The American Dream Moved to Canada

We're witnessing accelerating advantages for the affluent and compounding disadvantages for everyone else.
Chuck Collins
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Jobs Report: Change Still Needed

A reported 287,000 new jobs were created in June, erasing concerns that the economy might be cratering. But the cheery jobs figures can't mask the continuing need for change to make this economy work for working people.
Robert Borosage

Billionaire Trump Claims Steelworker Status

Trump, who brags, “I am really rich,” wants to climb out of his luxury sky box and sit in the nosebleed seats with hardworking Rust-Belters who sweat over mortgage payments. It’s a joke. It’s a British royalist claiming to be a colonist.
Leo Gerard
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A Sad And Shameful Day For Puerto Rico

Financial legislation passed by Congress solidifies what one Puerto Rican leader calls an "experiment in extreme capitalism" – one that is already having extreme consequences on the people who live on the island.
Isaiah J. Poole

‘Good Jobs’ Clause Is Good News In The Democratic Platform

The draft Democratic Party platform calls for what's often referred to as a "good jobs executive order" that would require federal contractors to provide a "living wage, good benefits, and the opportunity to form a union."
Isaiah J. Poole

Donald “You’re Fired!” Trump Kills Jobs

The name Donald Trump is synonymous with the words “You’re fired!” He made money by brutally, publicly taking people’s jobs from them. And he clearly enjoyed it. Donald Trump is no jobs candidate.
Leo Gerard

Billionaire Trump Fleeces Workers, Small Businesses

When Americans elect a president, they want a leader who will look out for the little guy. Exploiting the little guy – and everybody else – to make a buck for himself is Donald Trump’s M.O. That’s not presidential.
Leo Gerard
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Nonprofits Rallying Behind New Overtime Rule

More than 150 of the nation's leading nonprofit and advocacy organizations have endorsed a new Department of Labor rule that would give lower-wage workers the overtime they deserve for working more than 40 hours a week.
Isaiah J. Poole

The Fight for $15 Takes On D.C. and the Democratic Platform

Members of the Democratic Party platform committee were greeted by dozens of low-wage workers challenging them to support "$15 and a union" – on the heels of a victory that showed how people power has changed the game.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Anti-Job-Creation Party Wants Welfare Recipients To Work

The principle that every person who wants to work should have a job is one that progressives and conservatives could unite around – if conservatives believed that government had a role to play in helping to create jobs.
Isaiah J. Poole

May Jobs Report: Ouch!

Startlingly low jobs growth of 38,000 in May, and reductions in previously reported figures for March and April, should warn the Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates. This economy isn't overheating, it's cooling off.
Robert Borosage

Making The Case For A Family-Friendly Economy

Economist Heather Boushey's new book, "Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict," explains how progressives can make the case for government policies that can help families balance life and work.
Courtney Freudenthal

Underemployed College Graduates Still A National Crisis

One in eight college graduates are currently underemployed. That shows that the problem of low wages among workers under 25 isn't a problem of education; it's a function of a weak economy.
Courtney Freudenthal

The Economic Revival Of Our Cities Must Include Everyone

The "Take 5" film series opens with a look at the consequences of urban gentrification and a challenge for elected leaders to make sure that the wealth lifting up once-forsaken neighborhoods also lifts up its residents.
Isaiah J. Poole

Work-Life Balance Matters To Millennial Voters

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders should emphasize their proposals to federally enforce comprehensive parental and sick leave as one way to connect with younger voters.
Courtney Freudenthal

Failure of Korean Trade Deal Voids TPP

A backlash against so-called free trade is evident in the groundswell of support for insurgent presidential candidates on the left and right who denounce these failed policies. The first victim of this uprising should be the proposed TPP.
Leo Gerard

No, Trump Did Not Change His Position On The Minimum Wage

Is his recent minimum wage comment a real shift in position? Is he breaking with conservative orthodoxy? Is he showing that deep down, he truly has working people's interests at heart? Nope, nope, and nope.
Bill Scher

April Jobs Report: Is The Economy Slowing?

The Labor Department reports continued but slowing jobs growth, on the heels of a Federal Reserve report that the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the first quarter. The stock market is back, but the people aren't.
Robert Borosage

Why Fight for $12 When $15 is Better?

The Supreme Court this week set a strong positive precedent for supporters of a $15 federal minimum wage. Now the Fight for $15 moves to Washington in a big way – on both its political and its commercial corridors.
Courtney Freudenthal

CWA Asks For Justice At T-Mobile

The cellular company T-Mobile is accused of violating federal labor law by creating a system that represents workers to management in order to convince employees they do not need a union.

GOP: It’s OK for Corporations to Kill Workers

Last week GOP House members conducted a hearing to further their case against saving the lives of workers exposed to silica dust. To appease big business, the GOP wants to reverse a new rule that will save lives by limiting silica exposure.
Leo Gerard

An Economy Like It’s 1999

Remembering the artist Prince and one of his greatest hits, "1999," got us thinking: 1999 was actually a pretty good year for the U.S. economy. Is it too much to ask that we emulate what we got right back then?
Isaiah J. Poole
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