You saw what happened recently with Wells Fargo. They scammed some of their customers some of the time. Payday lending is about scamming all of the customers all of the time.
This election season so far has been about Donald Trump, and not about the real problems facing the country and We the People. The national discussion certainly has not been about things that can be done to make people's lives better.
The Republican IRS commissioner impeachment is an obvious attempt to kneecap the IRS and keep it from doing its work, which includes policing the misuse of nonprofit organizations to keep secret the sources of political cash.
Wells Fargo used job insecurity, poverty-level wages, extreme sales quotas and high pressure as financial incentives to force employees to fraudulently open accounts.
One candidate offers actual policies and proposals. The other offers entertainment. Which one does the "news" media flock to? Which candidate is receiving the news coverage — the policy wonk or the entertainer? We all know the answer.
Wall Street, the multinational corporations and President Obama are pushing for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election. Wednesday, September 14, is a national call-in day to Congress to stop this.
Wisconsin's privatized "jobs creation agency" is subsidizing corporations as they outsource jobs from the state. For the workers who remain, the threat of outsourcing causes their wages to fall.
The giant corporations pay lower (or no) taxes while the hard-working smaller companies pay what they owe. The system inevitably spirals into deeper and deeper corruption.
More than 200 prominent legal and economic scholars warned about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership would empower multinational corporations to challenge U.S. laws through a corporate tribunal.
China is exporting its steel overcapacity problem, and so far getting away with it. China doesn't want to reduce production or lay off workers so they are exporting the layoffs – to the U.S.
The organizations are opposing TPP in part because of its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, which allow corporations to sue governments in "corporate courts."
How much more would nonunion working people be paid today if unions were still strong? The answer to that question helps explain why the movement that gave birth to Labor Day matters.
Trump says we need to fix our trade policies. That's correct. But Trump also advocates driving US wages down so low that companies won't want to move factories to find lower wages.
Existing “trade” agreements allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and regulations that limit their profits. They set up special “corporate courts” in which corporate attorneys decide the cases.
The EU decided that Ireland's tax deal with Apple, based on Apple demanding a tax break to "bring jobs" to Ireland instead of somewhere else, is "state aid" to the company.
Arbitration clauses keep you from taking companies to court when they do wrong. The CFPB is working on a rule to protect you when finance agreements are involved.
The Department of Labor has released the final rules for implementing President Obama's two-year-old Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces executive order. Republicans complain.
"Your continued leadership is sadly necessary as President Obama refuses to abandon this unpopular deal," says a letter signed by leading grassroots organizations.
Calling the TPP a “trade” deal (it isn’t) the corporate community and the Obama administration are now trying to sell it as important for national security. Recent op-eds make a strong case that this is just wrong.
Imagine, if you will, going to the IRS and saying, “I don’t think the tax rate is fair so I’m not going to pay it.” Regular Americans can’t do that. But Apple CEO Tim Cook just did.
Awareness of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) drives opposition, and Rock Against the TPP is doing its part to drive awareness.
The TPP “trade” agreement could prohibit us from deciding we want things like postal banking, “Buy America” policies in the use of tax dollars, and other things We the People might want to do for ourselves.
The Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation established that employers in the United States have to pay wages. Conservatives have been fighting this ever since.
Here are the 28 Democrats who voted for fast track trade authority last year. Let's get them on the record before the election about whether they will vote for the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election.
If passed by voters, the initiative would require employers to offer additional work hours to their part-time employees before hiring more part-time or temporary workers.
Someone needs to ask Ken Salazar and Hillary Clinton to explain what his appointment as transition team leader says about Clinton's position on a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and future job-killing trade deals.
Which do you think will be more fun? The administration's month-long "blitz" to promote a lame-duck Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) vote in Congress, or Rock Against TPP's concert tour to raise public awareness about TPP's implications?
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau needs to hear your support for strong rules to protect Americans from the predatory payday loan industry and their business model of trapping people in an endless cycle of debt.
It is not enough for Hillary Clinton to say she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership; that doesn't stop it. She has to put herself on the front line, twisting arms and making deals to persuade members of Congress to vote against it.
Progressive groups are gathering petition signatures calling on Hillary Clinton to speak out against a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership during her Thursday economic policy speech outside Detroit.
The Republican presidential candidate says we need to cut American wages enough to be "competitive" with China and Mexico. He has even laid out a plan to accomplish this. He may have stopped saying that, but ...
When Donald Trump says we should keep jobs in the U.S., he means he wants to make jobs in the U.S. just as low-wage as elsewhere. Members of Michigan People's Campaign challenge him on that Monday in Detroit.
Donald Trump is running an ad that changes a word in a Hillary Clinton speech to make it sound like she said the opposite of what she actually said. Will people fall for that?
Imagine if we were engaged in actual "trade," and American factories had $66 billion more in orders in June. (And another $66 or so billion the following month, and every month.)
The Center for Media and Democracy revealed at AARP is a paying member of ALEC, an organization dedicated to, among so many other things, privatizing Social Security and Medicare. Just wow.
Hillary Clinton could help kill TPP by demanding the President Obama withdraw TPP from any possibility of consideration in the "lame duck" session of Congress.
Donald Trump says he would borrow the money for infrastructure by selling US Treasury bonds. That is exactly what the US government — and every other government — does, and has done, to fund infrastructure maintenance and modernization.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are talking about increased spending on public infrastructure. Are the plans real? Will our obstructive Congress allow either candidate's plans happen?
Senate cafeteria workers this week won more than $1 million in wages they were cheated out of by a contractor. Their fight shows why we have to oppose privatizing public services and support a "model employer" executive order.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing new rules regulating debt collection agencies. It's about time the government starting acting like a government again.