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$15 an hour: A higher wage, but hardly a living

Economists look at a range of figures when calculating a “living wage.” They include costs for food, child care, health care, housing, transportation, taxes and other basic expenses. One recent study shows $15 an hour isn’t enough to secure affordable …

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Battle Ground, WA teachers ratify contract, end strike

Battle Ground Public Schools’ teachers on Sunday morning voted by an overwhelming margin of 99 percent to ratify a two-year contract, ending the state’s longest teacher strike thus far this year. In the packed Battle Ground High School gym, 687 …

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Woodland schools, teachers reach salary agreement

Woodland Public Schools and the Woodland Education Association came to an agreement during a bargaining session Sunday night that would give the teachers a 22.82% increase on their base salary.

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Workers see their paychecks get smaller as inflation continues to rise

While the rest of the economy pointed higher in July, American workers took a step backwards. Hourly and weekly earnings languished when factoring in the rise in cost of living, according to figures the Labor Department released Friday.

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Detroit janitors agree to contract that raises wages to $15 an hour

“It’ll help a lot,” said Terrance McDonald, a 30-year-old east Detroiter who works at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and has a wife and nearly 2-year-old daughter.  “Bread is $2. Gas is like $3. I hope I’ll get to take my family …

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Chicago window washers end strike, get 27 percent wage hike

Union members overwhelmingly ratified the new contract, which guarantees annual wages, doubles their life insurance from $50,000 to $100,000 and brings window washers to a $26 base wage of the life of the five-year contact, according to a statement from Service …

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Unions aren’t a thing of the past. Unions are our future.

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Wages aren’t growing when adjusted for inflation

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Ending ‘fair share’ fees will cost state workers $2,000 a year, study says

A new study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute predicts that a Supreme Court decision forbidding public sector unions from collecting so-called fair share fees will drive down public sector union membership in California by about 9 percent and cost …

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I Work with Mark Janus. Here’s How He Benefits from a Strong Union.

Even the plaintiff in the notorious anti-union lawsuit has benefited from union membership. For instance, he will retire with a pension that his fellow union members have fought tooth and nail to defend against bipartisan attack. Photo: AFSCME

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