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Living Wage

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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...