Walk In Their Shoes

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today. It pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.
Roger Smith
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This Election Puts Women in the Driver’s Seat

Let’s be clear. As the majority of the population, the majority of registered voters, and the majority of those who actually show up at the polls, women can determine the outcome of any election.
Martha Burk
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The Start Of Something Big?

The political world is abuzz with the news that Zephyr Teachout made a much more serious run at Andrew Cuomo than anyone anticipated. For a campaign with no money in the most expensive market in the nation, it's quite an achievement.
Digby
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“Put A Ring On It” Is Not An Anti-Poverty Program

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.
Terrance Heath
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The Importance of Zephyr Teachout

She has run a shoestring campaign against a powerful, lavishly funded governor who refused to debate her. But whatever the outcome, her campaign has already had dramatic significance for progressives across the country.
Robert Borosage
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The Fed Finds an America Deeply Divided

The "average" U.S. family is doing just fine, says the Federal Reserve's latest portrait of household wealth. But typical Americans, other numbers in the report make clear, are struggling something awful. What's up here?

Wingnut Week In Review: Orange the GOP’s New Black

With so many convictions, indictments, and investigations concerning corruption, it’s beginning to look like orange may be the new black for some of the brightest stars in the right-wing firmament.
Terrance Heath
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Beyond Ferguson: Sanders To Propose Youth Jobs Bill

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.
Terrance Heath
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August Jobs Report: The Folly Continues

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.
Robert Borosage
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To Win This November, Democrats Need the Minimum-Wage Movement

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.
Richard Eskow
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Finally Revealed: Obamacare’s Hidden Gem

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.

Fast Food Strikes Are Back, Bigger Than Ever

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.
Terrance Heath
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Robert Borosage on Unions and the Middle Class [Audio]

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."
Richard Eskow
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Truck Drivers Draw The Line: Treat Employees As Employees

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.
Richard Kirsch
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Labor Day Victories to Celebrate

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.
Dean Baker
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Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

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.
Bill Moyers
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Wages Dropped for Almost All American Workers in First Half of 2014

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.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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Eric Cantor Goes To His Reward

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.
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