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How The Fight For $15 Could Affect Your Kids

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business

It was a triumphant day for low-wage workers' Fight for $15 campaign. Hundreds of marches in cities across the country on Tuesday were...

Deflation: No Upside for the 99 Percent

John Weeks | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
John Weeks

The most recent statistics indicate that the general price level is declining in Britain. Even though measured rates of inflation have been quite low since the 2008 crash, negative inflation - deflation - is a rather rare phenomenon for the UK.

The Life and Death of an Amazon Warehouse Temp

HuffPost Highline | Raillan Brooks | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business

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...

Despite Deal, Resistance to TPP Grows in All Corners

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Protesters warned about the problems the Pacific Rim trade deal could bring to people around the world. Whether it's jobs being shipped overseas and wages being driven down in the U.S., medicine prices going through the roof, more pollution or unsafe food and products heading to our shores as a result of this bad trade deal, that wasn't enough to sway TPP negotiators.

10 Charts That Prove Americans Want Companies To Do Better

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business

Americans have high expectations for corporations. As the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal shows, a firm's reputation is tied deeply to c...

Three Rules of Thumb to Raise Wages and Reduce Inequality

Sabina Dewan | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Case studies from Brazil to China, from the United States to Germany, reveal that to square higher wages and competitiveness, governments must adhere to three rules of thumb.

From Receptionists to Rocket Scientists, MANPOWER Undermines Higher Wages

Mary Bottari | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

In 2013, a U.S. Senate committee exposed the fact that too many federal contractors are violating federal wage laws and health and safety standards, yet continue to profit off of U.S. taxpayers with repeat contracts.

China's Currency Manipulation Should Serve As A Warning About TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

At a time when income inequality is running rampant in the U.S., workers don't need even more "free" trade agreements that will further strip this nation's economy of middle-income jobs.

The Non-Madness of the Minimum Wage

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Low-wage workers around the country have sparked a movement for large minimum wage increases for a reason. And their proposed increases are phased in gradually over several years. It might behoove some of those commenting from the sidelines to stop calling them crazy.

No-Vacation Nation: Does the U.S. Government Care About American Workers?

Marina Peña | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
Marina Peña

Around summer time, many Americans look forward to a week off from work where they can unwind and spend time with their families. Yet, the reality of taking a vacation while employed is that one in four U.S. workers don't receive paid time off.

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.

The Shadows of the Confederacy

John R. Burbank | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Taking down the confederate flag is a constructive and symbolic financial decision for most corporations. Actually ceding power and income to workers, to pay taxes for education for all, to negotiate with workers as equal partners, those acts will be much harder to achieve.

Remembering the Lockout: Valarie Long on How Alaska Airlines Can Do Better for Communities

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Mary Kay Henry

Ten years ago today, Alaska Airlines ramp workers were removed from their jobs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) and replaced by wor...

Now Is the Time for a Living Wage Law in America

Fred Lundgren | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

If you oppose a living wage law, I suggest you take the minimum wage challenge for one year. Try to live on a minimum wage for one year and then let's talk again. I'll bet your opinion will change.

Protesters Take Part In Nationwide Rally For $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business

See photos from the demonstrations.

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.

The Invisibility of Class, and the Hegemony of Conservative Ideas, in Contemporary America

David Coates | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
David Coates

The underlying centrality of class to the nature of our contemporary economic and social condition continues to go largely unacknowledged. It is an acknowledgment that is now long overdue.

Why Wegmans Is America's Favorite Supermarket

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business

Customers love the freshness of its products. But that's not all...

McDonald's Is Raising Wages For Some Workers

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business

McDonald's is finally giving some of its workers a raise. The fast-food giant on Wednesday announced plans to give employees a 10 percent pay bump ...

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.

Jobless Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent -- Why Be So Unhappy?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Harlan Green

Job creation in October marked the ninth straight month the economy has added 200,000 jobs or more, a feat last accomplished in 1994. The U.S. has created some 2.3 million jobs this year and is on track for the biggest gain in almost a decade.

Company Finds Out The Hard Way It's Illegal To Pay $1.21 An Hour In America

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business

This takes egregiously low wages to a whole new level. A Silicon Valley company that digitizes images said Thursday that an "administrative error" ...

'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...

Walmart's Dress Code and the Cost of Low-Wage Work

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

The placement of cost burden on a new employee is a long-standing practice among employers who attract those with no choice but to accept low-wage work.

Workers Fight for Fair Wages and Will Win

Michael Stewart | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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.