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Lost In The Fifties, Middle America Needs STEM Education & Infrastructure

Paula Golden | Posted 12.23.2016 | Education
Paula Golden

At a post-mortem forum on the 2016 U.S. election, Mexico's former president Vicente Fox had choice words for those who elected Donald Trump. Yearning ...

Oh, To Work As Few Days As The House Will In 2017

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics

You’d think our representatives would have a lot of work to do over the next four years. Yet once again, the U.S. House of Representatives stands to...

Environmental Denial and Votes, an Odd Relationship

Justin Curmi | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

In theory, politicians receive benefits by denying the effects humans have on the environment because this creates a new voting demographic, the blue-collared.

Why Is the So-Called Congressional Freedom Caucus Frozen Against a Living Minimum Wage?

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Over the past year, there have been significant advances in wages for working-class Americans. Many cities and states have increased their minimum wages providing millions of Americans with a long overdue raise. In Congress, however, progress is nonexistent.

Are Foreign Workers and Foreign Students Stealing American Jobs?

Lance Simmens | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Now that the issue of unskilled foreign workers replacing skilled American workers has been unveiled through the H1B Guest worker program, the next logical question is to what extent is the practice employed and how prevalent is it with respect to the American workforce?

Finding Rest on Labor Day

Maura Sweeney | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
Maura Sweeney

I always thought Labor Day was created as a holiday of rest from labor but I was surprised to learn just the opposite. A national holiday since 1882, Labor Day pays tribute to the American worker and focuses on the virtues of work rather than a vacation from it.

The Non-Madness of the Minimum Wage

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Low-wage workers around the country have sparked a movement for large minimum wage increases for a reason. And their proposed increases are phased in gradually over several years. It might behoove some of those commenting from the sidelines to stop calling them crazy.

From the Other Side; an Honest Review from Employees

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Robin Cassady

Whether we wake up in the mornings loving what we do or not, it is important to remember the people we come in contact with during our day-to-day activities are trying to make a living for themselves and their families as well.

American Men Are Struggling To Find Work

The New York Times | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business

Frank Walsh still pays dues to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, but more than four years have passed since his name was called at ...

How to End Poverty for Millions of Americans

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Increasing the minimum wage would immediately lift 4.6 million people out of poverty with an additional 6.8 million over time. We should do more to help those struggling and by increasing the minimum wage we can affect immediate change.

Getting Back to What Really Matters to the American People

Rep. Suzan DelBene | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Rep. Suzan DelBene

We have seen that smart investments in workforce-development initiatives, backed by strong accountability measures, can deliver the kind of broad-based prosperity that Americans remember from the 1990s. It's time for Congress to get back to making those investments a priority.

A Salute to America's Working People

John T. Delaney | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
John T. Delaney

Today, the value of unions is increasingly being called into question, including by college professors in the classroom. Unions are seen as out-of-date and unnecessary, and the reason for every problem in the business world.

Some Countries Realize You Have A Life Outside Work. The U.S. Isn't One Of Them.

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business

Working in the U.S. ain't what it used to be. While other countries are coming up with new ways to promote work-life balance, such as France's late...

Unions Labeled. Workers Trapped.

Frank Islam | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

American unions came into existence because they were a necessity to create balance in an economic system that was out of balance. We have similar circumstances today.

An Expats Dream: "The Green Card"

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Sriya Chakravarti

The "American Dream" shines brighter in most eyes that I encounter across continents. I have been traveling since I was 18, and every time USA becomes a topic of discussion, the quest for the stars and stripes (green card) seems to be the aspiration of the world.

False Labor Commemoration: It's Time to Let Go of the Labor Day Holiday

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.02.2013 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Ask most American workers today if they are feeling confident about the American economy, their employment opportunities, and their chance of retirement these days, and most will answer in the negative.

The One Thing U.S. Workers Are Most Worried About (CHART)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 09.03.2013 | Business

Time has healed no wounds when it comes to how secure Americans feel at work, according to a recent poll. The poll, conducted by Gallup, found that...

The Numbers Never Lie

Frances Causey | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Frances Causey

Profits are not the problem. Blind, relentless pursuit of them at any cost by any business large or small is.

No. 1 Lesson in Competitiveness: Get Back to Basics

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

Any nation that can't provide the basics, such as an educated workforce, especially in STEM fields, surely stands to lose out in this globally competitive economy.

Blurring the Professional and the Personal With Women and Facebook

Rachel Ryan | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business
Rachel Ryan

For those of you debating whether or not to Facebook friend your boss, DO IT. Seeing pictures of your boss with a piña colada on a beach is pretty much the equivalent of a 6-year-old seeing their teacher outside of the classroom. "You're a real person?! Who likes to do things besides give me homework?"

Romney Hood, Obama Hood - How About The Middle Hood!

Nick Bassill | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Nick Bassill

Here are Six Policy Initiatives proposed by to the help the Middle Hood. Have some more?

You Won't Believe How Much Money It Takes For Americans To Feel Happy

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 06.20.2012 | Business

To most, success doesn't mean a six-figure salary. In fact, the majority of American workers would be content with average level earnings, accordi...

What's an American Worker's Life Worth? About $5,900

David Macaray | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

The only realistic hope one has of working in a safe industrial environment is to join a union. By and large, union jobs are safer than non-union jobs. And given that a union's sole concern is the welfare of its members, why wouldn't they be?

May Day

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

May Day started here, but then became an international day in support of American workers who were being subjected to brutal violence and judicial punishment. If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions.

Manufacturing Pain Far From Over

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business

* Investment in foreign plants rising, domestic falling * Manufacturing job recovery minimal * Fewer service jobs remain...