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Holding on to a Sliver of the American Dream

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In the 2012 presidential election, voters put forth a clear mandate: We want a more prosperous country, where everyone can work for a living, support their families and have a fair shot at a better life.

Dave Jamieson

Walter Reed's Low-Wage Janitors Working Without Pay | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.14.2012 | DC

Update: The Gazette reports that the workers received their checks late Tuesday. WASHINGTON -- Janitors and housekeepers who clean the Walter Reed ...

Apple's Low-Wage Path to America's Future

Jeff Faux | Posted 12.16.2012 | Technology
Jeff Faux

Walk into any Apple store today and you can see what's coming tomorrow. I don't mean the array of electronic gadgets laid out on the countertops; I mean the army of bright, ambitious, heavily indebted college graduates working for roughly $12 an hour.

Dave Jamieson

Disney Helps Kill Paid Sick Time Measure | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

Thanks largely to the pressure brought by the business lobby in Orange County, Fla., it appears the most magical place on earth won't include mandated...

Campus Workers' Wages: A Disgrace to Academe

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Pablo Eisenberg

Why are they so poorly valued and treated? Why have they become the "untouchables" of our higher-education caste system? The answer is complex. It is in part the result of our growing class divide, in which blue-collar and low-level service workers are granted little or no respect and are treated accordingly.

Happy Labor Day! Here Are America's Worst-Paying Jobs

Posted 09.03.2012 | Business

Hope you're all having a nice Labor Day weekend! But while enjoying the time off, shopping for mattresses or whatever, please take a moment to remembe...

Low-Paying Jobs Are Replacing Middle-Class Work

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.03.2012 | Business

Jobs that can sustain a middle-class lifestyle are disappearing, as low-wage jobs take their place, according to a new study by the National Employmen...

Why You're Not Getting A Raise

SmartMoney | Jonnelle Marte | Posted 08.16.2012 | Money

SmartMoney Didn’t get a raise this year? Blame inflation. American wages didn’t budge last month, according to Labor Department data release...

To End Poverty In America, We Need To Pay People Decent Wages

The New York Times | PETER EDELMAN | Posted 07.29.2012 | Business

Ronald Reagan famously said, “We fought a war on poverty and poverty won.” With 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — now coun...

Lots Of You Make Less Than Ten Dollars Per Hour

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business

Ever considered what it's like to live on anything less than a living wage? Many private-sector workers know how it feels. That's because nearly on...

Want a Real Recovery? Raise the Minimum Wage

Terrance Heath | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Terrance Heath

If we want an economy with robust consumer demand, workers need to a bigger slice of the pie. Business leaders once understood that elementary fact.

Time To Raise The Minimum Wage: Report

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.19.2012 | Business

Contrary to what many people believe, most low-wage workers aren't employed by small businesses or mom-and-pop operations, but instead by large corpor...

America Has a Class Problem

Peter Edelman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Peter Edelman

Gerson calls for improved educational opportunities beginning with early child development, and that's all good. But markets have two dimensions: supply and demand. We certainly need to improve the quality of the supply and do that inclusively across the population.

Here's a Tip, More Challenges to Right to Work Laws on the Way

Steven Kurlander | Posted 08.14.2012 | Miami
Steven Kurlander

You can say one thing about South Florida: Going out to eat is a big part of its lifestyle. What also defines South Florida, in terms of employment, may be the dismal pay and working conditions for some workers in that industry.

Wage Theft: A Crime You Can Get Away With

Tim Judson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business
Tim Judson

This week, we authored a report grading states on how well they protect a fundamental workplace right: getting paid what you are legally owed. This right is so basic and common-sense that most people are still unaware of how commonly it is violated.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart's Outsourcing Leads To Lower Wages: Report | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has driven down wages in its retail supply chain by outsourcing jobs in American warehouses, according to a rep...

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Raise: How The Wage Floor For American Servers Hasn't Budged In Two Decades | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business

Rebecca Williams has waited tables, on and off, for 30 years. A lot has changed since her first stint in the business ended in the early 1990s. Restau...

U.S. Factories Rebounding On The Backs Of Low-Wage Workers

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business

American manufacturing may be starting to bounce back, but the workers responsible for the turnaround aren’t seeing much of a pay off. U.S. manu...

Business Lessons From a Bookmaking Front

Don McNay | Posted 06.12.2012 | Business
Don McNay

There was one factor that made the dry cleaners a smart business decision. In its back room there was a bookmaking operation and an ongoing card game.

Dave Jamieson

Dem Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days For All | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Thursday included a litany of measures aimed at boosting income for low-wage worke...

Dave Jamieson

Warehouse Woes: More Workers Claim They Were Ripped Off | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.15.2012 | Business

Warehouse workers in Southern California filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday alleging labor law violations against a Walmart contractor, the ...

Dave Jamieson

New York GOP Wants To Repeal Wage Theft Law | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

Republican lawmakers in New York state are working to undo a 2010 anti-wage theft law that labor activists hailed as a landmark piece of legislation p...

Widespread Inequality in the Restaurant Industry Means Hardship for Women Workers

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Debra L. Ness

The restaurant industry is the only industry that has a wage gap established by law, which results in significantly lower wages for women workers than for men.

Dave Jamieson

Restaurant Lobby Tries To Slash Servers' Minimum Wage | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

The Florida restaurant lobby is pushing a bill that would drop the minimum wage for the state's restaurant servers and other tipped employees from $4....

Bonnie Kavoussi

Wages Fell In 2011, While Corporate Profits Surged | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business

A new report out Tuesday shows that working Americans made less money last year, as real wages fell about two percent in 2011, when accounting for inf...