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.
Granted, most mothers aren't as adamantly opposed to this day as mine. But if you're not the card-giving type -- or if you are, but are also looking for more socially conscious commemorations of motherhood -- here are seven fine activist ways to honor the mothers of America.
We'd encourage business leaders to look a little harder at their labor costs to see where they can trim great waste and improve productivity before making a final judgment on what their companies can really afford.
For decades, farmworkers have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. Today, a recent string of victories by a farmworker group, together with the steadfast work of other groups, have taken the movement to a whole new level.
There is a tremendous opportunity for Darden to grow. The first step is to sit down with its own employees and investors to chart a path for growth based on reasonable standards that will make the promise of the American Dream much more than just lofty rhetoric at a trade conference.
With income inequality in New York greater than anywhere else in the country, I for one would be doing everything to dispense crumbs to the poor, just to show that even though I have my own jet fleet, I still care about the less fortunate. But that's not what's happening.
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.
Better-targeted policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) deserve the support of politicians and public figures who want to do something about poverty. It's been empirically proven to boost employment and incomes, without the unintended consequences of a wage hike.
The wages paid by Yum! Brands are everyone's business. When the second-largest private employer in the country underpays its workers, all taxpayers end up picking up the tab.
Small businesses don't make decisions based on politics. They make decisions based on what's right for their business, what's right for their communities and what's right for our economy.
Our culture is stuck in the '50s when it comes to feeding the family. It's still her job, even if it now means picking up a pizza, or microwaving frozen concoctions that taste like the cartons they come in.
An op-ed published on Yahoo! Finance by Robert Weinstein is the latest effort by conservatives to discredit the social safety net, with Weinstein arguing that minimum wage does more harm than good. Once again I will answer the question of whether there is any validity to such claims.
Corporate interests and their elected representatives have created a world of illusion in order to resist paying a decent wage to working Americans. They'd have us believe that minimum-wage workers are teens from '50s TV sitcoms working down at the local malt shoppe.
It is the nature of our current economic system that things will concentrate into fewer and fewer hands. When you let the ones with more money win the game and set the rules it is inevitable that they will increasingly set the rules to they always win the game.
No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage. The NYC fast-food workers' newfound willingness to organize a union and strike -- at tremendous personal and economic risk -- shows just how bad the economy has become for low-wage workers.
As the nation marks Equal Pay Day -- the average date into 2013 women must work to make what men earned in 2012 -- we must recommit ourselves to closing the wage gap. Americans must be about respecting women in deeds, not just in words.