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
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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

The Economy: The New Normal Isn’t

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.
Robert Borosage

Message to Janet Yellen: Focus The Fed On Full Employment

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.
Terrance Heath

One Percenters Stuff Their Pumpkin Pie Holes

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.
Leo Gerard
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Welfare Reform’s Broken Promises Exposed Again

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

An Economy That Works For Everyone Starts With Women

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.
Terrance Heath

How A Supreme Court Case Puts Equality in the Workplace At Stake

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

The Terrible Legacy of Unenforced Trade Laws

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.
Leo Gerard
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The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

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.
Leo Gerard
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Middle-Class Joe Expresses Middle-Class Angst

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.
Leo Gerard
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The Morality of a $15 Minimum

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

More Free Stuff for Corporations

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.
Leo Gerard
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Jobs Report: Conservative Economic Illusions Are Unmasked

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

Warning: Another Attack On Our Postal Service

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.

We Must Fight Poverty With Justice

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.
Terrance Heath
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