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PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, says Maryland's Latino voters are watching wage issues this election. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

BALTIMORE - According to Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, big issues for Maryland's Latino voters this election season include school funding, affordable housing, the Dream Act and wages. Contreras says a strong minimum wage is perhaps most important right now to Latinos, and he's pleased ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, "The Big Squeeze," finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho – Higher education costs are going up - and state funding is going down. A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, called The Big Squeeze, finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Mean ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 56 percent of Washington college graduates emerge from school with an average student loan debt of $24,000. At a conference this weekend in Tacoma, higher-ed stakeholders will discuss ways to increase state support for colleges and universities. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

TACOMA, Wash. - Public colleges and universities in Washington have frozen tuition for two years, but according to the premise of the upcoming Higher Education Funding Strategies and Solutions conference, the Legislature could be doing much more to improve the quality and cost of higher education in ...Read More

PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov ...Read More

MIAMI - While the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the medical community scramble to get a handle on the spread of Ebola in the U-S, low-wage workers at Florida's airports are concerned about the risks. Cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and contract worke ...Read More

PHOTO: A staffer from State Sen. Jack Martins' office exchanged words with several dozen Long Islanders who delivered so-called "Road Block Awards" to the senator's office in Mineola. Photo credit: Elana Levin/Make the Road Action Fund.

NEW YORK - Several dozen Long Island women, parents, workers and immigrants showed up at State Senator Jack Martins' office Wednesday to deliver so-called "Road Block Awards." Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, says Martins is voting in lockstep with GOP leadership in the state ...Read More

PHOTO: About 100 workers from Boston University marched during rush hour Wednesday to press for a cost-of-living increase and health care benefits. Photo credit: E. Villasante.

BOSTON – Rush hour found workers from Boston University marching down Commonwealth Avenue Wednesday, pressing for action on their soon-to-expire contract. Roxana Rivera, director of the property service workers union 32BJ SEIU District 615, says among the 100 who marched were custodians, mai ...Read More

PHOTO: With unemployment a way of life for a majority of the one million individuals with disabilities in the state, Tennessee is taking a national lead in efforts to improve their job prospects. Photo credit: Allen/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and with a growing need for skilled workers in the state and across the country, Tennessee is among those now focusing on making a greater effort to hire individuals with disabilities. Sarah Harvey, program director with ...Read More

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