2012, a group of Senate Democrats, led by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) along with various interest groups called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797 and H.R. 1591) which was introduced in 2011 by Senator Mikulski and Representative DeLauro (D-CT) in 2011 and would update the Equal Pay Act. […]

Women’s Employment is Pivotal in 2012 Election

The state of the economy is always a pivotal issue in a Presidential election year, and this year is no different.   Candidates are well aware of this and as we draw closer to the November election each candidate has begun to devote more time to stump speeches that address topics ranging in scope from taxes […]

President Obama Refuses to Issue Ban on Gay Discrimination

President Obama has refused to issue an executive order that would have prevented federal contractors from discriminating against employees and potential employees, based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Given the upcoming election, gay activists have accused the President of valuing his own political career over the civil liberties of Americans. Tico Almeida, the […]

HuffPo: Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law

A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill. The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, […]