- Created: Wednesday, 26 February 2014 08:59
by Sahid Fawaz
Think minimum wage workers have it tough today trying to make ends meet? Michael Strain, a writer at Bloomberg, thinks the wage is not low enough.
"If we knocked the minimum wage down to, say, $4 an hour, we would significantly mitigate employers' risk from hiring a long-term unemployed worker. Allowing employers to pay this group of people 45 percent less than other minimum-wage workers provides a strong incentive for businesses to give the long-term unemployed a shot."
And what about the fact that it’s impossible for workers to live on such a wage? Strain offers the predictable solution: have the taxpayers subsidize companies for failing to pay a livable wage.
"Of course, we can’t just lower the minimum wage for the long-term unemployed to $4 an hour and leave it at that. Society must have as a goal that no one who works full time and heads a household lives in poverty. This policy would have to be paired with an expanded earned-income tax credit, or with more straightforward wage subsidies -- federal transfer programs that supplement a worker’s labor market earnings with tax dollars."
Have thoughts on this proposal? Let us know in the comments.
Ralph Lauren and the U.S. Olympic Committee drew the ire many Americans, including the U.S. Senate, during the 2012 Summer Games when it was discovered the uniforms the designer provided for the athletes were made abroad. Ralph Lauren took the hint for this year's Winter Games and made the uniforms right here in America. Fantastic!
We at Labor 411 want to take it a step further. We've created a petition addressed to the U.S. Olympic Committee that would require all uniforms across all sports for the U.S. Olympic Team to be made in the U.S.
We think it's a fair request, and if you do, too, please sign our petition at the link below. Let's get it done! And go U.S.A.!
Many Americans would love to buy America-made, even if it’s a few dollars more, which often it isn't. But their main complaint is that they can’t find items that are made in America. ABC News tackled this issue by emptying the house of a real American family and then going on a quest to refurnish it with all American-made products. The result is surprising and educational.
Weathertech, a leading manufacturer of vehicle protection products, such as floor mats and cargo liners, surprised us all during the Super Bowl when it aired one of the best commercials that we've ever seen.
The ad shows the various objections that business “experts” often have to manufacturing in the United States and then brushes them aside, stating that Weathertech refuses to listen to proponents of offshoring. Check out the commercial for yourself:
The big weekend is here!
It's the Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos for the whole plate of nachos. And speaking of tasty snacks, don't forget to refer to Labor 411's Product Spotlights that will make your Super Bowl party the best in town -- and most union friendly!
See our lists below for union-made nachos, wings and munchies to fill all the snack bowls. Also, a few union brews might be popular, too.
Remembering a great artist, union activist, and humanitarian. Here is Pete Seeger with Arlo Guthrie performing a timeless classic.
By Sahid Fawaz
Few things are as comforting as a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. Made by members of the UFCW, Swiss Miss is a delicious treat that is also easy to make. Using fresh milk from local farms and blended with premium imported chocolate, Swiss Miss is available in milk chocolate, mint chocolate, dark chocolate, and sugar-free flavors. Next time you get a chill, make some Swiss Miss hot chocolate and help support middle class American jobs.
Made by members of UNITE-HERE Local 1 in East Boston, MA, Sterlingwear coats are stylish, comfortable, and all about quality. Sterlingwear’s products are made to such high standards that the company has been the exclusive manufacturer of the US Navy peacoat for over 40 years. If you’re looking for a quality coat, browse the full selection of Sterlingwear coats at www.sterlingwear.com and help support good union jobs.
We love wine for many reasons, including making us feel nice and warm (alright, so alcohol technically makes the body colder but we sure like the warm feeling while it lasts). Some of our favorite union-made wines include Gallo Estate Wines, Manischewitz Wine, Turning Leaf, C.K. Mondavi Wines, and Carlo Rossi. All are courtesy of the proud members of the UFCW. So go ahead, light the fireplace and pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in for the night knowing that you are supporting well-paying union jobs.
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