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The Foundational Tension That Drives Economic Divisions

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The inherent tension, buried deep in the foundational structure of our capitalist democracy, is the perpetual tension between one-person-one-vote democracy, and one-dollar-one-vote capitalism.

Jenny Che

Wages For College Grads Are Now Lower Than They Were 15 Years Ago

HuffingtonPost.com | Jenny Che | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business

College graduates, brace yourselves for some disappointing news. Wages for university grads are 2.5 percent lower than what they were 15 years ago,...

Forced Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Senators who voted last week to Fast Track ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) call it a free trade deal, but really, it’s forced trade imposed on protesting American workers who have endured its damaging effects for decades.

The Wage War's Two Battlegrounds: The Ballot Box and the Board Room

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

One strategy focuses on getting elected officials in local and state governments to adopt minimum wages above the federal level. The other strategy involves putting pressure on major employees -- typically highly visible companies that depend on positive public relations to gain consumers' dollars -- to raise the wages of their employees.

Why 'Free Trade' Treaties Destroy Jobs

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

Recently, the president claimed that critics who say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "is bad for working families ... don't know what they are talking about."

Arthur Delaney

A Lot Fewer Americans Get Unemployment Benefits Than You Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The share of unemployed Americans who receive unemployment insurance benefits has dwindled to its lowest point in decades, thanks in par...

Love the Hands that Feed You. 6 Tips for a More Sustainable Valentine's Day.

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This Valentine's Day, before planning your romantic dinner or buying roses and chocolate, think about how your choices will affect the hands that feed you.

We Have Cure for What Ails State of the Union

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

We've finally emerged from the crash of 2008. We've had 58 consecutive quarters of job growth. Unemployment is declining. Productivity is up. Yet, most Americans aren't exactly high-fiving each other. Never mind the state of the union; the state of their households isn't great.

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

American workers aren't whining. They can compete with anyone in the world on an even playing field. But when foreign countries provide illegal subsidies, manipulate their currency, and hand no-cost land, no-interest loans and tax breaks to producers, then it's bad trade.

The Promise of Career and Technical Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Policymakers, business, labor and community can come together to make CTE a thriving component of our 21st-century education system -- and with it, an engine that helps more young people have access to good jobs and the American dream.

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Save The U.S. Government $7.6 Billion A Year

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business

"Raising the minimum wage is one simple and long-overdue step toward rebalancing the social contract so that the private and public sectors are more equal participants in improving living standards for American workers."

Arthur Delaney

Fewer And Fewer Unemployed Americans Get Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fewer jobless Americans now receive unemployment benefits than at any other point in the past few decades, according to a new analysis b...

The Case For and Against Sen. Dick Durbin's Reelection

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Whether or not they believe Durbin is the best person to help lead Illinois into prosperity, most Illinoisans will agree that prosperity is what they want.

The Major Disadvantage Facing Black Students, Even In Kindergarten

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Sixty years after the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education integrated the nation’s classrooms, black and white students still largely ...

An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The death of the American steel industry is fine with the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Cato Institute. They say Americans should thank foreign states that violate international trade laws by subsidizing their steel industries.

Make Hard Work Pay -- Again

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The sad truth is you can work full time in America and not be able to meet your family's basic needs. A parent working full time at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour earns $15,080 a year before taxes. That's $4,700 below the poverty level for a parent with two children.

Small Business Owners Say Raise the Wage

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.12.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Debate about raising the minimum wage is a hot topic, and the impact to small businesses is a sticking point in the argument. But what do real small businesses think about raising the wage?

10 States Where Income Inequality Has Soared: 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess and Vince Calio | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Although average real income in the United States increased by more than a third between 1979 and 2007, not all workers benefit...

Show This To The Next Person Who Argues We Don't Need Unions

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business

The decline in union membership in the United States has consequences reaching well outside the factory walls, among them: Fueling the rise of income ...

14 Things The Republican Party Just Doesn't Get About Poverty

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

In an era of soaring income inequality, stagnant wage growth and a dismal job market, the Republican Party has decided that its hard-line, welfare-moc...

Corporate Shills Take Aim at Workers Fighting for a Living Wage

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Ian Reifowitz

Imagine if, instead of pumping millions of dollars into public relations and fake science, these corporations just put those funds into the wallets of their employees.

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Won't Budge on $10.10 As New Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While they're willing to haggle over the finer points of a minimum wage hike, congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they will not lo...

Affording The Affordable Care Act

Pew's Stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Fast Track to Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Without significant changes, TPP will just be another American factory shuttering, dream shattering trade deal. Of course, the corporations that stand to profit support the current TPP scheme, as they did the other job-destroying trade deals. And so do corporate politicians.

To Fix the Problem of Inequality, Fight for Full-Employment

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservative populism becomes most powerful, as we saw in the last mid-term election in 2010, when liberal politicians ignore the fundamental nature of the economic crisis and leave the field to conservatives on the issue that voters care most about: jobs.