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This Past Week's Progressive Scorecard

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is always good to remind ourselves that progressive change doesn't happen overnight, that most progress comes as steppingstone victories, and that setbacks are a normal part of the struggle for social justice. Social justice activists have to be marathon runners, not sprinters.

'Super Minimum' Wage May Be Coming Soon To D.C.

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 06.27.2013 | DC

A bill that would raise the minimum wage of employees at large retailers to $12.50 an hour cleared its initial hurdle at the D.C. Council meeting Wedn...

Eating at Whole Foods for Less Than $11 a Day

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Dorfman

I was chatting with my husband and he mentioned that he recently read 50 percent of people in this country used food stamps at some point during the l...

When Reality Sets in for Graduates

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

This new reality will have its own moments of elation, of course, but it will include the need for more hard work, more learning, more maturing and more personal and professional growth.

Why the Coming Battle to Increase the Minimum Wage is High Political Ground for Democrats

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The growing profits of some of the nation's largest corporations and wealthiest people in America result from the labor of people whose work is rewarded with poverty level wages. That makes no economic sense. And it's just plan wrong.

25 Ideas for LA's New Mayor Eric Garcetti

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

Garcetti didn't run for mayor just to be a caretaker. He promised more. He can build on some of the successes of his predecessor but also stake out new directions.

Not Going To The Caymans

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

If workers now earning $8 an hour inside warehouses or at fast-food counters manage to get more pay, they are not going to hide the extra money in the Cayman Islands or leave it to their heirs via elaborate trusts. They will go out and spend it almost immediately, boosting their local economies.

Madeline Janis: An Extraordinary Activist for the "Long Haul"

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Madeline Janis has used her remarkable talents to making democracy work for working people.

Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The need for home care workers is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Yet, low wages, long hours and no benefits will continue to drive more workers out of these important jobs. The tragic result will be more Americans with disabilities denied the services they need.

Mothering Our Mother Earth

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.09.2013 | Green
Toni Nagy

Sadly, humanity is taking advantage of our planet like an ungrateful teenager. Let's clean up our room and show our Mother Earth some respect.

Respecting Women With Equal Pay for Equal Work

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

As the nation marks Equal Pay Day -- the average date into 2013 women must work to make what men earned in 2012 -- we must recommit ourselves to closing the wage gap. Americans must be about respecting women in deeds, not just in words.

A Bad Deal for New York's Low-Wage Workers

Camille Rivera | Posted 06.04.2013 | New York
Camille Rivera

By their nature, compromise agreements don't make everybody happy, but the new minimum wage deal that cleared the State Legislature is a particularly lousy compromise.

'Hey, Hey! Ho, Ho! Minimum Wage Has Got To Go!'

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — Hundreds of fast food workers and supporters protested outside New York City restaurants Thursday to demand higher wages for their lo...

Dave Jamieson

Occupy The Cafe: How A Band Of Panera Bakers Hopes To Change The Restaurant Industry | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2013 | Business

Kathleen VonEitzen heads into work at 10 p.m. with a long night ahead of her. A trained baker, VonEitzen spends the evening and early morning hours cu...

POTUS Proposes an Increase in the Minimum Wage

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Clearly, in an economy where for decades growth has failed to reach our lowest wage workers, it's time to raise the wage floor to ensure that low-wage workers have a decent shot at a fair wage.

How Conscious Capitalism Can Save America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.21.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Those who espouse Darwinian capitalism call their approach "Economics 101." Well, having taken plenty of economics courses in my life, I can safely say that the Whole Foods approach not only conforms to the fundamentals of economics but is far superior to what the Darwinians have to offer.

A Country Without Labor Unions

David Macaray | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
David Macaray

In the 1950s, the U.S. was prosperous, optimistic and confident. Union membership was a staggering 35 percent. Today, we're not only struggling, we're polarized, pissed-off, overfed, underappreciated, pessimistic and wrapped too tight. Union membership barely moves the needle.

Minimum Wage, the Poverty Trap, and America's Imperative (Part II)

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Low wages, and the poverty that they foster, exact a heavy toll on our economy, and ultimately impact companies like Walmart themselves.

Walmart, the Elections and the Key to Democracy

Sarita Gupta | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Good jobs, where workers have collective bargaining rights, security and benefits that allow their families to enjoy a decent standard of living, are the cornerstone of building a strong economy. Yet Walmart's bottom line has no regard for the general well-being of a majority of Americans.

In the Absence of Federal Action, Some Voters Take Minimum Wage Issue Into Their Own Hands

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.07.2013 | Money
Ralph Nader

Americans across the country raptly waited as the results from the presidential election rolled in last night. Some election results that may have flown under the radar, however, were a few ballot measures in Albuquerque, San Jose, and Long Beach that would raise workers' minimum wage.

Fifteen Issues This Election Is Not About

Bill Quigley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Neither candidate was interested in arresting Osama bin Laden and having him tried in court. Neither candidate will declare they refuse to bomb Iran. Neither candidate is refusing to take huge campaign contributions from people and organizations.

My Parents Were Chicago Public School Teachers

Anne Sobel | Posted 11.19.2012 | Chicago
Anne Sobel

My mother and father were Chicago public school teachers for the entirety of their 30-year careers. I wish commentors offended by the suggestion teachers should get paid well could spend one day in a public school teacher's shoes.

Do America's Corporations Care How Much American Workers Earn?

Colin Gordon | Posted 11.03.2012 | Business
Colin Gordon

Despite worries about sagging consumer confidence and shrinking paychecks, business leaders seem unconcerned about the declining standard of living of middle class America, or about the growing number of American families slipping into poverty.

America Deserves a Raise

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 10.31.2012 | Money
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

There can be no better way to honor the American worker then to support an increase in the minimum wage to a living wage of at least $10 per hour. That would be one Happy Labor Day.

Pro-Choice and Pro-Labor and Therefore Truly Pro-Life

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

I am appalled by the rash of regressive legislation and proposed legislation that would restrict women's reproductive health choices. I am a feminist. And that makes me radically pro-life.