The goal of the Corporate backed republicans is to make labor as cheap here as it is in China. It is absolutely ridiculous that the stock markets are at an all time high, corporate profits are also at an all time high, yet our nation has seen none of that trickle-down that we were promised. How much longer are we going to sit idly by while our rights and liberties are being attacked on so many fronts?

New Study by National Employment Law Project Documents ALECís Attack on Wages

by PRW Staff ó March 5, 2013 - 6:42am
Topics: Right Wing, Economy, Labor, Lobbying

Projects: ALEC Exposed

Since the Center for Media and Democracy's launch of ALEC Exposed in July 2011, CMD has known that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its corporate funders are accelerating the race to the bottom in wages and working conditions for Americaís working families. ALEC has a raft of ďmodel billsĒ to lower wages and slash benefits for workers, even one to repeal state minimum wage laws.

Now the National Employment Law Project (NELP) has joined in the effort to take a closer look at this ALEC agenda, tallying the bills introduced and pushed in states in the last few years.

In an issue brief called "The Politics of Wage Suppression: Inside ALECís Legislative Campaign Against Low-Paid Workers,Ē NELP has documented that since January 2011, legislators from 31 states have introduced 105 bills aiming to repeal or weaken core wage standards at the state and local level, and 67 of these 105 bills were directly sponsored or co-sponsored by legislators affiliated with ALEC.

ALEC legislators have worked to weaken wage standards at the state level by repealing state minimum wage laws, reducing minimum wage rates for youth and tipped workers, weakening overtime compensation policies, and preventing the establishment of local living wage and prevailing wage ordinances, says NELP.

ďState legislatures have historically served as crucial sources of momentum for passing federal legislation to raise the wages of low-paid workers. ALECís focus on weakening or repealing critical labor standards at the state level threatens the wages and economic security of workers across the country,Ē said Christine Owens, executive director of NELP.

ALECís wage suppression agenda targets workers in the low-wage sectors that are forming the core of the U.S. economy: according to a study released in August 2012 by NELP, 60 percent of jobs lost during the recession were middle-wage and high-wage occupations, while 58 percent of jobs gained in the recovery have been low-wage occupations.

Read the new report here and check out NELPís handy chart of bills for a look at what is happening in your state.