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.
Thursday, bad trade numbers. Friday. bad manufacturing job numbers. A path to election victory lies in drawing the connection: Democrats should be advocating a different trade policy.
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.
Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage joins New York Times Columnist Ginia Bellafante to discuss why the rich are mad at the super rich, and how helicopter rides to The Hamptons could fuel progressive change.
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.
We reached a new job-sucking record with China. We continue to import much more than we export. That means a net loss of jobs and decline in living standards, month after month, year after year.
There are reasons why Beltway-inspired education wonks are calling out the tone police, but it’s got very little to do with honesty and ‘facts.’ Instead, what you find is itself a rather political agenda
An obscure provision in the Affordable Care Act, a new report details, raises taxes on firms that overpay their top execs. The only problem: The provision so far only applies to corporations in one industry.
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.
Labor Day was last weekend. For the occasion we interviewed our own Robert Borosage on The Zero Hour radio program regarding his piece entitled "Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers."
President Barack Obama's low approval rating was supposed to drag down Democratic candidates. It's not happening, because Republican Party approval ratings are lower.
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.
In recent decades the news for the country’s workers and the labor movement has been mostly bad. It would be easy to go on about how bad things are, but it is worth highlighting a couple of good news items against this backdrop.
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year’s summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be.
Think your money's not going very far this year? It's not your imagination. According to new research, real hourly wages declined for almost everybody in the U.S. workforce in the first half of 2014. Thanks, so-called recovery.
Everyone understands that government officials who “play ball” can get a huge paycheck after leaving government if they help certain big businesses while serving in government.
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.
Michael Brown was finally laid to rest in Ferguson, Missouri this week. But don't think for one minute that means that wingnuts and right-wingers will let him rest in peace.
The tensions that fueled angry protests still fester below the surface, in Ferguson and beyond. Tell President Obama to act swiftly to address the issues of police and community relations with communities of color across the country.
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.
Tolstoy wrote that "kings are the slaves of history." Unfortunately for Burger King, which intends to renounce its American status for tax purposes, neither history nor public opinion is on its side.
Fifty-one years ago, thousands of Americans gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Today, events in Ferguson, Mo., and North Carolina show how much work remains, and how to carry on the mission of the March.
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.” "
The charter schools industry is propping up its image with a "Truth About Charters" public relations campaign. Meanwhile, another version of charter-school truth is playing out in communities across the country.
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.
An idea that the Campaign for America’s Future has been promoting is gaining traction. The technical name for it is “Single Sales Factor Apportionment” but it just means tax companies based on how much they sell here.
We progressives had very good reason to be hopeful in 2007. But instead of despairing let's recall our past and consider what we failed to do so we can truly build a progressive populist majority.
In one of its lesser-known provisions, the Affordable Care Act limited tax breaks health insurers could claim for executive compensation. While that may sound arcane, the implications could be profound and far-reaching.
Remember when all those veterans died waiting to get care? That was then, this is now. The scare story that week was VA deaths. The thing we are all supposed to be afraid of and upset about this week is … something else. Till next week.
In new Harper's article, journalist Jessica Bruder adds a new phrase to America's vocabulary: "Elderly migrant worker." A growing number of older Americans must resort to Rving across the country for seasonal and temporary employment.
Legislation to do something about corporations renouncing their U.S. "citizenship" is before Congress. The odds are that Republicans will block it – and not just because they have obstructed everything else.
Monday morning the S&P 500 composite index briefly passed the 2,000 mark. But out beyond Washington and Wall Street and the Hamptons, out in the world where most Americans live, things aren’t quite as rosy.
Every part of Burger King’s success was enabled up by our taxpayer-funded American system. Now Burger King wants to take off from the country that made them what they are. But they still want us to eat their food.
If you want to know how bad the climate crisis is, and what you can do about it, check out “Carbon”; the first in a series of short films aimed at exploring crucial issues related to the climate crisis.
South Korea and seven other countries were found to have been selling steel piping and fittings at below-market prices in an effort to put competitors out of business. This is a big deal for the U.S.-based steel industry.