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All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

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Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>

 


The Senate on Wednesday passed a two-year, $109-billion transportation funding bill. The investment in roads and bridges would create 1 million new construction jobs. A member of the Senate transportation committee, Bernie helped write the bill. "At a time when when our infrastructure is collapsing this bill is a good step forward,” he said. Read more >>>

The Manchester Central Labor Council AFL-CIO is a political arm of the State Federation of Labor representing over [4,000] members of [42] affilliated Unions throughout the city of Manchester, New Hampshire and the surrounding towns. The mission of the Manchester Central Labor Council AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families and to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our community, the state and the nation.

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