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Why a Mass Movement is ‘Payment’ for Progress

Why a Mass Movement is ‘Payment’ for Progress

I am humbled to be in your presence, among such great leaders from across the nation. The first thing I would like to do is call your attention to a scripture found in the Book of James, Chapter 5. I am going to read two versions: The King James version, and then the Rodney E. [...]
Workers at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls to Get $9 Per HourNEW YORK (AP) — The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour. The announcement by TJX Cos. comes a week after Walmart said it would increase wages for its employees and is a sign that more [...]
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Walmart Lifts Hourly Wages for 500,000 WorkersBENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs. As part of its biggest investment in worker training and pay ever, Walmart told The Associated Press that within [...]
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Walgreens Agrees to ‘Living Wage’ in Oakland, California  Just weeks before a new minimum wage starts in Oakland, California, grassroots advocates are celebrating a Wednesday decision by Walgreens to pay its workers at a new store in the city $14.10 per hour, which is required by an ordinance, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) reported.  At one point, the [...]
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Hard-Hit Workers Ask: What Economic Recovery?ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ask Joshua Thevenin — who since last December has been a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and tele-marketer — what he thinks about assertions the economy is roaring toward recovery and you’ll get a sigh and a shake of his head. “I don’t see it. If it is, I don’t know [...]
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New York Tipped Workers Could Earn $7.50 an HourALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday.  The proposal from the state Wage Board would go into effect Dec. 31 if approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s labor commissioner. That looks likely [...]
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Demand for ‘Sweatshop-Free’ Tomatoes Grows  The brutal mistreatment of workers who pick tomatoes in Mexico was the subject of a recent Los Angeles Times investigation. Suppliers for major U.S. grocery chains, including Walmart and Whole Foods, were among those named in the series.  The revelations come at a time when an increasing number of retailers are responding to consumer [...]
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No Tips at Restaurant? Yup. Pay is $13, Plus Health CarePHILADELPHIA (AP) — Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: “Tipping is not necessary.” That’s food for thought in an industry where servers depend on gratuities for the bulk of their pay. Yet staff at the French-inspired restaurant earn about $13 [...]
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McDonald’s Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit in Va.Some McDonald’s workers who say they were fired because of their race are suing the fast-food giant, accusing it of dodging responsibility for the discrimination and harassment they say they endured.  The workers said in a federal complaint filed Thursday that about 15 African-American employees of some southern Virginia restaurants run by Soweva Co. were [...]
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Hourly Wage Debate Shifts to NYC’s Tipped WorkersNEW YORK (AP) — In more than a decade slinging drinks, bartender Autumn Alston has depended on tips to earn a living, leading to an often-inconsistent income from some customers who tip a lot, some who stiff and a few who make cringe-inducing suggestions. “There was a time when a guy was like, ‘If you [...]
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