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Jan. 26, 1695: In what could be considered the first workers? compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate?s code, reports Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively.

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June 12, 2013 | JOBS & THE ECONOMY | On Thursday, entrepreneur and self-described one-percenter Nick Hanauer warned Congress that rich people like him aren't the engines of the economy. In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, he explained why, in fact, middle-class workers are the economy's real job creators: "…As an entrepreneur and investor, I have started or helped start, dozens of businesses and initially hired lots of people. But if no one could have afforded to buy what we had to sell, my businesses would all have failed and all those jobs would have evaporated." Indeed. Read the full story here.


 
 
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