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Sign of the season: Consumers urged to spend, spend, spend
Dec 3rd, 2013 by Warren Swil

Millions can’t afford

to shop at their

own workplaces

Sign of the season: Black Friday, which was followed by cyber Monday.

THE SIGNS OF the season – the shopping season, that is – are unmistakable everywhere.
From Black Friday extensions back to “Blue Thursday” and forward to “Cyber Monday,” Americans are being exhorted and cajoled by every means possible to spend as if there is no tomorrow.
The shameful truth, however, is that for a huge number of those serving the shopping hordes, there is no “tomorrow” – except one of bleak, minimum-wage survival.
What makes it worse is that it need not be this way at all. Wherever the electorate is asked, voters overwhelmingly approve raising the minimum wage.
It is an issue that garners bi-partisan support, except amongst certain politicians in hock to retail and fast-food giants. It’s a national disgrace, that could so easily be changed.


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Support grows for minimum wage increase

VOTERS IN NORTHWEST CITY LEAD THE PACK TO $15 AN HOUR
The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009 but states and even cities are moving far more aggressively past it.
One city in the state of Washington looks as if it may set a record with a $15 per hour minimum wage if the preliminary results of Tuesday election continue to hold as ballots are counted.
It is the right and decent thing to do. How can those fat cats in Washington oppose a decent living wage for hardworking Americans when they put in a three-day week for a six-figure salary?
They can’t.
They should not.


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The plight of labor: American Dream becomes a nightmare

CAMPAIGN FINANCE ‘BRIBERY’ AT ROOT OF WEALTH INEQUALITY
The inflation adjusted minimum wage is today the same as it was in 1960.
This is clearly the result of the waning political clout of the working classes. It is a political – rather than economic – problem.
A proposal to allow strictly political unions to form at workplaces in The New York Times on Monday is fatally flawed: it would take legislation, and Congress couldn’t give a hoot about “workers” – except those who write million-dollar checks to fund their campaigns.
It’s legalized bribery


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