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7 Things To Help Millennials Survive This Economy

As President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union, our economy is improving and America is benefiting from 58 straight months of job growth. But young people who are stuck on their parents’ couches are still struggling. The youth unemployment rate is too high. Wages are stagnant. College is increasingly expensive, and the mountain of student debt keeps getting larger.

AFL-CIO 5 years ago

5 Bad Moves Lions Gate Entertainment Is Making

“Step Up All In” is premiering this weekend, aren’t you excited? Who doesn’t love a good dance flick? Well, Lions Gate Entertainment (Lionsgate) is making it kind of hard for us to be “Dancin’ in the Streets” on this one because of its terrible practice of taking millions in tax credits and then shipping musicians’ jobs overseas. Let’s tell Lionsgate, we want to “Dance to the Music” and not undermine good jobs for musicians. Here are the top five “bad moves” Lionsgate is busting:

AFL-CIO 5 years ago

7 Jobs That Depend On Infrastructure Spending

What is the Highway Trust Fund and why does it matter? The fund uses government financing to pay for the construction of our roads, bridges and public transit, and it supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. Congress is coming closer to agreeing to extend the Highway Trust Fund, which will be depleted in a couple of weeks without intervention. To better understand the importance of the fund and how letting it go broke would cause an economic catastrophe, we took a look at seven different types of workers whose livelihoods are on the line.

AFL-CIO 5 years ago

11 Jaw-Dropping Quotes From People Who Want To Lower The Minimum Wage

If raging against a living minimum wage isn’t bad enough, some extreme Republicans are advocating to lower or even abolish the minimum wage. Who needs to get paid to work, right? Silly workers. In a quest to beat one another in a game of Limbo (“How low can you go?”) on the minimum wage, here are some of the most eye-opening quotes from the folks who want to lower or eliminate the minimum wage.

AFL-CIO 5 years ago

‘It’s So Hard To Care About Anything Anymore’: Confessions Of Unemployed Workers

Just in case folks need a reminder, being unemployed really sucks. On top of the stress of not knowing how you’re going to pay rent or afford to eat, you feel isolated from your friends and family. Most people get that being out of work is no picnic, but Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) need a refresher. Here are some anonymous confessions from jobless workers from the secret-sharing app Whisper to remind them what it's like to not have a job.

AFL-CIO 6 years ago

7 Reasons We Don’t Want ‘Fast Track’ Trade Deals

“Fast Track” isn’t a video game, a motor speedway or the official name of the high-speed rail project in California. In fact, “Fast Track” does not refer to anything swag at all—it’s a term that refers to international trade policy—and a very lame policy at that. Here are just a few reasons why “Fast Track” is terrible for working people.

AFL-CIO 6 years ago

8 Ways Economic Inequality In America Is Like the 'Hunger Games'

The economic inequality highlighted in “The Hunger Games’” fictional world of Panem (where the Capitol owns everything and the districts have zilch) might seem like just a plot device in a dystopian tale, but it’s truer than you think. Here are eight facts about economic inequality and the minimum wage.

AFL-CIO 6 years ago