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Working people, city officials, and supporters of a higher minimum wage in St. Louis recently won a major victory after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled the city could in fact raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour immediately and $11 an hour in 2018. Big business organizations ultimately lost their… Read More»

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Updated March 2016 Existing labor and employment laws dictate fundamental baseline employment standards, but often fail to ensure that working people can secure a decent standard of living. Today, less than 13 percent of the U.S. workforce has the power to improve their wages and working conditions through collective bargaining.… Read More»

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Eager to work, but unable to secure consistent work is the conundrum facing too many people today. Across the country, people are ready, willing and able to work full time so they can put food on the table, and live a good life. Unfortunately, many of them work for employers… Read More»

Faith and community leaders rally in support of the #Buffalo25.

Last week, federal agents raided four popular Mexican restaurants in Buffalo, NY. In this latest example of how our country’s immigration enforcement strategies run counter to the enforcement of our nation’s labor and employment laws, 25 employees were arrested and at least seven of them are now facing deportation, all… Read More»

Sexual harassment against women in the workplace unfortunately is not a new occurrence, but it has taken center stage over the past ten days. From a series of complaints filed by people who work at McDonald’s, to Washington, DC’s National Airport (DCA) food and retail concession employees rallying for equality… Read More»

In a victory for working people, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released regulations implementing President Obama’s executive order to require federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to people who work for them. These regulations keep the federal government on pace to implement its paid sick leave rule by… Read More»

Update (10/21/16): Since we published this post, the Emeryville, California City Council unanimously approved legislation that will require large retail employers to publish work schedules two weeks in advance, pay extra compensation for last-minute schedule changes and provide opportunities for part-time employees to work more hours before hiring another person. This is just… Read More»

UPDATE: A key part of the Miners Protection Act finally passed in May, thanks to the diligent advocacy of the working people of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and their supporters. Congress restored funding of future healthcare benefits for more than 22,000 retired coal miners, their dependents, and widows. UMWA’s efforts… Read More»

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A recent study has proven what millions of working people have known for years: Work is stressful, and many employers only make things worse. A new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that among working adults who have felt… Read More»

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2016 CONTACT: Bailey Dick, bailey@jwj.org, 419-260-6044 Washington, D.C. — After six weeks on the picket lines, the 39,000 brave men and women who work at Verizon are one step closer to a contract that values their work and their families. “This resolution underscores the power of working people coming… Read More»