Statements about Labor

In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."

Wisconsin is "one of the bluest" states, but under Scott Walker its unemployment rate "is around 3.5%."

Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."

Says 21 million people "still suffer slavery today."

"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."

"The only time over the last 25 years when the state’s unemployment rate exceeded the U.S. average was when (Mary) Burke was commerce secretary."  

"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."

"25% of human trafficking victims are located in Texas."

"The median male worker in this country has not seen a raise, inflation adjusted, for 30 years, basically."

"Jobs that involve the minimum wage are overwhelmingly jobs for young people starting out in the workforce."

"Our economy still has three people looking for every job (opening)."

Protesters in La Crosse blocked an exit and surrounded a State Patrol car carrying the governor and were "beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle." When the car was "extricated" from the crowd, a truck blocked a second exit.  

"About 40 percent of workers don’t ... have a single paid sick day."

"The Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart, controls a fortune equal to the wealth of the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined."

"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."

"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.

Chris Christie "cut equal pay for women, calling it 'senseless bureaucracy.' "

"Six years after unionization, 20,000 fewer children in Illinois were being served by the Child Care and Development Fund program."

Salaries for URI faculty are second to last among New England land grant universities and in lowest 20 percent of major U.S. research institutions

Says President Franklin Delano Roosevelt "felt there wasn’t a need in the public sector to have collective bargaining because the government is the people."

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