A living wage would eliminate the necessity for Wal-Mart employees to receive public assistance through programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Democrats won the shutdown fight. Republicans lost and the public hates them and their ideas. Here is a guiding message Democrats should use from here on out: Jobs help the economy. Cuts hurt the economy.
This Thomas Friedman column is so bad,you have to read the whole thing to experience the full horror of it. It reads like something the messaging shop at Fix the Debt put together to sound like Thomas Friedman.
Low-wage jobs in the fast-food sector are costing American taxpayers nearly $7 billion every year. More than half of fast-food workers must rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid to make ends meet.
The GOP's shenanigans surpass even the worst childish behavior, and are far more damaging. The Republican-engineered government shutdown is doing real harm to real people, and endangering an already fragile economy.
Forty-one organizations, representing millions of Americans, are united in asking Congress to stand against those who would "hold our economy hostage in order to dictate the terms of the debate."
Someone should tell AIG CEO Robert Benmosche that unless he's hanging from the end of a rope, he's not being lynched. Americans are at the end of their ropes, because the wealthy got bailed out while the rest of us got left out.
A largely anonymous group of officials late last week wanted their work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – often described as "NAFTA on steroids" – out of the spotlight. But a small group of activists put a spotlight on the negotiations.
On Sunday, during a meeting with a group of unemployed workers, Pope Francis abandoned his prepared comments and railed against economic inequality. Hopefully, world leaders were listening.
Yes, the geniuses who brought us the financial crisis and mortgage fraud should be thanked for their service along with the "mental effort" of failing executives who get paid huge golden parachutes just to get rid of them.
Home health care workers are dramatically underpaid and overworked, and they care for some of our society's most vulnerable citizens. President Obama did something about it which was long overdue. Good for him.
Republicans are gearing up once more to hold the nation hostage over the budget. As the melodrama and posturing rev up, here is a common-sense field guide for the self-inflicted crisis.
Can the GOP craft an economic message that keeps white working class voters in the fold, and attracts voters of color? It can be done. But can Republicans do it? The future of Republican party may depend upon it.
It's no longer just an expression – the rich are getting richer, and the rest of us are being shut out of the game. A new report says that the top 10% took home more than half of all the income in 2012. More than 20% went to the top 1%.
Family has become a new national safety net for graduates facing declining job prospects and rising student loan debt, families facing unemployment, and older adults whose forced them to move in with their grown children.
The veto is the latest in a nationwide battle to end the practices of companies such as Walmart that build their businesses on the backs of workers receiving poverty wages and on the backs of taxpayers who subsidize their businesses.
As Congress prepares to turn to a high-stakes budget battle, author David Cay Johnston and Progressive Caucus co-chairman Rep. Keith Ellison advise progressives on what it will take to win.
A report says "most workers are likely to lose" as a result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and that what the economy will gain as a whole "amounts to a rounding error."
In a watershed moment in labor history, the AFL-CIO has decided to expand its membership to include all groups working to organize workers. “It’s time to turn America right side up!” President Richard Trumka declared at the union's annual convention.
Not that this is exactly news, but Michael Bloomberg is a jerk. A very wealthy jerk. I guess Bloomberg and his ilk really do feel that they deserve to have every last penny on this earth. Because they're productive.
After decades of seeing their incomes shrink, those at the bottom of the economic ladder are starting to band together and fight back — and it’s one of the most important economic stories of our time.
Instead of continuing its failed austerity-lite policies, Congress should be moving to a jobs agenda, making the investments that will help put people back to work.
Capitol Hill should adopt the prevailing perspective of Capitol View: Now isn’t the time to cut the supports the economy needs to grow again and working-class people need to get back on their feet.
For millions of low-wage workers, Labor Day was just another working day, for the same lousy pay. The movement for livable wages doesn't take a day off either. In fact, it's growing.
Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, low-wage workers are continuing the march for livable wages. In 35 cities, fast food workers are striking for a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize.
Nearly half of Mexico’s inhabitants live in poverty; 11.5 million live in extreme poverty. Our nation has a long way to fall before we reach Mexico's level of impoverishment, but some of our lawmakers appear willing to get there faster.
We must urge our media to convey agency to black men and boys themselves, not just to reinforce negative stereotypes. We all lose if we are told only about the disparities and not the achievements and successes of Black men and boys.
The United States is negotiating a NAFTA-style trade deal that should be alarming to American consumers. The main reason it’s not getting much attention is that the mainstream media is largely ignoring it.
In Spanish, "sequester" literally means to kidnap someone, or take someone hostage. This fall, Republicans want to use the sequester to take the economy hostage again.