Petition Tag - jobs

1. Help! Teacher/Librarians in Public Schools Threatened With Extinction

I'm looking to parents, and teachers in all sectors and across all subject areas to support me in my fight to stop the last of the teacher/librarians in public education from losing their jobs to unqualified or less qualified people. I'm not looking to oust anyone from their existing jobs but to close the gap in the agreement (that is sadly open to broad interpretation) and in the Department of Education guidelines that allows principals to employ whoever they want in the role of librarian.
My job as library manager on a junior campus has been axed and has been advertised as an ES1-ES3 position (cheaper to employ), negating both my Librarianship qualifications and experience, and all the work I put in to the library. ES employees are sometimes not qualified in the role they're employed in, and do not usually have a university degree in librarianship or teaching. Private schools have qualified teacher/librarians, and I don't understand why public school students are entitled to less. Research shows that schools with a qualified teacher/librarians achieve better results overall than those that don't. I am fighting this for our profession, for the students and ultimately for our community. If you care about preparing students (your children) for life and work in the best way possible, please sign.

2. Save Mullins Beach bar from becoming a Royal Westmoreland Private Club

Mullins Beach bar has been a landmark location for the past 40 years.
It is enjoyed by locals and visitors. This location provides enjoyment for thousands of persons, and employment for beach vendors, water sport and water craft operators, taxi operators, staff at the beach bar itself and of course the businesses who supply the beach bar with products.

Royal Westmoreland plans to close the bar, beach facilities and restrict access to the beach in June 2018. They will convert it to a private club only for members and residents of Royal Westmoreland.
No tourists or locals will be allowed to use the bar or facilities as they have for the past 40 years and access to the beach will be limited.

Please join with us and stop the privatization of this piece of Barbadian History.

3. Return All Trump Manufacturing to the Continental United States

President Trump wants to create jobs to "make america great again". He can do his part by returning all Trump and Ivanka branded manufacturing and sourcing materials, equipment, labor, research to the continental United States.

4. Employers should be required to inform applicants if they did not get the job

Millions of job applicants around the country end up wasting countless days, or even weeks waiting for a reply from their potential employer, yet if said employer doesn't pick them for the position, they'll never know. This is unfair to the public, if we don't know that we didn't get the job how can we move on to the next employer? Businesses should also be required to provide the reason why they turned down an applicant so that he/she may better themselves and learn from their mistakes, so that they can have a better chance with the next employer.

5. Rescind 234,000 acre mineral withdrawal application: renew Twin Metals Leases

In March 2016 the Bureau of land Management refused to renew Twin metals Minnesota's two mineral leases of federal lands. In January 2017, federal land management agencies proposed a 234,000 acre withdrawal of National Forest System (NSF) lands within the Rainy River Watershed of the Superior National Forest in Northeastern Minnesota for a 20-year term, immediately placing the area off limits to mineral development for up to two years while the withdrawal application is studied. If the withdrawal application is not rescinded, it will stifle job creation, decimate local economies and cause significant harm to K-12 education in Minnesota. Please sign the Petition and request that Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke rescind the 234,000 acre mineral withdrawal application and renew the two wrongly terminated Twin Metals Minnesota mineral leases.

6. Support Drumcar Contractors Group

The existing 12 contractors who provide 24hr 365 day maintenance services are being replaced by a Dublin Company with the loss of local jobs, local business support and local community support. Following between 10 - 35 years experience, there has been No Discussion, No Communication and No Loyalty afforded to the existing contractors ......We need your support to secure local jobs and services....

7. Don’t let ex-HMAS Tobruk get sunk in the south!

The decision on ex-HMAS Tobruk will be made very soon and Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt needs your support to show that Wide Bay is the ideal final resting place.

Keith has been fighting to bring ex-HMAS Tobruk to Wide Bay since he was elected in 2013 and needs your support now.

Keith is fighting for jobs, fighting for a boost to the economy, and is fighting for a better future for our children.

We need you to join the fight.

Ex-HMAS Tobruk sunk in Wide Bay waters will not only add vital tourism infrastructure to the region, it will add to our military history.

Bundaberg has the Rats of Tobruk memorial and the addition of a mighty vessel like ex-HMAS Tobruk would complement the Fraser Coast military trail.

8. Support for new Lidl in Shirebrook

A new Lidl store in Shirebrook would regenerate a derelict site and create up to 40 new local jobs.

The proposals would also provide more shopper choice for the local community.

9. Petition to Stop KFC from Occupying Buddy Hoagies' Signature Venue

Capitalism is on the rise and KFC has set a higher bid on the venue that used to occupy my beloved Buddy Hoagies.

A place that holds many memories for us Northerners.
A place where students study for their Olevels is now being replaced with a fast food restaurant that is bound to bring a lot of noise to the public.
A place that sells reasonably healthy food that is now, sadly gonna be replaced by deep fried unhealthy chicken.
A place that provides jobs for full time students, elderly people and housewives.
A place that allows kids to play while their parents dine.
A place where the kitchen staff and service staff are like family.

Stop capitalism now by pledging against Lee Bee Wah's support of Fast food chain, KFC.

Dear Lee Bee Wah. Step down, because ever since you proposed for cyclers to get a bicycle license, I laughed. Just because you don't like smokers, doesn't mean you can shut down the place they hang out at.

10. Stop Outsourcing from the USA

The first thing I was amazed to learn was that the United States has no laws against the outsourcing of labor. In fact, the only legislation that scratches the surface of the outsourcing of American technology and jobs is a small statute that declares outsourced labor is still subject to U.S. regulation and oversight.

