Kentucky Jobs With Justice http://wfpl.org en Bus Tour Backing Minimum Wage Hike to Visit Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/bus-tour-backing-minimum-wage-hike-visit-louisville <p>A national effort supporting an increase to the minimum wage is coming through Louisville this week.</p><p>The multi-state <a href="http://www.raiseto1010.com/">"Raise the Wage" bus tour</a> is meant to pressure members of Congress to support a bill raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.</p><p>Raising the rate is a key issue for Democrats such as U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose campaign confirmed with WFPL that she plans to join the tour in Louisville.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:42:23 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9022 at http://wfpl.org Bus Tour Backing Minimum Wage Hike to Visit Louisville Noise and Notes: Kentucky Jobs With Justice Leader Bonifacio Aleman http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-kentucky-jobs-justice-leader-bonifacio-aleman <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92716560" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The U.S. <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/03/news/economy/april-jobs-report/index.html">job market is slowly picking up</a> and <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/17/3403167/stocks-rise-on-hopeful-signs-for.html">stock prices are rising for Wall Street</a>, but poor people and the middle-class haven't fully recovered from the economic gut punch of the recession.</p><p>For social justice advocates like Kentucky Jobs With Justice Executive Director <a href="http://www.kyjwj.org/aleman.html">Bonafacio 'Flaco' Aleman</a>, raising wages and other protections for American workers is just as important as job creation.</p><p>"I think that historically poor people have always gotten the short end of the stick," he says.</p><p>Though the national unemployment rate is down to 7.6 percent and has dropped in most states, those once middle-class occupations are being <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/28/how-the-recession-turned-middle-class-jobs-into-low-wage-jobs/">replaced with low-wage jobs</a>. Sun, 19 May 2013 02:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5451 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Kentucky Jobs With Justice Leader Bonifacio Aleman