The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers' wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article.
We the people must demand more of our elected officials. We must vote for candidates that will work together and move our country forward rather than hold it back. Until then, expect more of the same from Boehner and his colleagues.
The rise of "independent contractors" Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce -- contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity. It's become a race to the bottom.
Tonight, after an interminable build-up, we finally find out who will take home an Oscar -- and who will be forced to smile gamely when someone else's name is called. My can't-miss prediction: there will be at least two Fifty Shades of Grey jokes. Back in the real world, Walmart, the nation's largest employer, announced plans to hike its minimum wage. As the White House tweeted, "Good to see @Walmart raising wages for about 500,000 employees. Now it's time for Congress to #RaiseTheWage." On a sad note, Oliver Sacks announced that he has terminal cancer. He's taught us so much over the years, and continues to do so now about one of life's most challenging subjects: dying. "I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential," he writes. "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude." Ours, too -- for this vital and timeless lesson.
I read a blog post on The Huffington Post this week titled "The Case for a Populist Challenger in the Democratic Primaries." While the piece well deli...
Staples' decision will undoubtedly renew arguments that the ACA's employer mandate has led to harmful effects on work. These arguments, like parallel narratives about min. wage laws and paid sick leave ordinances, are largely inaccurate, and advocates of evidence-based, power-balancing policy are absolutely right to debunk them.
Hard as it may be for its legion of economic, political and media critics (and even some of its own members) to accept, the most recent bullish jobs report from the Labor Department looks like a ringing endorsement of Federal Reserve policies and perspectives on the economy.
You have to follow many regulations as a small business owner--many of which apply to your employees. There are at least twenty state and federal laws applicable to small businesses that employ fifteen or fewer employees.
When Gov. Bruce Rauner suggested in his State of the State Address raising the minimum wage to $10 over seven years, Democrats in the audience laughed...
It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.
San Juan, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Why not a Commonwealth of Texas? That thought occurred to me reading about political stalemate in Washington while celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Sierra Club's vibrant chapter here.
Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?
The federal government, in fact, did increase the minimum wage multiple times while he was working his way up the ladder, and secondly, none of those increases seems to have stopped him from getting the "rotten jobs" that kept him moving up the ladder to eventual success.
The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class." That would be like asking the wolves of the world to stop hunting and refocus on cultivating asparagus.
Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.
Too often we begin with old assumptions about what government can accomplish or what business can do; we need to cast fixed ideas aside and remain open to learning from these examples, and many more, in order to find our way to restoring the promise of work.