Measures must be taken to protect American jobs and to shield U.S. corporations from the temptations and incentives of moving labor to other countries. It is not as if the companies intend to steal jobs from Americans, but their wallets speak to them when wages in Mexico and China for example, are under four dollars an hour.

A great model, in terms of legislation to follow, would be that of the Chinese, where if a company does not make a minimum percentage of parts in their country, that business is not allowed to sell to Chinese citizens.

I was astonished to learn that the United States was the only well-developed economy in the world that does not have what economists refer to as a VAT. As you are well aware, a valued-added tax or VAT is used to penalize imports and partially subsidize exports. This is a perfect example of an incentive that the United States must create in order to bring jobs back to the United States.

If action is not taken, America will continue along the path we currently follow, which leads to the death of the U.S. economy. History has foreshadowed this. For example, following the resolution of World War One, a group of countries came together to create legislation that would unite the world economically and thus connect independent countries by sharing the most modern technologies of the time.

Most of these technologies came from the United States, as you might have guessed. This resulted poorly for Americans. In 1919 the United States had $10,776 million in imports, and eleven years later in 1930 exports had dropped all the way to $5,448 million. Unfortunately, there are also more recent effects of globalization on American citizens.

Between the years of 2001 and 2013, the United States trade with China has resulted in the loss of 2.8 million American jobs. For those fortunate enough not to lose their job, it was found in a recent study that workers lost roughly $1,400 in annual income. Detrimental effects of globalization can also be seen in countries that work is being outsourced to, such as the Philippines. Protesters complain that government funding has been funneled into the insourcing industry and away from the agricultural sector, making it increasingly difficult for farmers to put food on the plate for their families. Jerry Scott, a prominent expert on the subject stated, “you've got the complete devastation of nature all around the world; you've got people shoved off their lands to make way for giant dams and agri-business and so on, who then become part of the millions and millions of people roaming the land and going into cities looking for impossible-to-find jobs, all in competition with each other, and violent and angry”. Although I am foremost concerned with the loss of American jobs, I believe it would benefit all nations to end globalization.

Even if globalization wasn’t ruining our economy, taking jobs, and causing wages to plummet, where is our sense of American pride in producing our own goods?

11. Bring Uber to Rochester, MN NOW!

This is a simple petition to the Rochester, MN City Council to allow Uber to come to the city.

Uber is a convenient and easy to use "taxi like" service that is affordable and offers high quality service. Here is a link to some of the benefits Uber has to offer. http://uber.mbsf.org/benefits-of-using-uber

Uber allows an individual to work on a basis that fits their needs and schedule. Someone who is looking for a little extra cash or to fill free time during the day, night, and evenings. It is very easy to use and they are usually very quickly to respond when called upon.

Here in Rochester we the people deal with long waits when calling on cab drivers for a ride. Especially in the evenings and on weekends. With Uber being allowed in Rochester, this could cut down wait times that customers have to wait for a "cab", this would be very beneficial to people stuck out in the cold on winter nights after a night on the town.

If Rochester city council were to deny Uber the chance to come to town, they are potentially denying people the right to work (people who want to drive with Uber) and denying a business the right to compete. We need an open market here in Rochester that could bring down the price of cabs and is more affordable.

Not all residents in town are going to switch to using Uber, but the residents in Rochester should have a right to choose who they want use as a taxi service and to provide business to.

Please Rochester City Council consider bringing Uber to Rochester, MN to provide jobs and better service to its residents.

12. Cut the salaries of The Executive, Congress, and Supreme Court for damages inflicted on the American people

The members of said departments run their offices with frivolous overspending of taxpayer money on travel, partying with special interests, and catering to foreign interests that undermine the economic potential of this once great nation.

The outcome of all their wastefulness is due to incompetence, causing frivolous actions, economic losses, and betrayal of America's Sovereignty, and has created a near twenty trillion dollar deficit on the public, that will require their reduction of salary, needed in proportion to losses they caused to the American Public and their Nation.

Immigration Pandering for low wage industry hiring has lasted for thirty years costing America hundreds of billions of dollars and has been caused by said parties failed border control.

13. Keep Jobs at HMRC Porthmadog & North Wales

Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced plans to close all tax offices in the UK & replace them with 13 regional centres. Just one centre will remain in Wales-in Cardiff. Staff in North Wales are expected to move to Liverpool.

We call on HMRC & the UK Government to re-consider their plans & keep a regional centre in the North whilst maintaining the Welsh-language call centre in Porthmadog.

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Mae HMRC wedi cyhoeddi eu bwriad i gau holl swyddfeydd treth y DU a chreu 13 o ganolfannau rhanbarthol. Dim ond un canolfan fydd yng Nghymru-yng Nghaerdydd. Mae disgwyl i staff y Gogledd symud i Lerpwl i weithio.

Galwn ar HMRC a Llywodraeth y Deyrnas Unedig i ail-ystyried a chadw canolfan rhanbarthol yn y Gogledd a chynnal y gwasanaeth Cymraeg ym Mhorthmadog.

14. Ban The Resume

The resume was created in 1482. More than 500 years later, why are we still being forced to create these ancient documents only for someone to spend less than 10 seconds looking at it or worse, ignore it totally!

Most of us can't stand out or show employers what we really have to offer on a piece of paper. Our work experience is limited and its our drive, passion and determination that's gonna get us employed!

It's time employers took a different, more 21st Century approach to hiring!

