The U.S. minimum wage is actually lower than it was in the late 1960s. Five years after King’s speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the federal minimum wage, when converted into 2013 dollars, was $10.70, compared to $7.25 now. (The nominal minimum wage, according to the Congressional Research Service, was only $1.60 per hour in 1968. The $10.70 amount is adjusted for inflation).


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Magnum photographer Leonard Freed (1929-2006

Is class the new race?

Editor’s note: John D. Sutter is a columnist for CNN Opinion and head of CNN’s Change the List project.

(CNN) — Let’s play a little game.

Which of the following signs did protestors hold at the March on Washington, 50 years ago this week, and which were held up this year by fast-food workers:

1. “WE MARCH FOR HIGHER MINIMUM WAGES
COVERAGE FOR ALL WORKERS NOW!”

2. “WE ARE WORTH MORE”

3. “I AM A MAN”

4. “WE MARCH FOR JOBS FOR ALL
A DECENT PAY NOW!

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The WHO estimates that alcohol results in 2.5m deaths a year, more than AIDS or tuberculosis. In Russia and its former satellite states one in five male deaths is caused by drink.


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Global alcohol consumption
A map of world alcohol consumption
Feb 14th 2011, 13:01 by The Economist online

THE world drank the equivalent of 6.1 litres of pure alcohol per person in 2005, according to a report from the World Health Organisation published on February 11th. The biggest boozers are mostly found in Europe and in the former Soviet states. Moldovans are the most bibulous, getting through 18.2 litres each, nearly 2 litres more than the Czechs in second place. Over 10 litres of a Moldovan’s annual intake is reckoned to be ‘unrecorded’ home-brewed liquor, making it particularly harmful to health. Such moonshine accounts for almost 30% of the world’s drinking. The WHO estimates that alcohol results in 2.5m deaths a year, more than AIDS or tuberculosis. In Russia and its former satellite states one in five male deaths is caused by drink.

“It has been no secret that China has wanted to export chicken to the U.S. in exchange for reopening its market for beef from the U.S. that has been closed since 2003 due to the diagnosis of a cow in Washington State with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease. Today’s audit report reveals yet again that USDA is willing to allow trade to trump food safety” -Food and Water Watch’ Executive Director Wenonah Hauter


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By BILL TOMSON and TARINI PARTI | 8/30/13 1:40 PM EDT
U.S. officials have given the thumbs-up to four Chinese poultry plants, paving the way for the country to send processed chicken to American markets, according to audit reports obtained by POLITICO.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/audit-gives-china-green-light-to-process-us-chicken-96091.html#ixzz2dZNwCWEl

The bill creating the Labor Day holiday was rushed unanimously through Congress near the end of summer in 1894. Cleveland reportedly signed the bill only six days after calling in U.S. Marshalls, along with approximately 12,000 U.S. Army troops, to end violent clashes between striking railway workers and local authorities.


Friday, August 30, 2013 – History on Purpose by Dennis Jamison
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SAN JOSE, August 30, 2013—Labor Day became an officially sanctioned federal holiday in the aftermath of some of the most turbulent labor unrest in the history of the United States.
The first significant Labor Day parade occurred in 1882, years before city and state governments passed legislation dedicated to remembering the contributions of the workers in building this nation. The federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September became law partly because Congress and President Grover Cleveland hastily reacted to a union strike turned violent that had crippled the country’s railways.
The bill creating the Labor Day holiday was rushed unanimously through Congress near the end of summer in 1894. Cleveland reportedly signed the bill only six days after calling in U.S. Marshalls, along with approximately 12,000 U.S. Army troops, to end violent clashes between striking railway workers and local authorities.
The strike was no simple matter of disgruntled employees demanding higher wages and is viewed as a classic battle between labor and management or between labor and government.

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