p Tom Arban you’re the best in the restive
labor and economic news you need to know this little more than
fifty years ago over for her up workers United States belong
to some kinda Union today in your than 12 percent have all
workers belong to the labor group and they’re under attack by corporations and
their lackeys in both state and federal governments a
half century ago union membership but power in the hands love employees led to some of the
highest wages and employee protections in our nation’s history over 30 years deregulation outsourcing and the overall reaganomics war on
workers. as cut that percentage unionized workers by more than out thankfully today’s labor groups
aren’t giving up without a fight isn’t a new tax to demonstrate the
importance of union membership help other workers form unions and plan
ahead for the future recently think progress blog spoke to
labor activists around the country about some of the new ways they’re
fighting for workers unions like the issue 503 in Oregon are using
so-called shop mobs show up in huge crowds to support
employee-owned businesses other groups like to trade unions in New
York State are forming coalitions to pool resources
and bring people together to fight painters and allied trades union in
saint louis Missouri is getting in touch with the community
and offer an apprenticeship programs to local residents and the IBEW is trainee younger members
in how to be the next generation Union leaders his group are determined to ensure that
workers at the future have the same rights and benefits the workers in the past fought hard to
me possible anti-union law makers may have one a few battles but labor groups won’t
give up until they declare victory in the war
workers since congress can’t agree to increase the minimum wage perhaps we
should let small businesses decide the American
Sustainable Business Council conducted a poll businesses with fewer than 100
employees and 61 percent of owners support higher pay for their
workers’ under the 555 businesses business owners surveyed majority agree
that the federal minimum wage should be raised to 10 10 an hour in fact a larger share a business owners
surveyed were self-identified Republicans and even they recognize the higher wages
would increase consumer demand more than half of these employers also
agreed that higher pay would lower employee turnover increase
productivity and improve customer satisfaction publicans will say that there’s nothing
stopping these companies raising wages on their own that would put them at a disadvantage to
their competitors by raising the federal minimum wage congress could ensure that
the small businesses are all on an equal footing and help lift millions of Americans out
of poverty seems like everyone can see that raising wages common sense except the republicans in congress we
need to help make it happen a bush appointed federal judge in
California has declared that the death penalty in that state is
unconstitutional last week Judge Cormac ernie ruled that the dysfunctional system used in
California violates the constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment 0
attorney explain the california system does not apply to law equally and a death sentence in that state is
actually quote a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility
of death unquote he concluded by saying that allowing an
individual to be killed by such unpredictable system quote would offend
the most fundamental a constitutional protections at the government should not be
permitted to arbitrarily inflict the unjust punishment a doubt
and quote although this ruling didn’t classify all
capital punishment is cruel and unusual it’s another step toward putting in and
as barbaric practice in every state once and for all technically
it’s not a crime to be poor in America but it sure baby like that for the homes according to a new study for the
National Law Center on homelessness and poverty in more than half above the cities in
the United States it is illegal for someone to sit or lay down on a sidewalk you don’t have to be living on the
street to know how and when such things such laws are enforced other cities use
laws prohibiting camping sleeping in public people most people of their streets is
the report study nearly 200 cities about it increase have anti almost laws since its last 2009 study three decades reaganomics deregulation
and nafta from button and to illegal wars in an economic
collapse in bush have all come together to form a perfect
recipe to leave more and more Americans on the street rather than offering a hand up lawmakers
treat social programs like a handout these laws like these to hide the end
results their policies should be a crime by yourself without a
roof overhead its time the city’s change the channel and finally state of Illinois is
standing up for students a pair of companies in that state
targeted student loan borrowers any scam promising help with college
debt by the bride any help with loans the
company rip students off for a couple hundred bucks left them worse off financially than
they were to begin with to the state of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against
these companies for fraud and it may not be the first state to do
so the are the lasted the Consumer Financial Protection Agency
has issued warnings about these debt relief scams and other states are
looking into them companies often pretend to be affiliated
with the government and the trick indebted students in a shelling out hundreds of dollars up
front on company made up a completely fake program called the Obama forgiveness
program now the company just offered services that borrowers were entitled to you for free
from the federal government anyway bad enough that students are stuck with
Martin’s debt but it’s even worse at for-profit companies would use it as
an opportunity to make a buck illinois is putting a stop to it
hopefully more states will do the same and that’s the way it is for the week of
July 17 2014 I’m Thom Hartmann on economic in labor
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