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Nuisance or Catastrophe? How you Feel About Snow May Depend on Your Job

Robin Hardman | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

We all know what happens to kids in this situation -- Yippee! Snow days! But what about the grown-ups who are supposed to be working? What's their fate? As is so often the case, it depends quite a bit on the type of work they do.

Week to Week News Quiz for 2/20/15

John Zipperer | Posted 02.20.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Misbehavior by politicians is only one of the problems you'll see in our latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Brian Wi...

Dave Jamieson

How The Boss May Be Quietly Pocketing Your Server's Tips

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business

Laurie Zabawa says she'd been working at a Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Montana, for seven years when the owners outsourced the management of the hot...

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

Wealth: Legitimate and Illegitimate

Edward Corcoran | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Excessive wealth accumulation is the result of permissive conditions that allow and even promote it. Lobbying efforts and campaign contributions are major avenues of influence. But these ultimately depend on public acceptance of rationales which facilitate wealth accumulation.

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Urge Obama Not To Blow It On Major Pay Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concerned the White House may bend to Republicans and business groups, House Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to "make the bo...

Dave Jamieson

Warren: Economy Is 'Rigged' Against Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a celebrity assist from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the AFL-CIO union federation hosted what it billed as a national summit on...

Meet Four Working Moms Who Fought For Higher Wages In 2014

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business

Mothers struggling to get by on low wages made headlines in 2014. Some got in trouble for leaving their children in a car or on a playground while th...

Dave Jamieson

More States Than Ever Will Raise Their Minimum Wage On New Year's Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business

If you're a minimum wage earner and of drinking age, be sure to raise a glass when the ball drops Wednesday night. There's a decent chance you'll be g...

Dave Jamieson

What A Fired Qdoba Worker Tells Us About The Fast Food Strikes

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 4, Rosa Velasquez went on strike to protest low wages in the fast food industry. The following day, the 52-year-old grandmother ...

Jillian Berman

For Low-Wage Americans, The Holiday Season Is A Time To Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business

For many American workers, this is the time of year for tying up loose ends and taking it easy. For Simon Ting, this is the time of year for working h...

Dave Jamieson

Clarence Thomas Suggests Amazon Warehouse Workers Should Unionize

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court came down unanimously against a group of temporary workers in Amazon warehouses. The workers were required to under...

Jillian Berman

Fast Food Protesters Take To The Streets On 2-Year Anniversary Of Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business

"I’m the one who feeds my family, and even working two jobs, it’s not enough."

Dave Jamieson

Black Friday Protests Hit Walmart: 'Biggest Day Ever'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Dirk Rasmussen had Friday off and could have slept in if he wanted to. Instead, the Maryland resident and Teamster rose early and drove ...

Rebranding 'Flexibility'

Naomi Gerstel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Naomi Gerstel

Instead of greater freedom over our work and family lives, "flexibility" now often means that workers need to come in whenever the employer wants them and are sent home when demand is slack. Employers have adopted the language of "flexibility" but rebranded its meaning.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Kicking off the third consecutive year of protests, Walmart workers in six states have formally submitted strike notices to their bosses...

Dave Jamieson

A Groundbreaking New Law For Retail Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.25.2014 | San Francisco

Amid growing concern over erratic work schedules, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a first-of-its-kind law aimed at securing m...

Dave Jamieson

Doggy Day Care Chain Makes Pet Sitters Sign Outrageous Contract

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Last month, The Huffington Post revealed that Jimmy John’s sandwich shops subject their low-wage workers to stringent noncompete agree...

Dave Jamieson

This Map Shows Just How Out Of Touch Congress Is On The Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans want to raise the minimum wage, and they're done waiting around for Congress to do it for them. On Tuesday night, voters in...

Dave Jamieson

States Are Leaving Congress Behind On The Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress may be in no mood to hike the minimum wage, but four conservative-leaning states are poised to do it on their ow...

Vote for Paid Sick Days as a Basic Right

John Atlas | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
John Atlas

Whether you're an executive director of a law firm, or a healthcare worker, or an adjunct-minimum wage college teacher, or dishwasher, you should have a right to a few paid sick days to care of yourself, your kids or an elderly mom.

Next Time Someone Says Fast Food Isn't A Real Job, Remember This

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business

Fast food jobs are a very real segment of our economy.

Hot Topics in Work and Family Research

Judi Casey | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Judi Casey

As we celebrate National Work and Family Month, here's my view of the topic areas that are getting the most attention from the global community of work and family scholars.

'My Wages Are Too High For Help But Too Low To Let Me Get Ahead'

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

Amy Windish, 42, lives in Middletown, Pennsylvania, and works as a consultant for a medical device company. Windish told The Huffington Post she began...

Stop Protecting Walmart, Raise Workers' Wages

Michael Stewart | Posted 12.17.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

We must do more than just call Walmart out for their truly shameful practices. Without unions or government rules, companies like Walmart will never do the right thing.