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According to a new report released today by the AFL-CIO, top corporate executives in Indiana earned 99 times more than workers in 2013 and 261 times more than those making the minimum wage.

The average Hoosier CEO earned $3.9 million for the year compared to the $39,841 for the average worker. A full-time worker earning the minimum wage made just $15,080.

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All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

In another sign of the growing solidarity amongst Indiana workers, today the Indiana State AFL-CIO welcomed the Indiana chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 700 as its newest affiliate.

UFCW Local 700 represents about 14,000 Hoosier workers in the retail food, meat packing, food processing, and manufacturing industries from around the state.

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Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>

 

With the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly in the rear-view mirror and an election coming up this November, it’s important to know where your elected representatives stood on issues impacting working people like us.

Click here to view the 2014 Indiana AFL-CIO Legislative Scorecard for Indiana State Senate and Indiana House of Representatives.

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As we start a new year, a new legislative session and a new administration at the Indiana State AFL-CIO we are asking you to re-enlist in our email update program. 

Please take a few seconds and CLICK HERE to update your contact information and choose the type of email updates you would like to receive from us in the future.
 

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