The Big Fight Over Chinese Steel

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?

Fight for $15 Movement Confronts The Presidential Candidates

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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On Equal Pay Day, We Could Use Some Sunshine

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Pensions: For CEOs Only

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.
Leo Gerard

Interfaith Coalition Calls for Moral Action on the Economy

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.
Robert Borosage

March Jobs Report: Moving Up, With No Way Out

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.
Robert Borosage

Fight For $15 Nears Big Win In California

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.
Bill Scher
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The Economic Justice We Should Be Voting For

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?
Isaiah J. Poole

Jobs Report: Sunny with Storm Clouds Looming

The Labor Department reported 242,000 new jobs in February, extending the record for consecutive months of private sector jobs growth. But even the most conservative international financial institutions are raising red warning flags.
Robert Borosage

Murdering American Manufacturing: “Strictly Business”

GOP candidates boast about building a physical wall to keep poor Mexican immigrants out of America. They fail to offer an economic barrier to prevent U.S. corporations from impoverishing American workers by exporting their jobs to Mexico.
Leo Gerard

The Sanders “Economic Plan” Controversy

"Establishment" economists attacked Bernie Sanders by attacking an analysis by economist Gerald Friedman. Friedman said Sanders' plan would produce significant growth in an economy that continues to underperform.

The Black-White Jobs Gap Is Especially Wide In Red States

A look at state unemployment statistics raises a question: Why is it that states that are under total Republican control have generally not shown any significant progress in narrowing the racial unemployment gap?
Isaiah J. Poole

Donald Trump Misdirects Real Worker Anxieties

Working America found among white blue-collar workers huge support for Donald Trump, who like a preacher of prejudice validates cursing the nation’s marginalized and accusing them of emptying workers’ bank accounts.
Leo Gerard

Buying A Ticket Out of The Powerball Economy

The record $1.5 billion jackpot has been won, and Powerball mania has died down for now, but Americans are still stuck with a Powerball economy powered by the “lottery mentality.”
Terrance Heath

Who Lost the White Working Class?

Democrats could still win back the white working class -- putting together a huge coalition of the working class and poor, of whites, blacks, and Latinos, of everyone who has been shafted by the shift in wealth and power to the top.

December Jobs Report: Island of Calm amid World’s Tumult

The December Labor Department jobs report shows private sector jobs increased for a record 70th month. The question is how long this steady, slow growth can continue in a world in increasing turmoil.
Robert Borosage

Joy to the Workers

In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here’s a recipe for delivering joy to the workers so that they can spread holiday merriment:
Leo Gerard

A Big Win for Senate Cafeteria Workers

Thanks to the organizing efforts of Good Jobs Nation and other allies, Senate officials signed a new contract with the workers that brings their average pay closer to a living wage.
Isaiah J. Poole
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