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?
The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has just given Americans an official yardstick for measuring corporate CEO greed: the comparison between a company's median compensation for all its workers and CEO pay.
Not having access to good public transportation destroys the promise of equal opportunity for millions of Americans. When Congress returns to address long-term transportation funding, this needs to be part of the debate.
This time short-term congressional paralysis offers the chance to prevent a long-term disaster. Progressives gets three months to break the momentum of a corporate tax giveaway and get a better transportation bill.
We rounded up of the opinions of the Republican presidential candidates on the minimum wage. A few see the light, but most of them oppose supporting American workers with a wage increase. A few even advocate getting rid of it altogether.
Yesterday, thousands of federal workers – led by Senate cafeteria workers – walked off their jobs to demand a living wage, decent benefits and union. Sen. Bernie Sanders joined them, as pressure builds on President Obama to act.
“We have got to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and we are introducing legislation today to do just that,” says Sen. Bernie Sanders as the "Pay Workers a Living Wage Act" is introduced.
When did it become OK to use savings from the Social Security trust fund – which people have paid into with their payroll taxes – to pay for transportation projects? To avoid the ire of Grover Norquist.
Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has proposed a way for workers in the "gig economy" to have such benefits as a living wage, health insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, and retirement savings.
A Netroots Nations panel takes apart the right-wing argument that unions kill jobs. In fact, they create jobs and strengthen the entire economy. Symbolic but important lines are being drawn to boost union power.
Unless progressives amp up the pressure over the next few weeks, we're highly likely to end up with a bill that not only doesn't meet all of our needs but covers its cost in horrendous ways.
Since the merger of Continental and United airlines five years ago, CEO Jeff Smisek has seen his pay go up 32 percent. The airline's 24,000 flight attendants say it's now their time to get a pay increase.