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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.

Dave Jamieson

Biden Skewers Minimum-Wage Fearmongers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a speech Tuesday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Vice President Joe Biden mocked conservatives wh...

Dave Jamieson

Wage Theft Alleged At Major Federal Building

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Workers at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center filed a complaint with the Labor Department on Monday alleging a sl...

Mark Gongloff

Why Wall Street Is To Blame For The Lousy Job Market

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business

Having a hard time finding a decent-paying job? Thank Wall Street. In a New York Times column on Tuesday, Bruce Bartlett, former economic advisor t...

Dave Jamieson

Janitors Strike At Target Stores

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business

The way Bonifacio Salinas sees it, cleaning a Target store in downtown Minneapolis isn't a whole lot different from cleaning Target's corporate headqu...

Mark Gongloff

U.S. Suffers Biggest Pay Drop On Record, As Workers Squeezed Tighter

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business

The economic "recovery" just keeps getting worse for the average worker: U.S. employers squeezed their employees even harder than usual in the first q...

Arthur Delaney

Low-Wage Strikes Come To Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tyrika Meade started working at the sunglass stand in Union Station six weeks ago. She said she earns $8.25 an hour on an irregular sche...

Stand With Low-Wage Workers

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

We have everything to gain by supporting men and women who are putting a human face on the statistics about growing inequality in America. We all lose because the polarization of wealth threatens our economy and our democracy.

Goodwill Minimum Wage Loophole Will Shock You

John Hrabe | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business
John Hrabe

A majority of Goodwill entities in the United States pay people with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage, while these same Goodwills simultaneously spend tens of millions of dollars per year on executive compensation and travel-related expenses.

Mark Gongloff

Half Of All Jobs Created In The Past 3 Years Were Low-Paying: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

You might think the job market is awful, but that's only because you're hung up on trivialities like "money." If you can just learn to do without a li...

Saki Knafo

The Grease Trap: KFC And The Working Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

The Kentucky Fried Chicken where Joseph Barrera works stands at a busy intersection in the working-class Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, down ...

A Pathway to Citizenship Should Create a Pathway to Workplace Protections

Victor Narro | Posted 06.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Victor Narro

The nexus between a pathway to citizenship and workplace protections must not be through an employment verification system. This did not work in 1986 with IRCA's employer sanction laws and it will not work today.

Dave Jamieson

Pain Under Bain: Retailer's Pay Rates Fall After Buyout

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

Ernest Hampson has been working at Guitar Center for six years, not a brief span in the world of retail. During that time, the 26-year-old Brooklyn re...

"Comp-Time" in a Real-time World

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Overtime pay is not just to be kind to workers. It also counteracts the absence of a federal statute that sets a ceiling on weekly work hours. What's to keep an employer from routinely asking for 70 hours and firing employees if they refuse?

Immigration Reform Alone Will Not End Workplace Violations

Victor Narro | Posted 04.08.2013 | Los Angeles
Victor Narro

History shows that citizenship alone will not lead to fair workplaces. It is up to us to change the course of history and put fair workplaces at the center of any policy, including immigration reform

Two People Corporate America and the GOP Should Listen to

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

We can expect that some of the folks Bair is criticizing will say that she hasn't had experience running a business. If so, what would they say in response to Craig Jelinek, who shares her concerns about growing wealth inequality in America?