We interviewed economist Dean Baker on the latest set of jobs numbers. We also discussed the postal banking concept, and had some closing thoughts about the recent controversy over remarks made by economist Jonathan Gruber.
By Friday afternoon, we had met with Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen and – amazingly – seen that the Federal Reserve is already changing its policies in response to our campaign.
Five members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined government contract workers, who shared their struggles to make ends meet, to call for a higher minimum wage and allow the workers to unionize.
Starting next year, Republicans will be forcing big cutbacks in mail service so they can say government doesn't work. Friday is a day of action: "Stop Delaying America’s Mail!"
Transportation Advocate Ed Wytkind talks about transportation policy and what to expect from the next two years, the incoming Republican Congress and President Obama.
The Campaign for America's Future joined Good Jobs Nation and the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to urge President Obama to issue executive orders that would boost wages and strengthen worker rights.
Job growth prompts optimistic headlines, but remains well under the rate of growth we really need to make workers whole after the damage done by the 2008 recession.
In an otherwise dismal election, progressive populist victories on state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage reveal a way forward for Democrats who are paying attention.
Economists come up with complexities when a shave with Occam’s razor is all that’s needed. The bargaining power of most American workers is at a historical low point. The best way to restore it is to get the economy back to full employment.
Imagine: The year 2034, late October. America is no longer dependent on coal and foreign oil, and the economy is nearing full-employment. Coincidence? Or the result of a sustained and major investment in clean energy?
Voters are rendering a harsh judgement against seven Republican governors running for re-election because the economic prosperity that was supposed to follow their trickle-down economic policies is only a trickle.
The White House announced new efforts to boost advanced manufacturing in new, strategic areas. The efforts include $550 million in spending on research projects, apprenticeships and aid to manufacturers.
It was the Republican strategy to block infrastructure spending and then campaign on a theme of “Obama’s failed policies.” Brooks is not right when he says "both parties" and "the political class" are at fault.
Once again, the Waltons — the exploitative multibillionaire heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune — get the goldmine, while workers and taxpayers are stuck with the shaft. It's shameful. But shameful is one of Walmart's core values.
Suppliers in Massachusetts and across the United State will likely not be getting orders from this company — thereby reducing economic activity, jobs and tax revenue.
America needs jobs, and not just any jobs. We need living-wage jobs that provide stability and security through regular working hours, paid time off and career paths for those who want to climb higher. We have the means to deliver.
In 2012, Republicans nominated for president a private equity firm CEO with a record of outsourcing jobs. It did not go well. In several states for the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans have done it again.
Walmart is reaping the fruits of its leadership in the low-wage economy. It would do better if it did right by its workers, some of whom went to its family foundation office in D.C. to demand full-time work and a $15 wage.
New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie rejected federal funding for rail tunnels connecting his state to New York, and residents are feeling the consequences. Chinese leaders are making a different set of choices.
One factor in this week's stock market decline: The growing consensus that austerity is killing economies around the world. So, around the world leaders are calling for increased spending on infrastructure.
It's probably unrealistic to expect that Congress would drop its campaigning and come back to Washington to vote on a minimum wage increase. But unrealistic is not the same as unreasonable.
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.