The long Verizon strike has ended, and the unions won. This means that the American middle class won, too.
In a video interview before an announced strike settlement, Sara Steffens, secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America, explains why the Verizon strike effort remained strong after six weeks.
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.
Money markets are demanding that governments spend more on infrastructure and education and services other things governments do to make people's lives better.
Overtime (or any) pay for working more than 40 hours a week is a right that had been taken away from many workers, but now these workers are getting the right to overtime – or more sane work hours – back.
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.
Our country's infrastructure is in bad shape and rapidly getting worse. But we can't get our own government to spend the necessary money to fix the problem. This week more than 150 organizations are working to elevate this issue.
Something that is costing each American family on average $3,400 a year is worth at least a few minutes of discussion – and that something is our inadequate national investment in our infrastructure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Verizon worker's strike is about a lot more than just the contract between Verizon and its workers. This is about all of us and our relationships with these giant corporations.
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.
A bill just passed by the extreme conservative Kansas legislature prevents municipalities from clamping down on just-in-time work scheduling abuses by companies. It's a sign of an accelerating trend.
Right now governments can “borrow” – allow people to park their money in the safe havens of government bonds – at zero cost, or can even get paid, and use that money to keep the economy moving.
The strike is affecting company operations and the customers are feeling it, but the executives want their huge paychecks, so the strike continues.
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.
Will the media ever stop the ridiculous charade of pretending that the path of globalization that we are on is somehow and natural and that it is the outcome of a "free" market?
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.
Many employers put a limit on the ability of part-time workers to advance to a full-time job. But San Jose, Calif., voters have an opportunity to take down that barrier.
40,000 workers at Verizon and Verizon Wireless are still on strike, fighting for their future and the future of middle class wages in our economy. Here's who is standing with them.
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?
Verizon wants the "flexibility" to treat workers as commodities. But it still has a union that has some power to fight back and demand that human beings and citizens in a democracy be treated as such.
Current global overcapacity is estimated at 700 million tons — more than seven times what U.S. steelmakers can produce. This is expected to get worse. How should the U.S. respond?
In New York, before the Democratic candidates get to their debate and the Republican candidates get to a major fundraiser, they have to get past the nationwide demonstrations of the Fight for $15 movement.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would bring wage inequities out of the shadows into the light of day, and empower its victims and the federal government to hold employers accountable.
Corporations virtually eliminated secure pensions, forced workers into risky, self-pay plans and handed hundreds of millions in tax-free retirement benefits to the top dogs. Pensions aren’t dead; they’re just exclusive now.
A report that 95 percent of the D.C. Circulator buses that serve the downtown and tourist areas of the city have safety problems is held up as the latest example of the fallacy of privatization.
Under the banners of Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening, we will be sticking our necks out to demand an end to the destructive influence of big money on our politics and the need to enfranchise all people.
The Chamber of Commerce polled local, state and national business leaders and found they overwhelming support policies like raising the minimum wage. So what did the Chamber do?
Third Way is helping to mainstream the same kind of jumpstart in job-producing investment called for by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
On Monday, an interfaith coalition representing religious leaders across the country calls on every presidential candidate to pledge to provide government contract workers with a living wage and the right to a union.
The March jobs report is out, and the news seems pretty good at first. But when you dig deeper it is the same old story: lower-to-middle-wage job gains, many higher-wage job losses.
The Labor Department reports continued jobs growth in March, the 73rd month of private sector jobs growth. But wages remain stagnant. The economy continues to recover – but not the people.
In the last two-and-a-half decades, the number of Silicon Valley "second-class" jobs in potential contract industries has grown three times faster than overall Silicon Valley employment.
Tenacity and flexibility is helping California workers get a raise. Despite reluctance from Gov. Jerry Brown, a compromise has been struck to establish a statewide $15 minimum wage, the highest in the nation.
The People's Budget formally released this week by the Congressional Progressive Caucus is not a symbolic exercise. It is central to a debate that the country must have to challenge economic thinking in both political parties.
As primaries are held in cities that have some of the worst racial disparities in the country, is the key issue that Bernie Sanders is promising more than he can deliver, or is it that we as voters are not demanding enough?
The People's Budget includes a bold, $1 trillion plan over 10 years to invest in the nation's infrastructure. Here's why this part of the budget needs to be pushed into the center of the presidential campaign.