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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.

It's Not Safe Out There

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

OSHA, the underfunded agency charged with enforcing the law, can't effectively shield either workers or whistleblowers. The agency is a soleless work boot -- fine on the surface but failing its purpose. As a result, it's not safe at work and not safe reporting dangers at work.

Joy Resmovits

Report Calls Signature Obama Initiative 'Impossible'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's signature education initiative, the Race to the Top competition, is "impossible" at best and damaging at worst, argues a new,...

Labor Daze: A Murky Future for the 'Average'

Frank Islam | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

In spite of the sometimes soaring and sometimes sour rhetoric surrounding Labor Day, the sad reality in 2013 is that, on average, the "average" American worker continues to struggle mightily.

Martin Luther King Worried About Economic Injustice

Harlan Green | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Martin Luther King said the basis of disparities between the races had as much to do with income inequality as outright racism in his book, Why We Can...

Why Citizenship Matters: Getting to the Bottom Line

Manuel Pastor | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Manuel Pastor

The denial of a path to citizenship is an insult to these people. It's a denial of their struggles, of their aspirations, and of their desires to be American. And they, and their friends, relatives, and allies, will accept nothing less than a full path (no matter how challenging) to citizenship.

Will the Killing of Trayvon Martin Catalyze a Movement Like Emmett Till Did?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The eerie parallels between the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the murder of Emmett Till 58 years ago -- including the outrageous acquittals of their killers -- remind us that despite many years of racial progress, our criminal justice system remains a bastion of bias and bigotry.

D.C. Families Need How Much To Get By??!!

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.12.2013 | DC

Anyone who lives here could have told you that D.C.-area families need a whole lot of cash just to get by. You still may be shocked by the exact amoun...

Report Reveals Sobering Truth About Miami Cost Of Living

Posted 07.10.2013 | Miami

The Economic Policy Institute has just updated their cost-of-living budgets to reflect how much a family needs to earn to get by in 2013. Looking a...

Study: The Minimum Wage Is Worth $2 Less Today Than It Was In 1968

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.20.2013 | Business

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is worth $2 less today than it was in 1968 when adjusted for inflation. That's one of the findings in a June study ...

Minimum Wage, Maximum Dissent

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America has been tilting toward an economy that benefits primarily the 1 percent. For America to work we need an economy that benefits the 100 percent. Combining an enhanced EITC and minimum wage moves us in that direction.

EPA Rules: Show Me the Money

Michael Green | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Michael Green

How successful are EPA rules? The report found that for every dollar we spend on environmental and health protections, we get back ten dollars in health, environmental, and economic benefits that add up to make all of our lives richer.

Don't Believe the Naysayers: The STEM Skills Shortage Is Real

Linda Rosen | Posted 07.01.2013 | Technology
Linda Rosen

The EPI report concludes that U.S. colleges and universities award more than enough STEM degrees to fill STEM jobs. That may be true, but it doesn't lessen the urgency of the skills shortage. Why?

Bait and Switch, CEO Style

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The rich snicker as the vast majority of Americans are so distracted they don't focus on record corporate profits, on record low corporate tax payments or on lobbyists buying tax breaks for corporations and loopholes for offshore accounts.

Joy Resmovits

Should We Be Focusing Education Policy On Rich Students?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- Lawmakers should be more careful when using international test scores to drive education policy, argues a pair of researchers in a new pap...

Mind the Gap!

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why have politicians and others decided to ignore the research and use defective systems to make major decisions about retaining teachers or determining their pay? Why are we not "minding the gap"?

Pulling the Plug on Job Training Undermines Our Global Competitiveness

National Council of La Raza | Posted 02.09.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The fate of Latino workers is not just a Latino concern -- it is an American concern. According to the BLS, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce will be Latino by 2050. It is in our national interest to ensure that Latinos are able to contribute to our economic prosperity.

Thanksgiving Food Stamp Use To Hit Record

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.21.2012 | Business

A record number of Americans will be using food stamps to get by this Thanksgiving. About 42.2 million Americans are using food stamps this Thanks...

New Report Shows Green Job Growth

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 10.17.2012 | Green

Job growth is one of the most important issues of the 2012 election, and a recent report suggests that continued investment in green jobs could be a b...

The One Percent Is HOW MUCH Richer Than You Are?

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business

The rich are getting even richer as most other Americans fall behind. Households in the wealthiest one percent were 288 times richer than the media...

Cut the Pentagon Budget, Not Social Security and Veterans' Benefits

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It's not only on the tax side that Romney-Ryan budget policies favor the 1%, but also on the spending side. The majority of federal discretionary spending is now eaten up by the Pentagon budget.

Want To Close The Income Gap? Here's An Idea

Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

Looking for a way to close the gap between the rich and poor? Give boosting union membership a shot. The dramatic rise in inequality has correspon...

Sen. James Inhofe Seeks to Destroy Landmark EPA Ruling

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.18.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

For parents and health administrators who thought that 2011 had ended in a victory for clean air, 2012 is yielding a new surprise from an elected representative who is determined to put a stranglehold on the EPA.

CEO Pay Absolutely Exploding Compared To That Of Workers

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

It's good to be chief executive. American CEOs saw their pay spike 15 percent last year, after a 28 percent pay rise the year before, according to...