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.
The New York Times on Monday is the latest publication to find that New York City, under its unapologetically progressive mayor, "has rarely been in better financial shape."
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.
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.
"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.
Black unemployment continues to be a crisis that does not get the attention that it deserves. The candidate who best addresses this crisis would be the person most deserving to win the African-American vote.
On its seventh anniversary, imagine the apocalyptic economic and political landscape that we would see without the Recovery Act to ignite a virtuous cycle of government investment that put people to work.
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?
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death affects the Friedrichs v. California Teachers case, which the conservative majority on the court was prepared to use to bankrupt public-employee unions.
With one question, moderator Gwen Ifill flipped the script on race relations in America, during the last Democratic presidential debate. Now, Democrats must learn how to answer it.
The biggest mistake policymakers in Washington – from the White House to the Congress to the Federal Reserve – could make right now is to assume that what we're seeing right now resembles actual "full employment."
If you think privatization of government services "saves money," you are mistaken. It is penny-wise and pound foolish, costing some of us everything and all of us dearly.
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.
A ballot initiative would require San Jose, Calif., employers to offer qualified part-time employees the opportunity to work additional hours before they hire new part-time or temporary employees.
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.”
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.
If the corporate/billionaire class gets its way — and it looks like they will — the terrible inequality you see in the country today is nothing compared to what’s coming.
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.
The Supreme Court has again decided to reconsider "settled law." The goal is to bankrupt public employee unions by denying them funding for services they are legally bound to provide to every worker – including nonmembers.
The economy suffers from lack of demand. How do you increase demand in an economy? With jobs that pay well. How do you get jobs to pay well? Maintain our infrastructure.
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:
Today's decision by the Federal Reserve to increase its benchmark interest rate is a worrisome backward step from its work nursing the economy back to health. But here's how the Fed can contain the damage.
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.
In August, Netflix announced a great, new parental leave policy. But it only covered already-well-off employees. Progressives launched a campaign and now Netflix is giving family leave to other employees, too.
This week, dozens of federal food service contract workers staged a sit-in at Sen. Ted Cruz's office, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed up at the Senate cafeteria to tell the workers to “KEEP FIGHTING!”
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.