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Minimum Wage Hikes
raiseupma.jpgReposted from Cradle of Liberty

During the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama expressed his intent to sign an executive order that would raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour. Though some very vocal pundits and politicians were outraged by the president’s decision to bypass the legislative branch to enact a wage hike, the executive order he wrote is limited to new contracts starting in 2015 and does not apply to contract renewals unless there are significant changes to the terms of the contract, such as the number of employees or type of work involved. The budget for federal contracts shrinks every year, decreasing the number of new contracts with it. So President Obama’s executive order will actually have very little impact. But the brazenness of a unilateral action to give the lowest-wage earners working for the federal government a little bump called attention to two issues that have been on the minds and placards of many in the past few years: poverty and inequality.
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11 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor : Organizing : Politics
Baystate Nurses Strike Averted - Agreement Reached
Baystate Nurse.jpgThe one day labor union strike by nurses at the Franklin County Baystate hospital has been called off. An injury to one is an injury to all.
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09 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Franklin Medical Ctr Nurses Labor Union to Stike 10 Feb 2014
Baystate nurses.jpgA strike has been called by the nurses labor union for Monday, 10 February 2014. An injury to one is an injury to all.
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08 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Unionized School Bus Drivers Rally in Dorchester
1 Feb 2014 001.JPGHundreds of workers rallied for labor union rights in Boston.
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02 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Workers Forum at BU Tonight!
Insomnia driver becomes sixth local worker to declare union membership, speaks at workers' forum.
On Friday, December 6th, Tasia Edmonds, a bicycle delivery driver at the
late-night national cookie chain Insomnia Cookies declared her union
membership with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Edmonds'
announcement came the same night as a union picket which drew 30 labor and
student activists to the store at 708 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, near
Boston University's campus.
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11 Dec 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
An Imperfect Peace: Colombia's Civil War Nearing End
1-FARC-Columbia-Peace-Talk-ilps-ndfp-npa.jpgThere has been civil war in Colombia more or less continuously since 1948. It seems it may finally be coming to an end. It is ending the way most other long-lasting civil wars end.
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03 Dec 2013 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Philippines: They Destroy, We Suffer
2013-Philippine-Movement-Climate-Justice.jpgCapitalism is destroying the planet. Now we suffer. The devastating horror unleashed by monster-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) upon the eastern and central Philippines regions is unspeakable. As of writing, estimates of the number of casualties and actual damages are tentative because many areas remain isolated and communications, power, road and port systems are down.
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22 Nov 2013 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : International : Labor : Social Welfare
Wobs & Allies Hold 2 Rallies to Protest Brutality by Cambridge Police
pb23.jpgReposted from the Boston IWW blog.

This weekend the IWW held two separate actions in Harvard Square to protest the Cambridge Police’s 11/14/13 attack on our legal picket at Insomnia Cookies, where the union is conducting an organizing drive.
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17 Nov 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Police and Prisons
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