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12 Cities Where You Can Count On Getting A Raise

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.14.2012 | Business

Wages aren't falling everywhere in America -- quite the opposite in some cities. Over the last year, average wages actually rose in the 20 largest...

10 States Where Wages Are Falling

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

If you were expecting a raise from your boss, think again. Sure, the job market sort of picked up at the end of last year, but Americans' wages ac...

Some Employers and Republicans Want to Lower the Minimum Wage -- Here's Why They're Completely Out of Touch

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Parisian

It seems that some minimum wage employers are trying to pay their workers less -- and to even make it legal to do so. It seems unfathomable that anyone would consider the minimum wage -- which, for a full-time worker, provides a yearly salary that is thousands of dollars below the poverty line for a family of three or four -- to be too high.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart's Outsourcing Leads To Lower Wages: Report | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has driven down wages in its retail supply chain by outsourcing jobs in American warehouses, according to a rep...

Laid-Off MF Global Employee Can't Even Get A Job Here

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

Those years at MF Global can't even ensure you a retail job these days. Former mid-level MF Global employee Dan Whiteford says he has yet to be of...

Arthur Delaney

Are You Earning Less Than You Used To? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- American workers are earning more money than they used to, but the rate of wage growth has been slowing down since the Great Recession t...

Janell Ross

Workers' Right To Sue Employers In Flux | Janell Ross | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

In 2010, Stephen Brown was living in York, Pa., and needed work. Most days Labor Ready, a temporary staffing company, had it. The company slogan highl...

Dave Jamieson

Pay Will Rise For Working Poor In Some States | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Eight states will be raising their minimum wage next week, boosting the pay of more than a million workers across the country. Most ...

10 States Where The Most Unemployed Could Lose Benefits

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Nearly 2 million Americans currently receiving unemployment benefits stand to lose coverage this January if Congress does not exte...

Jordan Howard

Labor Advocates Won't Let Up Against Jobless Discrimination | Jordan Howard | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the past several months one labor advocacy group has continuously hammered companies that list job postings discriminating against t...

8 States With The Highest Minimum Wages

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The highest rate in almost 30 years, nearly one and six Americans lived in poverty last year, according to recently released data ...

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage Tops $9 For First Time | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Four states have announced that they will be raising their minimum wage rates for 2012, led by Washington state, which will become the f...

Tyler Kingkade

Worker Activists Deliver Petitions Against Jobless Discrimination To Capitol Hill | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Labor advocates delivered 250,000 petitions in support of an initiative to ban hiring discrimination against the jobless on Wednesday, h...

Taxes May Rise As States Start To Pay Unemployment Bills

Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Lisa Lambert and Karen Pierog) - U.S. states will start sending more than $1 billion to the federal government in coming weeks for...

Labor Force Participation Lowest In 30 Years

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business

The jobs crisis may be even worse than it seems. Times are tough for the nation's unemployed, and many have given up looking for work, dropping out...

Tyler Kingkade

Who's Afraid To Hire The Unemployed? | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Job advertisements that require applicants to be "currently employed" are easy to find online. Yet attempts to trace the origins of such...

Arthur Delaney

Recovery Bummer: New Jobs Pay Less Than Jobs Lost In Recession | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Great Recession destroyed all kinds of jobs, but the not-so-great recovery has so far replaced the lowest-paying jobs at a much fast...

Dave Jamieson

Republicans: Bedrock Overtime, Minimum Wage Laws Due For Change | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics

In a Congressional hearing Thursday, Republican lawmakers indicated a willingness to reform the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the bedrock Depressio...

Dave Jamieson

New Hampshire Republicans Restrict Minimum Wage | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

New Hampshire legislators voted to override a veto by Democratic Gov. John Lynch on Wednesday, paving the way for a new law to restrict the state's mi...

Dave Jamieson

Florida Stiffed Its Workers On Minimum Wage: Judge | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Florida judge has ruled the state violated its own constitution when it failed to raise the minimum wage for 2011. As a result, the ra...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Paul LePage Under Fire For 'Roll Back' Of Child Labor Laws | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A national advocacy group fighting for the rights of lower-wage workers has a new ad out criticizing Maine's governor for trying to loos...

New Wage Theft Laws Protect Workers

David Callahan | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
David Callahan

Cheating workers out of fairly-earned wages is about as low as things get. In most places in America, employers still face few penalties for wage theft allowing the epidemic to continue.

Janell Ross

Criminal Background Checks Upend Job Search For Some Unemployed | Janell Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

First, the college sent a letter. It welcomed Curtis Andrews, Ed.D, Ph.D, to its adjunct faculty. A few days later, the emails about faculty orien...

Why Wages Can't Wait This Valentine's Day

Anne L. Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne L. Thompson

On Valentine's Day, our nation's en masse dinner date will be made possible by a bastion of poverty-wage earners -- working overtime to provide you with a special evening out.

The 10 States That Could Be Hit Hardest By A Lapse In Unemployment Benefits

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By 24/7 Wall Street: More than 2 million people receiving unemployment will lose coverage in December if Congress does not extend their benefits. In a...