Pay is really low, and employment practices make companies "look awesome on paper" even as they "wreak havoc on the lives and incomes of workers" as well as the overall economy.
A recent poll found that nine out of ten fast-food workers report having wages stolen from them. Keep in mind that these are people already paid only at or near the way-too-low minimum wage. Here's what we can do.
Tell your member of Congress (MOC) to vote for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) “Better Off Budget’ (BOB). The public needs to know that this progressive approach addresses so many of the country's problems.
A Wall Street Journal story today alleges "systematic scrutiny" of tea-party groups by the IRS. It has become a "truth" on the right that the IRS "targets" conservative "political" groups. Here is what is going on.
Creating jobs is our most immediate priority. We could create 4.6 million right away by passing the Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" and another 5.8 million by confronting currency manipulation.
It doesn't matter how much we might increase exports if we don't do something about imports, too, because if imports are higher than exports, that is a net loss of jobs and wealth.
The Ryan/Republican budget cuts $5.1 trillion from spending on things that make our lives better, while reducing taxes on the wealthy and corporations. How does this compare to polls of what the public wants?
A Senate report looks into how the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment avoided $2.4 billion in taxes. Those taxes could pay teachers, fix bridges and feed hungry people.
If Democrats draw a clear contrast with Republicans on these key issues and do what they need to do to bypass the corporate media gatekeepers and reach the public, they will win.
Corporations are legally required to allow timely union elections. So Republicans are trying to pass legislation to drag the process out and give time for companies to put pressure on workers.
Working people and democratic governance on all sides of NAFTA's boders are now worse off. Congress should recognize this before approving any more "NAFTA-style" trade agreements.
"Democrats cut Medicare" was endlessly repeated to seniors in corporate/billionaire-funded TV ads in many congressional districts. This might just have something to do with the shift found in a new Gallup poll.
You should pay attention because there is big money involved — really, really big money that could be used for roads, courts, schools, health care and all the other things government does to make our economy and our lives better.
A building in New York City blew up because of poorly maintained gas lines. The problem of decaying infrastructure extends much, much further than just this building.
One place where America's leaders could advocate for America's economy, businesses and working people is by confronting currency manipulation. It is costing us 5.8 million jobs.
We have a trade deficit in the $500-billion-per-year range. American billionaires and their giant corporations are benefiting tremendously by tapping into this drain of American’s wealth.
Many Wall Street and D.C. elites say that more trade is always better. But is the goal more trade, or trade that benefits We the People of the United States and our economy?
There are tons of "sneak laws" written to benefit a few key corporations or billionaires. These laws limit competition, provide subsidies, give tax breaks – you name it. But they never help regular people.
On Feb. 26, UPS fired a Maspeth, N.Y. UPS worker known for being a union activist. Some 250 other UPS drivers walked off the job in protest, and it appears that UPS has fired them, too, in response.
You would think a budget from the largest group of Democrats in the House, that lines up with the American people’s wishes and solves the country’s budget problems, would get some news media coverage.
Tax-dodging companies are holding $2 trillion-plus of taxable profits outside of the U.S., on which they would owe as much as $700 billion in taxes. Congress should just make them pay what they owe.
If Democrats don't give regular, working people – the Democratic base – a reason to vote, then they won't. In Tuesday's special House election in Florida, 3,400 of them decided there was not enough reason to bother.
If you are like me (and who isn't?) you will be absolutely fascinated by these two audio tracks. Seriously. Just listen to the first five minutes, then I'll tell you what they are about.
The trade deficit went up slightly in January, and as a result manufacturing jobs aren’t doing all that well. That’s because a trade deficit means that jobs move out of the country.
Simple message: The trade deficit costs jobs. Our budget deficit right now doesn't. This is a huge issue. Please ask your elected officials and candidates what they plan to do to fix it.
Again and again President Obama has proposed programs to help the economy and create jobs. Again and again these proposals have been obstructed by Republicans in Congress.
More than 40 organizations today called on the U.S. Trade Representative to let the public have a say in what rights foreign-based business interests have in our legal system.
A bill before Congress would give tax-dodging companies a break if they loan money to the government to fix infrastructure. This would make honest, patriotic companies that kept jobs in the U.S. look like suckers.
A report released by the Economic Policy Institute says we could create millions of new jobs and speed up economic growth if we act to end global currency manipulation. Simple as that.
Trade negotiators want to ban "Buy America" government procurement policies so companies like GE and Caterpillar can get more contracts in other countries. But GE and Caterpillar don't pay taxes here. So what we We the People get?
We know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership has an intellectual property section that will override government rules that limit the ability of giant corporations to trample the interests of smaller competitors and the public.
Here are five-plus examples of billionaires who use their money to try to get us to think what they want us to think in order to enact a right-wing economic agenda.
The Gap announces it will raise its minimum wage. Even Walmart is reconsidering. The minimum wage is moving forward because people want it, despite continuing Republican obstruction.
A new poll finds that voters overwhelmingly see unfair trade agreements and outsourcing as a main cause of our job problem – and they want our government to do something about it.
Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly told House Democrats the administration is backing off pushing fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The new progressive populism is having an effect.
We have to stop fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then we should take the momentum from that to demand Congress and President Obama instead fix NAFTA first.
President Obama today signs an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The order will also raise the "tipped" minimum wage to $4.90 from $2.13 an hour.
Advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership claim that trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers will make it OK for the people who lose their jobs. The record of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements says otherwise.
Democrats and a few moderately-sane Republicans will formalize what everyone has known all along: It is illegitimate to put conditions on the vote to increase the debt ceiling.