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Bill to Boost Minimum Wage is Rejected in Senate

Bill to Boost Minimum Wage is Rejected in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked an election-year Democratic bill on Wednesday that would boost the federal minimum wage, handing a defeat to President Barack Obama on a vote that is sure to reverberate in this year’s congressional elections. The measure’s rejection, which was expected, came in the early months of a campaign season in […]

Grassroots Groups at D.C. Rally: Support Working Families

Grassroots Groups at D.C. Rally: Support Working Families

  Social justice advocates brought concerns about income inequality and a “broken” immigration system to Washington, D.C. on Monday to let the White House and Congress know that policy emphasis should shift from corporations to everyday people. More than 1,500 people participated in the protest, at which people demanded a minimum wage increase and an […]

Family Dollar to Close Stores, Cites Low Consumer Demand

Family Dollar to Close Stores, Cites Low Consumer Demand

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said April 10 that it will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores, as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic […]

A New America: More Higher- and Lower-Paying Jobs

A New America: More Higher- and Lower-Paying Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the painful realization that they’re no longer part of […]

Study: Full-Time Jobs Not Enough for San Diego Families

Study: Full-Time Jobs Not Enough for San Diego Families

  More than 300,000 households in San Diego County have adults who earn incomes so low that they are unable to meet basic monthly living costs, according to a report by the Center on Policy Initiatives and Insight Center for Community Economic Development.  Researchers found that 38 percent of working-age households in the county lack […]

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