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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 >>>

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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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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