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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.

The Threat of Just-in-Time Scheduling

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

One of the most unnoticed labor trends in the past few decades has been the rise of "just-in-time scheduling," the practice of scheduling workers' shifts with little advance notice that are subject to cancelation hours before they are due to begin.

4 Reasons Why New Jobs Are Paying Less

Gene Marks | Posted 10.15.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So there are more jobs. But they're paying less. I'd frankly rather pay my existing people a little more to get things done in order to avoid hiring a new person at a higher wage. This is why new jobs added since the recession are not paying well.

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 ...

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.

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...

Even These People Think It's Time To Raise The Minimum Wage, Pt. 2

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

As Republicans in Congress continue to block each and every effort to raise the minimum wage, more and more powerful people have come out in support o...

Dave Jamieson

Amazon Warehouse Workers Barely Have Time To Eat Lunch: Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Business

A new batch of Amazon warehouse workers sued the online retailer in federal court last week, claiming the company's workplace policies don't leave the...