For people paying off student debt, the minimum living wage nationally is close to $19 an hour, according to a report released Tuesday by People's Action Institute. No state is close, which is why so many families are struggling.
Gov. Paul LePage says that two Maine People's Alliance leaders should be imprisoned for “attempted murder” for supporting a referendum that would increase the minimum wage.
Should Democrats present themselves as fighters for a transformative economic vision, or as skilled managers restoring and maintaining the status quo of the last several decades? The question came up again last week.
This election isn’t just about whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be president. Ballot initiatives will give voters the chance to raise the minimum wage for workers in four states.
This weekend we learned that Hillary Clinton has been doing something that millions of other Americans also do: going to work sick. The difference is that too many American workers don’t have much of a choice.
The Census Bureau data shows that despite a slow and unsteady recovery, wages are recovering well and small business owners are in their strongest position to thrive in over a decade.
The world’s first great analyst of management urged us to limit the gap between CEO and worker pay. We didn’t listen. How many more life-threatening scandals like EpiPen must we have before we do?
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.
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.
America has always been innovative. Now it must innovate on trade rules to save its steel industry, its steel jobs and all those jobs that are dependent on steel jobs.
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.
The decline in union membership has probably cost you, or someone close to you, thousands of dollars in income since last Labor Day – not because of some immutable law, but because of a cultural and political war.
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.
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.
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.
Automation will undoubtedly transform society in the future. But that's no reason to ignore the problems we're facing right now. The best way to ensure a more equitable economy tomorrow is by fighting for one today.
A policy debate almost broke out in the presidential election when the two candidates traveled to Michigan to lay out contrasting economic agendas. What became clear is that the old establishment consensus will not hold.
This week, yet another paper reinforces our need for more government spending, not less, to repair the economy for millions of working Americans. Unfortunately, our political debate is being held back by an economic myth.
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.
A huge number of high school educated white men don’t go to Trump rallies. They aren’t flag waving bigots. These are guys who only carry guns when hunting. They’re angry, all right. They’re angry at being associated with Donald Trump.
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.
We're witnessing accelerating advantages for the affluent and compounding disadvantages for everyone else.
Tuesday was "Make America Work Again" day at the Republican convention. The Republican prescription for jobs was, as always, tax cuts for the rich and corporations.
Billionaire banker Jamie Dimon says he’s fighting inequality. If we take him in the least seriously, the joke — and much worse — will be on us.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Michael Lastoria has made his &pizza restaurant chain a champion of the $15 minimum wage, and has made one of his restaurants the site for the signing of a historic $15 minimum wage law in Washington, D.C.
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.
With every bridge collapse, train derailment and water main breakage, it just becomes more and more obvious that the country needs to fix its infrastructure. This week brings a new study that underscores the need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The long Verizon strike has ended, and the unions won. This means that the American middle class won, too.