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Everyone's Becoming Fungible

(Editor’s Note: Robert Reich has been a media pundit, lecturer and writer popular with progressives. From time to time he hits home as with this post on the lack of income predictability for a growing segment of Americans. It is … Continue reading

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Slavery And The Costco Halo

On Thursday the Los Angeles Times reported a Costco member sued the retailer on allegations that it knowingly sold frozen prawns that were the product of slave labor. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District … Continue reading

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In Iowa's Hands

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors set a public forum Aug. 12 to collect information regarding its proposal to increase the county-wide minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in three stages by 2017. Something bigger than incremental hourly wage increases … Continue reading

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Missing Pieces Of #RaiseTheWage

The loud but small-sized movement to raise the minimum wage is made up of good people. There are not enough of them to make a difference. Their voice is amplified in corporate news outlets, but neither the federal nor state … Continue reading

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Rockin' With Mother Jones

Rockin’ with Mother Jones By Mike Matejka, Grand Prairie Union News No one in American labor history has won the mythic status of Mary “Mother” Jones (1837-1930). This Irish immigrant, who lost her family to disease and her business to … Continue reading

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Flagging In Meaning

(Editor’s Note: These photos were published in early 2002 in the 911 issue of Hasta Cuando, a Spanish-English punk political magazine out of Pilsen, Chicago. They are by an extraordinary Chicago artist, teacher and musician, Rebecca Wolfram and reflect her … Continue reading

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Seafood For Thought

The silence on the story of human trafficking connected with slavery in the seafood industry is deafening. Margie Mason of the Associated Press reported Tuesday that Indonesian police arrested seven suspects in an ongoing case. “Five Thai boat captains and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Devil Is Here In These Hills

Given Iowa’s early labor organizing among mineworkers, led by John L. Lewis, who went on to head the United Mine Workers and found the Congress of Industrial Organizations, this book review illustrates the struggles posed by this dangerous profession. Mike … Continue reading

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Today On The Fallon Forum

Catch this week’s Fallon Forum live on Monday from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon on KDLF 1260 AM “La Reina.” Join the conversation by calling in at (515) 528-8122. And you can hear the Fallon Forum on KHOI 89.1 FM … Continue reading

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Labor Secretary Finalizes Minimum Wage Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2015. According to the Associated Press, the change will impact more than … Continue reading

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