September 5, 2016 |
Labor Day inaugurates the political season for unions that muster their organizational power to campaign for pro-labor candidates. For Laurel Brennan, the highest-ranking female labor leader in New Jersey, this year's effort is especially meaningful. "I feel a deep sense of pride and satisfaction," said Brennan, 64, secretary- treasurer of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, talking about the possibility that the nation will elect its first female president. "A woman in the White House will be a positive role model and inspire women to realize their own value," Brennan said.
September 1, 2016 |
PENNINGTON, N.J. - Gov. Christie on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have nearly doubled New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 an hour in five years, calling the proposal a "radical increase" that would hurt businesses and consumers. Speaking in the produce aisle of a family-owned grocery store in Mercer County, Christie accused the Democratic-controlled Legislature of pandering "to folks who are uninformed because they neither receive the minimum wage nor pay it. " "This type of heavy hand of government, saying that we know better than the people who actually run these businesses, is the reason why in past administrations New Jersey has gotten less and less affordable," Christie said, standing in front of a stand of 69-cent bananas and various organic foods.
August 5, 2016
ISSUE | MINIMUM WAGE $15 an hour could cost jobs A commentary supported its call for a $15 federal minimum wage by pointing out that nearly half of the American workforce makes less than this ("Agenda for working families," Monday). But that is hardly a justification for such a wage hike; in fact, it's an illustration of how extreme the proposal is. When employers can't offset such cost increases through higher prices, fewer jobs and more automation are the predictable results.
August 2, 2016 |
Hard work should pay off. But for millions of workers in the United States, it hardly pays the bills. We need candidates willing to champion changes that will benefit everyone in the economy. And now is the time because here it comes with flashing lights and loud cheers: The general election season is here now that the two major parties have held their national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. This is the moment when candidates for the presidency and Congress start to lay out their agendas, giving voters in Pennsylvania and elsewhere around the nation a chance to look at who has the best ideas for the country and states.
August 1, 2016 |
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has an interesting analysis of why President Obama has had trouble moving his agenda. Sanders says an inspired grassroots coalition swept Obama to victory. But after his election, the president devoted himself to the work of being a president without tending enough to the grassroots activists who had helped elect him. "Obama got elected and said: 'Hey, thank you so much for your help. I'll take it from here.' And I think that was a tactical mistake," Sanders noted when he spoke to the editorial boards of the Inquirer and Daily News in April.
July 30, 2016 |
Decades ago, Peggy McCausland worked as a secretary in an office that felt a lot like the TV show Mad Men. "It was just rampant sexual harassment," she said. "So you just tolerated it because you had no choice. " Workplace culture has changed, said McCausland, now a lawyer and member of the Forum of Executive Women , a group of Philadelphia-area business leaders. But in many offices, she said, women still face sexual harassment and earn less than male colleagues.
July 26, 2016
Few conditions are more divisive and frustrating than income inequality. Even as rising profits and productivity have produced higher incomes for more affluent Americans, many middle- and lower-income families are struggling. That disparity resonated with voters in the primaries and caucuses leading up to this week's Democratic National Convention. Executive pay is 276 times the average worker's pay. Meanwhile, average wages have steadily lost buying power since 1979 because they have not kept pace with the cost of living.
July 19, 2016
ISSUE | MINIMUM WAGE Overdue for a raise After more than 10 years, it's time for Pennsylvania to raise the minimum wage. The legislature voted on June 30, 2006, to raise the minimum wage to $6.25 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2007, and to $7.15 effective July 1, 2007. The wage increased to $7.25 in 2009 to match the federal rate. Meanwhile, the cost of living has continued to go up, while many working people are stuck making poverty wages. According to the Keystone Research Center, if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10, nearly 1.3 million people (23 percent of the state's resident workforce)
June 28, 2016 |
JUNE 30, 2006. That was the last time the Pennsylvania Legislature voted on minimum wage legislation. Since then, 29 states and the District of Columbia have raised their minimum wages, including all of the states that surround our state. California, New York and New Jersey have voted a $15 minimum wage, but in Pennsylvania, we still are at the national bottom, $7.25 per hour. Hundreds of thousands of working people toil in low-wage jobs that we need done in this state. Workers in nursing homes, day-care centers, restaurants, housekeeping, food service, hotels, home health care, etc., are greatly affected by a rock-bottom minimum wage.
June 25, 2016 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation that would nearly double the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years, despite Gov. Christie's veto threat. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the bill would raise the wage from the current $8.38 an hour to $10.10. The legislation would phase in greater increases through 2021, when the wage would reach $15 an hour. The wage would be tied to inflation to adjust for the cost of living. The legislation passed the state Senate by a vote of 21-18 on Thursday.