Kentucky Jobs With Justice

8:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Hurts 'Minorities and Youth' Job Chances, Rand Paul Says

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Senate

Speaking in west Louisville this week, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned that a hike to the minimum wage would hurt job opportunities for racial minorities and younger workers.

Paul made the comments at a roundtable discussion with community and business leaders that his office organized to field questions about his Economic Freedom Zones proposal.

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2:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bus Tour Backing Minimum Wage Hike to Visit Louisville

Raise The Wage bus tour

A national effort supporting an increase to the minimum wage is coming through Louisville this week.

The multi-state "Raise the Wage" bus tour is meant to pressure members of Congress to support a bill raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

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.

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10:30 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Noise and Notes: Kentucky Jobs With Justice Leader Bonifacio Aleman

Kentucky Jobs With Justice Executive Director Bonifacio Aleman

The U.S. job market is slowly picking up and stock prices are rising for Wall Street, but poor people and the middle-class haven't fully recovered from the economic gut punch of the recession.

For social justice advocates like Kentucky Jobs With Justice Executive Director Bonafacio 'Flaco' Aleman, raising wages and other protections for American workers is just as important as job creation.

"I think that historically poor people have always gotten the short end of the stick," he says.

Though the national unemployment rate is down to 7.6 percent and has dropped in most states, those once middle-class occupations are being replaced with low-wage jobs.

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