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Robert Reich – The Morality of a $15 Minimum

Have you noticed how often conservatives who disagree with a policy proposal call it a “job killer?” They’re especially incensed about proposals to raise the federal minimum wage. They claim it will force employers to lay off workers worth hiring at the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour but not at a higher minimum. But as Princeton University economist …

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Bill Quigley – Ten Troubling Numbers Labor Day 2015

5.1. The official unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, or 8 million people, according to the US Department of Labor.  However, this widely reported “official” number overlooks the millions of people unemployed for more than a year nor does it count those who are working part-time and looking for full-time work.  The Department of Labor monthly report which includes people working …

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John Scales Avery – Child Labour and Slavery

In the early 19th century, industrial society began to be governed by new rules: Traditions were forgotten and replaced by purely economic laws. Labor was viewed as a commodity, like coal or grain, and wages were paid according to the laws of supply and demand, without regard for the needs of the workers. Wages fell to starvation levels, hours of …

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Ben Carson Made Millions Sitting On Board Of Company Whose Founder Lobbied For Obamacare By Zaid Jilani

Today, the federal government released the personal financial disclosure forms for GOP presidential nominee Ben Carson. Carson made most of his money from the last few years from speaking fees to small conservative nonprofits and universities, as well as book sales. But one of the largest individual chunks of Carson’s income comes from his board membership to the wholesale retailer …

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Tattoos Last, and So Does the Pain for 1 in 10 By Dr. Joseph Mercola

About one in five US adults, or 21 percent, has at least one tattoo. This is up from 14 percent in 2008, according to a Harris poll.1Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years. They were used in ancient Egypt as a way to identify peasants and slaves.2 They were discovered on a 5,000-year-old frozen mummy identified as the …

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The TPP’s Corporatocracy by BART GRUZALSKI

It’s Friday morning and it seem certain that fast track will pass later today. The hype is that the vote is too close to call but that seems only to be hype. NAFTA was a squeaker. It’s hard to believe that this will be a one-vote squeaker. The Congressional passage of fast track for the TPP will announce to the …

Rule By The Corporations: TTIP Corporate Empowerment Act – Paul Craig Roberts

The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages. The first thing to understand is that these so-called “partnerships” …

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WHY NO ONE CAN END RONALD REAGAN’S “DEAD WRONG” VOODOO ECONOMICS

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, a highly visible champion of Seattle’s $15/hour minimum wage, wrote a piece in the Atlantic last month pushing on another front in the war against toxic income inequality. “Stock Buybacks Are Killing the American Economy,” he warned, and getting rid of them would be a tremendous boon to the economy. This latest front rebukes those who …

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Top Ten Arguments for Raising the Minimum Wage

One.   Seven Nobel Laureates in Economics Endorse the higher minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, saying it does not lead to lower fewer jobs. Two.   Job losses from raising the minimum wage are negligible. Minimum wage has already been raised 23 times. Every time it was raised it was opposed by some few who said “it is going to lose jobs and …