The LABOR Paper - Serving Organized Labor Since 1896
Most of Us Are Not Doing So Well: Numbers Crunching Working People
Though a recent poll suggests the majority of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s “overall performance,” they support his “handling of the economy” more than other issues surveyed.
“The prosperity cycle we have entered into is continuing, it is strong,” White House National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow celebrated last April. “This is the new Trump economy,” and “I’ll tell you it’s working.”
Our government’s and corporate media’s failure to capture the true extent of unemployment creates a distorted narrative about work that feeds bewilderment and self-recrimination.
The passing of the #RaisetheWageAct in the #US #HouseofRepresentatives to incrementally raise the federal #minimumwage from $7.25 to $15 acknowledges that the current minimum wage isn’t enough to support working families across the country https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1151995580077334529
https://bit.ly/2JNNeSb - Forensic geologist Scott Wolter turns detective in the Windy City to crack one of Chicago's oldest cold cases -- the 1886 bombing of Haymarket Square. A recent dig for a buried time capsule may yield new clues about the identity of the bomber #haymarket
When Eddie Lampert bought Sears for $5.2 billion, it came with a promise of severance pay for thousands of laid off employees. Now, Lampert wants to back out of his deal. It's greedy, wrong, and a slap in the face to thousands of people. https://cbsn.ws/2wrIeMV
The news, politicians, and pundits love talking about how strong the American economy is right now. Tell that to the nearly **half** of working people in the U.S. currently working a "side hustle" (or, you know, a second job) just to make ends meet. http://bit.ly/2IaUaI2
Nominate a letter carrier #hero! Letter Carriers are in constant touch with the public & so when they notice something unusual, they go out of their way to rescue people. Since 1974, the NALC has been recognizing letter carriers for these selfless deeds. https://bit.ly/2JHI3pr