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Innovative Community Organizations Lead New Efforts to Build Family Economic Security

Carla Thompson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Carla Thompson

Ensuring parents are financially stable sets children on a better path to success. And we know that focusing on two generations simultaneously enables children and families to succeed together.

The Long-Term Failure of Short-Term Thinking

FIXCapitalism | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business

Businesses have used a range of strategies to hold down wage growth -- outsourcing, subcontracting, avoiding union organizing and more. What's more, an "easy hire, easy fire" policy has led to diminished worker productivity and innovation.

If Walmart Really Cares About Veterans, It Would Start Paying A Living Wage

Kenney Ford | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Kenney Ford

Talk of national support is a wonderful thing, and so is giving jobs to veterans, but this is about providing good jobs, not just any job. Through our hard work and sacrifices we, and countless other workers in retail, deserve better wages, better benefits and the opportunity to earn a better life.

Fast-Food Workers' Fight for 15 Is My Fight Too

Letasha Irby | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Letasha Irby

On Tuesday, I'll be joining fast-food workers and other underpaid workers all across the country to demand higher wages and a voice on the job. We have a common fight, and when we stick together, we can win.

A Living City Requires a Living Wage

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Alex Cacioppo

Hurricane Joaquin is approaching the East Coast, but a different type of storm altogether already made landfall on our cities from coast to coast, creating record levels of income inequality and wage stagnation for the vast majority of citizens.

Let's Work Toward a Home for Every Veteran

Chris Gardner | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Chris Gardner

Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market. Now is the time for the nation's employers to take a fresh look at hiring homeless veterans for job openings.

Can Money Create Social Change?

The Sillerman Center | Posted 09.15.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Many philanthropists and foundations have recently been making impact investments in an attempt to influence social policy. But are these investments producing dividends toward social change?

New iPhone, Exciting - New Policy Agenda, Not

Mark Gomez | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Mark Gomez

We live in an age of remarkable progress in so many parts of our lives. As an immigrant, that progress reminds me of why my family came here. It is inspiring. Yet in those parts of our lives that matter most, we seem stuck. That is why so many Americans have lost faith in better days.

Let's Roll for a Real Living Wage

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | New York
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

There comes a time in all of our lives when we need to live for something worth dying for. I'm in this fight for a Real Living Wage because I dream of a world where everyone makes a Living Wage and can return home to a warm hearth to break bread with their loved ones and revolutionary friends.

Wages of Win: The Public and the Minimum Wage Debate

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Hillary Clinton has suggested $12. Bernie Sanders favors $15. Donald Trump says he thinks a low one is good for the country. Jeb Bush doesn't think the federal government should be setting one at all. The minimum wage is proving a contentious issue in the current presidential race.

On Labor Day, Here Are 5 Ways To Help Labor

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics

Labor Day isn’t simply a time to fire up the grill and enjoy one last weekend of summer. It’s a day to think about the challenges facing ...

Bank Tellers Deserve $15 an Hour, Too

Keith Mestrich | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

Wages are not just line items on a budget -- they are the basis of people's livelihoods. It's time to face reality. Raising bank employees' wages will be good for them, New York state, New York City, our economy and our industry.

Public School Isn't Free, and Not Everyone Can Afford It

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Poverty pokes holes in a family's life. Non-profit and government programs seek to close those holes. But we tend to so this imperfectly, because we are almost always short on resources.

Should All Businesses Have Trusted Advisors?

Jennifer Love | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Jennifer Love

The truth is, our peers, friends, family and staff can provide helpful insight, and you don't want to discount the importance of their advice. But, you also want to seek out formal trusted advisors who have a deep understanding of your business, along with the wisdom you need to compensate for your blind spots.

New York State Calls For $15 Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business

A panel convened by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recommended Wednesday that the state set a minimum wage of $15 expressly for New York's fast-food ...

Scott Walker Criticizes The Minimum Wage, Says It's 'Lame'

Janie Velencia | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

In his first interview as a presidential hopeful, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Monday declared himself to be a candidate who will stand up for Americ...

Janie Velencia

Scott Walker Strips Wisconsin Workers Of 'Living Wage' In New State Budget | Janie Velencia | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed the new state budget into law on Sunday with a last-minute change that strips the words "living wage" from stat...

States Battle Cities Over Minimum Wage

Pew's Stateline | Sophie Quinton | Posted 07.13.2015 | 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...

What Do We Do Now That the Fight for a Living Wage Is Achieving Results?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Who knows if the improving figures from the past 12 months are the start of reversing these trends? Either way, we must keep pushing for increases to the minimum wage, and for the enactment of more policies

Labor Battles Heat Up In State Legislatures

Pew's Stateline | Jenni Bergal | Posted 07.07.2015 | 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...

Seeking More Happy Endings

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

James Robinson of Detroit walked 21 miles a day back and forth to his hourly wage job, where he had chalked up a decade of perfect attendance.

Affordable Fast Food That's Good for You? What a Concept

Richard Zombeck | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Richard Zombeck

The fast-food industry is constantly complaining about how they can't afford to serve unprocessed food or raise workers' wages. According to them, pri...

Addressing Wage Stagnation and Income Inequality in LA County

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

With the Los Angeles City Council's recent approval to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, it is my hope that we on the Board of Supervisors will move swiftly to address income inequality and wage stagnation in Los Angeles County.

Hillary Clinton and the Economics of Women

Melissa Deckman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Melissa Deckman

Unlike the 2012 presidential campaign, in which much of the "war on women" rhetoric employed by Democrats hinged on reproductive health politics and the birth control mandate, next year's presidential race will address a broader array of economic concerns for women, at least if Hillary Clinton has a say.

Living Wages and a Living Planet

Michael Brune | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Everyone knows that today is the deadline for filing your tax return. But it's also when Fight for 15 is holding rallies all over the country to demand a living wage. And it's no coincidence that this is happening on tax day.