Conservatives have repeatedly told us that cutting federal spending, and reducing deficits, would unleash economic growth and create jobs. Instead, what we have to show for it is a languid economy at best.
For every job opening in August, on average, there were two jobseekers. It's one more sign that the job shortage should still dominate the national political debate.
Amazon responds to our post on a Supreme Court case involving workers having to undergo screening for stolen goods off the clock. If employees don't actually wait very long to be screened, why not just pay them for their time?
A mounting army of workers worries incessantly and survives only because of government and family assistance. CEOs and corporations gorge themselves on profits made on the suffering of workers trapped in this life of frightening instability
The founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is on the front lines with restaurant workers, highlighting their plight and giving them a voice to challenge the National Restaurant Association.
If the Roberts court sides with Amazon, businesses will feel free to increase the ways they get time and work out of workers without paying them. Already, several major corporations are battling wage-theft claims.
Is there a new foundation for growth in America, as President Obama claims? The September jobs report shows the recovery continues, but most Americans still don't feel it. In fact, the old economy has returned.
Two "inflation hawks" on the Federal Reserve's open market committee, Charles Plosser and Richard Fisher, will step down from the board in early 2015. That's a chance for working people to have their own representatives.
As fast-food workers across the country strike for decent pay, Burger King is still preparing to abandon the US as their home country. How does a burger company get flipped like this and who gets rich when it happens?
Getting out the vote in African-American communities is important, but that effort needs to be supported by policies that communities can support to close the persistent wealth gap between black and white people.
We were able to fight back against Social Security cuts, against tax cuts for the rich and corporations, for gay marriage and LGBT rights, women's health and pay, climate... Let's demand full employment, too.
Passenger service agents at American Airlines on Tuesday voted to be represented by a union. The vote was described as “overwhelming,” with 86 percent voting in favor. Politico called this a “historic win.”
The legislation will help create local manufacturing "ecosystems" that bring together the necessary components for a particular kind of manufacturing come together, so that industry can grow up around them.
Republicans in the Senate on Monday unanimously filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act. Did you see this on the news? Did you hear about it on the radio? Did you read about it in your local paper?
Amidst the lack of action on raising the minimum wage at the federal level, Seattle has taken lead. Just this June, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to increase the city’s minimum wage to reach $15 an hour by 2017.
Conservatives say marriage is the “ultimate anti-poverty program,” and claim that most of our economic woes would vanish if more people got hitched. A new study suggests "putting a ring on it" barely makes a dent in poverty.
Democrats have very little time in which to tell that voters exactly what they would do to create more and better jobs, how that would benefit both the unemployed and the underpaid middle class, and who's stopping them.
At Michael Brown’s funeral, Rev. Al Sharpton lamented that America has “money to give military equipment to police forces,” but not to train and employ young people. Sen. Bernie Sanders is making good on a promise to remedy that.
For August, the monthly BLS jobs summary reported a disappointing 142,000 new jobs. The economy continues to grow, but far too slowly. Action in Washington is needed, but is blocked by the Republicans in control of the House.
With the midterm elections only two months away, the Democratic Party’s prospects seem doubtful. The party needs a spark, a fire, a source of inspiration. An embrace of the minimum wage could be exactly what it needs.
A lot of eyes will be on the Federal Reserve Friday when the Labor Department releases its August unemployment statistics. Meanwhile, the fight to keep the Fed's eyes focused on unemployment is preparing for its next phase.
That old nursery rhyme we learned as children isn’t quite true anymore. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but your name can hurt your chances of getting a job.
Today, workers in 150 cities will take to the streets to demand livable wages for themselves and their families, the right to organize, and a better economy for all of us.
Workers in union-friendly states earn more than those in anti-union states, and pay more taxes to subsidize low-wage earners in the anti-union, right-to-work states.
At Milwaukee's Laborfest, President Obama had the bravado to remind us of his 2008 promise to "stand with workers." But don't wait on the White House: Be prepared to mobilize, organize, and fight for your rights.
Imagine your boss suddenly told you that from now on you were an independent contractor. That's the situation most port truck drivers are in, and most of them didn't realize it's illegal. But now they are pushing back.
With less than 7 percent of the private workforce represented by a union, the share of national income going to workers is near record lows. Democrats must once more make empowering workers central to their program.
America's top central bankers didn't make time for inequality at their annual hobnob last week. Over in Germany, the world's Nobel Prize winners in economics did. But few Americans noticed.
The rules set down in our democracy can’t be enforced unless We the People can organize to be powerful enough to overcome the great wealth and power of a few ultra-billionaires and their corporations.
From the ruling: "Abraham Lincoln reportedly asked, “If you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?” His answer was, “Four. Calling a dog’s tail a leg does not make it a leg.” "
A new CAF report makes a compelling case: Rebuilding America's broad middle class requires reviving a strong union movement. Labor helped build the middle class; and as labor lost ground, so did the middle class.
Europe's governments are learning that spending cuts slowed economic growth and actually increased deficits. Meanwhile, America's "Great Recession" also drags on thanks to cutbacks in government spending.
Is it true that the future "doesn't include jobs for humans"? We should be asking a different question: Will the next automation transformation be managed wisely and fairly for everyone, or just for the benefit of an elite?
Ferguson, Mo., is actually a much better place from which to understand the consequences of the past six years of economic policies. Ferguson residents would tell them that they need a full-employment economy.
The structure of the Federal Reserve ensures that the banking industry's concerns get a full hearing at Fed meetings, while those of workers may not. But that doesn't mean protests against Fed policies are futile.
What's the old Republican saying? "When I vote for a Republican, I want the real thing. I accept no substitutes." What's the old Democrat saying? "If I can't find a real Democrat to vote for I guess I'll just stay home."
The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary underscores the penalty millions of workers are paying for the right-wing's sabotaging of the economic recovery.
A student trying to save for tuition at an acting school works at a restaurant that pays her $2.77 an hour – so she's trying to earn enough in tips to cover the cost. Consider what's wrong with this picture.
Two University of Delaware economists looked at the 13 states that have raised their minimum wage and actually found that the job prospects of low-skilled workers in those states improved slightly.
As Yogi Berra says, "If something is unsustainable, it can't be sustained." At some point consumers will no longer be able to consume. But that will not occur in this quarter, which is what matters to Wall Street.