Voters pass pro-worker laws where the Congress lags, this week in the war on workers

first_imgThe presidential and Senate elections were the headlines on Tuesday and through the rest of the week, but it’s worth noting a few key places where voters said yes to ballot measures making life a little better for working families. In Florida, voters passed a $15 minimum wage amendment. It phases in very slowly, not reaching $15 until 2026, but it’s progress. If you’re wondering WTF is going on with more than 60% support for a minimum wage increase while Donald Trump won the state, welcome to Florida. The state’s voters did the exact same thing in 2004, voting for George W. Bush and a minimum wage increase.Colorado voters passed paid family leave. The state legislature had failed to pass such a bill, so organizers took it to the voters, and won. The law, which doesn’t go into effect until 2024, will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave at between 65% and 90% of their pay, up to $1,100 per week. It’s funded by a payroll tax.- Advertisement – And Arizona voters approved a tax on high-income households that will raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education. That comes after Arizona teachers went on strike for school funding in 2018.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Wenger admits Arsenal are looking over their shoulder in the Premier League

first_img The Gunners could end the weekend 14 points adrift of Leicester City 1 Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal’s current form means they are looking over their shoulder in the Premier League – even if he insists his side can still win the title.The Gunners have crashed out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the last week and are on a run of one win in eight games across all competitions.They travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday lunchtime and, if results go against them this weekend, Wenger’s side could be 14 points adrift of Premier League leaders Leicester.Wenger, whose contract expires at the end of next season, admits it is a real possibility and will be keeping a wary eye on the chasing pack.“Yes of course. It’s very tight,” he replied when asked if he needs to be looking over his shoulder at the likes of City, West Ham and Manchester United.“But I believe the Premier League is far from over. We also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are.“Things will change until the end of the season, that’s for sure. We have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves.“We are in a position where we hope for the best. I agree that a negative result (at Everton) would be very bad for us, but we focus on a positive result. We know now is the time for us to produce the result we want.”Wenger believes the strength throughout the Premier League is continuing to have an effect on how English teams deal with continental competitions – with Manchester City the only representatives in the quarter-final stages of the Champions League and Liverpool the sole remaining club in the Europa League.When asked about the lack of Premier League clubs in Friday’s draws, Wenger said: “It’s not good enough.“But it’s very difficult to give you a rational explanation. The Premier League is very demanding. Overall, the Premier League will be even stronger next season, that’s for sure, again.“Maybe the Premier League has become the Champions League for the English teams. That’s what is happening. Every game is so difficult in the Premier League that we maybe suffer a bit in Europe. Some teams who play in the Europa League prioritise the Premier League.”last_img read more