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Working It: The Activist Art Magazine Fueling Labor Rights for Strippers and Other Sex Workers

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Katherine Koster

It's a Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before her domestic violence hotline shift begins, and Matilda Bickers has put out the final call for submissions to the fall version of Working It, a Portland-based quarterly by, about, and for sex workers.

On the Minimum Wage, Santorum Has It Right

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Some commentators were surprised to hear this coming from the Republican debate stage. And that's too bad. The media continues to falsely paint the minimum wage as a strictly partisan issue--and it's a gross misrepresentation.

This Labor Day, Stand With Working Women

Frida Berrigan | Posted 09.06.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

Job or not, this Labor Day, I stand with working women -- with Tracy and Raven and Adriana -- who are fighting for the most basic right of all: the right to have a life and make a living.

Higher Minimum Wage: A Crucial Tool for Lifting More Californians out of Poverty

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Toni G. Atkins

I look forward to California implementing the $10 minimum wage in January, and moving to increase the wage even further for 2017 and beyond to lift more California families out of poverty, boost local communities, and make sure everyone benefits from our state's economic prosperity.

Low-Wage Latino Workers Could Be Key to 2016 Election

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 07.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Two in five working Latinos would get a raise under the bill recently introduced in Congress by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour over five years.

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 | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chiding companies such as Jimmy John's and, 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...