Minimum-wage hikes hurt R.I. workers

By Steven Frias, Providence Journal

While Rhode Island continues to suffer from the highest unemployment rate in the nation, some legislators in the General Assembly are supporting legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to at least $10 an hour. That would give Rhode Island one of the highest minimum wages in the nation.

Union vote focuses on absent lawmakers

By David Lieb, The Daily Statesman

In legislative lingo, it’s called “taking a walk.” A lawmaker walks out of the chamber — sometimes to a nearby office, sometimes to get out of town — and avoids taking a vote on a politically sticky issue.

Seattle group files measure for $15 minimum wage

By Manuel Valdes, seattlepi.com

A group seeking a $15 an hour minimum wage filed paperwork Monday for a voter measure that would amend the Seattle charter, a move aiming to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass an increase without exemptions or delays.

What has UAW done for members?

By Brian Pannebecker, The Detroit News

Outgoing UAW President Bob King has proven recently just how out of touch he is — not only with auto workers in other parts of the country, but right here with the rank-and-file of his own union as well. King’s “southern strategy,” which has cost current UAW members tens-of-millions of dollars, has been a complete failure.