A new report presents a challenge to make better use of government procurement to boost U.S. manufacturing and to create good jobs. Economist Robert Pollin explains in this video.
Friday’s November jobs report shows that the manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs, which prompted an alliance of manufacturers to declare that "our goods-producing economy is struggling under the yoke of global weakness."
President Obama's signature on a $305 billion surface transportation bill should not take this issue – and the broader infrastructure needs we have beyond transportation – off the 2016 election agenda.
The November jobs report showed continued growth, virtually insuring that the Federal Reserve will begin hiking interest rates, hailing the economic recovery. But the new normal isn't normal or acceptable for America's workers.
Before Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen makes a Capitol Hill appearance, progressives told Congress that a Fed move to raise interest rates now would devastate communities hit hardest by the Great Recession.
Clinton's $275 billion infrastructure plan released Monday offers modest spending and contains few specifics. Contrast that with candidate Bernie Sanders, who has proposed a highly detailed, $1 trillion plan.
One percenters who feast on $45,000 Thanksgiving meals have launched a new assault on workers: a lawsuit called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Winning would enable the 1 percent to gorge themselves all the more.
The six-year surface transportation bill Congress is now hammering out contains both inadequate funding and bad policy. But there is an opportunity to boost a popular program that was a key tool in the 2009 stimulus.
One of the remarkably few efforts to examine how welfare recipients actually fare once they get back into the workforce uncovers the inconvenient truth behind right-wing rhetoric about aid to low-income people.
Even after 34 senators wrote a letter to the (foreign-owned) contractor that operates the outsourced Senate cafeteria, the workers had to file another labor rights complaint.
The good news is that the gender pay gap has closed a little. The bad news is it's not because women's wages are up, but men's wages are down. A new EPI report points the way to an economy that works for all, starting with women.
An adverse ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association "would undermine one of the most successful vehicles" for providing equal opportunity for American workers, rights organizations tell the Supreme Court.
The U.S. aluminum industry is desperate for relief from a flood of illegally subsidized imports from China. Thousands of American aluminum workers would still be employed if the U.S. enforced trade regulations.
Thirty-four Democratic senators have issued a strongly-worded letter requesting that a British-owned federal contracting company pay their workers a living wage and allow them to unionize.
On Tuesday the Fight For $15 movement hit the fast-food industry with "Come Get My Vote" strikes and protests in hundreds of U.S. cities, all demanding a $15 minimum wage.
It was cruel enough that America countenanced trade deals that cost millions of U.S. manufacturing workers their source of income. But now that it’s clear that bad trade schemes also cost workers their lives, the TPP must be stopped.
Lurking behind these numbers is the real danger that the Federal Reserve will join congressional Republicans in putting brakes on economic growth just as its benefits are beginning to reach the left behind.
If worker advocates succeed in getting a county ordinance passed, Chicago businesses with low-paid workers would have to start shouldering the cost of the social services their employees are forced to rely on.
On Wednesday, Senate staffers made a point of showing that they understand what low-wage cafeteria workers are struggling with. A petition drive is ongoing to call for their right to collective bargaining.
It's crucial that the next President belief restore the belief that America is a place where work is justly rewarded and everyone who works hard can attain a middle-class life -- without backbreaking debt.
I am proud to stand with Sen. Bernie Sanders and hundreds of Verizon workers at a retail store in Manhattan, as 39,000 union members battle for their contract and for organizing and bargaining rights at Verizon Wireless.
Maybe some jobs are worth risking if a strong moral case can be made for a $15 minimum. That moral case is that no one should be working full time and still remain in poverty. People who work full time are fulfilling their most basic soci
Legislation that "would make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions" is introduced in Congress as the White House holds a "Worker Summit."
The enormous, humongous and ongoing trade deficit, month after month, year after year, drags down our economy. Will the media challenge candidates to discuss trade policy?
Some rich guys and GOPers actually contend that government should take the taxes paid by workers and give that money to corporations to improve worker wages and working conditions.
The surprisingly disappointing September unemployment report should break once and for all two illusions about our ability to sustain a robust economy, and give us an opportunity to change the conservation.
Anti-government types just can't stand that the U.S. Postal Service shows government doing its job of helping make our lives better. The latest salvo comes from Brookings – which gets funding from FedEx.
I have not faced the fear, oppression, and pain that confronts African-Americans every day. But none of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets.
Is 5.1 percent unemployment about as good as it will ever get? Two researchers at the Atlanta Fed propose another measure of the job market that suggests we still have a ways to go.
As Pope Francis brings his message on caring for the poor to America, the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report reminds us that our efforts to fight poverty are working, but are not enough.
Now it is clear how narrow Scott Walker's base of support was, and how limited is the strategy of union-bashing. Republicans might want to consider appealing to union workers rather than bashing them.
Scott Walker should be a cautionary tale to the GOP. His ratings plummeted after he released his anti-union screed last week. Americans oppose union busting because they know unions are a path to achieve the American Dream.
Last week Wisconsin governor Scott Walker tried to give his faltering presidential campaign a boost by proposing to essentially get rid of unions in the U.S. The numbers show why this isn't working.
The Federal Reserve took off the table the immediate fear that a rate hike would set in motion a slowing down of economic growth. But there's a longer-term issue of reclaiming the definition of "full employment"
You might think that three hours is enough time for a presidential debate offer up ideas on how to grow the economy and create jobs. But this is a Republican debate.
NPR had a bizarre piece on the Labor Department's new overtime rules which seemed intended to undermine them. The bulk of the piece is devoted to the views of employers. No workers who will be affected by this rule were interviewed.
Disgraced former United CEO Jeff Smisek and his overpaid boardroom buddies nationwide have swindled American workers and American communities in a scam to amass wealth for themselves and well-heeled stockholders.
Areas with higher union membership demonstrate more mobility for low-income children. Which Democratic presidential candidates will come out in favor of strong laws and regulations to advance labor rights?
The controversy over UC’s use of thousands of contract workers who earn low wages with few, if any, benefits has taken center stage amid escalating national concern over income inequality.
America’s problems have nothing to do with what happens in bedrooms. Our problems have everything to do with what occurs in boardrooms, and whether corporations and wealthy individuals are allowed to undermine our democracy.