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Living Wage, Will You Be My Valentine?

Richard Fowler | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Richard Fowler

As we celebrate another Valentine's Day, let's take a moment to think about who is preparing those chocolates, cutting those flowers, and waiting your table. In all likelihood, those individuals are making less than a living wage.

Kathleen Miles

California Considers Highest Minimum Wage Of Any State

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

California may soon require the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill Monday to raise th...

De Blasio Wants Corporate Welfare Queens To Pay Living Wage

Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

New York City's new mayor, Bill DeBlasio, has had enough of big corporations taking advantage of the city's welfare system by paying notoriously low w...

Cities Tackle Inequality

David Morris | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
David Morris

A growing number of cities are moving into the power vacuum left by a dysfunctional Washington and too-cautious state governments to tackle inequality.

Why Costco?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Peter Dreier

On Wednesday, on the heels of his landmark State of the Union speech about income inequality, President Barack Obama will be touring a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland. Why Costco and not Walmart, which is a much bigger and better-known discount retailer?

No One Can Live on $7.25 an Hour

Kurt A. Gardinier | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Kurt A. Gardinier

Minimum wage workers are no longer kids flipping burgers in the summer for some spending money. These are people trying to live. Many of them are trying to support themselves and their families, and they can't do it on $7.25 an hour.

It's Class Warfare, Stupid!

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Republicans have begun their campaign to regain the Senate in the 2014-midterm elections. So far, they've emphasized negative ads about Obamacare. If this tactic falters, the GOP will fall back on the same lies they used in the 2012 presidential election.

Walmart Day Parade. Anyone?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Richard Zombeck

We're finally having a discussion about income inequality and the enormous disparity in wealth in this country. Is it really a surprise to anyone that Walmart is the go-to example of what's wrong in this country?

Kathleen Miles

LA Considers Highest Minimum Wage In U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Los Angeles may soon require the highest minimum wage in America. In the coming weeks, three city council members plan to introduce a motion to rai...

Do You Earn a Living Wage?

Abhi Nangia | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

A toast is in order. A toast to everyone fortunate enough to earn a living wage. Here's a toast to complacency. Yes, complacency. Why am I writin...

Judy Wicks Threatens to Give Business a Good Name

John Locke Goss | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
John Locke Goss

I was recently invited into the cozy Philadelphia row home of one of the great entrepreneurial minds and hearts of my generation. By almost any measur...

Shopping Free or Slave? Nelson Mandela and Freedom as a Choice

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

This holiday season, I am wondering if it is possible to feel good about the workers in our "free trade" world. I was picked up and driven to the trai...

What Really Matters

Robin Hardman | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Robin Hardman

How we treat people matters. No one should be paid too little to live on. No one should risk losing everything, living in misery or dying unnecessarily because of a lack of affordable medical treatment.

Living Wage

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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$15 Minimum Wage Referendum To Appear On March Primary Ballots

Posted 12.19.2013 | Chicago

When Chicago voters head to the polls to vote in next March's primary election, some of them will encounter a question that's been the subject of many...

It's Not OK That Your Employees Can't Afford to Eat

Peter Cappelli | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Peter Cappelli

If you are a member of the board of directors of a company that pays its workers so little that they need government subsidies to survive, isn't that a little embarrassing?

A Bit of Nuance on the Minimum Wage

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

It is wrong to aver that moderate minimum wage increases do not lead to any losses of jobs or hours by affected workers. But the benefits of the wage increase leave them better off, on net.

One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains

Robert Reich | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

No politician wants to mention "redistribution" because it conjures up images of worthy "makers" forced to hand over hard-earned income to undeserving "takers." But as low-wage work proliferates in America, so-called takers are working as hard if not harder than anyone else, and often at more than one job.

'Thinking Globally, Acting Locally' In the Minimum Wage Fight

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Something is happening. It's beginning to look as if the fight for a livable minimum wage might -- just might -- alter our political future.

Recognize, Reward and Reduce McJobs This Thanksgiving

Raj Patel | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
Raj Patel

This Thanksgiving, after recognizing the work, and acting to reward it, it'll be time to start talking about what 'reducing' McJobs might look like. A living wage? The end of Big Food?

The Mythology of the Minimum Wage

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Raise the minimum wage and combat poverty! That sounds like a great idea, but... not so fast. As it turns out, increasing the minimum wage actually hurts the working poor, is a windfall for affluent families, and raises the barriers facing the unemployed.

Working Poor This Thanksgiving

Rebecca Smith | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business
Rebecca Smith

Thanksgiving is one of our most treasured national holidays. But while most of us will spend it sitting down to a sumptuous dinner in the company of our loved ones, some of us will be stocking shelves and working the shop floor.

Target -- The Emperor Has No Clothes!

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

Many so-called "blue states" welcome Target with open arms while shunning Walmart for their anti-worker practices. So this begs the question -- is Target really any better? Is this line of thinking justified?

Working People in Small Washington Community Take Living Wage Directly to Voters

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In the city of SeaTac, which surrounds the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, something special is happening.

Crapping Out in New York: A Better Way

Dave Colavito | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Dave Colavito

Taxpayers don't need casinos, but some private investors -- and politicians in receipt of their largesse -- want them. That's because casinos offer a level of certainty afforded to no other business in NYS -- the guarantee that comes from the mathematical certainty of house odds.