Congress’ Transportation Stall Is Our Chance to Mobilize

This time short-term congressional paralysis offers the chance to prevent a long-term disaster. Progressives gets three months to break the momentum of a corporate tax giveaway and get a better transportation bill.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Republican Candidates On Raising The Minimum Wage

We rounded up of the opinions of the Republican presidential candidates on the minimum wage. A few see the light, but most of them oppose supporting American workers with a wage increase. A few even advocate getting rid of it altogether.
Joshua Ferrer
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Federal Workers Demand $15 and a Union

Yesterday, thousands of federal workers – led by Senate cafeteria workers – walked off their jobs to demand a living wage, decent benefits and union. Sen. Bernie Sanders joined them, as pressure builds on President Obama to act.
Robert Borosage
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The Norquist Roadblock Leads To a Social Security Raid

When did it become OK to use savings from the Social Security trust fund – which people have paid into with their payroll taxes – to pay for transportation projects? To avoid the ire of Grover Norquist.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Workers In The Sharing Economy Need Shared Security

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has proposed a way for workers in the "gig economy" to have such benefits as a living wage, health insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, and retirement savings.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Jeb! Cracks the Whip

As a result of Bush’s “work harder” scolding, Americans know what that symbol is at the end of the name Jeb! on all his presidential campaign literature. It’s a whip handle and blood splotch. As President, he’d crack Americans into shape.
Leo Gerard
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Schumer Takes the Low Road to Fund a Transportation Bill

Democrats should be championing tax reforms that call on multinational corporations to pay more, not less, of their profits toward the infrastructure and services that support their profit-making.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Walmart’s Misleading Claims, Made In America

Walmart is aggressively highlighting its commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion worth of American-made goods by 2023. Here's how to avoid being fooled by the giant retailer’s rhetoric.
Jacob Woocher
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There’s Always Money for the Boss

After President Obama proposed making more workers eligible for overtime, the National Retail Federation said “there’s no magic pot of money” to pay overtime. There is, however, always a big fat magic pot of money to pay CEOs.
Leo Gerard
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Minnesota Loses the Race to the Bottom – And Wins

When CNBC released the results of its latest ratings of "top states for business," the winner wasn't one of the states where conservatives have cut government spending, lowered taxes on the wealthy and weakened unions.
Isaiah J. Poole
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A Small Pushback Against The Uber-ization Of Work

A ruling against the ride-sharing service Uber in California is a sign of the increased scrutiny some regulators and courts are giving the labeling of workers as independent contractors in these new disruptive industries.
Jacob Woocher
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President Obama Should Make Rebuilding America His Legacy

Federal investment to rebuild America needs a champion. President Obama could give running room to the members of Congress and progressive activists with bold plans for the nation's infrastructure.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Fed Should Wait For Wages To Rise

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected on Wednesday to announce the latest verdict on if, and perhaps when, interest rates will begin to rise. The answer should be: when workers' wages rise.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Justice Gets Delivered To FedEx Workers

The company will pay $277 million to resolve the claims of workers who were victims of worker misclassification – bossed around like employees, but without the rights and benefits of an employee.
Emily Foster
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Clinton Tells the Fight for $15, “We Need You”

Hillary Clinton’s show of support follows St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s announcement on Friday of a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Emily Foster
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St. Louis Mayor Joins the Fight for $15

Missouri's second-largest city is on its way to join others across the nation in gradually moving to a living wage of $15 an hour. But it must get past a door Republicans have timed to slam shut on the effort.
Emily Foster
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May Jobs Report: Progress and a Long Way to Go

The economy continued into its sixth year of recovery in May. But over 17 million people remain in need of full-time work. Wages still aren't picking up. The economy is recovering, but workers are not.
Robert Borosage
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As a Bridge Crumbles, Congress Fumbles

A Congress gridlocked by conservative ideologues hit the equivalent of the snooze button on a surface transportation bill that would provide federal funding for the nation's bridges, roads and public transportation.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Los Angeles Goes to $15 Minimum Wage

The City of Angels is rising, voting to lift its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. This is entirely a victory of the workers who led the fight and the community groups that joined the struggle.
Robert Borosage
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National Day of Action to Save the Postal Service

The security of workers in the U.S. Postal Service is being threatened, and that is why the American Postal Workers Union asked for support for protests in 85 cities across 42 states.
Emily Foster
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The Price We Pay For Conservative Scorn Of Amtrak

An Amtrak train derails on its way through Philadelphia. A House appropriations subcommittee votes to cut federal funding for Amtrak by about 20 percent. Two dots conservatives don't want you to connect.
Isaiah J. Poole
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You Don’t Have To Sell Your Soul To Pay For Infrastructure

Anti-government conservative ideologues and their big-business benefactors have an interest in convincing people that privatization, privatization-lite and breaks for tax evaders are the only options worth discussing.
Isaiah J. Poole
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For Infrastructure Week, A Progressive Call To Action

Progressive populists are going to have to get loud and get active – and this is a good week to do so. An adequately and honestly funded infrastructure plan is essential to a “jobs for all” agenda.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Jobs Report: We’re Still Feeling The Effects of Austerity

As has been true for the past few months, you have to get below the sunny top lines of the April jobs report to get the real story: We're still have a slack labor market, and right-wing austerity is the cause.
Isaiah J. Poole
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