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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.

Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage Now

Ben Mangan | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Ben Mangan

This notion that opportunity should follow hard work is at the heart of the American economic ethos. While I believe in the power of markets, I also believe that the current minimum wage fails to meet a basic standard of reasonableness, and violates American values.

Dave Jamieson

'Disaster In The Making': Working Poor Losing Faith In Promise Of Mobility

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's working poor value the work they do and have high hopes for their children's futures -- even though most believe it's now easi...

Living Wage Now!

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Hard-working Americans from coast-to-coast have stood up to their corporate bosses in the trucking, warehouse, fast-food and retail sectors. They are demanding fair treatment. And the battle has just begun.

'Whose Banquet Is it Anyway?' (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

Shanell T. Smith | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion
Shanell T. Smith

What if America was a banquet, and at this banquet the servings were fair wages, just trials, civil rights and liberties, but offered by invitation only? According to those who "March(ed) on Washington," this was exactly the case.

We Cannot Build a Strong, Equitable Economy on Low-Paying Jobs

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

What started out last fall as a one-day walkout at fast-food restaurants to protest poverty-level wages and stand up for basic human dignity has transformed into a movement that has captured the public interest.

What Does Equality Mean?

John O'Kane | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
John O'Kane

There's no question that many are down on socialism, or most any other "foreign" ism. But few can have a grasp of what it is. They must be driven by a media-stoked fear of the unknown since the alignment of power in this country now is far from socialistic.

Why the Strike Is Back

Camille Rivera | Posted 10.05.2013 | New York
Camille Rivera

The purchasing power of minimum wage workers is 26 percent lower than it was in 1970, and low-wage jobs are the fastest-growing occupations in New York City, with the number of workers being paid minimum wage increasing ten-fold over the past six years.

Dave Jamieson

Working Poor Falling Further Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If there's an economic recovery going on, Elizabeth Castillo hasn't seen the fruits of it. Castillo, 58, works as a home health aide in El Paso, Te...

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

And you thought the government didn't have a jobs program. It does. The problem is that the pay and benefits are lousy, and in many cases the working conditions ain't so great either.

Arthur Delaney

Black Unemployment Drives 'Perpetual, Slow-Moving Recession'

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. BRYANS ROAD, Md. -- Tatia Pritchet...

Dave Jamieson

Low-Wage Work Getting Lower And Lower

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Workers in low-wage industries have lost a greater share of their inflation-adjusted income during the economic recovery than better-pai...

'Living Paycheck to Paycheck Would Represent an Improvement'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

It's time to raise the minimum wage and to ensure all hardworking Americans are adequately and fairly compensated so no hardworking person has to choose between heating their home and having transportation to work.