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May 18, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe common wisdom on Capitol Hill, carefully nurtured by corporate lobbyists and campaign cash, is that America needs more high-tech guestworkers, requiring a big increase in the number of H-1B guestworker visas made available each year.
May 13, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | VideoEPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey joined C-Span’s “Washington Journal” to discuss inner-city poverty and “white flight” to the suburbs, as well as issues such as new overtime rules and raising the minimum wage.
May 7, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogWhile policy makers in Washington are at least paying lip service to the need to lift the stagnant wages of America’s middle class, politicians in state capitals across the country are cutting the wages and benefits of public employees and school teachers, passing so-called “right-to-work” laws to weaken unions, and cutting back on unemployment insurance with the aim of forcing jobless workers to take any job, no matter how poor.
May 5, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesWe are delighted that the Department of Labor has transmitted a proposal for a revised overtime threshold to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
April 30, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogIn 1993, it seemed obvious to me that NAFTA was about one main thing: providing a huge new (and much cheaper) labor force to U.S.
April 28, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogHere are a few recent reports about the grim toll of industrial fatalities and the hazards workers are exposed to every day, from the Cal-OSHA Reporter and other sources.
April 23, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogIt’s a scary thing when powerful government officials misuse their power, and especially when they misuse it to afflict the needy and comfort the comfortable.
April 22, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogRight to Work (RTW) laws weaken unions by depriving them of the funding they need to be effective, and workers, both union and non-union alike, in RTW states have lower wages.
April 9, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe widespread, flagrant abuse of the H-1B visa, which allows employers to hire non-immigrant foreign workers for IT jobs and other skilled work, is drawing bipartisan attention in Congress.
April 6, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThis piece originally appeared in The Hill. The April Fool is anyone who reads Alex Nowrasteh’s column about H-1B guest-workers and believes his bunk.
The National Retail Federation Hates the Proposed Overtime Rules (Even Though No One Knows What They Are)
April 2, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe National Retail Federation (NRF) doesn’t know what the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rules concerning exemptions from overtime protections will be, but they know they’re against them.
April 1, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesIt is good news that McDonald’s is raising wages above the bare minimum for its employees. The nationwide campaign for a living wage by fast food workers is obviously responsible, and the workers who have fought for this increase should be applauded.
March 20, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe Senate Judiciary Committee explored important economic questions this week. Should businesses be able to lay off qualified U.S. tech workers and replace them with lower paid foreign workers?
March 6, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogRepublicans in Congress are trying to pass a joint resolution of disapproval to prevent the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from updating the rules that govern union elections.
March 4, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic snapshotAs a broad attack on unions continues, with Republican politicians leading efforts to eliminate unions or weaken them in Illinois and Wisconsin, Missouri and West Virginia, and county-by-county in Kentucky, it’s wise to think about what’s at stake.
March 2, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe fact that unions are responsible for workplace benefits, higher wages, and the right to overtime pay is the very reason Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the Koch Bothers, and other corporate interests hate them.
February 17, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogAn open letter to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil Dear Mr. Secretary: Several newspapers and journals, including Computerworld and the L.A.
February 13, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | LetterAn open letter from EPI Vice President Ross Eisenbrey to the Secretary of Labor on abuses of H-1B guestworker abuse.
February 13, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogRampant wage theft in the United States is a huge problem for struggling workers. Surveys reveal that the underpayment of owed wages can reduce affected workers’ income by 50 percent or more.
Where Should the Overtime Salary Threshold Be Set? A Comparison of Four Proposals to Increase Overtime Coverage
December 23, 2014 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic snapshotIn March 2014, President Obama directed Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to prepare an update of the regulations that govern exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirement that employers pay time-and-a-half for work beyond 40 hours in a week.
December 22, 2014 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogIn March 2014, President Obama directed Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to prepare an update of the regulations that govern exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirement that employers pay time-and-a-half for work beyond 40 hours in a week.
December 9, 2014 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogFor 5 years, the Obama administration has been trying to make reasonable improvements to one of the United States’ main guestworker program for lower skilled workers.
December 4, 2014 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogMatt O’Brien hit the nail on the head in a Wonkblog post about non-compete agreements for doggy day care workers yesterday.
December 1, 2014 | By Ross Eisenbrey | VideoEPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey discusses the economic impact of raising the minimum wage at federal and state levels.
November 19, 2014 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogAmerican workers are increasingly concerned about how their employers schedule their work time, and for good reason. The spread of just-in-time scheduling, facilitated by computer programs that match employee shifts with customer traffic, is making life harder for the employees whose schedules are constantly changed, who report for work after long commutes only to find their hours have been cut—say from an expected eight that day, down to only one or two—and right at the last minute.
November 10, 2014 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogTwenty years ago, the radical wing of the Republican Party announced its “Contract With America,” a set of policies and actions Rep.