What Millionaire Is Behind the Cynical Campaign to Keep the Minimum Wage Down?

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

Raise the minimum wage? Psshh, let's lower it.

Arguments against raising the minimum wage are getting sillier and sillier. Recently Steve Forbes, who is worth $430 million, said raising the minimum wage is a "job killer" and wants us to hear the hardship stories of employers in hopes that the American people will be persuaded against a much-needed raise.

We're much smarter than that. It's obvious that the wealthiest people in America have sucked up all the pay raises, writes AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a column in The Guardian. "Since 1997, all income growth has gone to the wealthiest 10%. Most of those increases have gone to the richest 1%."

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SeaTac Minimum Wage Hike Goes into Effect, Yet Many Are Left Out

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

Yesterday, workers at large hotels and car services outside the SeaTac International Airport, just south of Seattle, became eligible for a wage increase to $15 an hour after a groundbreaking ballot initiative to significantly raise the minimum wage passed last November.

A judge in the King County Superior Court last week suspended the part of the law that would cover 4,700 people who work within the airport itself, saying that the airport is technically a separate jurisdiction belonging to the Port of Seattle, even though those workers were major proponents of the measure. As it stands now, the law covers 1,600 people who work at hotels and car services outside the airport.

Employees of airport contractors are appealing the county judge's decision and filed a "petition for discretionary review" with the Washington State Supreme Court on Dec. 31.

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You Won't Believe What a Rhode Island Radio Host Said About Women Union Members

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

What would you do if someone called you a whore? What if that person was referring to your co-worker, your wife, your sister or even your daughter?
 

In Rhode Island, a group of teachers, nurses and other union women know exactly what that feels like. After organizing a protest outside a political event, they were labeled "Hags," "Cockroaches" and "W-H-O-R-E-S" by WPRO radio personality John DePetro.

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