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TPP and Trade Issues with China

May 27, 2015
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC –- On a conference call May 21st, AFL-CIO Policy Director and Special Counsel Damon Silvers and Roosevelt Institute Senior Economist Adam Hersh described the reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not the solution to improving China’s trade policies.

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L.A. Sets $15 Minimum Wage by 2020

May 22, 2015
By LaborPress

Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The City Council’s 14-1 vote May 19 makes it the nation’s third city to enact a $15 minimum, following Seattle and San Francisco. More than 700,000 workers there currently make less than $15.25, according to a March report by the University of California at Los Angeles’ Economic Roundtable, and restaurant workers and retail cashiers have lost one-third of their purchasing power since 1979.

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AFGE Calls For Stronger Whistleblower Protections

May 26, 2015
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - Concerned that gaps in federal whistleblower laws are failing to protect some Veterans Administration whistleblowers,  the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is urging Congress to take aggressive action to shield employees.

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Pennsylvania Pension-Axing Bill Advances

May 14, 2015
By LaborPress

The Pennsylvania Senate's Finance Committee voted 6-4 May 11 along party lines to approve a bill that would eliminate pensions for future state workers and public-school teachers, moving them into a 401(k)-style plan. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said he plans to bring the bill to the floor this week, and he expects that the 30-member Republican caucus will vote solidly enough to pass it.

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Support The Fast Food Wage Board

May 26, 2015
By Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


The Fast Food Wage Board has held its first meeting to examine raising the minimum wage for fast food workers. As a part of the process, they’re gathering testimony from the public. The promise of the minimum wage is not unlike that of the American Dream – if you work hard, you should be able to provide for your family and build a brighter future.

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OSHA Urged To Protect Nail Salon Workers

May 14, 2015
By Stephanie West


Washington, DC - It looks like nail salon workers everywhere have a champion in the U.S. Congress. Representative Kathleen Rice [D-4th Congressional District] is urging the Occupational Safety Administration [OSHA] to reform health standards for nail salon workers nationwide.

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