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All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>

 

Here are TCCLC's endorsements for the November 6th election.  Help vote for the candidates and measures that will protect California's working families! Read more >>>

Online Voter Registration Goes Live in California

Californians can now register to vote online.  If you aren't yet registered, go to https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/ to get started.

L.A. Times calls Proposition 32 "A fraud to end all frauds"

LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik didn't mince words when he described Prop. 32 in last Sunday's paper. He called it out for what it is: "a lie" and "a fraud to end all frauds."

"In this state, we've come to expect ballot initiatives sponsored by business interests to be, essentially, frauds. But it's hard to conceive how one could be more fraudulent than Proposition 32. If there was any doubt left that the initiative process has been totally corrupted by big business and the wealthy, this should put it to rest for all time."
Read the full article on latimes.com

On Sept. 3, 2012, the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council AFL-CIO will be hosting a Labor Day picnic at Freedom Park in Camarillo. Cost is $20. Julia Brownley and Fran Pavley will be in attendance as keynote speakers.  Read More >>>

VOTE: TUESDAY JUNE 5, 2012!
Tri-Counties Central Labor Council endorsements for the June 2012 Primary election:
Help elect the candidates who will fight for working families!

State Senate: District 19: Jason Hodge
U.S. Congress: District 24: Lois Capps, District 26: Julia Brownley

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Tri-Counties Central Labor Council irepresents 70,000 members in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in California.

The mission of the Labor Council is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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