We're gonna send this petition (no names) to the top 100 employers of students & graduates to let them know that they're missing out on great talent when all they judge us on is a piece of paper!

15. Time for Kenny Anthony to Deliver on Promises of Job Creation

The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) affirms that after almost 15 years under the leadership of Dr. Kenny Anthony , Saint Lucia’s unemployment situation has become progressively worse.

The LPM laments the growing number of youth in the country who are currently unemployed, and the party is adamant in its belief that Saint Lucia is teetering on the verge of a human resource development tragedy if its present course is not remedied with quick and aggressive action.

The LPM also points to recent statistics which suggest that Saint Lucia’s unemployment figures have risen to 24.9 percent and that almost 50 percent of youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years are unemployed.

Therefore, in the interest of the people of Saint Lucia, the LPM has launched an online petition aimed at highlighting the magnitude of the problem. We urge every citizen who is unemployed or who is disappointed with the current state of unemployment in the country to sign the petition as an open show of protest against a government that has sought to give the impression that all is well in our country.

The petition will run for a total of 10 weeks and will culminate with a public protest action march, at the end of which all the signatures will be delivered to the office of the prime minister.

16. End homelessness and poverty in Canada now

It is a well known fact Canada has had a homeless/housing crisis for the past two decades at least, it is also a known fact poverty issues have increased in our country over time and it is also well known many Canadians have already lost their jobs this year alone and many more are going to, those are only some of the issues Canadians are facing on a daily basis.

We need a new national housing strategy which is something our current Government has refused to discussed with their Provincial counter part. we need our Federal Government to be more proactive in dealing with our issues etc.

17. Pennsylvania to legalize marijuana

Pennsylvania is in desperate need of a change.

We need jobs, and most importantly, a new sustainable revenue source. What if there was a way to create hundreds of jobs, explode the housing market, and create 100 million dollars per year in new tax revenue, without costing taxpayers a dime. The answer is quite simple, legalize marijuana.

Instead of waiting, and being the least progressive state in the country.. Let us get on board a booming industry in its growth stage. How about Pennsylvania becomes "One of the first," instead of "One of the last."

"We the people," need to let our voices be heard.

18. Raise Minimum Wage In Idaho To $10.00 Dollars An Hour

Earlier this year, EPI released an analysis of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) that would raise the federal minimum wage in three incremental increases of $0.95 from its current level of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour (see Cooper and Hall 2013).

The Harkin-Miller proposal would then index the minimum wage to inflation, so that as prices rise in subsequent years, the minimum would automatically be adjusted to preserve its real value. At the same time, the bill would raise the base wage paid to tipped workers from the current $2.13 per hour—where it has stood since 1991—in incremental increases over six years until it equals 70 percent of the full minimum wage.

Since that analysis was released, five states have raised their state minimum wages: California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.1 The increases in these states underscore the broad recognition that the current federal minimum wage is too low. These increases slightly alter our earlier estimates of the impact of a federal minimum-wage increase to $10.10 because workers in these states who would have been affected by the federal increase will now have higher wages as a result of their higher state minimums. Yet the conclusion of our previous analysis remains unchanged: Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would lift incomes for millions of American workers and provide a modest boost to U.S. GDP.

SUPPLEMENTARY DATA: State-by-state characteristics of workers who would be affected by increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016 [PDF]
This paper provides an update to our original analysis that reflects these higher state minimum wages, and changes in economic conditions over the past year. It begins by providing some context for the current minimum wage and the Harkin-Miller proposal, describing how today’s minimum and the proposed new minimum compare with historical benchmarks. It then provides a demographic overview of the workers who would be affected (both directly and indirectly) by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Finally, it details the GDP and job creation effects that would occur as a result of such an increase.

Key findings include:

Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would return the federal minimum wage to roughly the same inflation-adjusted value it had in the late 1960s.

An increase to $10.10 would either directly or indirectly raise the wages of 27.8 million workers, who would receive about $35 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period.

Across the phase-in period of the increase, GDP would grow by about $22 billion, resulting in the creation of roughly 85,000 net new jobs over that period.
The workers who would receive a raise do not fit the stereotypes of low-wage workers:

Among affected workers, the average age is 35 years old, nearly 88 percent are at least 20 years old, and more than a third (34.5 percent) are at least 40 years old.

Of affected workers, about 54 percent work full time, about 69 percent come from families with family incomes less than $60,000, and more than a quarter have children.

The average affected worker earns half of his or her family’s total income.

The minimum wage in context
Every year that the minimum wage remains the same in nominal dollars, inflation slowly erodes its real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) value, leaving minimum-wage workers with a paycheck that cannot buy as much as it did in years past. This, of course, threatens the material well-being of minimum-wage workers in low-income families who rely on every dollar of income just to afford basic necessities.

At the current federal minimum wage of $7.25, a parent who works full time, year round, does not earn enough to be above the federal poverty line. This was not always the case. As shown in Figure A, throughout the 1960s and 1970s, a full-time, full-year minimum-wage income was above the poverty line for a family of two. At its high point in real value in the late 1960s, a full-time, full-year minimum-wage income was enough to keep a family of three above the poverty line, although it still fell shy of the poverty line for a family of four.

