Credit goes to the campaigns launched by a number of grassroots organizations that for years have shone a light on the anti-worker policies that are endemic in big-box retailing, but especially Walmart.
Reviving America's Postal Banking system would help millions of people now being exploited by the predatory Payday Lending and check-cashing services industry.
I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. The fact is, trade agreements are no longer really about trade.
Residents of Richmond, Calif., home of a Chevron oil refinery, know they’re endangered when workers are. Like the workers, the residents want refineries to become good neighbors by operating safely.
The American Postal Workers Union has brought together an alliance of organizations to "support the fight to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now—and for many generations to come."
Corporations like Staples want an “Easy” button to get out of being responsible for providing their workers with health insurance. Republicans are trying to give them one.
A Twitter town hall today seeks to turn a plan that should be considered politically outrageous into politically inevitable – unless, of course, concerned citizens act to make it politically toxic.
Austerity policies have largely set the parameters of the policy debate over how to grow the economy for the past four years. We will need accelerated growth to sustain and build upon the gains that the economy has made.
How many companies are already shifting even more jobs and profit centers out of the country because of this proposed tax holiday? Have we already lost 10,000 jobs since they announced it?
A former Campaign for America's Future "Progressive Champion" and a libertarian Republican have jointly created a Frankenstein of a plan that pardons corporations for their past tax avoidance.
A Senate Republican bill would cripple the National Labor Relations Board, an agency that is instrumental in solving labor disputes and helping workers who have been treated unfairly by their employers.
McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Its McManagers illegally reduced the hours (and therefore the pay) of hundreds of those who joined the “Fight For 15″ campaign.
The Republican Congress, making overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business, put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address a projected funding shortfall.
Flooded streets, broken bridges and overcrowded public transportation make the case for Sen. Bernie Sanders' $1 trillion spending plan. So do the 13 million jobs that the bill would create.
After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.
Politicians in both parties and in both houses are coalescing around a plan to pay for transportation improvements by giving corporations a deep tax break on profits they have held overseas.
Senate Republicans also voted against disclosing any money they are getting from oil and other companies involved in the Keystone project. The media has largely ignored these votes.
The White House today announced the creation of an infrastructure bonds program designed to attract private financing for transportation projects. It's a workaround for the cowardice and obstruction in Washington.
Hardly a week goes by in Washington without some a conference on inequality. Most of the discussion assumes that inequality is something that happened. Inequality is something that was done.
The AFL-CIO launched a campaign last week to wrench worker wages out of the muck and push them up.
The main reason the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent was that 273,000 workers reportedly left the labor force. And the widely touted November jump in wages was almost completely reversed.
Not only have Republicans in recent memory made tentative statements about being "open" to raising the gasoline tax, a group of Republican House members have actually voted to do it.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls for "different choices ... that put working people first" as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launches a new effort to mobilize workers for jobs and growth.
Yesterday's ground-breaking ceremony for California's high-speed rail system was the second major advancement in President Obama's vision for modernizing America's train tracks in the last two weeks.
Name-checking the problem won't be enough. Inequality must be connected with the lived experience of most Americans, translated from the realm of abstraction into specific proposals. But which ones?
State and local tax breaks are exploited by wealthy corporations, propping up businesses that generate massive wealth for CEOs and shareholders while keeping wages and benefits down for rank-and-file workers.
Bad trade has battered the American dream. And more damage is threatened by pending trade deals and a so-called fast track process to approve them without in-depth deliberation.
A fascinating graphic presentation from Bloomberg shows how America has nearly achieved energy independence and broken our addiction to oil. It's not because oil got too expensive.
The current federal program for funding surface transportation infrastructure in the United States is broken, a new report concludes, and other countries may have lessons for us to learn.
Workers in as many as 190 cities around the country are expected on Thursday to demonstrate for a $15-an-hour wage, building on the foundation of the fast-food strikes of the past year.
Pursuing health care reform did not stop President Obama from building on the stimulus. Congress did. President Obama proposed $80B of additional stimulus in June 2010. Blame the 53 Senators who killed it.
Everyone understood that maintaining and modernizing our country's infrastructure created good-paying jobs with benefits. Republicans now oppose this because it creates good-paying jobs with benefits.
Point Pleasant chemical plant retirees have for seven years lived under a dark shadow, as if the town's infamous monster Mothman, immortalized in the movie "The Mothman Prophesies," had returned.
We interviewed economist Dean Baker on the latest set of jobs numbers. We also discussed the postal banking concept, and had some closing thoughts about the recent controversy over remarks made by economist Jonathan Gruber.
By Friday afternoon, we had met with Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen and – amazingly – seen that the Federal Reserve is already changing its policies in response to our campaign.
Five members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined government contract workers, who shared their struggles to make ends meet, to call for a higher minimum wage and allow the workers to unionize.
Starting next year, Republicans will be forcing big cutbacks in mail service so they can say government doesn't work. Friday is a day of action: "Stop Delaying America’s Mail!"
Transportation Advocate Ed Wytkind talks about transportation policy and what to expect from the next two years, the incoming Republican Congress and President Obama.
The Campaign for America's Future joined Good Jobs Nation and the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to urge President Obama to issue executive orders that would boost wages and strengthen worker rights.
Job growth prompts optimistic headlines, but remains well under the rate of growth we really need to make workers whole after the damage done by the 2008 recession.