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PUBLIC MARKS from aflciopolitical with tag editorials

June 2006

05.30.06 CA: Minimum wage politics

The Legislature plans to take up a bill this week to raise the minimum wage by a dollar and index it to inflation. Gov. Schwarzenegger has already said he would veto such a bill. Apparently the Democrats are going to force him to follow through with that

April 2006

04.05.06 CA: Yes to minimum wage increase, no to escalator

HOW WOULD you like to wait four years for a pay raise? That's what happened to Californians who are working for minimum wage, which has been $6.75 since 2002. Two bills that would give 1.4million minimum-wage earners a raise to $7.75 an hour and adjustmen

04.01.06 WA: Northwest Progressive Institute: Higher minimum wage helps us all

A recent column from John Burbank reminded me that Washington is almost civilized in its treatment of low wage workers. Burbank is head of EOI, the Economic Opportunity Institute, based in Seattle. He and EOI were prime proponents of initiative 688, which

March 2006

Base executive pay on minimum wage level

The minimum wage has not nearly kept pace with the rate of inflation over the past 50 years. It has not increased over the past eight years. Escalation of executive compensation, however, has become a national scandal. I invite you to ponder the value to

03.27.06 PA: Halfway on wage is not enough

As we wrote in January, a full-time worker making the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour, unchanged since 1997, earns $206 per 40-hour week and $10,712 per year. Those who support a child, a spouse or a parent while on minimum wage fall more than $2

03.23.06 MA: Letter: Business should pay their fair share

Health-care plan helps the uncompensated care pool. The new drafted compromise health-care proposal, a collaboration with the Senate and the House in consultation with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, hopefully will bring some equity to the uncompe

03.11.06 KY: 'Right to work' will lower standards

I wanted to take a moment to discuss Gov. Ernie Fletcher's decision to back the right to work issue. First off, the name should be changed. Everyone has a right to work, but this plan is designed to hurt the working man. - Minimum Wage, Maximum Payoff

Raising the minimum wage won't guarantee economic security for America's families, but it's a good place to start. Sen. Ted Kennedy's annual effort to raise the federal minimum wage has become something you can count on in Washington, like hot summers. It

03.21.06 NY: Time to Provide the Benefits

With the expansion of Fair Share for Health Care Act, large employers like Wal-Mart and Home Depot will be required to shell out a portion of New York employees’ health care. Bill Lindsay (D-Holbrook), Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature

03.20.06 Blog for America: Time for a Raise

RAISE OKLAHOMA, an initiative petition campaign to put a raise in the minimum wage on the November ballot in Oklahoma, was officially formed Saturday, March 11, by a coalition of concerned groups and individuals in Oklahoma City. Seventeen other states ha

03.20.06 NJ: Businesses must stop burdening taxpayers

Giant retailers should supply low-wage workers with health care so the state doesn't have to do it for them. Some of the state's largest and most profitable employers are shifting the cost of providing employee health care onto the backs of state taxpayer

03.17.06 Political Affairs Magazine - Are You Paying the Wal-Mart Tax?

A new report from the AFL-CIO shows that Wal-Mart’s refusal to pay decent wages and provide affordable health insurance is costing taxpayers millions to provide health care coverage to Wal-Mart workers. As employer-based health care declines, many worki

03.10.06 Editorial: Healthcare bill properly targets Wal-Mart - Los Angeles Times

Re "Why pick on Wal-Mart?" editorial, March 2 Your editorial echoes the uncourageous murmuring that Fair Share Health Care legislation is bad healthcare policy because it doesn't go far enough. Addressing the plight and hardship of 75,000 Californians —

03.05.2006 MN: I support fair share (Letters to the Editor)

I support the fair share health-care legislation, which would require large employers to either directly contribute toward health-care coverage for their low-wage employees or contribute to the state to cover the cost of employees on MNCare.

California: How high should minimum wage go? | Asbury Park Press Online

March 6, 2006 Responding to soaring living costs in the town 70 miles south of San Francisco, supporters are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would make Santa Cruz the fourth U.S. city to adopt its own minimum wage. Employers would ha

Critics put Wal-Mart in spotlight over health care

Marcus Kabel Associated Press Mar. 1, 2006 12:00 AM One of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s critics launched a campaign Tuesday with 17 current and former Wal-Mart workers speaking out against health insurance coverage they claim is too expensive...

UFCW Union, Local 876: Wal-Mart's Growing Health Care Crisis Costs Taxpayers Billions

UFCW Union, Local 876: Wal-Mart's Growing Health Care Crisis Costs Taxpayers Billions

The Times and Democrat - IN OTHER WORDS: Popcorn at premium prices

I know there’s been inflation in the past 30 years, and I’m sure there would be no bugs in popcorn that costs nearly $5, regardless of where or when it was popped. But I’m amazed people are willing to spend so much on so little. When minimum wage wa

Charlotte Observer | 02/28/2006 | Raise minimum wage

State Treasurer Richard Moore has shown considerable leadership in broaching a subject not many politicians want to talk about: raising the state minimum wage from its current $5.15 per hour....

February 2006

BeyondChron: San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily News » Guest Editorial: The End of the Eight Hour Day

February 27, 2006 On February 10th, the California Restaurant Association filed an initiative with the California Attorney General's office. They want to raise the minimum wage to $7.75. This has to be a first, a business group filing an initiative to in

Political Affairs Magazine - The Wal-Mart Health Care Crisis

February 26, 2006 Why did a recent opinion poll show that a large majority believes that "Wal-Mart is bad for America"?

Wal-Mart Fighting Health Care Laws

February 16, 2006 Wal-Mart, which often finds itself embroiled in controversy, is now facing another battle. The world's largest retailer is fighting efforts by several states to make the Bentonville-based company pay more for employee health care.