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.
Corporations' growing use of lockouts to force workers to accept CEO demands demonstrates that the already powerful -- corporations -- have secured even more might in their relationship with workers.
Attacks from the right on the ability of workers to organize are a fundamental factor in the national debate we should be having over income inequality and how to address it.
The jobs report released today will stoke the debate over whether the Fed should hike interest rates. But the real deal is that wages are still declining. And we need Congress to act, not the Fed.
The solar and wind industries are generating new jobs. With strategic support and public-private cooperation, thousands of unemployed oil workers and coal miners could potentially land wind and solar jobs.
Worker productivity in the second quarter of 2015 was better than expected, according to data released today, but a report underscores how little of the gains are shared by productive workers.
Business lobbying organizations like the National Retail Federation had been lobbying fiercely to get the Department of Labor to extend the comment period beyond Friday. They failed.
By locking out workers, and wasting untold millions on highly paid but inexperienced replacements and on security guards, ATI has finished converting itself from a pillar of the community into a pariah.
Weeks after a top White House official said no "serious economist" would consider 4 percent annual growth "within the realm of possibility," we almost reached that during one quarter. What do we say now?
Call it “qualitative,” rather than “quantitative,” easing. It would increase the money supply invested in the real-world economy to create jobs, lift wages and create broad economic growth.
Companies are afraid to expand if no one is spending. The result is poor demand to guide the way to safe investment. But governments – the source of demand when people and companies are hunkered down – keep cutting back.
As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. It’s the biggest change in the American workforce in over a century, and it’s happening at lightening speed.
Employers treat replaceable workers as costs to be cut, not as assets to be developed. Replaceable workers almost never get paid family leave, they get a few paid sick days, and barely any vacation time.
Divide and conquer works. When you face a strong enemy it's good strategy to break them apart into smaller units that can be fought separately. Example: a state initiative to gut California's public-employee pensions does just that.
The Congressional Budget Office said that by ending the sequester federal spending caps, the economy would be able to add as many as 1.4 million additional jobs in 2016 and 2017. We need those jobs.
Republicans have tried various tactics over the years to weaken or just get rid of unions, and that includes public employee unions. The latest scheme comes from the Senate.
We are continuing to reap the consequences of the conservative obstruction in Congress that has blocked the critical policies we need for real job growth and robust recovery.
President Obama is drafting an executive order to require federal contractors to provide sick leave for workers who are sick or caring for a sick relative. How does this measure up to Good Jobs Nation's More than the Minimum demands?