NCR Today: In anticipation of Pope Francis meeting with world leaders in Washington, D.C., today he received an invitation to dialogue from the working class folks who serve them.
The fight to turn the minimum wage into a living wage has won a few impressive rounds, but the bigger battle against economic inequality still faces challenging obstacles.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley all emphasized raising the minimum wage and lowering college costs.
Effective July 1, the minimum wage at Duquesne University will increase to $16 per hour, up from $15 per hour for fiscal year 2014-2015.
The fact of the matter is that working people deserve a higher minimum wage, and wages that go even higher, for their work.
I participated in a march and rally Wednesday to raise the minimum wage. There might have been 1,000 people gathered first at Washington University in St. Louis before the marching to several fast food restaurants. On Thursday, I was on the team to walk striking workers back to their jobs, reminding their bosses that these one-day strikes are legal and the National Labor Relations Board forbids employer retaliation.
More than 200 rallies held Wednesday across the U.S. marked Tax Day with calls for fair wages for a diverse cohort of labor groups.
First it was Wal-Mart.
Now it’s TJX, owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods.
Two weeks ago, General Motors announced it would be offering workers record bonuses despite an exceptionally rough fiscal year, with 30 million vehicle recalls and $3 billion in compensation to accident victims.
With inequality soaring, what does it take to mobilize historically diverse groups of low-wage Americans under one economic banner?