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.
Politicians in Washington, D.C., seem to have stopped talking -- and listening -- to their colleagues across the aisle, contributing to our virtually deadlocked Congress. While Washington appears to have stopped their conversations, I decided to start a new one.
The bystander in Ms. Harrell's story seems to have skipped the parent-to-parent moment. Instead, Ms. Harrell's story opens a whole vortex of parenting worry I had never even considered -- the meddling stranger.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage and to call attention to the fact that the federal wage floor has not risen in five years, the U.S. Department of Labor has declared July 24th to be a "Day of Action."
When you make $7.25 an hour you have to tell your kids why they can't join the soccer team or participate in after school activities because there's no room in the family budget.
The rise of the U.S. was very much tied to innovation and creation. This conservative propensity of arguing for antiquated occupations to save menial jobs instead of embracing the sort of change that made the U.S. the world power it is today is dangerous.
The "market" may be a fine way to price corn or beans, but by itself it is not an appropriate way to price wages. That's because people are not commodities. Their well-being is the point of the economy. Everyone who works for a living deserves a living wage.
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released his ideas for a plan to fix the state's out-of-whack budget July 17. In it, Rauner a...
The biggest political event of the week (for Democrats, at any rate) was Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats rolling out a new campaign agenda -- the "Middle Class Jumpstart" -- in the tradition of Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America."
This is the hottest, smartest and most entertaining online debate you'll find about the 2014 race for Illinois governor.
The battle to increase the minimum wage is everywhere, from global fast food worker protests and new local minimum wage laws to executive orders and passionate speeches from President Obama. It's worth considering whether minimum wage policies are sufficient to substantively address rising inequality and the broad decline of the middle class.
As negotiations move forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a wide range of German elected and civic leaders are in disbelief that the U.S. remains serious about including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
In the decades to come, raising the floor for home care workers will become increasingly important. Unfortunately, many of those who take care of our most vulnerable - even full-time workers - are still in poverty.
Democrats and Republicans are at opposite ends of the spectrum with regard to almost everything -- including their claims on how well the economy is doing, and the future of America.
Could you live on a minimum wage in your county? While the minimum wage for Illinois is constant throughout the state, the living wage varies from county to county.
The ability for ordinary working people to organize and collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions is a fundamental human right. It is a right just as critical to a democratic society as the right to free speech and the right to vote. Over the last 30 years many in corporate America and the big Wall Street banks have conducted a sustained attack on that human right. Unionization dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11. 3 percent in 2013 -- and the results are there for everyone to see. The simple fact is that absent government regulation and collective bargaining agreements, the market by itself does not assure that everyone shares in the fruits of society's increased economic productivity. In fact, we know that just the opposite is true.