Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today:

“This Is an Issue That Will Cost Him Votes”: Will Scott Walker’s Minimum Wage Flubs Do Him In?, Salon

With 12 days to go before an election that’s do-or-die for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s national ambitions, the Republican finds himself locked in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, as Burke capitalizes on Walker’s ethics woes, his opposition to raising the minimum wage, and his statement that the minimum wage “doesn’t serve a purpose.”

‘Right to Work’ Harms Working Families, Louisville Courier-Journal

In the hit series “The West Wing,” a character mistakenly refers to Kentucky as a right-to-work state.  In defense of the show’s writers, you can understand their confusion.  Kentucky remains the only state in the South not to pass one of these laws, which shows our political independence and common sense.  But Republicans in Frankfort, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and a group of out-of-state, big-moneyed special interests are doing everything in their power to change that.

Minimum Wage Capturing Political Center Stage, U.S. News & World Report

The question of raising hourly minimum pay generally gleans support from voters across the aisle regardless of their politics, but has emerged as a partisan fight in Congress.  Democrats are hoping ballot referendums to increase the minimum wage in a handful of states with close races could result in more sympathetic voters turning out.

How Fedex Is Trying to Save the Business Model That Saved It Millions, Washington Post

The Ride On Trucking arrangement, known as the “independent service provider” model, represents FedEx’s creative effort to maintain control over its workers while avoiding the cost of employing them directly.  It’s essentially a version of subcontracting, which has proliferated through industries from logistics to construction to manufacturing in today’s changing economy.  The strategy has been a boon for business — and has even benefited many customers, by leading to lower costs — but it has also undermined unions and depressed wages.

Online Petition Calls for Living Wage for Facebook Drivers, USA Today

Activist group CREDO Action is calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support paying a living wage to shuttle bus drivers who ferry Facebook workers to and from the company's Menlo Park, Calif., campus.

D.C. Bikeshare  Workers Look to Unionize — and Build a Nationwide Bikeshare Powerhouse, Washington Post

Most large Bikeshare systems — those racks full of clunky rental bikes parked in docks that have been springing up all over American cities — are far from self-regulating.  The number of bikes at the docks fluctuates, with full stations that can’t take more bikes and empty ones that can’t rent them out, which can paralyze movement between them.

Video: ‘Moral March to Polls’ Kicks Off Early Voting, News and Record

Several dozen people marked the first day of early voting Thursday by marching from the Beloved Community Center to the Guilford County Courthouse to cast their ballots.

South Dakota Minimum Wage Hike Proposal Backed by Democrats Divides Unions, Business Groups, Associated Press

Those earning the minimum wage in South Dakota would see a bump in their paychecks come January if voters approve on Nov. 4 a Democratic- and union-backed measure calling for adjusting the base hourly pay by $1.25.  The South Dakota Democratic Party and some labor unions, including the state's chapter of the AFL-CIO, gathered enough signatures to put the proposal in front of voters, arguing that in a state that prides itself on being business-friendly, a worker-friendly wage hike is long overdue.


   -   Mike Hall | Political Action/Legislation   -   AFL-CIO NOW