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The Invisible Ceiling for the American Working Poor

Stephanie S. Brooks | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Stephanie S. Brooks

If I ever get a job where I'm paid a living wage, I will probably still volunteer at both the food pantry and thrift shop because the work they are doing really helps people, and nobody knows that better than I do.

Emily Swanson

No Dignity In Low Wages, Poll Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Paul Ryan says the government safety net may protect Americans from the vicissitudes of life, but that handouts leave people unfulfille...

The Rich Aren't Rich Because They Work Harder. They Work Harder Because They're Rich!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The path to financial stability is harder to navigate than it has been in almost a century. And yet, the 99 percent forge ahead unappreciated by the fortunate few who reap the profits and call themselves deserving.

Arthur Delaney

Pentagon Food Workers Accuse Contractor Of Retaliating Over Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A private food service contractor at the Pentagon has been accused of illegally retaliating against workers who went on strike to protes...

Workers Will Probably Still Be Getting Stiffed In 2014

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.27.2013 | Business

Ordinary Americans are paid too little considering the value of their labor, while CEOs are mostly overpaid, according to recent research. That's unli...

Here's Why Fast Food Workers Are Striking This Week

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.06.2013 | Business

Fast food workers earn a median wage of $8.90 per hour. That's slightly more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, but it's way ...

Fast Food Workers Expected To Walk Off The Job In 100 Cities Today

AP | By CANDICE CHOI and SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for highe...

Big Banks Don't Pay A Third Of Tellers Enough To Live On: Study

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

A staggering number of bank tellers in New York City use public assistance to get by, a report released Wednesday found. Thirty-nine percent of N...

'Poor People Do Not Deserve to Have Children'

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
J. Mijin Cha

The greatest commonly shared story in this country is economic insecurity. If you think poor people don't deserve to have children, the problem is not SNAP or the people that rely on it to survive. The problem is you.

Arthur Delaney

Low-Wage Workers Protest Government Shutdown At WWII Memorial

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-wage workers followed members of Congress to the World War II Memorial on Wednesday to protest a federal government shutdown that ha...

Let's Just Rename It 'Labor Exploitation Day'

Martha Burk | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Our workers have suffered mightily in the last few years. The $7.25 minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009. And thanks to the latest corporate cheap trick, even that paltry sum has been further eroded.

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Rate Falls Thanks To Low-Wage Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.02.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent as 162,000 more Americans had jobs in July, the U.S. Labor Department announced Friday. Ri...

Jillian Berman

LOOK: The Faces Of This Week's Fast Food Worker Walkouts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

Hundreds of fast food workers in New York City, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and other cities are walking off their jobs this week, demanding higher wa...

'Living Paycheck to Paycheck Would Represent an Improvement'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

It's time to raise the minimum wage and to ensure all hardworking Americans are adequately and fairly compensated so no hardworking person has to choose between heating their home and having transportation to work.

Jillian Berman

WHO Employs More Low-Wage Workers Than Walmart And McDonald's Combined?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Lucila Ramirez, 55, has been cleaning the bathrooms and tables at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station for 21 years. Despite her long record of service,...

Saki Knafo

The Grease Trap: KFC And The Working Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

The Kentucky Fried Chicken where Joseph Barrera works stands at a busy intersection in the working-class Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, down ...

Arthur Delaney

Poverty Stalks The Suburbs

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- There's nothing Deidre Duffy would rather do than host a backyard barbecue for a few friends. "I don't want anything fancy,...

Happy Labor Day! Here Are America's Worst-Paying Jobs

Posted 09.03.2012 | Business

Hope you're all having a nice Labor Day weekend! But while enjoying the time off, shopping for mattresses or whatever, please take a moment to remembe...

The U.S. Is Number One In A Bad Area

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business

It's not always great to be number one. Out of all OECD countries, the U.S. had the highest share of employees toiling away at low-wage work in 20...

Dave Jamieson

Dem Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days For All

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Thursday included a litany of measures aimed at boosting income for low-wage worke...

The Food Network Broke My Heart

Martha Burk | Posted 01.27.2012 | Home
Martha Burk

The Food Network's popular reality series Chopped departed from its standard lineup of contestants this past week to feature an unusual group of chefs: lunch ladies.