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Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.—On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept at […]

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

SEATTLE (AP) — States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed “living wage” laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly. Seattle and San Francisco, and the states of Oregon, California and New York are phasing in wage increases that will grow to $15 an hour or more. Evidence of […]

Advocates Rally at McDonald’s to Push ‘Fight for $15’

Advocates Rally at McDonald’s to Push ‘Fight for $15’

NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union were at McDonald’s restaurants around the country and overseas Thursday as part of an ongoing push targeting the world’s biggest hamburger chain. The “Fight for $15” campaign says low-wage employees including airport workers, adjunct professors and home care workers turned […]

S.F. Bay Area City to Consider ‘Fair Workweek’ Policy

S.F. Bay Area City to Consider ‘Fair Workweek’ Policy

The San Francisco Bay Area city of Emeryville will address income inequality by studying an idea for hourly workers to have more stability and predictability at their jobs, according to the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE).  If the City Council approves a “fair workweek” policy, it would mark another milestone for the […]

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