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Low Wage Workers

Enjoy Your Day Off For Labor Day (Unless You're A Low-Wage Worker)

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.05.2016 | Politics

Labor Day is a time to celebrate the U.S. labor movement and all its hard-won victories ― including holidays, like Labor Day itself. And yet nearly ...

Waiters Score Big Win Against Industry Effort To Pocket Their Tips

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.18.2016 | Business

Pam Walter took a job as a banquet server at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula, Montana, in 2006. At first, she was paid an hourly wage plus a share o...

Raise the minimum wage – it’s good for Colorado

Elizabeth Owens | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Owens

Full-time minimum wage workers in Colorado take home less than $300 per week — not nearly enough to cover rent, pay bills and put food on the table....

A Mother's Day Wish for Moms in Poverty

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

It isn't that poor moms and dads aren't willing to work -- it's that the economy offers them so few opportunities to prosper from hard work and that safety net programs are inadequate to supplement low wages or provide for those who cannot work.

Here's How A $15 Minimum Wage Could Change California

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business

Minimum wage activists just took a giant step toward victory in California. The state's legislature will take up a proposal to increase the minimum wa...

Democrats Roll Out Plan To Tackle Wage Theft

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics

Democrats in Congress say it's time to crack down on wage theft. On Wednesday, three lawmakers introduced a proposal aimed at discouraging unscrupulou...

'Middle-class' Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

Renee Fenderson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Renee Fenderson

With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that's not the full story.

Worker Justice on Display in D.C. This Weekend

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

The two-day conference that begins Friday in the nation's capital brings together 600 activists, organizers, worker-leaders, and students from around the country and the world. The conference's three plenary sessions are centered on the progressive ideals of building and sustaining movements, innovation and ending racial injustice.

The Senate Has Plenty Of Racial Diversity, But Not The Kind You Brag About

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To a casual observer, the halls of Congress look pretty white. But according to Anthony Thomas, people of color abound there, so long as...

A Progressive Vision of Globalization

Mike Lux | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Mike Lux

It is precisely because we can't stop globalization that we should have more rules in place to protect working families, not just here in America, but all over the world. And for those who suggest that it isn't possible, be clear on one thing: They are saying this to help the big businesses who exploit those workers.

WATCH: How Companies Can Better Care For Low-Wage Workers

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact

In order for low-wage workers to achieve workplace wellness, they need to be paid decently. But that's not the only requirement. In the video above, w...

The New York Times Calls For $15 Minimum Wage Nationwide

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.28.2015 | Media

The New York Times called on Congress to pass a national minimum wage of $15 an hour in an editorial Saturday. “Sooner or later, Congress has to set...

Career Hacking Villages. Fast-Tracking to a $70k+ Wage

Maria Popo | Posted 12.15.2015 | Education
Maria Popo

Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, recently made the controversial decision to transition all employees to $70k minimum annual salaries. The boost ca...

Innovative Community Organizations Lead New Efforts to Build Family Economic Security

Carla Thompson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Carla Thompson

Ensuring parents are financially stable sets children on a better path to success. And we know that focusing on two generations simultaneously enables children and families to succeed together.

Thousands Of Workers Who Were Shorted On Overtime Pay Are Headed To The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

Workers who band together to sue their employers over wage theft or discrimination are about to have their biggest day in court in years. On Tuesday, ...

The People Taking Care of Our Kids Are Some Of America's Lowest Paid Workers

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business

The people taking care of America's children are some of the lowest-paid workers in the country, according to a study published Thursday by the Econom...

Another City Is Raising Its Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Residents of Tacoma, Washington, are ready to raise the minimum wage -- just not too quickly. Voters in the city of 200,000 appear to have approved a ...

Portland, Maine, Rejects $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

In a rare setback for living wage activists, voters in Portland, Maine, shot down a $15 minimum wage proposal on Tuesday, voting against a ballot meas...

The Life And Death Of An Amazon Warehouse Temp

HuffPost Highline | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

On Jan. 18, 2013, as the sun went down, Jeff Lockhart Jr. got ready for work. He slipped a T-shirt over his burly frame and hung his white work badge ...

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

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.01.2016 | 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 09.21.2016 | 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 09.06.2016 | 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 08.28.2016 | 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 07.09.2016 | 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 06.19.2016 | 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.