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The Pima Area Labor Federation (PALF), southern Arizona subsidiary of the AFL-CIO, is a coalition of affiliated labor unions in our region that work collectively to make Pima County a safe and economically viable place to work and raise a family. About us.

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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 >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

Submit an application to honor a Young Worker in your organization. The deadline to submit is April 30, 2014. A Young Worker affiliated with a Young Worker organization of the Pima Area Labor Federation (PALF) will be selected for special recognition. An outstanding Young Worker is one who has demonstrated great success in combining both the mission of PALF and that of the Next Generation program. Read more >>>

Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>

 

 The Pima Area Labor Federation (PALF) 1st Annual Community Partnership’s Award Ceremony will be Thursday, May 15th, 2014. Doors Open at 6pm with appetizers and no host cocktails. The ceremony begins at 7pm with special guests US Congressman, Raul Grijalva and Arizona Daily Star Political Cartoonist, David Fitzsimmons. Following the program will be a live show with musical guests, Vox Urbana. Read more >>>

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