The president received ovation after ovation as he called for raising the minimum wage, with the greatest cheers coming when he described the increase as "common sense."
People with intellectual or physical disabilities are often working in "sheltered workshops" across this nation for sub-minimum wage.
It was International Women's Day, Mar. 8, and nearly 100 women and men marched in a steady downpour here to demand an increase in the minimumwage to $15 an hour.
A 4 percent hike would start to make up for the three years of federal pay freezes and increased pension contributions-without increased future pension payouts-that Congress imposed on federal workers.
"It often feels like students are an afterthought and professors are an inconvenience."
"Every time momentum builds for lifting wages, conservative ideologues say it will cost jobs. Every time they've been dead wrong."
For the past 18 months, University of Illinois Chicago faculty have been negotiating for a livable salary for full-time lecturers.
We are declaring here and now that the labor movement is going to focus like a laser beam on raising wages for all American workers, union and non-union," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters today.
Business and right wing backers of so-called "right to work" laws really want "the right for them to eliminate your right to have a say in your work."
In a 9-0 decision on Jan. 27, justices said time used in taking off and putting on the gear is a bargainable subject under labor law.