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Banks Used Low Wages, Job Insecurity To Force Employees To Commit Fraud

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.20.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Banks profit from low wages and job insecurity in more ways than the obvious. They don't just pocket the wage differential; they use the poverty-level wages and job insecurity to force employees to do unethical things they couldn't otherwise get them to do.

Choosing Between Leukemia And A Brain Tumor: Clinton v. Trump In 2016

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

A similarly unpleasant choice now looms before the American electorate--between Donald Trump, the xenophobic, nationalist demagogue, on one side, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the unrepentant militarist, Wall Street shill, and unindicted emailer, on the other.

GOP Senator Has A Strange Idea For Reducing Poverty

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), discussing poverty and unemployment in a radio interview on Monday, proposed a strange solution for low-income single mothe...

Three Priorities Successful Organizations Employ To Ensure Veterans' Success

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

Nathan, an Army Sergeant with a Middle East combat tour under his belt, walked straight from his Army position into a freight transport career that pr...

Not getting by in America

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 07.26.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Many Iowans - even those who are working full-time - cannot pay their bills, two recent studies show. The United Ways of Iowa found that 31 percent of...

3 Reasons Why The American People Are Numb To The "Economic Recovery"

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

Low unemployment and a strong stock market does not mitigate the reality of stagnant wages, growing economic inequality, a growth in underemployment and a decline in median household wealth.

Obama Destroys Young Careers - Part Two

Jesse Kalisher | Posted 06.17.2016 | Business
Jesse Kalisher

When President Obama declared that anyone earning less than $47,500/year would be taken advantage of if not paid overtime, he made sure to exclude one...

Obama Destroys Young Careers

Jesse Kalisher | Posted 06.18.2016 | Business
Jesse Kalisher

President Obama and the FLSA have mandated that effective 12/1, anyone earning less than $47,500 a year must be paid overtime (there is one glaring ex...

My Message to the DNC's Platform Drafting Committee

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The goal for all working families remains a secure, sustainable job and a real improvement in our standard of living. Here's how we get there.

Why New Jersey Needs Bernie Sanders

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Our country has fallen into a tailspin of poverty and inequality. In my home state of New Jersey our poverty rate is the highest it's been in 50 years. Since 1980, only New York and Connecticut have outpaced the growth of New Jersey's income inequality.

How New Overtime Law Affects Nonprofits

Stuart J. Mitchell | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Stuart J. Mitchell

A letter in support of the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime rule, from the perspective of one nonprofit.

Educating for Democracy: The Informed Citizen

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

In view of the bizarre exhibition of presidential candidates in the 2016 primaries I believe it's vital to the citizenry to be well-informed in order to be able to assess beyond the statements of the candidates and the analyses of political pundits.

If Only We Appreciated Early Educators Enough to Pay Them Worthy Wages

Marcy Whitebook | Posted 05.06.2016 | Education
Marcy Whitebook

Many child care workers earn only the minimum wage. The median wage for all child care workers didn't reach $15.00 per hour in a single state. Not surprisingly, early educators report high levels of economic worry.

Is Your Congregation a Clergy Killer? How Churchgoers Matter to Mental Health of Pastors

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Clergy who serve flocks that support them in their times of need and let their pastors know how much they mean to them are much more likely to be satisfied in their ministry and have a higher quality of life, according to a new study.

The Politics of the Absurd

Lisa Longo | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Are you sick of jokes about tiny hands and hysteria over who gets to use which bathroom? Because doesn't the news feel a bit surreal these days? Remin...

The Politics on Your Plate at Olive Garden

Saru Jayaraman | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Saru Jayaraman

It's not uncommon for the average person to have a laundry list of favorite restaurants, or a meticulous and discerning palate. Sadly, such sentiments often dwarf the average individual's knowledge of where their food is actually coming from.

On César Chávez Day, Honor Farmworkers' and Women's Struggles for Equality and Justice

Gaye Theresa Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Gaye Theresa Johnson

This week we observe one of the most significant holidays of the year: César Chávez Day, in honor of the farmworkers movement and the hard-won triumphs of some of the most marginalized among us.

Time Is Running Out for Obama to Act on a Living Wage

Richard Kirsch | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

As Americans continue to face flat wages and shrinking family incomes, President Obama can act on his own to boost take-home pay and job quality for millions of working families.

An Injury to One Is Still an Injury to All

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Arthur Camins

It is possible for everyone to lead a decent, secure life, but it will require limiting the privileges of the wealthy. Achieving that goal will not be easy or fast. It requires unity and trust across traditional religious, racial and ethnic divisions.

This Kiwi Coffee Company Pay All Staff a Living Wage

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Sarah Illingworth

Reflecting a return to socially-minded business practice being seen increasingly around the globe, there's a tight-knit but growing group of independe...

The $15 Minimum Wage Is a Moral Imperative

George Gresham | Posted 03.24.2016 | New York
George Gresham

There are tens of thousands of healthcare workers throughout New York's nursing homes, clinics, hospitals and pharmacies who make less than $15 and are struggling to survive.

Working Four Shifts a Day... And Lucky

Debra Pickett | Posted 03.08.2016 | Women
Debra Pickett

While my life feels exhausting, it is also deeply engaging and fulfilling. And, while the balancing act is often stressful, my family and I are incredibly insulated from real stresses. We're safe, we're healthy, we're well-fed and well-educated.

Raise the Minimum Wage Now! With a Smart, Fair, Incremental and Regional Approach

David Bronner | Posted 03.02.2016 | Business
David Bronner

When a person working 40 hours a week can't cover the basic costs of living, there's something deeply wrong with our economic system. Paying workers fairly isn't just the right thing to do, it's what makes our communities and businesses thrive.

The Third Reconstruction Era

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families -- of all races, but especially children of color -- face today are very dangerous steps backwards.

Tell Me More About How Much You Hate Millennials, You Old Fart

Ellie Guzman | Posted 02.25.2016 | Comedy
Ellie Guzman

If I hear one more middle-aged person tell me how good I have it because I was born in the '90s, I'm going to literally barf so hard I shoot backwards across the room.