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• The Huffington Post reports that "as they try to rally support for legislation aimed at improving low-wage jobs, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) invited members of the worker group OUR Walmart to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to brief Congress on working for the world’s largest retailer. At the forum held in a Senate office building, Warren and Miller made their case for a trio of labor-friendly bills that have so far failed to overcome Republican opposition: one that would raise the federal minimum wage, a second that would set rules for work schedules in the retail sector, and a third that would address the gender pay gap."

The story goes on to say that "the invitation to members of OUR Walmart was seen as a rebuke by Democrats to the nation’s largest private-sector employer, long criticized for the wages paid to its store employees. OUR Walmart is backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which has been trying to organize the retailers’ stores for years. The group has spearheaded the Black Friday strikes at Walmart stores that are expected to resume next week."
KC's View:
Hard to imagine that Warren and Miller will be able to do much beyond providing moral support to groups like OUR Walmart, at least for the foreseeable future. Time - and the balance of legislative power - is not on their side.