FIGURE A
Annual minimum-wage earnings and poverty line for families of two to four, 1964–2013 and projected for 2013–2016 under proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 (2013 dollars)

Annual minimum-wage earnings and poverty line for families of two to four, 1964–2013 and projected for 2013–2016 under proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 (2013 dollars).
Note: Poverty thresholds for 2013 for family of two (one adult, one child) and three (two adults, one child) and four (two adults, two children) are inflated from 2012 U.S. Census Bureau thresholds by CBO-projected inflation for 2013. The poverty threshold for one adult, two children is slightly higher ($18,794) than for the family of three configuration shown here. Projections are based upon CBO inflation projections and the proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016. Annual earnings are calculated assuming workers work 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal, U.S. Census Bureau (2012), CBO (2013), and U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (2013)
The black dotted line in the figure shows what a full-time minimum-wage worker would earn if the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 by 2016, as the Harkin-Miller bill proposes. Such an increase would return a full-time minimum-wage income to a level sufficient to protect a family of three from poverty. Because the Harkin-Miller bill would also index the minimum wage to inflation, full-time minimum-wage workers would never again fall below this threshold.

The declining real value of the minimum wage has also significantly contributed to the enormous growth in U.S. income inequality (Mishel 2013). The gap between the minimum wage and the average wage of typical American workers used to be much smaller than it is today. Figure B depicts the value of the minimum wage as a percentage of the average wage of production, non-supervisory workers. From the mid-1960s up until the early 1980s, minimum-wage workers earned a wage equal to roughly half that of the typical American worker. Today’s minimum wage is equal to only 36 percent of the average production, non-supervisory worker wage. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would return the minimum wage to roughly 50 percent of the average production worker wage.

FIGURE B
Federal minimum wage as a percentage of the average U.S. wage of production/nonsupervisory workers, 1964–2013 and projected for 2013–2016 under proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016

Federal minimum wage as a percentage of the average U.S. wage of production/nonsupervisory workers, 1964–2013 and projected for 2013–2016 under proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016
Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal, Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata, and U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (2013).

It is important to also recognize that today’s minimum wage has not fallen to exceptional lows out of economic necessity. Over the past 45 years, the U.S. economy has vastly expanded, and productivity (our ability to produce goods and services for the same amount of work) has more than doubled. Yet the minimum wage—our agreed-upon standard for the minimum amount a worker in our society should be paid—has been left to stagnate and decline. Figure C shows the value of the minimum wage since 1968, compared with what it might have been had it grown at the same rate as average wages or total economy productivity (i.e., how much we can produce for an hour’s worth of work).

FIGURE C
Real value of the federal minimum wage, 1968–2013 and 2013–2016 under proposed increase to $10.10 by 2016, compared with its value had it grown at the rate of productivity or average worker wages (2013 dollars)

Real value of the federal minimum wage, 1968–2013 and 2013–2016 under proposed increase to $10.10 by 2016, compared with its value had it grown at the rate of productivity or average worker wages (2013 dollars)
* Productivity and average wage projections from 2013 to 2016 do not include the Harkin-Miller proposal.

Note: Dollars are deflated using CPI-U-RS and CBO inflation projections. Projected wage values are based on CBO inflation projections, average wage and productivity growth from 2002 to 2006 (the last full regular business cycle), and, in the case of the "real minimum wage" line, the proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.

Source: Author's analysis of Total Economy Productivity data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Labor Productivity and Costs program, BLS Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata, CBO (2013), U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (2013), and the Harkin-Miller proposal.

As the figure shows, the minimum wage in 1968 equaled roughly $9.40 in today’s dollars. Had it grown from that point at the same rate as growth in wages for the typical American worker, it would be about $10.65 today, and projected to be about $10.89 by 2016. If the minimum wage had grown at the same rate as productivity, it would be $18.30 today, and close to $19 per hour by 2016 (under reasonable expectations for productivity growth). As depicted by the dotted black line, the Harkin-Miller proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would lift the minimum to just above its real value from 1968 (in 2013 dollars)—a worthwhile improvement, yet still well below what the economy could sustain, given economic growth and technological progress since that time.

Demographic characteristics of affected workers
Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 would lift incomes for millions of American workers, most of whom do not fit the prevailing impressions of low-wage workers as teenagers working part-time jobs for extra spending money. Figure D shows the number of workers who would be directly and indirectly affected in each year of the proposed incremental increases.

FIGURE D
Number of workers (in millions) affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016

Number of workers (in millions) affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016
Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal using Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata
With the initial increase to $8.20 per hour, 7.0 million workers would be directly affected. These are workers who currently earn between $7.25 and $8.20 per hour. Another 2.7 million workers with wages just above $8.20 per hour would be indirectly affected by the “ripple effect” of the increase, receiving a raise as employers adjust their overall pay ladders (Shierholz 2009). In the second year, as the federal minimum wage is increased to $9.15 per hour, 11.1 million workers would be directly affected, and another 6.5 million would be indirectly affected. In the final increase to $10.10 one year later, a total of 27.8 million American workers would see their pay increase, with 16.7 million workers directly affected and another 11.1 million indirectly affected.

We now examine the demographic characteristics—in terms of gender, age, work hours, family income, and family composition—of the workers who would be directly and indirectly affected.

Gender

While raising the minimum wage would benefit both men and women, it would disproportionately affect women. As depicted in Figure E, women account for 49.2 percent of total U.S. employment, yet comprise 55.0 percent of the workers whose incomes would rise by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10. The share of those affected who are women varies somewhat by state, from a low of 47.7 percent in California to a high of 63.3 percent in Mississippi.

