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Election 2014: The State of the Minimum Wage in the U.S.

Election 2014: The State of the Minimum Wage in the U.S.

For some political candidates this year, the minimum wage is the "wedge issue from hell," as POLITICO has dubbed it. For many working families, though, it's more than that. It's a real issue - one that is lived daily when stress and frustration build as the hours on the job fail to add up in dollars to cover housing, food,
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This video about forced arbitration and the rights of consumers and employees is from the Alliance for Justice, a national association of more than 100 groups that work on social justice issues and democracy.
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Minimum Wage Law in San Diego Could go Before Voters  San Diego’s minimum wage law – which would increase hourly pay to $11.50 per in 2017 – is now on hold after opponents on Thursday submitted enough signatures to trigger a possible referendum, in which the issue would go before voters for a decision.  The San Diego City Council will decide on Monday whether [...]
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Ariz. ID Laws Used by Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under ReviewPHOENIX (AP) — Advocates for immigrants have urged a judge to shelve two Arizona ID theft laws that are the legal foundation for business raids by metro Phoenix’s sheriff. They argued on Thursday that the Legislature’s intent in passing the statutes wasn’t to confront identity theft but rather to combat illegal immigration. The state’s lawyers [...]
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Alabama Suffers Second-Worst Education Cuts in U.S.  Alabama public schools are back in the spotlight. For the staff at Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), which works to improve the lives of low-income people in Alabama, the news could have been more upbeat – but the organization says there are steps to take to improve. Public dollars in Alabama to support students [...]
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Group Criticizes U.S. Delay to Help Domestic Workers  The U.S. Department of Labor will postpone enforcing minimum wage and overtime protections for the country’s nearly 2 million domestic workers until July, skipping the implementation date of Jan. 1, 2015, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) reported late Tuesday.  The late news out of Washington, D.C. prompted the Hispanic civil rights and [...]
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The documentary series, “America by the Numbers With Maria Hinojosa,” will air on PBS television stations starting in early October. The series examines demographic shifts in the United States. More information can be found on the series website.
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‘Chokehold’ Training to Stop for Seattle-Area Deputiesexcerpt
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End Immigration ‘Holds,’ Ga. County Tells Sheriff  It was a local vote but social justice groups in the Atlanta area say it has national importance – and hopefully will help immigrant families stay together.  The Fulton County Board of Commissioners joined the growing number of local governments in calling on law enforcement officials to stop cooperating with federal immigration agencies over [...]
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