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Low Wage Workers

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage Hike Could Lift 900,000 Out Of Poverty But Also Cost Jobs: CBO

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office released a report Tuesday concluding that the Democrats' proposal to raise the minimum wage would reduce...

Dave Jamieson

If In-N-Out Burger Pays $10 Per Hour, So Can McDonald's, Labor Secretary Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On a recent afternoon, Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez found himself getting a five-minute tutorial in paint-mixing at an Ace Hardware s...

5 Things That Obama Didn't Say During The State Of The Union

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.28.2014 | Business

President Obama got about one and a half hours to speak during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, but there are a few specifics he left out ...

Fewer Americans Than Ever Think They're Middle-Class

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.28.2014 | Business

As President Obama takes the stage Tuesday night to deliver his State of the Union address, he may want to be wary of appealing to the middle class, t...

Workers Are Going to Win Justice

Camille Rivera | Posted 03.29.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Nationally more than one in three airport workers lives in poverty and relies on public assistance to make ends meet. Outsourcing of baggage porter jobs more than tripled between 2002 and 2012, while wages dropped by 45 percent.

Arthur Delaney

Pentagon Food Workers Accuse Contractor Of Retaliating Over Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A private food service contractor at the Pentagon has been accused of illegally retaliating against workers who went on strike to protes...

Study Debunks Classic Argument About Low-Wage Workers

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Turns out that more education does not necessarily mean more pay. Low-wage workers are a lot more educated than they were nearly 50 years ago, but ...

Arthur Delaney

Pentagon Strikers Seek To Pressure Obama Before State Of The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jerome Hardy said he's cooked and cleaned at the Pentagon's Center Court Cafe for eight years and never received a raise. He makes $9 an...

Why We Need to Recognize America's Frontline Health Care Workers

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Despite performing important jobs, frontline workers in health care -- ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff -- typically earn less than $40,000 each year and may not be getting the support they need to advance in their careers.

Beyonce or Poverty: Which One Will Matter to Women 50 Years from Now?

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 03.15.2014 | Women
C. Nicole Mason

Although women have made tremendous gains in terms of labor force participation, access to higher education and hold more high profile positions in government and corporations than any time other time in our nation's history, they still remain at the bottom of the economic totem pole. The question is why?

Get TPP Off the Fast Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

The TPP will affect our laws, our jobs, our food and our environment. Fast track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, forces Congress to give up its right to amend and improve this trade deal for ordinary Americans.

Dave Jamieson

You Might Think Airport Jobs Aren't So Bad. Think Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

BALTIMORE -- Yaseen Abdul-Malik has spent the last seven years working at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. His friends and family often rem...

Are American Taxpayers Subsidizing McDonald's?

Jennifer Delaney | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Jennifer Delaney

Remember, next time you're ordering at the drive through, the person serving you has a better than 50/50 chance of needing some kind of public assistance funded by your tax dollars to survive, while the fast food company they work for pays low wages and turns a profit.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

In 2013, Low-Wage Workers' Frustration Led to Action; 2014 Will Be a Year of Change

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

The movement to transform low-wage jobs into jobs that can support a family is just getting started. Expect a lot more change in 2014.

Workers Will Probably Still Be Getting Stiffed In 2014

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.27.2013 | Business

Ordinary Americans are paid too little considering the value of their labor, while CEOs are mostly overpaid, according to recent research. That's unli...

Garment Worker Wage Movement Spreads

AP | Posted 12.26.2013 | Business

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Several thousand garment workers pressing for higher wages joined opposition activists in protests in Cambodia's capital...

This Is What It's Like To Work Full Time And Still Be Poor

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 12.25.2013 | Politics

When working hard simply is not enough. When you are told time and time again that you do not have the right qualifications for a job. When you are li...

Dave Jamieson

13 States Will Raise Their Minimum Wage For The New Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Minimum wage workers in a handful of states will be ringing in the new year with an automatic pay raise. As Congress considers legis...

More Than 1 In 10 Americans Who Work Full Time Are Still Poor

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A good job may be hard to find in this tepid recovery, but low-wage work still abounds. Whether it's washing dishes, serving Big Macs or folding sweat...

Dave Jamieson

Worker Who Reported Wage Theft In Capital Spared Deportation

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An undocumented worker who wound up in deportation proceedings after he accused his employer of wage theft has been granted permission t...

Dave Jamieson

Tea Party Rep: Fast-Food Workers Shouldn't Ask For Higher Wages

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On a conference call with reporters earlier this week, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said he doesn't support an increase in the federal m...

Most Of Us Fear 'American Dream' Is Dead, Want $10.10 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

The American Dream is dying and saving it may require some help from lawmakers, according to a significant share of Americans. About 64 percent of...

Telling Fast Food Workers To 'Get A Better Job' Is Nonsense, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.11.2013 | Business

Critics tell fast-food workers to stop complaining about their extremely low pay because that's just the reality of an entry-level job. Get a better j...

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Contractor To Shell Out $4.7M Over Wage Theft Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

A contractor that runs warehouses for Walmart has agreed to pay $4.7 million to settle allegations that it cheated workers out of wages, according to ...