FIGURE E
Gender distribution of workers affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016, and of total employment

Gender distribution of workers affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016, and of total employment
Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal using Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata and BLS Current Employment Statistics (2013)
Age

Perhaps the most common incorrect perception of low-wage workers is that they are largely teenagers and almost entirely young people. While there certainly are a number of low-wage workers who fit this description, young workers comprise only a small fraction of the workers who would be affected by an increase to $10.10. Of the workers who would receive a raise if the minimum wage were lifted to $10.10 by 2016, only 12.5 percent are teens. In fact, of those affected, more are age 55 or older than are teenagers. The average age among affected workers is 35 years old, more than half of all affected workers are at least 30, and more than a third (34.5 percent) are at least 40 (see Figure F).

FIGURE F
Age of workers affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016
Age of workers affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016
Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal using Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

Work hours
Among those who would be affected by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10, only 14.2 percent work fewer than 20 hours per week. As seen in Figure G, more than half (53.8 percent) work full time (35 or more hours per week), and 32.0 percent work between 20 and 34 hours per week.

FIGURE G Interactive
Work status of workers affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016

Share of affected workers
Part time (< 20 hours) 14.2%
Mid time (20-34 hours) 32.0%
Full time (35+ hours) 53.8%
Part time (< 20 hours): 14.2%
Mid time (20-34 hours): 32.0%
Full time (35+ hours): 53.8%
Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal using Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata
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The report’s supplementary state tables (available at http://www.epi.org/files/2013/minimum-wage-state-tables.pdf) provide demographic information on affected workers by state. The data show that Southern states tend to have higher shares of affected workers who work full time. Arkansas (66.1 percent), Louisiana (65.4 percent), Texas (64.0 percent), and Georgia (62.2 percent) have the highest shares, with more than 60 percent of affected individuals working full time. States in New England and the Midwest have the smallest shares of affected workers who work full time, with Connecticut (36.4 percent), Minnesota (38.3 percent), and New Hampshire (39.3 percent) having shares below 40 percent.

Family income

Those who would be affected come largely from families with low to moderate income levels. As shown in Figure H, 68.9 percent of affected workers have total family incomes of less than $60,000 per year, and nearly a quarter (23.1 percent) have family incomes below $20,000 per year. Among all U.S. families, the median family income in 2012 was $62,527 (according to data from the American Community Survey), which means that nearly 70 percent of affected workers come from families in the bottom half of the income distribution.

FIGURE H
Family income of workers affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016

Family income of workers affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016
Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal using Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata
The share of workers affected by increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 with family income below $60,000 varies considerably by state, ranging from a low of 46.9 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 80.2 percent in Montana (and 80.4 percent in the District of Columbia).

Low- and minimum-wage workers are often dismissed as “secondary earners,” implying that the income earned by these workers is primarily discretionary income, unessential to their family’s well-being. This is patently false: The workers who would be affected by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 earn, on average, 50 percent of their family’s total income. As shown in Figure I, this percentage varies from a low of 32.9 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 60.3 percent in Louisiana.

FIGURE I Interactive
Average share of family income provided by worker affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, by state

State Share
New Hampshire 32.9%
Connecticut 35.6%
New Jersey 38.7%
Maryland 39.1%
Vermont 39.3%
Alaska 39.5%
Massachusetts 39.8%
Minnesota 41.0%
Rhode Island 41.3%
Pennsylvania 41.7%
Maine 42.6%
Hawaii 42.9%
Utah 43.4%
Wisconsin 43.9%
Washington 45.4%
Ohio 45.8%
Iowa 45.9%
Michigan 46.0%
Illinois 46.1%
Nebraska 46.3%
New York 46.8%
Delaware 46.8%
Virginia 46.8%
North Dakota 47.1%
Colorado 47.4%
Indiana 48.0%
Nevada 48.7%
United States 50.0%
Oregon 50.1%
Missouri 50.2%
Arizona 51.7%
Idaho 51.7%
Wyoming 52.2%
New Mexico 53.2%
California 53.2%
South Dakota 53.4%
South Carolina 54.0%
Tennessee 54.1%
Florida 54.4%
West Virginia 54.6%
Kentucky 55.0%
Kansas 55.1%
Alabama 55.2%
Montana 55.4%
Georgia 55.5%
Texas 55.7%
North Carolina 56.3%
Mississippi 57.0%
Oklahoma 57.1%
Arkansas 58.9%
District of Columbia 59.8%
Louisiana 60.3%
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Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal using Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata
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Family composition

Nationally, more than a quarter (26.5 percent) of those who would be affected by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 are parents. In fact, of the nation’s roughly 75 million children, nearly one-fifth (18.7 percent) have at least one parent who would receive a raise if the minimum wage were increased to $10.10. This percentage varies from 10.8 percent in Alaska (and 9.7 percent in the District of Columbia) to 25.7 percent in Texas, as shown in Figure J. Including Texas, there are 12 states where more than one-fifth of children have a parent who would benefit from the minimum-wage increase: Idaho (25.0 percent), Arkansas (24.6 percent), South Carolina (24.1 percent), Louisiana (23.3 percent), Kentucky (22.3 percent), North Carolina (21.9 percent), Florida (21.3 percent), Alabama (21.0 percent), Tennessee (20.9 percent), Utah (20.7 percent), and Nevada (20.3 percent). Of these 12 states, all but Idaho, Utah, and Nevada had child poverty rates of 25 percent or more in 2012 (Annie E. Casey Foundation 2013).

