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Monday, September 12, 2016

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1506-1508

Dawn on Monday began the eighth consecutive day that Glenn Hobbesland stood on the baking sidewalk in the West Village of Manhattan. There, for the past week of searing heat, he had slept in a pup tent pitched on the pavement to be among the first in a line of several hundred people seeking to join the carpenters’ union.

Whether camped out on lawn chairs under canopies, or toughing it out in the sun while pouring bags of ice over their heads, the men and some women were there to grab one of just 250 applications for an apprenticeship at the New York City District Council of Carpenters....
Waiting 8 Days in the Heat for a Career in Carpentry

New York Times

AUG. 15, 2016

 The bank account is empty.

There are two days left until payday. There are hungry children to feed and only crackers, peanut butter and a can of soup in the cupboard. 

In 2011-12, this was the reality for roughly one in 10 B.C. households, or about half a million people, according to a report from the University of Toronto and B.C.'s Provincial Health Services Authority released Wednesday. Many of those people live in rural regions of the province where there are no food banks. Most have jobs.
Northern families face high rates of food insecurity
Vancouver Sun
September 1, 2016
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 Your typical wage is below what it was in the late 1970s, in terms of what it can buy. Two-thirds of you are living paycheck to paycheck. Almost 30 percent of you don’t have steady employment: You’re working part-time or on contract, with none of the labor protections created over the last 80 years – no unemployment insurance if you lose your job, no worker’s compensation if you’re injured, no time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours a week, no minimum wage, and you have to pay your own Social Security. Over 37 percent of you have dropped out of the workforce altogether because you’ve become too discouraged even to look for work. That’s a near record.
As a nation, we are richer than we’ve ever been.
A Message to Working People on Labor Day from a former labor secretary

Monday, September 5, 2016
Robert Reich's blog
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