The Fed Should Wait For Wages To Rise

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected on Wednesday to announce the latest verdict on if, and perhaps when, interest rates will begin to rise. The answer should be: when workers' wages rise.
Isaiah J. Poole

Justice Gets Delivered To FedEx Workers

The company will pay $277 million to resolve the claims of workers who were victims of worker misclassification – bossed around like employees, but without the rights and benefits of an employee.
Emily Foster

St. Louis Mayor Joins the Fight for $15

Missouri's second-largest city is on its way to join others across the nation in gradually moving to a living wage of $15 an hour. But it must get past a door Republicans have timed to slam shut on the effort.
Emily Foster

May Jobs Report: Progress and a Long Way to Go

The economy continued into its sixth year of recovery in May. But over 17 million people remain in need of full-time work. Wages still aren't picking up. The economy is recovering, but workers are not.
Robert Borosage

As a Bridge Crumbles, Congress Fumbles

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

Los Angeles Goes to $15 Minimum 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.
Robert Borosage

National Day of Action to Save the Postal Service

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.
Emily Foster

The Price We Pay For Conservative Scorn Of Amtrak

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

You Don’t Have To Sell Your Soul To Pay For Infrastructure

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

For Infrastructure Week, A Progressive Call To Action

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

Jobs Report: We’re Still Feeling The Effects of Austerity

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

Andrew Cuomo Feels the Heat, Sees the Light

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?
Robert Borosage

The Words of Dead Workers

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.
Leo Gerard

Government Sweatshops: A Time for the President to Act

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.
Robert Borosage

Government Contract Workers Strike For Better Pay

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.
Miya Pontes

Study: “Right-To-Work” Lowers Wages

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.
Terrance Heath

On Tax Day, The Fight for $15 Is Everyone’s Fight.

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.
Terrance Heath

The “Fight for $15” and the Return of the Vanishing Worker

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.
Richard Eskow

The End of the U.S. Boom

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.
Dean Baker

The Terrible Twos: Central Bank Inflation Targets

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.
Dean Baker
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