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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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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.

Protesters Take Part In Nationwide Rally For $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business

See photos from the demonstrations.

A Living Wage When Working, a Poverty-Free Old Age When Retired

Nancy Altman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

It is in the interest of everyone, rich and poor, to see the minimum wage increased to at least $15 an hour. That will help not just minimum-wage workers. It will have a rippling effect, raising everyone's wages. And while we are at it, let's raise another significant part of everyone's compensation package. Let's raise Social Security.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

Rudy López | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Rudy López

Workers across low-wage industries have chosen to stand together to call for better working conditions, benefits and a living wage, the faith community is called to follow their courageous example.

Knowing Excel -- Yes, Microsoft Excel -- Is Crucial To Making More Money

Emily Peck | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business

Forget learning how to code. The tech skills required to get out of the low-wage workforce are actually a lot simpler. Knowing how to use basic softwa...

How Do We Restore the Promise of Work in America?

Maureen Conway | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Maureen Conway

Too often we begin with old assumptions about what government can accomplish or what business can do; we need to cast fixed ideas aside and remain open to learning from these examples, and many more, in order to find our way to restoring the promise of work.

2015 Holiday Wish List

William D. Chalmers | Posted 02.22.2015 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

When I was kid I wrote to Santa Claus every year. More or less, my Christmas wishes were usually fulfilled. Nowadays I make lists about my wishes as I travel the world. That list is long. Here is my 2015 holiday travel wish shortlist:

Early Childhood Educators Deserve a Living Wage

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Head Start programs are unique in the early childhood community in their focus on developing parents as teachers, partners, and leaders - and, where appropriate, as early childhood staff.

Blessed Be the Housekeeping Staff

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

One of the true tests of a good college is how they treat their workers, and certainly a decent indicator of that is how the lowest paid workers fare in contrast to the highest paid administrators.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

This Is Scott Walker's Idea Of A Living Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Linda Branch, a 50-year-old personal care worker in Milwaukee, works 20 hours a week making $11 an hour, or around $400 every two weeks....

The War Over Wages, City by City

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The gridlock in Washington - where Congress hasn't boosted the federal minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour, since 2009 - has catalyzed a growing movement in cities and states. Nineteen states now have minimum wages over $7.25 an hour.

Who Will NYC's New Living Wage Policy Benefit Most?

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business

New York City's new wage hike is much-needed relief in a city beset by skyrocketing living costs and mounting income inequality. But for many families...

Labor Secretary Dodges Questions About Succeeding Eric Holder

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, regarded as a possible contender to fill the shoes of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, remained quiet as to whethe...

Bill de Blasio, Adam Smith and the Living Wage Movement

Richard Brodsky | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There's a lot more to living wage proposals than emotional appeals to help working families and reaction to corporate welfare. Increasing wages will increase spendable income, which will increase demand, which will increase economic activity that benefits everyone. It's anti-austerity economics turned into a workable program.

Raising Most People's Wages

Robert Reich | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

GDP growth is less and less relevant to the wellbeing of most Americans. We should be paying less attention to growth and more to median household income.

The Invisible Hand Is in Your Pocket Now

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Llewellyn King

We are witnessing a vast change in the way we pay for things with tipping subsidizing companies, fees fattening airlines, banks and hotels against the interest - and often the foreknowledge - of the customer.

Poverty In America: Living on $7.28 Per Day

Joel John Roberts | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Seven dollars per day is not much. Forget buying a latte at Starbucks each morning. You would barely have enough money to eat afterwards. In fact, forget going out to eat. Period. The tip alone would eat up all of your daily allocation.

Walmart's Dress Code and the Cost of Low-Wage Work

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

The placement of cost burden on a new employee is a long-standing practice among employers who attract those with no choice but to accept low-wage work.

Workers Fight for Fair Wages and Will Win

Michael Stewart | Posted 11.11.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

On a cold November morning in 2012, some 200 fast food workers at places like McDonald's and Burger King started an improbable journey with a one-day strike at a handful of restaurants to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Grocery Store Theology: Market Basket, Labor Day, and Respecting the Worker

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

In my church, where prayer concerns are raised during worship by members of the congregation, the employees of Market Basket were raised up by non-employees. People across the political spectrum talked about refusing to shop out of solidarity for the workers.

$15: The New Eight-Hour Day

Jack Temple | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Jack Temple

When 200 New York City fast-food workers walked off their jobs in November 2012, their demand of $15 an hour seemed like a fantasy. But over the weekend, as more than 1,000 fast-food workers from 50 cities gathered in Chicago for the first-ever nationwide fast-food workers convention, the workers' call for $15 looked prescient.

Former Governor Tried To Live On The Minimum Wage For A Week, Ran Out Of Baloney

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ted Strickland tried to live on the minimum wage for a week, and it didn't go so well. "I didn’t make it," the former Democratic g...