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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally posted on Next New Deal

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Breaking: McDonald’s Workers Mount Class Action Suits in Three States (Salon)

The workers are alleging different forms of wage theft, such as unpaid overtime, in California, Michigan, and New York, at both corporate locations and franchises, reports Josh Eidelson.

A Business Upside to Obama’s Overtime Move (WaPo)

Jena McGregor writes that since productivity starts to drop as workers put in more than 40 hours a week, employers who hire more staff instead of paying overtime should see productivity increase.

The Secret Benefits Of Paid Sick Days For All (ThinkProgress)

Bryce Covert looks at some of the less obvious changes that come with paid sick leave, such as increased employer trust in employees, employee retention, and morale and productivity boosts.

How We Built the Ghettos (The Daily Beast)

In response to Paul Ryan's recent comments on inner city poverty, Jamelle Bouie explains how housing policies in the mid-20th century, which excluded black homebuyers, created today's racial wealth gap.

UAW Appeals to NLRB Board to Keep 'Outside Groups' out of Decision on New Union Vote (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Dave Flessner reports that United Auto Workers is pressing to keep the National Right to Work Legal Foundation and Southern Momentum out of upcoming arguments, and Volkswagen agrees.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch looks at why UAW's efforts in Chattanooga failed despite VW's support, and what that says about U.S. labor law.

The Battle for Chattanooga: Southern Masculinity and the Anti-Union Campaign at Volkswagen (In These Times)

Some of the union supporters at the VW plant in Chattanooga hoped a union would change the culture of self-reliance and working through pain that led to injuries on the job, says Mike Elk.

Some Jobless Facing Eviction After Loss Of Benefits (HuffPo)

Andrew Perez and Arthur Delaney report that organizations tracking stories from the unemployed have seen an increase in evictions since Congress failed to extend long-term unemployment benefits.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 04:53 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Aussies the World’s Richest People (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Darth Stateworker, Amber6541

    A large body of research has basically found that raising the wage will have no negative effect on employment. So the argument that jobs will be lost if we increase it is bogus.

    We should follow the example of Australia: the minimum wage is roughly $15.00-US; workers receive an annual COLA. How is it that Australia can afford to pay a living wage and provide good benefits, including universal health care?

    Business Profits as a Percentage of National Income:
    U.S.: 20.4%
    Australia: 12.7%

    A higher minimum wage will help to boost the wages of other income earners. In 2011, the median wage was $57,400 in Australia (it’s $40,000 in the U.S.). Australians rank no. 1 in the world on median wealth: $219,505.

    Aussies the World’s Richest People: Credit Suisse
    http://www.smh.com.au/....

    It’s time to put an end to corporate welfare for companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s. Taxpayers should not be providing their employees with food stamps and other assistance because they do not pay a living wage.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:24:50 PM PDT

  •  PBS Propaganda on the Minimum Wage ! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Amber6541

    I had difficult time believing what I was hearing. I see
    everyone from so called liberal media outlets to conservative doing much
    verbal hand wringing over overtime pay and the minimum wage increase....

    Notice how the business owner interviewed will not have to pay a
    higher wage by the raising of wages at the Sea-Tac Airport but is just
    worried that maybe his employees may leave for better pay elsewhere.
    That is what I mean by “hand wringing.” It is not reporting.

    Also, notice how the correspondent talks about transferring wealth
    from the winners to “losers” at the beginning of the report. Why is
    someone that makes a minimum wage considered a loser? Is a janitor less
    useful than a banker?

    Liberal, moderate, conservative: corporate spokespeople not reporters.

    http://www.pbs.org/...

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:00:39 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the UAW update. it's not good that (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Amber6541

    the only two choices for the new VW SUV are Chattanooga and Mexico

    "'Patriotism' is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson, 1775

    preborner: (n.) one who believes that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

    by 1BQ on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:43:06 PM PDT

  •  Not 10.10 - Go right for 15. And don't flinch. n/t (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Amber6541

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by unclebucky on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 12:59:19 AM PDT

  •  just got a job at 60 (0+ / 0-)

    After losing my job of 20 years got a job managing a rent a center ripping off poor immigrants mainly. Have mixed feelings I find what they do mostly immoral unless it's a short term lease but I need the money and it feels good to have a paycheck instead of stealing from my 401K.
    I should write a diary on this shady business, puts the mafia to shame.

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