On Labor Day:

The White House, Washington

Hi, everyone –

This Labor Day, I’m thinking about Austraberta.

I had breakfast at Austraberta Rodriguez’s home in Houston two weeks ago. She’s worked as a janitor for more than 30 years, and for most of that time, her wages put her below the poverty level. Every cent she’s earned has gone toward providing the basics for her children and grandchildren. Today, she’s still earning the minimum wage — which, in Texas, is just $7.25 an hour.

Austraberta Rodriguez with her grandchildren

Austraberta told me over breakfast that a national minimum wage increase would mean more bread for her family. She said a few more dollars an hour would be “incredible.” That raise wouldn’t just go toward making Austraberta’s life a little better. It would improve the odds for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren too.

Austraberta’s struggle is our struggle. On Labor Day, we celebrate all workers nationwide who contribute to our strength and prosperity. Because whether you made the burger or someone served it to you, whether you’re driving the bus or riding on it, whether you’re sweeping the floor or working in the clean office, you have a part to pla​y.

So today, if you’re ready for a country that does right by Austraberta and the nearly 28 million Americans who stand to benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage, then honor them by adding your name here.

A higher minimum wage doesn’t just help workers like Austraberta. It helps the businesses they work for too. It improves employee morale, productivity, and customer service. It reduces turnover, absenteeism, and training costs.

And besides, when working families have more money in their pockets, they pump it right back into their local economies. They spend it on goods and services where they live. And that helps the businesses providing those goods and services to grow. And that creates more jobs.

But it all starts with making good on that basic bargain: If you work hard and play by the rules, you shouldn’t have to raise your family in poverty.

The President is doing his part, with an Executive Order that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 for private-sector workers on federal contracts.

You can do your part, too — and there’s no action too small to show your support for folks like Austraberta. Folks like LeDaya. Like Holley. Like Aaron.

Today, more than a century after its inception, we still haven’t identified the true “founder” of Labor Day, and maybe that’s fitting. Because today isn’t about one person. It’s about every American who’s working hard to get ahead — and it’s about the progress we can make when we work together.

You can do that right now by standing up and saying you’re ready to reward hard work with a fair wage for everyone.

Happy Labor Day. Let’s continue standing with our workers not just on the first Monday in September, but every day of the year.

- Tom

Secretary Tom Perez​
Department of Labor


Remember in November

Happy Labor Day, Team Turner!
Today, as we celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers with our friends and family around the state, we are reminded of the important role that labor has in our lives and the lives of all Americans. We are also reminded about the continuous fight to protect organizing rights in Ohio.
Three years ago, Ohioans came to the polls to defeat a full-frontal attack on collective bargaining rights. With organized labor from every sector leading the charge, Senate Bill 5 was crushed at the polls.
This effort to hurt Ohio workers was sent packing, but so-called “Right to Work” legislation still hangs heavy over our heads, threatening to dismantle labor’s progress. Right to Work would not only be devastating to public-sector unions, but all unions, threatening to put Ohio into the ranks of states where wages are lower, work places are less safe, and working families have an even tougher time making ends meet.
This fall, Ohioans once again have the opportunity to stand up for working families by electing public officials who believe that everyone should have a seat at the table.
To send this message, and elect champions of working families, we can’t afford to have anyone sit this election out. On this Labor Day, remember Senate Bill 5 by taking action; spread the word about this November’s election, register to vote or update your registration, and make a plan to cast your ballot this fall.

Ferguson Cop Donations Sites Shut Down

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

Adrees Latif/REUTERS

Those donation sites for the Furgeson, MO cop that shot and killed Michael Brown were always questionable in my mind.

Officer Darren Brown has not made a statement or “turned himself in” for questioning at all, yet an army of supporters (not unlike the George Zimmerman supporters) have deluged the donation sites on the officer’s behalf with a lot of cash.  Yet they say this is not about racism.  Tell that to the next family of a Black youth who was gunned down by a white man for “being/looking suspicious”.

The Daily Beast

Two online donations pages that together raised over $400,000 for the cop who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown were shut down over the weekend. The two pages for Darren Wilson operated through crowdsource fundraising website GoFundMe. When one tries to donate to “Support Officer Wilson” (which has raised $197,620) and “Support Officer Darren Wilson”

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Louie Gohmert: I Became A Congressman To Stop Single Moms From Receiving Assistance ~~

Remember this when you consider #Midterm2014



Calling for all Single Moms to STAND UP SPEAK OUT against the Louie Gohmert’s of our world and vote for the DEMs in your state that support ALL WOMEN!

Women’s rights freedoms and pursuits of happiness   … single married or divorced