Working For Workers On Labor Day And Beyond

For millions of low-wage workers, Labor Day was just another working day, for the same lousy pay. The movement for livable wages doesn't take a day off either. In fact, it's growing.
Terrance Heath
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Finishing the March for Livable Wages

Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, low-wage workers are continuing the march for livable wages. In 35 cities, fast food workers are striking for a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize.
Terrance Heath
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“Can’t Survive On $7.25!”

The minimum wage has not been raised in forever – more and more people are falling behind. A few are getting fabulously wealthy from this arrangement. The Progressive Caucus held […]

The Economy Can’t Recover If the Workers Don’t

Can the economy recover if workers don’t? Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke yesterday suggested as much, but investors were clearly skittish. Bernanke announced that while the Fed would continue its […]
Robert Borosage
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Real Faces of the Minimum Wage

Corporate interests and their elected representatives have created a world of illusion in order to resist paying a decent wage to working Americans. They’d have us believe that minimum-wage workers […]
Richard Eskow
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Time To Demand A Vote To Increase The Minimum Wage

More than 15,000 people have signed a SignOn.org petition posted by the Campaign for America's Future to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and then index it to inflation.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Bait and Switch, CEO Style

As the U.S. Commerce Department released a report late last month showing corporate profits at a 60-year high, suddenly the big news was about how cheating surely must be rampant in social security disability.
Leo Gerard
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The Sinking American Electorate: Young And In Peril

Millennials – the largest, best educated, and most diverse generation in our nation’s history – have one question for Democrats seeking election in 2014: Do your values really reflect ours? […]
Derek Pugh
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The Long Depression

Years ago I heard an old Irish politician tell a joke, in that brogue only old-time Irish politicians could pull off, about a prisoner who had his tonsils removed one […]
Richard Eskow
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2014: The Democrats’ Dilemma

Washington has been fascinated by Republican self-laceration since the 2012 election. Karl Rove triggered a circular firing squad by vowing to take out unwashed challengers in GOP primaries. Louisiana Governor […]
Robert Borosage
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#timefor1010: Campaign Begins For $10.10 Minimum Wage

The news just keeps getting better for the millions of Americans making minimum wage. Today, three weeks to the day after President Obama called for raising the minimum wage to […]
Richard Long
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Raise the Roof to Raise the Floor

Today, Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller offer a ray of light amid the austerity blight in Washington.  They are announcing introduction of a bill – the Fair Minimum […]
Robert Borosage
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Washington: Into the Vast Inane

Someone asked the Master about the principles of … traveling into the vast inane. – From the Bao Pu Zi, AD 320, Joseph Needham, Science and Civilization in China Welcome […]
Robert Borosage
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40% Of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage

The minimum wage would be $16.50 an hour -- $33,000 a year -- if it had kept up with the growth of productivity since 1968. This means 40% of Americans now make less than the 1968 minimum wage, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity gains.

The Great Wealth Robbery

Two important events took place this week. One was President Obama’s call for a higher minimum wage, which got a lot of attention. The other was a new report which […]
Richard Eskow
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The State of the Progressive Union 2013

A State of the Union address is always important. It’s the president’s opportunity to tell the nation what he or she plans to do in the coming year. But what […]
Richard Eskow
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President Obama Must Speak the Word Union Loudly

President Obama demonstrated his gutsiness in recent months by speaking so many words that craven politicians contend cannot be spoken. These are hot-button words like same sex-marriage, immigration reform, gun […]
Leo Gerard
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The State of the Union Stakes

The president has little choice but to focus on the central challenge now facing the country – and his emerging progressive coalition today.
Robert Borosage
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Immigration Reform Prevents Employer Abuse

Oscar came to the United States at the age of 16 to work. There were no jobs for him in his native Guatemala, and he felt obligated to help support […]
Leo Gerard
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Smart Talk On The Next Austerity Disaster

The United States is in the midst of the most protracted unemployment crisis in modern history, and for vast segments of the population, the recession has never ended. Wages are […]
Robert Borosage
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Obama’s Second Act

F. Scott Fitzgerald warned, “There are no second acts in American lives.” And for recent American presidents, second acts have been brutal. The hope of the first act succumbs to […]
Robert Borosage
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