Last summer, with the backing of regional labor leaders and community groups, the city of Nashville approved an ordinance requiring large, municipally funded construction projects to devote 10 percent of their hiring to low-income residents. The ballot initiative, which also stipulated that 40 percent of such hires should reside in Nashville’s Davidson County, came amid an historic surge in building projects in the city’s downtown area.
On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign a historic bill to make California the first state to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. While the move from distant worker dream to undeniable reality happened quickly, there were many tough local fights along the way that made it possible. Click here to read the rest of this article.
“Infrastructure” is the Rorschach blot of budget politics, a catch-all for “build stuff” that can be touted as a magic bullet or dismissed as a liberal pork-laden boondoggle. But it’s not impossible to set some ground rules for steering clear of the perennial bridge to nowhere. Click here to read the rest of this article.
On Monday, California lawmakers are preparing to announce a deal, according to the state's newspapers, to raise the minimum wage statewide to $15 an hour by 2022, becoming the first state to meet a target that over the past few years has gone from a pie-in-the-sky activist demand to the new baseline for big cities. Click here to read the rest of this article.
More than 1.1 million Wal-Mart workers in the U.S. got a pay raise Saturday as the company implemented the second phase of a $2.7 billion plan to improve working conditions, which includes a companywide rollout of scheduling changes to give employees more control over their shifts. Click here to read the rest of this article.
When Walmart announced last week that it would lay off thousands of employees across the country with the closure of nearly 300 stores, Uber saw an opportunity. The company moved quickly in an attempt to lure the laid off Walmart workforce into new, albeit similarly unstable, jobs. Click here to read the rest of this article.
Keep your eyes open. While everyone from the president to the pope is talking about inequality, one case with the potential to strike the biggest blow to working people in decades is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here to read the rest of this article.
As activists from around the world spend their final days in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, we are re-committing to solving the climate crisis back home. Click here to read the rest of this article.
There is something strange going on. Some of the largest employers in America want us to think their jobs are not real jobs. And Uber is following their lead. Click here to read the rest of this article.