Bill Knight

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Bill Knight – November 21
1:14 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Taxpayers Subsidizing Fast Food Profits

Bill Knight

Two months after a national strike against restaurants by workers demanding a raise, there’s a lot still left out of coverage of the disagreement.

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Bill Knight – November 14
10:24 am
Wed November 13, 2013

A Hike in the Minimum Wage is Overdue

Bill Knight

Like most Americans, I’ve worked minimum-wage jobs. As an adolescent and a young adult, I worked on a farm, in a grocery store, and for a carpenter, and co-workers weren’t all teens. A grouchy guy in his 40s who smoked unfiltered Camels and swung a hammer like it was a Stradivarius pounded nails alongside me; a single mom was head cashier, knew the supermarket better than the boss, and mothered bag boys as well as ran the register.

At each workplace, the employer would’ve paid less if they could have.

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Bill Knight – November 7
11:56 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Challenges to Overcome Before Mid-Term Elections

Bill Knight

One year from this week – on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 – people will vote on all 435 Representatives in Congress, a third of the 100 U.S. Senators, and dozens of governors, and labor is choosing where to use its resources.

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Bill Knight – October 31
6:12 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Public Pensions & Corporate Subsidies

Bill Knight

Pension foes have shifted public attention to accounting so retiree benefits might be shifted to protect or expand corporate subsidies, like the $24 million that Archer Daniels Midland demands from the state of Illinois, according to a new report. It says the anti-pension campaign blames state or local budget problems exclusively on public pensions – pensions that were underfunded by legislatures for years so the money could be spent elsewhere, such as on corporate subsidies or politically popular tax cuts.

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Bill Knight – October 24
12:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Dr Seuss and the Teapublicans

When U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the first-term Texas Republican, in the run-up to the Tea Party-engineered government shutdown included in his 21-hour filibuster a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham,” he may have been trying to show what he has in common with everyday Americans. He actually showed his ignorance.

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