More Free Stuff for Corporations

Some rich guys and GOPers actually contend that government should take the taxes paid by workers and give that money to corporations to improve worker wages and working conditions.
Leo Gerard
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Jobs Report: Conservative Economic Illusions Are Unmasked

The surprisingly disappointing September unemployment report should break once and for all two illusions about our ability to sustain a robust economy, and give us an opportunity to change the conservation.
Isaiah J. Poole
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We Must Fight Poverty With Justice

As Pope Francis brings his message on caring for the poor to America, the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report reminds us that our efforts to fight poverty are working, but are not enough.
Terrance Heath

GOP: No Bootstraps for You, Baby!

Scott Walker should be a cautionary tale to the GOP. His ratings plummeted after he released his anti-union screed last week. Americans oppose union busting because they know unions are a path to achieve the American Dream.
Leo Gerard

The Fed Gets It Right. Now Let’s Move to Full Employment

The Federal Reserve took off the table the immediate fear that a rate hike would set in motion a slowing down of economic growth. But there's a longer-term issue of reclaiming the definition of "full employment"
Isaiah J. Poole

NPR Does Mind-Reading on Overtime Rule

NPR had a bizarre piece on the Labor Department's new overtime rules which seemed intended to undermine them. The bulk of the piece is devoted to the views of employers. No workers who will be affected by this rule were interviewed.
Dean Baker

A Crisis of Public Morality, Not Private Morality

America’s problems have nothing to do with what happens in bedrooms. Our problems have everything to do with what occurs in boardrooms, and whether corporations and wealthy individuals are allowed to undermine our democracy.

Corporations Deploy Anti-Worker Weapon

Corporations' growing use of lockouts to force workers to accept CEO demands demonstrates that the already powerful -- corporations -- have secured even more might in their relationship with workers.
Leo Gerard

Jobs and the Action We Need

The jobs report released today will stoke the debate over whether the Fed should hike interest rates. But the real deal is that wages are still declining. And we need Congress to act, not the Fed.
Robert Borosage

More Proof Workers Are More Productive But Less Rewarded

Worker productivity in the second quarter of 2015 was better than expected, according to data released today, but a report underscores how little of the gains are shared by productive workers.
Isaiah J. Poole

Killing Uncle AL

By locking out workers, and wasting untold millions on highly paid but inexperienced replacements and on security guards, ATI has finished converting itself from a pillar of the community into a pariah.
Leo Gerard

The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. It’s the biggest change in the American workforce in over a century, and it’s happening at lightening speed.

Are Unions An ‘Us’ Or A ‘Them’?

Divide and conquer works. When you face a strong enemy it's good strategy to break them apart into smaller units that can be fought separately. Example: a state initiative to gut California's public-employee pensions does just that.

Those Republican Spending Caps Are Costing Us Jobs

The Congressional Budget Office said that by ending the sequester federal spending caps, the economy would be able to add as many as 1.4 million additional jobs in 2016 and 2017. We need those jobs.
Isaiah J. Poole

Transportation Spending Priorities Are a Civil Rights Issue

Not having access to good public transportation destroys the promise of equal opportunity for millions of Americans. When Congress returns to address long-term transportation funding, this needs to be part of the debate.
Jacob Woocher

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

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

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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