FIGURE J Interactive
Share of children with at least one parent affected by raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016, by state

State name Share of state kids
District of Columbia 9.7%
Alaska 10.8%
Connecticut 11.0%
Maine 11.9%
Vermont 12.1%
Washington 12.3%
New Hampshire 12.8%
Minnesota 13.0%
Maryland 13.4%
Wyoming 13.7%
North Dakota 13.8%
New Jersey 13.9%
Massachusetts 14.3%
Oregon 14.7%
Michigan 14.9%
Hawaii 15.0%
Oklahoma 15.3%
New York 15.9%
New Mexico 16.3%
Iowa 16.8%
Colorado 17.0%
Nebraska 17.0%
Wisconsin 17.2%
West Virginia 17.6%
California 17.6%
Arizona 17.9%
Rhode Island 18.2%
Pennsylvania 18.4%
United States 18.7%
Delaware 18.9%
Indiana 18.9%
Illinois 18.9%
Kansas 19.0%
South Dakota 19.1%
Virginia 19.1%
Georgia 19.3%
Ohio 19.4%
Montana 19.6%
Mississippi 19.6%
Missouri 19.9%
Nevada 20.3%
Utah 20.7%
Tennessee 20.9%
Alabama 21.0%
Florida 21.3%
North Carolina 21.9%
Kentucky 22.3%
Louisiana 23.3%
South Carolina 24.1%
Arkansas 24.6%
Idaho 25.0%
Texas 25.7%
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Source: Author's analysis of Harkin-Miller proposal using Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata
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Raising the minimum wage to spur economic growth
As explained in our original analysis of the Harkin-Miller proposal (Cooper and Hall 2013), raising the minimum wage would provide immediate benefits not only to affected workers (whose incomes would rise), but to the broader economy as well. Research over the past two decades has shown that, despite skeptics’ claims, modest increases in the minimum wage have little to no negative impact on jobs2 (Schmitt 2013). In fact, under current labor market conditions, where tepid consumer demand is a major factor holding businesses back from expanding their payrolls, raising the minimum wage can provide a catalyst for new hiring.

Economists generally agree that low-wage workers are more likely than any other income group to spend any additional earnings they receive, largely because they must in order to meet their basic needs. Higher-income individuals, corporations, and beneficiaries of corporate profits are more likely to save at least a portion of any additional income. Thus, in a period of depressed consumer demand, raising the minimum wage can provide a modest boost to overall economic activity because it shifts income to workers who are very likely to spend it immediately. Indeed, recent research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago finds that raising the federal minimum wage to $10 could increase U.S. GDP by up to 0.3 percentage points in the near term3 (Aaronson and French 2013).

Our research shows that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would provide an additional $35 billion in wages over the phase-in period to directly and indirectly affected workers, who are likely to then spend that additional income. This projected rise in consumer spending would provide a modest boost to U.S. GDP, even after accounting for the increased labor cost to businesses and the potential for small price increases for consumers. Using standard fiscal multipliers, we would expect that increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would generate a net increase in economic activity of $22.1 billion over the phase-in period. This additional GDP would support roughly 85,000 new jobs.4 As shown in Appendix Table 1, increasing the federal minimum wage would generate jobs in every state. (As noted previously, detailed state-level demographic information on each state’s affected workers is available at http://www.epi.org/files/2013/minimum-wage-state-tables.pdf.) Appendix Table 2 details the economic effects of each of the three incremental increases.

Conclusion
Since our original analysis of the Harkin-Miller proposal, five states—California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island—have adopted higher state minimum wages. By 2014, 21 states plus the District of Columbia will have set minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25. At that point, roughly half the U.S. workforce will be in jurisdictions with minimum wages above the federal minimum.

These increases in these states, along with those in several cities and counties that have also implemented higher local minimum wages, underscore the growing recognition that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 is no longer an adequate wage floor. While these recent state-level increases—particularly California’s increase to $10 in 2015—slightly alter our original estimates, our conclusion remains the same: Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 would lift the incomes of millions of working families, boosting their spending power at a time when the U.S. economy is in dire need of increased consumer spending.

Data and Information referenced from: http://www.epi.org/publication/raising-federal-minimum-wage-to-1010/

By David Cooper | December 19, 2013

19. Keep Dillons Stores In Springfield MO

Grocery stores are a staple of American life. They often are a social center and a common denominator for various aspects of a community.

The loss of them in favor of big box stores or mega discount houses is a negative for people.

20. Governments should support Australian businesses

Recently, Australian company Rossi, lost a contract to supply boots for the Australian Army, to an overseas Company.

It is also believed that the government will get the next order of submarines from Japan, not to made in Adelaide.

Even our last Olympic uniforms were made overseas.

21. Save Our Surgery, Save Four Jobs Llysmeddyg Surgery Sandfields Port Talbot

Lysmeddyg Surgery has been put up for sale. 1600 people will have to migrate or find another surgery.

Four employees have been given notice, that on the 16th July the practice will close.
1600 patients have neither been notified by the Practice or by the Health Board.

We need the public but most importantly the patients to be aware of this., but
The Land will be sold To a developer. Another GP did tender to keep the practice open, but the Health Board declined to keep this open.

the Nearest Surgery is a local resource centre that is already busting at the seams and a waiting list of two weeks or more to be seen.

1600 more patients, and this will be a real mistake, car parking for patients is already exhausted as people have to use the local supermarket car park.

People with Disabilities will never find parking too.

22. Canadian Jobs at Risk Without Temporary Foreign Worker Access

The restaurant industry employs 1.2 million Canadians and is one of the largest sectors and job creators in the Canadian economy.

In select markets there are critical labour shortages and restaurant owners don't have enough applicants for available jobs. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows restaurants to fully staff their operations. In some markets, restaurant owners would have to scale back their business and even close their doors without these workers.

Only when restaurant owners exhaust efforts to hire Canadians, are they allowed to hire temporary foreign workers.

Temporary foreign workers help us protect ALL restaurant jobs.

The restaurant industry is committed to working with the government to ensure the integrity and responsible use of the program while protecting Canadian jobs.

Right now there is a ban on our use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

23. Save DeYulio's Sausage Co.

DeYulio's Sausage Company is a 3rd generation family business, that survived through the recession only to be put out of business by the City of Stamford evicting us. The City of Stamford took our property via eminent domain and began the eviction process back in 2012.

In December, 2012 we signed a lease to move to a building in Stamford, CT; however, the building needed repairs that the landlord could not do. So the lease was cancelled and we began hunting for new property. We found a building in Bridgeport, CT and began the process of purchasing it in the spring of 2013. In June, 2013 we signed a contract with the City of Stamford that said we would be out by December, 2013, in order to hold off on the eviction process.

The bank we were working with had us jumping through hoop after hoop and strung us along, until the last hour when they denied the loan based on environmental factors on the property.

We immediately went to another bank, and they are going to be loaning us the money for the property. We should be closing on the new facitlity by the end of the year. Then we would need 6-8 weeks for renovations. When we asked the City of Stamford for an extension until March, they were unwilling to give it to us. On Tuesday we asked the courts to give us the extension, and on Thursday, 12/19/13, the judgement came down denying the extension. Friday morning, 12/20/13, we were served with eviction papers to be off the property by this Monday, 12/23/13, @ 8am.

If they evict us we will have to close down because we do not have anywhere to go. Our 20 employees will be laid off & unable to support their families right before the holidays. Our business has been located in Stamford, CT since the early 1900's, when my great-grandparents had a market where they manufactured their own sausage in the back. Then in the 1960's Urban Renewal caused the City of Stamford to take the property they were on via eminent domain, and we were moved to our current location; only to have eminent domain happen a 2nd time.

We are asking for the publics help to pass this along to as many people as you can in the hopes that if we get enough signatures maybe the City of Stamford will change their minds or our local representatives will help us stay in business, and stop the layoff of 20 employees right before the holidays.

24. Support students who struggle in school to find employment

In developed nations up to 14% of economically engaged people with disability run their own business or are self employed. As opposed to only 8% of economically engaged non disabled people.

US and worldwide studies of working age people with disabilities show consistent & continuing patterns of unemployment for these individuals, as compared to their non-disabled working peers.

The UN Millennium Development Goals Report indicates the unemployment rate for people with disabilities as high as 90% in some of the world’s developing countries. Globally, there are over 750 million persons with disabilities, and around a third of these are people between the ages of 18-30.

According to the UN World Program Action for Youth, nearly 80% of young adults with disabilities live in developing countries forming a significant proportion of the youth population in every society. Despite being the world’s largest minority, appropriate employment and educational programs for persons with disabilities of any age are largely ignored. People with disabilities are amongst the most marginalized and poorest of the world’s adults. Adult education related to starting a business or improving chances for meaningful employment is even more critical for realizing the full potential of adults with disabilities than it is for their peers.

More than 98% of people with disabilities of any age in developing countries do not attend school. Not receiving skills and qualifications to function in the wider society, limits the employment opportunities for PwDs. Unemployment rates for persons with disabilities are higher than the non-disabled population in every society and discrimination and negative perceptions pose a formidable barrier to otherwise capable people considered to be disabled looking for employment.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides monthly updates on employment for members of the workforce who have disabilities. These data have been available to the public since October 2008 and have helped confirm what has long been assumed or suspected- labor market participation for PwD is extremely low. Over the past year, active workforce participation hovers consistently around 22%, 77% of people with self-disclosed limitations to major life activities are “not in the workforce and unemployment rates are currently an unacceptable 50% higher than those workers without disabilities.

Is this really the best we can do?

As one can see, unemployment levels for workers without disabilities has held steady around 9%, while for people with disabilities there have been wide fluctuations ranging as high as 17% to just under 14%. Combine these dismal numbers with only 1 in 5 PwD working in either part of full time employment, and the conclusion is America has a long way to go to reach meaningful workforce participation rates among US citizens identified as having conditions of disability.
Deep cutbacks in public and government funding have seen a reduction and elimination of grants, loans, and vendor contracting sources that served as employment-generators, business incubators, and direct services for people with disabilities.

The overall inability of the government and business communities to provide seed or sustaining funding continues to limit traditional avenues to job placement, self-employment, and start up entrepreneurial businesses for all sectors and classes of workers- especially those with barriers to employment due to disability.

Despite the demise of many exemplary programs, there are some continuing regional efforts to address employment inclusion and self-employment for people with disabilities such as the US Chamber of Commerce for Persons with Disabilities and internationally through organizations such as Leonard Cheshire Disability International.

Recently, more attention is being directed at improving employment activities and public awareness coordinated by federal interagency and community-based organizations through advertising/marketing campaigns such as “What Can You Do?” and “Think Beyond the Label.” In the public sector, the Obama administration’s stated policy position seeks to have the federal government set a leadership example by hiring 100,000 new federal employees with disabilities.

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) has been a committed partner in making convincing business cases for hiring qualified applicants with disabilities, establishing a national footprint of disability-confident employers, and recently set up a supplier diversity program for entrepreneurs with disabilities to become recognized as nationally certified disability-owned business.

