The Silver Lining in the Election for Democrats

By Christine L. Owens Tuesday’s stunning election results underscored the deep economic uncertainty and scarring felt by voters across America. Frustration with the status quo reached the boiling point, and where people had a chance to vote for what they thought was change – they took it. That’s as true

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Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage is crumbling

by Judy Conti, NELP Action While Republicans continue to refuse to compromise on key issues like appointing a new Supreme Court Justice, there’s one Republican roadblock that’s beginning to crumble: opposition to raising the minimum wage. That’s no surprise. Poll after poll shows that by substantial margins and on a

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Senate races may turn on minimum wage, overtime

by Mitchell Hirsch, NELP Action Thanks to the Fight for $15 and the way it has galvanized workers and their advocates across the country, we’ve seen incredible momentum for raising wages and addressing economic inequality over the past few years.  And though we celebrate the stunning victories in New York

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Opposing a Minimum Wage Hike Could Cost the GOP the Senate

by Paul Sonn, NELP Action Labor Day has started the sprint to the November election. And with more than 40 percent of U.S. workers struggling on less than $15 an hour, our economy’s tilt toward low-paying jobs has become a top economic issue this year. Now, as GOP leaders fret that

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With survey showing support for overtime rules, where do GOP senators stand?

by Judy Conti, NELP Action New Obama Administration regulations that ensure workers with salaries less than $47,476 a year are paid for overtime hours take effect Dec. 1, 2016. The Department of Labor estimates changes to the so-called “white-collar exemption” will entitle 4.2 million executive, professional and administrative employees to

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The Hill: Republicans’ Hypocrisy on Minimum Wage

This week, Republicans came out with their official position on the minimum wage in their Republican Platform 2016: “Minimum wage is an issue that should be handled at the state and local level.” That’s a silent but clear “no” to raising the disgracefully low federal minimum wage. But recognizing the popularity

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Arizona Republic: Bills Show GOP Hypocrisy on Local Control

In an op-ed published Sunday in the Arizona Republic, NELP Action Fund Staff Attorney Laura Huizar takes that state’s Republican legislators to task for hypocrisy: touting the virtues of local control on the one hand, while repeatedly seeking to thwart local efforts to raise the minimum wage and strengthen employment benefits on

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