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Making Change: How Workers Like Me Are Winning the Fight for $15

Alvin Major | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Alvin Major

For workers like me, $15 an hour means being able to feed my family without worrying that we're taking money we need for the gas or water bill or for bus passes. It means being able to see my kids grow up. It means real change in our lives.

Rebranding 'Flexibility'

Naomi Gerstel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Naomi Gerstel

Instead of greater freedom over our work and family lives, "flexibility" now often means that workers need to come in whenever the employer wants them and are sent home when demand is slack. Employers have adopted the language of "flexibility" but rebranded its meaning.

San Francisco Votes To Raise Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

San Francisco will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the course of three years after residents voted in the pay hike Tuesday, the S...

80 Percent Of Female Restaurant Workers Say They've Been Harassed By Customers

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business

If you’re a waitress, sexual harassment is just part of the job. Eighty percent of women working in the restaurant industry report being harasse...

17 Numbers That Will Make You Realize Just How Pathetic The Federal Minimum Wage Is

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business

$7.25 an hour? Really? It's way past time for a raise.

$15: The New Eight-Hour Day

Jack Temple | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Jack Temple

When 200 New York City fast-food workers walked off their jobs in November 2012, their demand of $15 an hour seemed like a fantasy. But over the weekend, as more than 1,000 fast-food workers from 50 cities gathered in Chicago for the first-ever nationwide fast-food workers convention, the workers' call for $15 looked prescient.

People Are Clamoring For Jobs At The Gap, And That's A Problem

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business

President Obama pays for clothing at the Gap after the company announced it would raise its minimum wage. Just a few months after announcing pla...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

This Is What Barely Making Ends Meet In America Sounds Like | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

Starting last year, The Huffington Post asked people surviving on wages near the federal minimum, as well as those struggling to even find a job, to c...

The Places That Most Desperately Need A Higher Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business

Most Americans could use a raise. But southern Americans might need one the most. The Southest and Southwest are home to a disproportionate number ...

Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As the United States slips from its status as the globe's number one economic power, small numbers of Americans continue to amass staggering amounts of wealth, while simultaneously inequality trends toward historic levels.

The Minimum Wage Isn't Just a Wage: It's a Standard

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Arguments about minimum wages tend to be about two things: will it hurt its intended recipients and the businesses that employ them by raising labor costs, and is it well targeted?

Here Comes Another Round Of Protests

AP | By CANDICE CHOI | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food protests are planned for several U.S. cities Tuesday as labor organizers look to bring attention to practices they say ill...

Businessweek's Covers Make A Terrific Argument For Raising The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

President Obama, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and TV talking heads are the voices we usually hear debating whether to raise the minimum wage. So it's re...

9 Places Fighting For A Higher Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business

With President Barack Obama's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage going nowhere, some states and cities are taking matters into their own hands...

Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.31.2013 | Business

Low-wage workers are robbed far more often than banks, gas stations and convenience stores combined -- and the perpetrators are their own employers. ...

Huffington Issue 70: Hotel Beds, Internet Rehab and Adam Scott's Recurring Dream

Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

In this week's issue of Huffington magazine, we observe a shift in how the hotel industry is defining good service: a better night's sleep. Elsewhere ...

LOOK: Who Really Makes The Minimum Wage?

The Huffington Post | Jan Diehm and Jillian Berman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

For most low-wage workers, the federal minimum wage, which stands at $7.25, isn’t enough to make ends meet. Even in Hanson County, South Dakota, Ame...

Strikes To Spread

AP | CANDICE CHOI and KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on Thursday might run into striking workers instead. Organizers say thousands of fast-...

The Moral Case for a Higher Minimum Wage

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The fact that we must still advocate for the minimum wage, progressive taxation, unions and Social Security -- programs taken for granted decades ago - indicates how barbaric our society has become. That is why raising the minimum wage is the only moral option available to us today.

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Walmart's 'Starvation Wages'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business

The Walton family's enormous wealth is proof that Walmart can afford to pay its workers a living wage, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.) argued on Saturday...