While encouraging, these nascent efforts could be leveraged further through the development of a Global Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities. People with disabilities cannot and should not wait for government intervention to comprehensively implement disability and inclusive business development policy and practice.

The Global Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities is a newly formed organization which recognizes that is it within our capabilities to initiate a call to action- to challenge and change international policy, practice, and participation of disabled people in developing and building their own successful businesses.

25. Keep British Naval Shipbuilding in ENGLAND

The British government is playing with peoples lives to pander to political pressure of the crazy minority of Scottish ministers who believe they can blackmail the British Parliament into giving them unfair guarantees of work.

26. Put US to Work

Started in 1935 by the Roosevelt administration, and later renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration, the WPA was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people, mostly unskilled men, to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.

In much smaller but more famous projects the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency.
At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs. It tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.

The WPA was a national program that operated its own projects in cooperation with state and local governments, which provided 10%-30% of the costs. The WPA provided millions of Americans with jobs for 8 years. Hourly wages were typically set to the prevailing wages in each area.

27. Allocate $13 Trillion Dollars for the Purchase of Texas with Gold Ore

The American people have long-since come to what is now 13 Colonies and the Western Territory. Since before the fall of Native Dominance in Northern America, the earth had been a replenishing resource. However, when the settlers came, much concrete, and man-made life was damaged-to-create.

Shortly after taking the next few steps through history, the Roman Empire became the only falling Empire of the century. The battle between England and Scotland had come to shorten. Some may say, the Battle of the Alamo was a great accomplishment for the other 35 Provinces. Because we received such a large anthill. Most would say the war in Iraq was more significant because it involved Ancient Freedom from dishonorsble dictators and we all know about what oil means in Dubai, South America in general to a thriving concrete jungle like New York. When the deficit fell shy of 9 trillion as of 2002 market trend, it was bad enough to call it a recession. It was not the President's Office that was the problem, though many can speculate the potentially antagonistic choices that may or may not have been made. It was the campaigning to erase youth entertainment education that forced others to shorten the value of long-term investments.

When you cut out jobs for the youth, the web of life is minimalized into things like: credit-debt to education, no college loans (formal Occupy 2012 stated that Cannabis decriminalization and Student Loans were the target-audience. This was our plea to start the college loan count over again) larger automobile loans, bigger mortgage and even interest in the bank.

With the deficit ceiling reaching nearly +/- $13 Trillion dollars, our depression desperation inquired in hopes of assistance from the Golden Pacific Rim. Since receiving honorable support, we must know that there is a solution for our conflicts.

28. Help rehabilitated felons work in the U.S.

To whom it may concern, my name is Lorenzo Powell Jr. I am 34 yrs. of age born and raised in Atl, GA. I love my city and state more than words can say. But I have a problem, when I was younger I got into my share of trouble, never was good at crime so I got caught a lot for doing wrong.

As a result to my wrongfulness I served my time and completed every program that I had to, I received the first offenders act for my actions and was told if I complete everything without getting into further trouble due to my completion my felony wouldn't be on my record anymore. Well I have found out that this isn't true, I have had several background and credit checks and its on my record. I have paid my debts decades ago and I'm still paying for them now, I can't find a job get a loan,g rant or any type of help to finance my education to help me be a better person for my family and community.

I would like somebody to help me and people like me trying to be better citizens of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the great state of GEORGIA. PLEASE HELP EX-FELONS FIND JOBS, WE ARE HUMAN AND MAKE MISTAKES. THANK YOU AGAIN TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.

29. Keep the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in Tuggeranong

KEEP PUBLIC SERVANTS IN TUGGERANONG

The Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC) fears the loss of one of our major employer in the Tuggeranong Town Centre will be devastating for businesses and investment and lead to job losses in the future.

The Federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has announced it plans to consolidate its offices and is considering relocating from the Tuggeranong town centre.

The TCC is concerned if the department workers are relocated it will have a negative impact on businesses in the Town Centre that rely on business from this department and its workers.

A lot of the small businesses in Tuggeranong rely on the public service for their day to day trade and base their business decisions on this trade. This also includes our local Clubs, Group Centers and local shops.

A petition has been launched calling on the Federal Government to locate Deapartment of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in Tuggeranong.

The petition has the support of the Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann MP and ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries.

The TCC urges all Tuggeranong residents to sign the petition below.

Kind Regards
Darryl Johnston
Secretary
Tuggeranong Community Council Inc
PO Box 436, Erindale Centre ACT 2903
e secretary@tuggcc.com
www.tuggcc.com

30. BAN UNFAIR BEDROOM & OTHER BENEFIT CUTS

"GOVERNMENTS BEDROOM TAX, AND BENEFIT CUTS."

Many thousands of you will be looking at lower benefits from April, Some people are having to contemplate the prospect of feeding their Family, or keeping them warm, this is no exaggeration, but a small glimpse of true life hardship, something unknown by the rich boys who run our country, those who would inflict such pain and hardship on the Financially lower classes, even the hard working will not escape these cuts, they are also in line to join in the suffering, from all kinds of benefit cuts, and whats next, as this is only the beginning of this terror campaign.

Is anybody safe from these bullying, oppressive, Home destroying Conservatives? Who now thinks that David Cameron and his henchmen are striving for the all talked about, One Nation, Hard Working, Strong Families, and Serving Others / Society.

THIS IS IT:

1 The one Nation -- Has never been so fragmented,
2 Hard working -- Hard work to find :Employment,
3 Strong Families -- He is trying to separate them all,
4 Serving others -- maybe he should lead by example.

STAND AS ONE, GET THINGS DONE.