It is time for the Department of Labor to officially update the overtime threshold and stop businesses from depriving working Americans of the wages they have honestly earned.
Here is the best way to "pay for" the surface transportation bill: Sell bonds and use the proceeds. Pay off the bonds using the economic benefits of investing in infrastructure.
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.
It is indeed noteworthy that a bipartisan, six-year surface transportation bill is on its way to the full Senate. But the bill is being sent to the Senate with no guidance on how to pay for it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We in labor can’t accept the stacked deck we face when we bargain or organize, but to change it we need allies and deeper coalitions than in the past because the obstacles are much tougher.
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles is an example of what a living wage could do for the entire nation. At the Economic Policy Institute, advocates for raising the minimum wage met to discuss why national action is necessary.
In the largest protest of its kind, thousands of McDonald’s employees stormed the company’s headquarters today to demand that it stop spending millions manipulating stock prices and start paying workers a living 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.
This week McDonald's cooks and cashiers will be joined by clergy members at the company's shareholder meeting to call on McDonald’s to invest in the company and its workers instead of wealthy hedge fund executives.
There is an intensifying fight over whether the jobs that our infrastructure spending creates should be "good jobs" with living wages and benefits or low-road jobs with declining wages.
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.
An Economic Policy Institute forum shows that the gender wage gap exists not because there aren't enough women “leaning in,” but because of a system that does things like deny benefits to part-time workers.
House Speaker John Boehner's protestation misses the larger point about the historic failure to invest properly in our passenger rail system, which affects Amtrak's ability to deploy safety systems quickly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For evidence that movement matters, read the attached op-ed by Andrew Cuomo. The man who shot down New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to raise the minimum wage now champions fast food workers. Who knew?
Several progressive organizations are lining up today in support of the Raise the Wage bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Robert Scott. Meanwhile, Fight for $15 activists plan their next action.
Last week federal contractors walked off the job to protest poverty wages. This week some of them are experiencing retaliation, and Good Jobs Nation has filed a National Labor Relations Board complaint.
On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
The list is part of a letter the organization sent to Congress urging members to oppose the fast-track bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
The federal government is the leading generator of low-wage jobs in America. Now those workers are calling on the president to step up and use his pen to lift workers up, not drive them down.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Progressive Caucus members stand with low-wage government contract workers, saying that taxpayer-paid contractors should pay workers a living wage.
A new reports confirms that "right-to-work" laws are really about employers' to "right" make their employees work for lower wages, and not about protecting workers rights.
Given a choice between the market law of supply and demand and their hatred of our government, conservatives choose hatred of government over free markets every time.
Through privatization and contracting the U.S. Government has become the country's biggest low-wage job creator, funding over 2 million poverty jobs.
Signing the 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act into law, FDR rightly said “no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages has any right to continue in this country.” Let's make it so.
America’s “flexible labor market” is the envy of business leaders and policy makers the world over. There’s only one problem. The new flexibility doesn’t allow working people to live their lives.
There was a big rally in Washington on Monday to denounce the Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that "fast track" will push through Congress.
A panel organized by the Congressional Progressive Caucus dramatized the plight of low-wage workers and highlighted businesses that are actually trying to do right by their workers.
Wednesday's "Fight for $15" actions fit into what has become a much larger effort to repair and reshape an American economy that for workers is fundamentally broken – a key theme at this weekend's Populism2015 conference.