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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: 'There's No Support' For Low-Wage Working Moms

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents

America is still "stuck in the 'Mad Men' era" in terms of supporting working mothers, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) told HuffPost Live on Monday. ...

Workers Fight for Fair Wages and Will Win

Michael Stewart | Posted 09.11.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

On a cold November morning in 2012, some 200 fast food workers at places like McDonald's and Burger King started an improbable journey with a one-day strike at a handful of restaurants to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Dave Jamieson

Hundreds Arrested As Fast-Food Workers Strike Across The Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About two dozen of this city's fast-food workers marched Thursday afternoon to a street corner that's home to a McDonald's, a Wend...

Dave Jamieson

Fast Food Strikes Coming To 150 Cities, Organizers Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business

If Irvin Ortega doesn't show up for his scheduled shift at an Oakland McDonald's this week, it will mark the third time in the past year and a half th...

Weary U.S. Workers Are Still Experiencing Hard Times

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. But for a growing set of U.S. workers, there is no break from trying to earn enough to support their families. Despite a dip in unemployment during the past few years, low pay continues to plague many employees while their corporate bosses rake in record profits.

Dave Jamieson

Wendy's Worker Says She Was Fired For Being Sick

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business

A 6-year veteran Wendy's worker in Alabama is alleging that management fired her for "job abandonment" while she was being treated for an ovarian cyst...

Dave Jamieson

How Obama Suddenly Became Pro-Worker

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In May 2013, low-wage workers in federal buildings in Washington began walking off the job in a series of one-day strikes. Employed by c...

Success and Continued Struggle for Airport Workers

Michael Stewart | Posted 08.08.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

Forty-six years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it was "criminal" that people working full-time jobs were making part-time pay. It is still true today -- and it's time that the hard-working men and women at the airports and elsewhere bring home enough money to support themselves and their families.

Christina Wilkie

Charles Koch Hijacks Martin Luther King Jr. To Pitch His Vision For America

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative billionaire Charles G. Koch laid out his prescription for reviving the American economy on Wednesday in an op-ed published ...

Low-Wage Workers Butt Heads with 21st Century Capital

Crossover Dreams | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Crossover Dreams

A few hundred ethnically diverse demonstrators filled a sunny afternoon with demands that fast-food chains pay a living wage.  

Dave Jamieson

The Minimum Wage Has Not Been Raised In 5 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For those who fear America is changing too fast, take heart in our minimum wage. It hasn't been going anywhere. As of Thursday, five ...

African American Women Disproportionately Suffer From the Wage Gap

Linda Meric | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

It's time for this country to value the work of women of color. It's time to offer equal pay for equal work.

Raising the Floor for Home Care Workers Is Critical to the Nation's Economic Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

In the decades to come, raising the floor for home care workers will become increasingly important. Unfortunately, many of those who take care of our most vulnerable - even full-time workers - are still in poverty.

Competition for Low-Wage Jobs Hurts Kids Looking for Summer Work

Gary Stein | Posted 09.01.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

High school kids have a far greater chance of having no summer job or even an after-school job than at any time in the recent past. They are being squeezed out of those jobs by college-age and older workers.

7 Companies That Aren't Waiting For Congress To Raise The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

Ikea workers scored a big victory Thursday when the purveyor of inexpensive Scandinavian furniture announced it's raising its minimum wage at all U.S....

White House Summit on Working Families Marks a 'New Movement'

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

In many ways the Summit, held on June 23rd, felt like a movement, a combination of a political pep rally and a church service with crowds of true believers jumping to their feet, calling out from the audience, and cheering.

Dave Jamieson

Some House Republicans Start To Wake Up On Wage Theft

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A growing number of House Republicans agree with their Democratic colleagues that the federal government needs to stop giving contracts ...

Beyond Summit, Sustained Focus Needed for Working Women and Families

Liz Shuler | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Liz Shuler

It's crucial that we help working families who are quickly falling further and further behind.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Moves On Minimum Wage Without Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

As part of the president's pledge to act with or without the cooperation of Congress, the White House and Labor Department on Thursday released the de...

Workers Are Rising -- and Winning

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

If you work hard, you should make enough to live a good life and provide a better one for your kids. That's a conviction worth fighting for and a sentiment that rings true for most people, not just in Seattle but everywhere.

Dave Jamieson

Target Hands A Big Victory To Store Janitors

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business

Following a string of strikes and protests held by low-wage workers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Minnesota-based retailer Target has agreed to insert ...

Political Power to the People

Camille Rivera | Posted 08.09.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Everybody talks about giving power to the people, but recent events in Albany give us hope that will truly happen in the coming months and beyond.

8 Companies That Owe Workers A Raise

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: With the stock market reaching new heights daily, companies’ profit margins at multi-decade highs, and falling unemployment, man...

Dave Jamieson

Meet The Socialist Behind Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

On Monday afternoon, as the Seattle City Council was poised to pass a historic minimum wage hike, Kshama Sawant wasn't quite ready to relish the immin...

Jillian Berman

Women In Sales Jobs Have To Work 103 Extra Days Per Year To Make As Much As Men

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

An industry that’s one of the largest employers of women and one of the fastest job creators in the country also has a huge pay gap. The average...