Palm Beach-Treasure Coast, AFL-CIO


America's Next Top Role Model

As a 14-year-old, Sara Ziff faced situations most adults find difficult to manage. But as a model barely out of middle school, sexual harassment and fighting for wages owed to her were all too common. She found out she wasn’t alone. Other models faced the same challenges, and many were pressured to drop out of high school to make the most of a short-lived career.

They banded together to address these concerns collectively, to establish fair and ethical standards in the workplace. In 2012, Ziff formed the Model Alliance to bring dramatic and lasting change in the fashion industry. We spoke with Ziff this month about the fashion industry and the initiatives at The Model Alliance. Read the full article>>>


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 >>>

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

VITA is a national program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and operated by local volunteers to provide free, confidential and secure preparation and e-filing of federal tax returns to qualified taxpayers.

Partners of the United Way of Palm Beach County’s VITA Program include: 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Bank of America, Chase Bank, Fifth Third Bank, the Internal Revenue Service, PNC Bank, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and Wells Fargo Bank.

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AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka Endorses United Way Worldwide

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka Endorses United Way Worldwide

Are your members confused about retirement? Facing job loss? Want to get out of debt?

This free training is provided to your local through the AFL-CIO Community Services Program. It has been tailored specifically for the needs of union members. The program was developed by the National Labor College's Investor Education Project and made possible by a generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation

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