The vote House Republicans cast Tuesday night to sharply limit funding for the nation's transportation projects was a missed opportunity to offer relief to the jobless as well as those stuck in traffic.
Jobs were up 217,000, as predicted, a rate that won't reduce the nearly 20 million Americans in need of full-time work, and won't boost wages to meet the rising prices of necessities. It's a snapshot. But it isn't sunny.
Low wage jobs drive a race to the bottom as people pull back, forcing more layoffs and wage cuts. But America has been replacing good-paying jobs with low-wage jobs for decades. It's time to raise America's pay.
A group of senators meets Wednesday to discuss sources of federal funding for transportation projects. Let's hope they come up with something better than the stinker left by the House Republican leadership.
Congress figured that investors have the right to know when CEOs are shoving such big hunks of the corporate profit pie into their maws that workers are starved and investors cheated.
The economy's decline during the first three months of the year is the product of Republican obstruction of any measure that might put people to work, aided and abetted by Democratic absence from the battlefield.
There is simply no reason whatsoever that we can't have full employment – except for policies that are intentionally keeping us from having full employment. Our New Populism conference will make that a central theme.
The country needs jobs. The country needs to fix its crumbling infrastructure. The country doesn't need more corporate tax breaks. Guess which of these three the House is passing – unfortunately with help from many Democrats.
Could the classic conservative put-down of progressive policy become a strategic template for attacking CEO pay excess? Legislators in California and Rhode Island may soon find out.
"Establishment" Republican Tom Tillis believes that the minimum wage is a "dangerous idea" and should be abolished. But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in a state that supports the minimum wage, he's dodging the issue.
Somehow the right has managed to stigmatize public-sector jobs so effectively that only politicians of rare and admirable courage are willing to defend them. Those politicians seems to be in short supply.
The House is about to get it all wrong in today's vote for a research and experimentation tax credit bill. Here's why the Campaign for America's Future has joined Americans for Tax Fairness in calling for a "no" vote.
What would otherwise be a virtuous economic cycle has been broken by wrong-headed economic austerity. The filibuster of a minimum wage bill Wednesday in the Senate is the latest example.
Religious leaders "driven by Scripture’s repeated admonitions against exploiting and oppressing workers" remind us that the Senate vote on the minimum wage is not just a key vote politically.
Today is no time to be silent. Call the Senate at 202-517-2321. Even if our phone calls don't produce a breakthrough today, we know it is possible wear enough Republicans down.
The march to the Capitol was organized by National People’s Action, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. It capped a week of "pro-equality populism"
The CEOs of America's 20 largest restaurant chains must be providing diners some mighty fine service. Their 'performance' is costing Uncle Sam nearly a quarter-billion dollars a year.
Call 661-BOEHNER and tell House Speaker John Boehner to stop the excuses and put help for the long-term unemployed up for a vote. And join today's "Twitter storm" at 2 p.m. Eastern to #RenewUI.
The AFL-CIO has released this year’s 2014 Executive PayWatch at www.PayWatch.org, a “comprehensive searchable online database tracking the excessive pay of CEOs of the nation’s largest companies.”
Rep. Paul Ryan, who authored the House's anti-Robin Hood spending plan, said the budget “comes down to a matter of trust.” Trust, he believes, should be placed in the rich and D.C. politicians like him, a Prince John man.
If Citi and its peers hadn’t committed their fraud, America’s young people – along with millions of other Americans – wouldn’t need employment assistance today.
Pay is really low, and employment practices make companies "look awesome on paper" even as they "wreak havoc on the lives and incomes of workers" as well as the overall economy.
A recent poll found that nine out of ten fast-food workers report having wages stolen from them. Keep in mind that these are people already paid only at or near the way-too-low minimum wage. Here's what we can do.
The battle over the principles and policies in the Progressive Caucus budget, contrasted against the federal budget proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan, will continue all the way through the November elections.
Three business owners say they know first-hand that raising federal the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would be a win for business as well as a win for workers.
The March jobs report is more of the same. Slow growth, not nearly enough to make a dent in mass unemployment. Congress continues to dig potholes that slow growth. Americans are paying a harsh price for folly.
Creating jobs is our most immediate priority. We could create 4.6 million right away by passing the Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" and another 5.8 million by confronting currency manipulation.
“This budget chooses to protect tax breaks and special interests at the expense of education, kids, the social safety net, and seniors,” said ranking Budget Committee member Chris Van Hollen.
In this video, Rep. Keith Ellison explains how the Progressive Caucus' Better Off Budget will address the economic problems of high school and college graduates. “We can’t let young people believe that nobody cares.”
The latest proposal from the House Budget Committee chairman is less April Fool's joke and more cruel hoax. This budget – and more importantly, the values and priorities that it enshrines – must be challenged.
Corporations are legally required to allow timely union elections. So Republicans are trying to pass legislation to drag the process out and give time for companies to put pressure on workers.
When Speaker John Boehner really wants to get something done, he gets it done. Accounting gimmicks. Bending House procedural rules. He just did for doctors. What about the jobless?
Business leaders who call themselves Smart Capitalists were on Capitol Hill to lobby for legislation that would increase the minimum wage. For one of them, Leo Hindery, this is about ethics as well as economics.
Millions of women are the backbone of the services sector yet struggle to provide the basics for their families. Here's how they would benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage.
You should pay attention because there is big money involved — really, really big money that could be used for roads, courts, schools, health care and all the other things government does to make our economy and our lives better.
On Feb. 26, UPS fired a Maspeth, N.Y. UPS worker known for being a union activist. Some 250 other UPS drivers walked off the job in protest, and it appears that UPS has fired them, too, in response.
The February jobs report is more of the same: an economy that is not growing fast enough to put Americans back to work or to provide any lift to wages. This isn't due to the weather; it is due to the perversity of politicians.
Fast-food workers, home care workers, convenience store cashiers, discount store clerks, airport cleaners and ramp workers and others are demonstrating to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
A bill before Congress would give tax-dodging companies a break if they loan money to the government to fix infrastructure. This would make honest, patriotic companies that kept jobs in the U.S. look like suckers.