A National Employment Law Project study out today finds that factory jobs now pay much less than they did even a few years ago. In fact, more than 600,000 manufacturing workers make just $9.60 per hour or less.
Corporations owe taxes on the $2 trillion of profits these companies have already made. Who should get this money? We could let corporations keep the money – or use it to give ordinary Americans a $2,000 check.
Because President Obama is trying to do the right things to help millions of families the Republicans are threatening to again shut down our government to spite their face, which would hurt all of us.
The Republican Party has become entirely a play-for-pay operation. If you want to get something done in Congress in the next two years, you'd better be ready to pay up.
Five members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined government contract workers, who shared their struggles to make ends meet, to call for a higher minimum wage and allow the workers to unionize.
Starting next year, Republicans will be forcing big cutbacks in mail service so they can say government doesn't work. Friday is a day of action: "Stop Delaying America’s Mail!"
This week, President Obama is in Asia pushing yet another job-killing, "NAFTA-style" trade agreement. The public is well aware of the damage these agreements have done to our economy and their wages.
Transportation Advocate Ed Wytkind talks about transportation policy and what to expect from the next two years, the incoming Republican Congress and President Obama.
The 2010 Dodd-Frank law mandated "clawback" rules that make CEOs return compensation they receive through accounting gimmicks and not through actual performance. Four years later, the SEC still has not issued them.
Under Fast Track, Congress agrees to pass new trade treaties with no amendments, on a straight up-or-down vote, within 90 days of seeing what is in the treaty for the first time.
Any deal that in exchange for funding infrastructure lets these companies off the hook for these taxes they already owe rewards these companies for engaging in these schemes and scams.
By thinking they could "attract votes from the center-right" and "distance themselves from" the President and core Democratic policies, many Democratic candidates failed to give the Democratic base a reason to vote. So they didn't.
This weekend President Obama flies to Asia for a week of meetings, in part to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement finalized. A coalition is using the coming week to make the public aware of the dangers.
Underneath it all, this election was a statement by people against an economy that is not working for them. Democrats failed to deliver a better economy and a better life for most people, and voters held them accountable.
The massive U.S. trade deficit jumped 7.6 percent in September, draining another $43 billion from our economy in a single month. That's $43 billion worth of jobs and business that went elsewhere.
Why bother to vote today? There are plenty of good reasons. We list four ways voting – or not – will have an immediate impact on your life, plus a fifth reason that is perhaps the most important one of all.
For being a true populist champion, Lee Saunders, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, is being honored at the Campaign for America's Future Awards Gala.
Trade is a huge issue for many blue-collar voters and in "rust-belt" regions that have been wiped out by the offshoring of our jobs and factories. This has given North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan an opportunity.
When you sign an online petition, send an email and especially donate to a cause, it can make a real difference. In the case of companies “renouncing their citizenship” in order to dodge their taxes, it really did work.
Here we are a week from the election and the public doesn't know that Republicans again and again and again filibustered and obstructed and sabotaged things that would help the economy.
The White House announced new efforts to boost advanced manufacturing in new, strategic areas. The efforts include $550 million in spending on research projects, apprenticeships and aid to manufacturers.
Democrats should to learn a lesson from this year's election campaigns: Democrats should be Democrats. Democrats should not try to run away from the things Democrats stand for. It doesn't work.
It was the Republican strategy to block infrastructure spending and then campaign on a theme of “Obama’s failed policies.” Brooks is not right when he says "both parties" and "the political class" are at fault.
Suppliers in Massachusetts and across the United State will likely not be getting orders from this company — thereby reducing economic activity, jobs and tax revenue.
After running weeks of ebola terror-fear, some broadcast stations apparently are not ready to allow the other side of the story to be told.
Hong Kong’s leader's comment that democracy would lead to "the poor" deciding politics and policies echoes comments of leaders of giant multinationals, various billionaires, the investor class and our own Republican Party.
These "trade" deals, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, would cement a corporate right to profits above the rights of citizens. They place corporate rights above national sovereignty.
If Republicans take the Senate, they promise severe cuts – or just force the government to shut down. But Europe's tragedy shows that cuts kill economies. What will happen if we enter another recession?
Social Security has been called the “third rail” of American politics and it turns out that talking about cutting Social Security is still like touching a “third rail.” Who could have known?
New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie rejected federal funding for rail tunnels connecting his state to New York, and residents are feeling the consequences. Chinese leaders are making a different set of choices.
One factor in this week's stock market decline: The growing consensus that austerity is killing economies around the world. So, around the world leaders are calling for increased spending on infrastructure.
Yes, taking money out of the economy actually takes money out of the economy. Yes, cutting the budget for fixing roads and bridges actually means they start to fall apart. Yes, cutting the health budget has an impact on our health.
Democrats who campaign with a populist message will do better than Democrats who support the “centrist” — big corporate, Wall Street — positions, according to a newly released campaign memo.
Populism is the new coin of the realm. Unfortunately not that many Democrats are campaigning on things that are popular. On Tuesday, it's important for us to build momentum around the crusades of three progressive heroes.
Be afraid. That is the Republican message. Republicans are offering tax cuts to billionaires and corporations -- to the rest of us they offer cuts in the things government does to make our lives better. But they can't say that.
Amazon responds to our post on a Supreme Court case involving workers having to undergo screening for stolen goods off the clock. If employees don't actually wait very long to be screened, why not just pay them for their time?
If the Roberts court sides with Amazon, businesses will feel free to increase the ways they get time and work out of workers without paying them. Already, several major corporations are battling wage-theft claims.
The public is finally "getting it" about these one-way trade agreements. They were sold to us as "job creators," but the record is the reverse. They have cost jobs and increased the trade deficit.
Another $40 billion leaked out of our economy in August, taking jobs, factories and good living standards with it. This means U.S. employers can further threaten employees with moving their job to China.
MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is – and what it isn’t.