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On Sunday March 29, 2015 UFCW Local 1189 had its first membership appreciation get together for Crothall Laundry members in Red Wing at the Super 8 Hotel near the plant. Although it was sparsely attended, those who did attend were treated to sodas, chips and Subway sandwiches.  We also had UCFW Local 1189 logo items which we gave away in a drawing for those who attended. Folks left with jackets and hats and full stomachs.  We will plan on another event next year around the same time; however, we will try a different day and time to bring out a higher attendance.

Reproduced from The Nation, Michelle Chen blog:

For $35 at Kum Gang San, the famous Korean restaurant group based in Flushing, Queens, you can get a good deal on a platter of fresh Golbi beef with special sauce. And for many years, that's how much a worker typically got paid for an all-day shift.

There is now widespread agreement across the political spectrum that wage stagnation is the country’s key economic challenge. As EPI has documented for nearly three decades, wages for the vast majority of American workers have stagnated or declined since 1979 (Bivens et al. 2014). This is despite real GDP growth of 149 percent and net productivity growth of 64 percent over this period. In short, the potential has existed for adequate, widespread wage growth over the last three-and-a-half decades, but these economic gains have not trickled down to the vast majority.