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All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>

 

Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski on State of the State Address

"The Governor mapped a vision for California based on the spirit of optimism that has defined our state since its inception. Instead of telling us what we can’t do, the Governor challenged us to achieve together what our critics have said we could not."

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Check out photos from the December 10, 2012 Candlelight Vigil in the new Photo Album section of the web site.

DECEMBER 10

CANDLELIGHT CAMPAIGN AGAINST CUTS

4:00 - 6:00

REP. JERRY MCNERNEY'S OFFICE

2222 GRAND CANAL #7, STOCKTON

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The San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties, AFL-CIO is the Central Labor Council representing over 50,000 members of 40 unions throughout San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties, located in the heart of the California Central Valley. The mission of the San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties, AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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