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Low Wage Workers

5 Ways Nail Salon Workers are Winning: Victory in New York State Legislature

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 06.19.2015 | New York
Charlene Obernauer

As the New York State legislative session extends indefinitely, nail salon workers and advocates are celebrating perhaps the biggest victory for low-wage workers this legislative session.

What's the Matter With Indiana?

Steve Early | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Steve Early

In recent years, Indiana has become a "red state" disaster area for labor, one of several in the Midwest that used to be more "blue." The hostile environment for public employee unions has now enveloped unionized workers in manufacturing and the building trades.

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Go After Jimmy John's And Amazon

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chiding companies such as Jimmy John's and Amazon.com, Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would forbid employers from req...

It's Time to Re-invest in Our Kids

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 06.03.2015 | Education
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

As the school year is coming to a close, access to affordable early education and child care is still on the mind of many parents. More than 23,000 children from across Massachusetts are being left behind, sitting on waitlists for enrollment in quality early education and out-of-school time care programs during this most critical stage of their development.

My Take on the Minimum Wage

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Gregory P. Demetriou

Minimum wage jobs are supposed to be minimum wage for a reason. You have to move on from there. At a minimum wage job you learn to show everyday, how to take direction and with a little ambition identify that there are many more possibilities for you in the workforce besides the lowest rung on the ladder.

Ryan Grim

This Bernie Sanders Idea Treats All Workers Like They're Real People

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) launched his presidential campaign in Burlington, Vermont, Tuesday, ticking off a list of well-known progressive reforms h...

Dave Jamieson

How Low-Wage Workers Get Hosed On Memorial Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Each year, on the last Monday of May, millions of Americans ditch work to hit the beach, light up the barbecue or catch a ballgame in ho...

Grand Theft Automated

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Exposés like the Times' series on nail salon workers, and the other investigative research that came before it, can help shift consciousness. But what's also required is a power shift. A true transformation will require a broad social movement with the power to bring government back on the side of working families.

Dave Jamieson

Elizabeth Warren Urges Obama To Join The Fight For $15

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Fight for $15 labor movement has found some high-profile allies in the U.S. Senate, and now they're asking President Barack Obama to...

New SEC CEO Pay Rule Gets Low Marks

Sarah Anderson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

In my more than two decades of work on runaway executive pay, sparking public outrage has never been the problem. The real challenge has been persuading the public there's something we can do about it.

6 Key Facts Everyone Should Know About the Federal Court Case for Home Care Workers

Robert Espinoza | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Espinoza

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments on whether the Labor Department has the authority to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to workers who provide home care assistance to elders and people with disabilities. This federal court case affects all of us.

Dave Jamieson

Obama And Democrats Raise Their Minimum Wage Proposal To $12

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With fast-food workers going on strike and local governments raising their wage floors, Democrats in Congress have decided their stalled...

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation on the Fight for $15 with Saru Jayaraman

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Saru explains why the food industry, despite being one of the most profitable industries in the country, pays its workers such low wages -- the federal tipped minimum wage, for example, which goes to workers who are expected to receive tips (like servers in restaurants), is still just $2.13 per hour.​

Obama's Next Action: Empowering Low Wage Federal Workers

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The sad reality is that the United States government remains the country's largest low wage job creator. All those Senators tromping through New Hampshire promising to rebuild the middle class are part of a Congress that doesn't pay the workers who serve them enough to lift a family out of poverty.

Dave Jamieson

How Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 Changed These Workers' Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

SEATAC, Wash. -- In late 2013, voters in this airport town outside Seattle narrowly approved a groundbreaking measure setting a minimum wage of $15 pe...

6 Of The Fastest-Growing Jobs In America Pay Low Wages

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business

Retailers and policymakers are finally hearing workers’ call for wage hikes, but it may be a little too late.

#BlackWorkMatters: 'It's A Fight For The Dignity Of Workers'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices

Police brutality is not the only issue concerning black lives in America. #BlackLivesMatters is a hashtag that has taken the Internet by storm and ...

This Union Is Spending Big With Hopes Of Improving The Plight Of Low-Wage Workers

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

By Nathan Layne and Lisa Baertlein April 15 (Reuters) - Tens of millions of dollars and counting. That's how much the Service Employee...

Low Wages Cost U.S. Taxpayers $153 Billion A Year

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business

153 billion reasons to raise wages.

Dave Jamieson

Jimmy John's 1, The Little Guy 0

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business

The use of restrictive noncompete agreements with low-wage workers may have made a laughingstock of Jimmy John's last year, but so far the sandwich ch...

Dave Jamieson

Some Federal Workers Claim They Were Shorted On Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of D.C. workers employed under federal contracts filed a complaint with the Labor Department on Wednesday alleging that they've ...

Income Support Programs and Low-Wage Work

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Getting the size of support programs right requires discarding fuzzy thinking and focusing on the both the benefits and the costs of making work more expensive.

Ben Walsh

Seattle's Wage Hike Reminds Us A $9 Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

Minimum wages have been rising across the U.S. lately. Seattle just reminded us that many of those raises aren't nearly enough.

WMC Spends $600,000 to Demote Chief Justice as Criminal Probe of Walker Campaign Looms

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), Wisconsin's premier lobby for corporate tax breaks and low-wage jobs, has unleashed a $600,000 ad blitz to strip Wisconsin's independent chief justice of her title just as the Wisconsin Supreme Court prepares to take up the "John Doe" criminal probe of Scott Walker and the special-interest groups that defended him against recall in 2012.

Dave Jamieson

Filipinos Say They Worked For $3 Per Hour As U.S. Guestworkers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

Eleven Filipino bakery workers say they were lured to the U.S. by the promise of high wages to support their poor families back home. Instead, they cl...