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.
Today, in what’s being called the largest protest of its kind, thousands of low-wage workers, adjunct professors, elected officials, even CEOs are standing up for a livable wage and an economy that works for everyone.
The “fight for $15” matters – because the lives of working people matter, and because the success of this effort would help strengthen the American economy. But the significance of April 15's action runs even deeper than that.
Ohio gets it about "NAFTA-style" trade deals. Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are coming for the rest of Ohio's jobs and Ohio is fighting back. Will Hillary Clinton join the fight?
Economic analysts now say the economy isn't as strong as they thought. There never was much basis for claiming a boom in the U.S. economy and the people claiming otherwise were relying on a very selective reading of the data.
Listen to economist Jared Bernstein correct the record about unemployment and inflation, and explain why "jobs for all" should be a rallying cry for progressives as we approach the 2016 presidential campaign.
The March job numbers came in somewhat worse than most analysts had expected. Many are warning that the economy is weaker than they thought. These warnings are in fact good news. They may slow down the Fed's rush to raise interest rates.
A bill that would allow workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave for pregnancy, childbirth recovery and other health-related reasons is being opposed again by the usual suspects. Their arguments are increasingly impotent.
The Indiana Toll Road is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – which calls for more privatization.
The March jobs report disappointed. The economy slowed. Pundits will blame it on the weather. But one thing is clear: This is no time for the Fed to be thinking about stepping on the brakes. We're already going too slow.
A plan by the Obama administration to pay for transportation projects with proceeds from a tax break awarded to companies hoarding profits overseas leaves too much needed money on the table, says a new report.
This movement that started with fast-food workers in 2012 is now expanding to include a whole range of occupations, ranging from health care workers to adjunct professors, say organizers.
Everyone who testified at a Congressional hearing on the state of steel fingered bad trade as the culprit in the current collapse. As it is now, trade rules require Americans to forfeit a pound of flesh before trade enforcement can occur.
In one more of many stunning examples of failure to govern, the Republican budget proposal cuts back infrastructure funding even more.
The American steel industry is getting hammered, and not by American-made Kentucky Bourbon. Steel companies are laying off, and closing plants due to low-cost foreign imports.
Yesterday House Republicans passed a budget with no new funding for job creation. Today a new report on black unemployment shows the urgent need for investment in job creation.
McDonald’s argues that it’s the franchisees, not the McDonald’s corporation, that are in control of the employment practices at each restaurant. That argument will be put to the test Monday.
The Republican budget promises “a stronger economy" where families "can have more confidence and certainty in the future.” But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.
A New York Times op-ed calls for killing the Export-Import Bank because it helps American companies compete globally. A Times story reports that the anti-government Koch brothers network is behind the campaign.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his backers could not give a damn about workers’ rights. His "right to work" bill is really about taking away workers ‘ freedom of contract in a way that will weaken their bargaining.
The people who make Washington function are increasingly unable to live in Washington. That's a symptom of a national housing affordability crisis that is not getting the attention it deserves.
Next week, progressives in Congress will release their annual budget proposal. They do this every year, and every year the national news media largely ignores it. Will the elite media report on it this year?
Fifty years after Selma, the Department of Justice's investigation of the police department and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the same racism that Selma marchers stood against, and the same economic consequences.
Jobs are up; unemployment is down. We've had five straight years of private sector jobs growth. But workers have yet to share in the rewards. The Fed should hold off stepping on the brakes.
The GOP blindness to the difference between unionists and terrorists explains the relentless campaign by GOP leaders to renege on contractual obligations to workers, squash labor rights and slash the pay and benefits of union members.
While there is an enormous amount of political debate over various imaginary job killers, the Federal Reserve Board is openly mapping out an actual job-killing strategy and drawing almost no attention at all for it.
Could this project, using Warren's distinctive voice, help progressives present a bold alternative not only to destructive conservative policies but the Band-Aids and incremental measures of mainstream Democrats?
Today's order from the New York state Hospitality Wage Board follows years of protest and campaigning by low-wage workers throughout the state, who have not seen an increase in the tipped wage since 2011.
Gov. Bruce Rauner could not conceive that a ceremony in the neighborhood railroad mogul George Pullman named after himself was about recognizing the workers who triumphed despite him.
On Friday, Wisconsin Republicans said they will hold a sudden special session this week to vote on a set of anti-union laws. The state’s union leadership is asking people to come to the capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The rise of “independent contractors” Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce – contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity.