Epic Fail – A short history of government privatization

Privatization of government services has plagued the 21st century and it rarely goes well. A new mini-documentary examines the dramatic and costly impacts of government  privatization in Ontario – a large Canadian province that borders several US states. Not only

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SCOTUS is About to Rule on the Most Important Labor Case in Decades

Before late June, the Supreme Court will rule on Harris v. Quinn, perhaps the most important labor case to come before it in several decades. If the court sides with the extremist National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW),

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Skinny wages, fat profits: The American economy is out of balance

These two graphs go a long way toward explaining why the U.S. economy is still in the doldrums. 1) Wages, as a share of economic activity (GDP) have never been lower: 2) While corporate profits (as a share of GDP)

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Two places where paying a living wage is good for everyone’s bottom line

Curious, isn’t it, how the same folks who oppose government income support (i.e., welfare) also can’t stomach a wage standard that ensures people can earn a decent living for a day’s work? Fortunately, there are some real-life examples of businesses out

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Stan Sorscher: Harvest America or Invest in America?

Many American voters seem ready to run our country as if it were a business. Some businesses take a long-range growth perspective, and honor all their stakeholders. A country run that way would be OK. However, other businesses believe their

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Poll: Overwhelming support for $10/hour minimum wage – unless you watch Fox News

Fully two-thirds of Americans (67%) favor increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.00 an hour. According to Public Religion Research Institute’s 2011 American Values Survey, strong majorities of nearly all demographic groups support this sizeable hike in

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Evidence shows WA minimum wage COLA is small, predictable, with very little impact on employers

Via Washington News Service: OLYMPIA, Wash. – The minimum wage in Washington state goes up 37 cents on Jan. 1, to $9.04 an hour. Washington is one of only 10 states that ensure by law that their minimum wage keeps

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The human cost of “free trade” policies, as illustrated by The Constant Gardener

Guest post by Stan Sorscher In a somewhat contentious Town Hall meeting, some of my Congressmember’s constituents, including me, were challenging his adherence to “free trade” policies. In his defense he said, “Go watch The Constant Gardener.” So I did.

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Trying to eat a free lunch: Why some businesses still oppose a minimum wage

News that Washington’s low-wage workers will receive a 12 cent cost-of-living adjustment in 2012 (per the state’s 1998 voter-approved initiative) wasn’t greeted by local business lobbyists with much cheer. Which is puzzling, because there is clear evidence that a strong

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Good news for Washington’s workers and economy: Minimum wage to see cost-of-living increase for 2011

A small ray of light broke through Washington’s cloudy economic picture on Friday, with the announcement that the state’s minimum wage will see a 12-cent cost-of-living increase in 2011, per the state’s 1998 voter-approved initiative. A coalition of local community,

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