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Congratulations San Francisco for passing free community college for all! 👏👏 👏

A similar program in Tennessee is seeing positive results.
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The Trump administration is seeking to slash nearly $4 billion in annual funding for student aid programs, but the two-year budget deal signed into law last week complicates the proposal.
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Rather than use paid staff to organize, the hotel workers' union in Stamford, Connecticut, recruited rank-and-file union members to build connections with non-u...nion workers with similar backgrounds, doing similar work. The result was a 96 percent vote by Hilton workers to join the union even in the face of an intense anti-union campaign.

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Meanwhile, as we’re watching the “boing boing boing” of the stock market, here is what life is like for working folks in America. Schools have to close one day a week in order to allow teachers to work a second job at Walmart so they can pay the rent.

In 1992, Oklahoma passed a ballot initiative saying that the state could only raise taxes with a three quarters majority in the state assembly, creating a one-way ratchet where every tax cut become…
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In the aftermath of the Great Recession, we in Richmond found ourselves in a situation all too familiar across the
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This is disgusting. ““I wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares about maps and inventory, and when regional leadership is going to come in and see one thing wrong, and fail the team,” they said. “The stress has created such a tense working environment. Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal.”

"Crying at work is becoming normal." Employees at Whole Foods are getting fed up with a new Amazon-imposed inventory system that they say is making their lives miserable.
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The biggest factor driving up healthcare costs is the profit motive. // act.tv

John Torok shared a link to the group: Oakland Livable Wage Assembly.

Useful.

Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression.
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Such a deal - capitalism.

Over the past decade, loans with interest rates topping 100% have exploded in popularity as struggling households — typically with poor credit scores — have found a new source of quick cash from an emerging class of online lenders.
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John Torok shared a link to the group: Oakland Livable Wage Assembly.

Yup.

A new index shows how greater economic democracy leads to more prosperity.
neweconomics.org
John Torok shared a link to the group: Oakland Livable Wage Assembly.

Right?

Employers are actually more reluctant to provide flexibility to women. This myth about the wage gap has to end.
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Were California a Country It'd be the 17th Most Unequal Nation on Earth, Ahead of
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John Torok shared Julianne Malveaux's post to the group: Oakland Livable Wage Assembly.

Useful on a claim about the "lowest Black unemployment rate."

Julianne Malveaux is with Cheryl P Brown and 36 others.

So tired of hearing 45 talk about the "lowest black unemployment rate". Here's the column I wrote for NNPA that was published last week.

BEHIND THE BLACK UNEMP...LOYMENT RATE
BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX
When the unemployment rate dropped and economic conditions improved under the leadership of President Barack Obama, 45 derided the gains as “fake news”. He suggested that the monthly Employment Situation (www.bls.gov) reports of the Bureau of Labor Statistics were inaccurate and “made up”. These are the monthly reports that detail employment statistics, including unemployment rates. Now that 45 is in charge, he can’t crow often enough about the statistics that he described as “phony” just 18 months ago.
For the last week, we have heard 45 and his surrogates crowing that “the black unemployment rate is lower than it has ever been.” And, with a Black unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, they are right that the rate is at its latest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started disaggregating data to report unemployment by race. Is this something worth crowing about? Does 45 deserve to get credit for it? The answer to both questions, from my perspective, is a resounding “no”.
First of all, the 6.8 percent unemployment rate African Americans experienced was exactly TWICE the white unemployment rate of 3.4 percent. Suppose that white men had an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent? Would 45 and his minions be celebrating if whites had the same employment situation as African Americans? I think not. So celebrating the 6.8 percent rate without speaking of the inequality is based on is like celebrating the inequality.
Secondly, the unemployment rate is an imperfect measure of the employment situation. The employment-population ratio is a far more accurate way of measuring how fully employed a population is. It measures the percentage of people who are employed. While 69 percent of white men are employed, just 63 percent of Black men are employed (the numbers for women are closer, with African American women actually working MORE than white women, with an employment-population ratio of 59 percent for Black women and 55 percent for white women). The employment-population ratio and labor force participation rates so racial disparities among men that are alarming. Differences in the employment-population ratio suggest that some African Americans have stopped looking for work because they don't think they can find it. When the Black unemployment rate is adjusted to reflect these realities it is closer to 10 percent than to the 6.8 percent 45 and his team are crowing out.
Furthermore, the 45th President inherited an economy that was improving. Falling unemployment rates are a result of the Obama expansion. Let’s say it again, the Obama expansion. An economic expansion will naturally move unemployment rates downward, no matter who is the President. While 45 can only legitimately claim stock market gains for the last two months, as his regressive tax bill has handsomely rewarded corporate interests, stock market gains in the first months of this year might also be considered results of the Obama expansion.
Will 45 take credit for the stagnant wages that plague all workers, but especially African American workers? While unemployment rates have dropped, wages have not risen by very much (less than 2 percent last year). Sure, some workers got tax bill-related bonuses, and Walmart will raise their wages for some workers to $11 an hour. Most workers are stuck making the same amount of money they made three years ago.
Does 45 take credit for income and wealth differences between African Americans and whites? The average white family has a $65,000 income, compared to just $39,000 for African Americans. And the average African American household has just $17,000 in wealth, compared to $171,000 for whites.
When 45 crows about a 6.8 percent unemployment rate for African Americans, he normalizes the fact that African Americans should have a higher unemployment rate than whites. And when he talks unemployment out of context and ignores income and wealth disparities, he is suggesting that the current conditions of African Americans are something to celebrate. If this President were really interested in the economic status of African Americans he would have produced a different tax bill, ceased his attacks on health care, and directed his secretary of education to stop attacking public education and HBCUs. But 45 isn’t interested in the economic status of African Americans. He is interested in bragging about data he once dismissed as “phony”.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
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John Torok shared Sia Kollo Sellu's post to the group: Oakland Livable Wage Assembly.

Yup.

Sia Kollo Sellu

This is what's real. I have seen folks saying things like we have a homeless issue because we no longer institutionalize folks with mental health diagnoses. Nah... Virginia, that ain't it. if not for my friends, I would be sleeping in my car. Make special note on the part about roommates and older people.

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Living in a car is a step up from street homelessness, but it isn't much safer: Homeless people are 13 times more likely to be the victims of violence than housed people. And homeless women are even more vulnerable.
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John Torok shared a link to the group: Oakland Livable Wage Assembly.

Yup.

A new index shows how greater economic democracy leads to more prosperity.
neweconomics.org