Minimal Wages for All

Here’s another reason to vote in the mid-term elections this November: Conservatives think you need a pay cut. As I’ve said once or twice before, conservatives’ bottom line message is […]
Terrance Heath
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Yes You Can Run On Health Care

2010 is similar to 1994 in that Americans are frustrated with the pace of economic recovery, and out-of-power conservatives appear to be more energized than progressives conflicted about compromises. But […]
Bill Scher
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Who Will March For Patricia Reid

What do you say to a person with a story like the one of suburban Seattle resident Patricia Reid, the unemployed 57-year-old profiled in The New York Times on Monday? […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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On Labor Day Work to Save the Middle Class

This Labor Day feels gloomy. It’s a celebration of work when there is not enough of it, a day off when too many desperately seek a day on. America has […]
Leo Gerard
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Our Growth Is Outsourced, Like Our Jobs

In the news today, a familiar story: imports increased, exports declined. About $50 billion in one month alone. The trade gap isn’t just costing jobs, it’s a significant factor in […]

Independence

July 4, 1776, Independence Day celebrates our fight to cast off colonial rule by a wealthy elite who were keeping the benefits of our labors for themselves. We fought this […]

The Jobs Deficit & The Breaking Point, Pt. 2

The change agenda at America’s Future NOW! REGISTER NOW for AFN 2010 The deficit fear mongers are right that America faces a deficit that threatens to cripple our economy and […]
Terrance Heath
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Where Will the Jobs Come From?

They are popping the bubbly on Wall Street. Million-dollar bonuses, the Dow at 10,000, the casino is open again. Forget President Obama, who says we can’t go back to an […]
Robert Borosage
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Enforcing the Rule of Trade Law on Illegal Paper Imports

My union, the United Steelworkers (USW), and three paper manufacturers will have free traders and editorial boards across the nation sputtering, spitting and name calling again this week. They started […]
Leo Gerard
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G-20 Promises: What They Mean

The G-20 Summit is wrapping up today. We can compare its performance to promises made in advance. Leaders discussed financial markets, of course, but they also made promises about jobs […]
Eric Lotke
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Obama Plans to Reform Economy, Not Just Health Insurance

Let’s go back, just for a minute, to a time before screaming teabaggers, before Republicans decided to kill health insurance reform as a means to politically destroy this country’s first […]
Leo Gerard
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Finally, a President with the Guts to Enforce Trade Laws

Barack Obama proved Friday he’s got grit. He enforced trade laws. These are special trade safeguard rules called “Section 421″ that the Chinese had agreed to obey to gain entrance […]
Leo Gerard
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Workers Rights Are Civil Rights

This week the minimum wage rose by 70 cents to $7.25 an hour, a beggar’s lot really, but still corporations across America decried it. Good times or bad, somehow Wall […]
Leo Gerard
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Cap and Save (the Economy)

To rescue the global economy from reckless power suits, we just may need a ‘maximum wage.’ So say Australia’s top labor leaders and a fairly daring cohort of MPs in […]

Center-Left America

The wind is at our backs. The media still calls America a “center-right” nation, but “center-left” is closer to the truth. On issues ranging from health care to energy, the […]
Eric Lotke
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The Working Poor Reality

As President Bush and conservative leaders were still touting the “soundness” of the economy in 2007, trends among the working poor were already beginning to tell a different story. After […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Up With Downward Mobility

Every once in a while, an idea gels in my head and I dismiss it, thinking to myself “Nah. I gotta be missing something. It can’t be that. And then […]
Terrance Heath
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Remembering Studs Terkel

What bitter irony. Studs Terkel, who gave voice to working people throughout his life, passed away yesterday, just days before a potentially historic presidential election. Should Sen. Barack Obama win on […]
Tula Connell
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The Real Economy Strikes Back

So much for the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. Stocks are tanking across the world. Clearly, once the bailout passed, investors took a good look at the real economy […]
Robert Borosage
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A Media ‘Disaster’ Of Games, Gaffes and Gotchas

A new report released this week adds some statistical weight to what dismayed us about the media’s performance during the 2008 primary debates: The media failed to engage the candidates […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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After Biden, The Economic Debate Takes Shape

The least wealthy member of the Senate took the stage of the Democratic convention hall Wednesday night to accept the vice-presidential nomination, and sharpened the contrast between the progressive and […]
Bill Scher
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The Next Minimum Wage Fight

The second of three annual minimum-wage increases enacted by Congress goes into effect today, raising the wage floor to $6.55 an hour. Late Wednesday the Campaign for America’s Future focused […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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McCain’s Flea-Market Economy

George W. Bush’s solution to our nation’s economic mess—that his failed policies helped create—is to applaud people who must work three jobs to make ends meet. Sen. John McCain colors […]
Tula Connell
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A Fighter, and a Friend

Living in D.C., you can’t help; crossing paths with some famous political names. In fact, you get used to it. But, as with most things, you never forget your first. […]
Terrance Heath
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The Mad, Mad Middle Class

You may not agree, as Sara Robinson provocatively suggests, that the country is primed for revolution. But there is no doubt that large numbers of middle-class people are mad, really […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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When Change Is Not Enough: The Seven Steps To Revolution

“Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — John F. Kennedy There’s one thing for sure: 2008 isn’t anything like politics as usual. The corporate media (with […]
Sara Robinson
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