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Front Page » Table of Contents » Archive: Working & Wages: March 2009

By Tula Connell on March 27, 2009

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Corporate opponents of workers' freedom to form unions repeatedly have shown they are not interested in the welfare of their employees or any of the pseudo-lofty ideals they cite while fighting the Employee Free Choice Act.

Now, they've made clear they will do anything--even destroy jobs, communities and harm the U.S. economy--to ensure that more American workers do not have a voice on the job. (And this just in--they're now using Joe the Plumber as an anti-Employee Free Choice Act spokes-idiot. That guy can't seem to keep a job.)

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By Kelly Jacobsen on March 23, 2009

As a college freshman, I am often thankful I have several years before I will begin the difficult process of finding a job. But with massive company layoffs dominating the daily news, it is hard for me not to worry about whether or not my peers and I will be able to find jobs stable enough to support our families.

Proponents of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) recognize the current, daunting state of the economy and are striving to lend a helping hand to the American worker.

This piece of legislation, which was recently introduced in Congress, would give workers the freedom to decide for themselves to join a union, rather than facing company roadblocks. By forming a union, workers would then be allowed to bargain for better benefits, wages, and working conditions.

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By Gerald Britt on March 21, 2009

Do you know anyone who is 'addicted' to unemployment insurance? Not chronically unemployed, I mean somebody who won't look for a job because they love collecting unemployment check? Not welfare, not disability - unemployment?!

Evidently that's a real danger in Texas! Governor Rick Perry has rejected $555 million in unemployment insurance benefits available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus package). He's afraid that Texas' antiquated policies means that extending unemployment to part-time workers, the three month extenuation in benefits and the additional $25 a week that the unemployed would receive, will end western civilization capitalism as we've come to know it (and we all know how bad that would be!).

But there's another inherent danger that we've all never considered...

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By Gerald Britt on March 17, 2009

Increasingly the people falling into the ranks of the poor are those who previously were classified as 'middle class'. In what I believe to be a type of individualistic protectionist posture, many still wish to stereotype those who are poor as being those who 'choose' not to make it. Even in this recession, the fact that unemployment among African-Americans is nearly double that of whites (at 13.4%), is confirmation for some that this is not an issue of the economy as much as it is an issue of 'will' and determination.

Barbara Ehernriech, in her book Nickel and Dimed, really warned of the danger of income inequality in our nation. In an effort to simulate the plight of middle class/working class Americans, she took low wage to middle income employment to show how difficult it was, not just to get ahead, but simply to make ends meet.

Adam Shepherd, young college graduate, challenged the premise of Ehrenriech's book with a simulated study of his own. He published a book based on his own experience, Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream. Shepherd takes $25, a relatively low wage job and graduates to a used truck and an apartment.

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By Gerald Britt on March 13, 2009

If Texas would change the way it calculates when a person is eligible for unemployment insurance, it would be eligible for $185 million in unemployment benefits.

By making that change, Texas becomes eligible for an additional $385 million in unemployment insurance. Fail to do either and Texas forfeits the $555 million...

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By Stuart Elliott on March 13, 2009

At the start of the 2009 legislative session, Democrats in the Kansas House and Senate unveiled a series of legislative proposals to help working Kansas families during this difficult economic year. After nine weeks, none of these proposals have been considered on the House floor.

“The Senate has been our only partner in advancing legislation to help working Kansans,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence. “We have yet to even receive committee hearings on House proposals.”

The legislative package introduced in January proposed raising the state minimum wage, establishing a prevailing wage, strengthening worker compensation laws, strengthening worker misclassification penalties, lifting the wrongful death cap and protecting workers’ rights.

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By Tula Connell on March 9, 2009

The wing nuts speaking for Corporate America are getting — well, wing nuttier. Their anti-worker, anti-union lies and distortions about the Employee Free Choice Act have reached just plain bizarre levels.

Now it's your turn to weigh in: Who deserves the Chicken Little Sky Is Falling Bizarre Corporate Panic over Workers' Rights Award? The award will go to the corporate mouthpiece that spews the most outrageous claims about the Employee Free Choice Act—proposed federal legislation that strikes fear in the heart of corporate giants because it would restore workers' freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life.

Click here to take the survey.

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