A Congress gridlocked by conservative ideologues hit the equivalent of the snooze button on a surface transportation bill that would provide federal funding for the nation's bridges, roads and public transportation.
Los Angeles is an example of what a living wage could do for the entire nation. At the Economic Policy Institute, advocates for raising the minimum wage met to discuss why national action is necessary.
In the largest protest of its kind, thousands of McDonald’s employees stormed the company’s headquarters today to demand that it stop spending millions manipulating stock prices and start paying workers a living wage.
The City of Angels is rising, voting to lift its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. This is entirely a victory of the workers who led the fight and the community groups that joined the struggle.
This week McDonald's cooks and cashiers will be joined by clergy members at the company's shareholder meeting to call on McDonald’s to invest in the company and its workers instead of wealthy hedge fund executives.
There is an intensifying fight over whether the jobs that our infrastructure spending creates should be "good jobs" with living wages and benefits or low-road jobs with declining wages.
The security of workers in the U.S. Postal Service is being threatened, and that is why the American Postal Workers Union asked for support for protests in 85 cities across 42 states.
An Economic Policy Institute forum shows that the gender wage gap exists not because there aren't enough women “leaning in,” but because of a system that does things like deny benefits to part-time workers.
House Speaker John Boehner's protestation misses the larger point about the historic failure to invest properly in our passenger rail system, which affects Amtrak's ability to deploy safety systems quickly.
An Amtrak train derails on its way through Philadelphia. A House appropriations subcommittee votes to cut federal funding for Amtrak by about 20 percent. Two dots conservatives don't want you to connect.
Anti-government conservative ideologues and their big-business benefactors have an interest in convincing people that privatization, privatization-lite and breaks for tax evaders are the only options worth discussing.
Progressive populists are going to have to get loud and get active – and this is a good week to do so. An adequately and honestly funded infrastructure plan is essential to a “jobs for all” agenda.
As has been true for the past few months, you have to get below the sunny top lines of the April jobs report to get the real story: We're still have a slack labor market, and right-wing austerity is the cause.
For evidence that movement matters, read the attached op-ed by Andrew Cuomo. The man who shot down New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to raise the minimum wage now champions fast food workers. Who knew?
Several progressive organizations are lining up today in support of the Raise the Wage bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Robert Scott. Meanwhile, Fight for $15 activists plan their next action.
Last week federal contractors walked off the job to protest poverty wages. This week some of them are experiencing retaliation, and Good Jobs Nation has filed a National Labor Relations Board complaint.
On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
The list is part of a letter the organization sent to Congress urging members to oppose the fast-track bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
The federal government is the leading generator of low-wage jobs in America. Now those workers are calling on the president to step up and use his pen to lift workers up, not drive them down.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Progressive Caucus members stand with low-wage government contract workers, saying that taxpayer-paid contractors should pay workers a living wage.
A new reports confirms that "right-to-work" laws are really about employers' to "right" make their employees work for lower wages, and not about protecting workers rights.
Given a choice between the market law of supply and demand and their hatred of our government, conservatives choose hatred of government over free markets every time.
Through privatization and contracting the U.S. Government has become the country's biggest low-wage job creator, funding over 2 million poverty jobs.
Signing the 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act into law, FDR rightly said “no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages has any right to continue in this country.” Let's make it so.
America’s “flexible labor market” is the envy of business leaders and policy makers the world over. There’s only one problem. The new flexibility doesn’t allow working people to live their lives.
There was a big rally in Washington on Monday to denounce the Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that "fast track" will push through Congress.
A panel organized by the Congressional Progressive Caucus dramatized the plight of low-wage workers and highlighted businesses that are actually trying to do right by their workers.
Wednesday's "Fight for $15" actions fit into what has become a much larger effort to repair and reshape an American economy that for workers is fundamentally broken – a key theme at this weekend's Populism2015 conference.
Today, in what’s being called the largest protest of its kind, thousands of low-wage workers, adjunct professors, elected officials, even CEOs are standing up for a livable wage and an economy that works for everyone.
The “fight for $15” matters – because the lives of working people matter, and because the success of this effort would help strengthen the American economy. But the significance of April 15's action runs even deeper than that.
Ohio gets it about "NAFTA-style" trade deals. Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are coming for the rest of Ohio's jobs and Ohio is fighting back. Will Hillary Clinton join the fight?
Economic analysts now say the economy isn't as strong as they thought. There never was much basis for claiming a boom in the U.S. economy and the people claiming otherwise were relying on a very selective reading of the data.
Listen to economist Jared Bernstein correct the record about unemployment and inflation, and explain why "jobs for all" should be a rallying cry for progressives as we approach the 2016 presidential campaign.
The March job numbers came in somewhat worse than most analysts had expected. Many are warning that the economy is weaker than they thought. These warnings are in fact good news. They may slow down the Fed's rush to raise interest rates.
A bill that would allow workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave for pregnancy, childbirth recovery and other health-related reasons is being opposed again by the usual suspects. Their arguments are increasingly impotent.
The Indiana Toll Road is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – which calls for more privatization.
The March jobs report disappointed. The economy slowed. Pundits will blame it on the weather. But one thing is clear: This is no time for the Fed to be thinking about stepping on the brakes. We're already going too slow.
A plan by the Obama administration to pay for transportation projects with proceeds from a tax break awarded to companies hoarding profits overseas leaves too much needed money on the table, says a new report.
This movement that started with fast-food workers in 2012 is now expanding to include a whole range of occupations, ranging from health care workers to adjunct professors, say organizers.
Everyone who testified at a Congressional hearing on the state of steel fingered bad trade as the culprit in the current collapse. As it is now, trade rules require Americans to forfeit a pound of flesh before trade enforcement can occur.