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Low Wages

Emily Swanson

No Dignity In Low Wages, Poll Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Paul Ryan says the government safety net may protect Americans from the vicissitudes of life, but that handouts leave people unfulfille...

It's Time to Raise the Wage

Camille Rivera | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Camille Rivera

We at UnitedNY are urging the State Legislature to let high-cost areas around the state lift fast food, airport, car wash and other low-wage workers out of poverty and into the middle class through local wage authorization.

It's Truly Terrifying That Some Pilots Earn Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business

The next time you're flying in an airplane consider this: The person operating the aircraft might not be making much more than the person who made the...

'I'm Afraid I'm Going To Lose Everything'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

Alicia Payton is a 31-year-old mother of two from Gaylord, Mich. Last Wednesday she told HuffPost she'd recently earned a promotion at her retail job ...

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 ...

Wage Growth Is At 50-Year Lows, Fueling The Corporate-Profit Boom

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

We all know American wages are too low and growing too slowly. But it took Goldman Sachs, of all things, to point out just how historically bad wage g...

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...

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.

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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Ralph Nader: 'Dollar General's Treatment Of Low­-Wage Workers Is Shameful'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader sent a withering letter to the chief executive of Dollar General on Mond...

Doing the Math on Walmart: Average Take-Home Pay Barely Covers the Basics

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Grossman

After paying for housing, utilities, transportation, food -- and Walmart's most basic health insurance -- a single person living in a relatively low-cost community would have about $395.50 to cover the rest of the month's expenses; a parent with a 6-year-old, about $143.10.

One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains

Robert Reich | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

No politician wants to mention "redistribution" because it conjures up images of worthy "makers" forced to hand over hard-earned income to undeserving "takers." But as low-wage work proliferates in America, so-called takers are working as hard if not harder than anyone else, and often at more than one job.

A New Day, New York

Camille Rivera | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Cutting across every demographic, in every neighborhood, New Yorkers chose to elect true progressives to every citywide office and to the City Council.

Dave Jamieson

It's Official: Workers Win $15 Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

It appears the ayes have it. After weeks of careful ballot counting, officials in Washington state on Tuesday certified the results in a potentiall...

McDonald's Tells Workers To Take Vacations Many Can't Afford

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 11.21.2013 | Business

McDonald's is encouraging its workers to take time off to stay healthy, even as many of them can't afford to take that advice. The fast food giant'...

The 10 Companies Paying Americans The Least

24/7 Wall Street | Michael B. Sauter, Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander E.M. Hess | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business

24/7 Wall Street: This summer, thousands of fast-food workers in the United States went on strike in cities across the country, demanding their wages ...

The Minimum Wage Should Be Raised

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Raising the minimum wage would pump billions of dollars of consumer spending into the American economy. And unlike the vast government subsidies to businesses, this would be at no cost to taxpayers.

Emily Cohn

McDonald's Tells Worker She Should Sign Up For Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Cohn | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business

McDonald's workers struggling to get by on poverty wages should apply for food stamps and Medicaid. That's the advice one activist McDonald's worke...

How to Reverse the Increasing Reliance of Low-Wage Workers On Billions in Aid and Restore Economic Growth

Gary Reber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

The low wages paid to fast-food workers are costing taxpayers $7 billion a year in public assistance, according to a study released October 15, 2013 b...

Another Worker Strike Hits Walmart

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Business

Workers at a Walmart store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., walked off the job Friday morning in protest of management, demanding that they be given full-tim...

Unethical Academia: The Next Front for Low-Wage Worker Uprising?

Maria Maisto | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Maria Maisto

Recently, the tragic story of Margaret Mary Vojtko went viral. Although she had taught at Duquesne for 25 years, it was reported that Vojtko died nearly penniless and without health benefits. Sadly, her situation is not uncommon.

Jillian Berman

Study: McDonald's Low Wages Cost Taxpayers $1.2 Billion Per Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.18.2013 | Business

The fast food industry’s low wages are costing us all, new research finds. Taxpayers are shelling out $1.2 billion a year to help pay workers at ...

Assessing the Value of a College Degree?

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Now in its second week, Washington is no closer to ending the government shutdown. Prior to the shutdown there had been some heated conversation about...

Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.