People with disabilities are often seen as being lazy and dependent on the government. Like most stereotypes, this is an inaccurate belief and takes the pressure off society to deal with people's issues with employment, fair wages and abilities.
Across America, corporate interests are taking aim at local government. With Congress gridlocked and a majority of state legislatures controlled by right-wing interests, cities have become laboratories of democracy for progressive policies like a higher minimum wage, LGBTQ protections, or parental leave.
Donald Trump, a billionaire who opposes raising the minimum wage, now at the poverty level of $7.25 an hour, is holding himself out to working people as the man who will stand as a dam against that torrent.
We have serious doubts that we'll see Trump at any future debates -- after all, if he can blow them off with impunity, why would he subject himself to them in the first place?
As minimum wage ballot initiatives and legislative action sweep the country -- as the people take back their power and use it to make sure hardworking friends and family can afford their basic needs -- it will become increasingly clear that action on raising the national minimum wage cannot wait.
Fair pay advocates in states across the country are carefully contemplating this effect as a strategy to close the wage gap. On January 29, we will mark the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
On Monday, February 1, the Pasadena City Council will make a long anticipated decision about adopting a citywide minimum wage. That date happens to be the 55th anniversary of one of the most important events in American history -- the sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.
At the end of 2015, the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed a $15 federal minimum wage. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' proposal would pha...
If we are a moral people, we must move to raise the minimum wage. This is our first order of business: to raise the wage to $15 an hour and secure the floor so that it is not devalued by inflation.
At the national level, raising the minimum wage to only $10.10 per hour would reduce by almost 2 million the number of people receiving public assistance and reduce spending on these programs by nearly $8 billion. In other words, a minimum wage that is not a living wage costs the public dearly, while benefiting firm owners and executives.
Those who did manage to catch it saw a much more high-spirited contest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton than we've previously seen.
As the New Year gets underway, the highest-paid CEOs of many large corporations have already paid themselves more than the average worker will earn in the entire year! By the end of the first week of January, they had already made as much as their average workers will earn over 8 years.
Don't let the restaurant industry and the Chamber of Commerce feed you misinformation. Their claims are full of baloney. Here are four reasons why Mayor Tornek and the City Council members should take their arguments with a grain of salt.
Ultimately, paying people more than poverty wages doesn't just help workers. It strengthens the foundation of our economy and paves the way for growth. But don't expect the Republicans running for President to change their positions and rhetoric.
It's not easy to explain viable alternatives to sharply raising the minimum wage. Anything to the contrary makes a person sound like a scrooge. Who doesn't want to see people earn a higher wage, right?
By Cameron Huddleston, Columnist It was big news when the U.S. average hourly wage posted the biggest increase in years in October 2015. News repor...