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SAN JOSE - JUNE 29: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Affordable Care Act at The Fairmont Hotel on June 6, 2013 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

What Obama could do for home health care workers

06/25/13 11:22AM

Seventy-five years ago today, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law revolutionary worker protections. The Fair Labor Standards Act established the federal minimum wage, overtime pay and the 40-hour workweek and banned child labor. If you enjoy things like the weekend, being paid more than pennies an hour, or not having to spend your childhood in a factory, you have this landmark piece of New Deal legislation to thank. read more

Rep. Edward Markey announced Thursday that he would seek a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Democrat takes double-digit lead in Mass. Senate race

06/22/13 02:39PM

Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is in prime positioning to sweep the Massachusetts Senate race if his double-digit lead in the polls holds for Tuesday's special election. The latest UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll from Thursday found Markey up a full 20 points to his opponent, Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez. The poll showed Markey leading with 56% of support from Bay State voters, compared to 36% support for Gomez. Yet another poll out from Emerson College Friday found Markey outpacing Gomez 51% to 41% read more

In this Sept. 26, 2012 picture, Domestic worker Alicia Wotherspoon carries Stella Widmann as she begins her day of work at the Widmann home in San Diego. Older daughter Luna Widmann looks on at right.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Labor protections still elude home care workers

06/22/13 12:35PM

Most people take labor protections like the 40-hour work week, overtime, and the minimum wage for granted. Since Franklin Delano Roosevelt enacted them 75 years ago, expanding the regulations to include workers initially left out even brought Democratic New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm and former Alabama Governor and segregationist George Wallace together to lobby for them. read more

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