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If Mega-Retailers Want to Start Black Friday Early, Employees Should Receive Double Pay on the Holiday

Lorena Gonzalez | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Lorena Gonzalez

Forty-seven years ago, Robert Kennedy cautioned that "too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things."

How Brazil (and Latin America) Can Preserve Job Growth

Augusto de la Torre | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Augusto de la Torre

Over the past 15 years, Brazil has created 19 million new formal jobs, the economy went into a rather prolonged period of full employment, and the quality of employment improved because on average wage gains were large and highest among poor workers.

The Trucking Industry Is Struggling, But Maybe Not For Long

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 11.15.2015 | Business

Trucking, the backbone of American commerce, is in a tough spot. There might be a future, a very long time from now, when long-haul drivers are repla...

What The No Tipping Trend Could Mean For Restaurant Staff And Customers

MoneyTips | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business

When tipping amounts are disconnected from the perceived level of service and do not serve their original purpose, it is time for the practice to end. Wages for restaurant staff should be more predictable and reasonable. Going tip-free makes the experience simpler for all involved.

Federal Government as Employer: High Road or Bottom Feeder?

Dean Baker | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama has been using his executive power to try to promote good workplace practices among federal contractors. But at the same time, his administration has been looking to restructure federal agencies with the hope of saving money by downgrading the job quality of large numbers of positions.

Democrats Get a Gift from the Fed

Dean Baker | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

Last week, the Democrats received an unexpected gift from the Federal Reserve Board. Lael Brainard, a member of the Fed's Board of Governors, gave a speech in which she questioned the need for the Fed to raise interest rates.

Living on $2 Per Day

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

We can hire more people tomorrow. We can invest in new ventures next week. Most of all, we can raise wages. These are choices people in the private sector can be making immediately--nothing is stopping us but our willful blindness to the crisis around us.

Rethinking Employer-Based Benefits

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Many Americans receive a long list of important benefits through their employers. In part, this is an accident of history. It is also, in part, bad policy.

Body Fascism: The Ugly Truth About Appearance in the Workplace

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 10.08.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Can an employee be fired from a job for not adhering to dress codes, not meeting makeup requirements, sporting tattoos or piercings, or for other personal qualities or forms of self-expression? Apparently, yes.

The 2016 Election and the 42 Percent

Christine Owens | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Christine Owens

While presidential candidates, economists and commentators debate how to address America's low-wage crisis, one important question has been overlooked: What do the tens of millions of Americans paid less than $15 an hour -- the "42 percent" -- think about how to rebuild America's economy?

We Need to Act Now

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.30.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Business has the most to gain from a healthy America, and the most to lose by social unrest or punitive taxation. Business can start the process in two steps.

Sitting Pretty: Good-Looking People Make More Money, But It's Not All Roses

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

To put it plainly, pretty people get paid more, and not just in occupations like modeling, entertainment, sales and marketing, and prostitution. To what extent do good looks matter in the workplace? What physical characteristics are most rewarded? You might be amazed by the answers.

Back to the Future: Our Journey to Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty World

Sharan Burrow | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Sharan Burrow

When our wealthiest companies can't or won't pay $177 a month in Cambodia or $110 in Bangladesh, this is just greed.

Championing the SEIU's 'Fight for $15' Wage Drive

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 09.18.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

While increased wages will indeed lead to a major disruption of the elder care industry, it will ultimately raise the quality and availability of caregiving in America and actually reduce the cost for families in need of elder care.

Three Rules of Thumb to Raise Wages and Reduce Inequality

Sabina Dewan | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Case studies from Brazil to China, from the United States to Germany, reveal that to square higher wages and competitiveness, governments must adhere to three rules of thumb.

5 Reasons Why We Are Waiting Longer to Buy Our First Home

MoneyTips | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business

The housing market has been slow to recover from the Great Recession, and one of the main reasons why is the lack of first-time homebuyers. Millennials are more likely to rent for a longer time before purchasing a home or conclude that home ownership just is not worth the expense.

Real Median Hourly Wages Continue To Drop Around The Country

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business

Things are getting worse for the American worker.  A new report out by the National Employment Law Project shows declining real me...

Felt Fair Pay

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Pay your workers enough that they feel they are being paid fairly: doesn't that sound elementary and intuitive?

Labor Unions: The Folks Who Gave You The Weekend

Dean Baker | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

There are plenty of things wrong with the labor movement. It can be overly bureaucratic. There are corrupt officials in many unions. But there should be no doubt that the country is much better off as a result of the labor movement and prospects for progressive change would be brighter if it were stronger.

Hurricane Evacuations Will Remain Tough for Many Black New Orleanians

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Bullard said it won't be easy for many African Americans to leave or return in the next big storm, whether it's under their own steam or the city's auspices.

Labor Day 2015: People Are Sticking Together and Winning Together -- Hopefully for Good

Valarie Long | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Valarie Long

In a country where wages have been held down by powerful corporations for decades, and where 42 percent of working people are now paid less than $15 an hour, a growing desire to raise wages is inevitable.

Labor Day 2015: Stand Together and Fight Back

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Labor Day is a time for honoring the working people of this country. It is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the activists and organizers who fought for the 40-hour work week, occupational safety protection and other workplace rights. These working people resisted the oligarchs of their day, fought for a more responsive democracy, and built the middle class.

A College Degree Is Increasingly Likely To Land You In Low-Wage Work

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business

Trying to get a good job is no longer as easy as pointing to a college degree on your resume (not that it was ever exactly easy). New research from t...

Empower All Americans

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

What America needs is empowered citizens. We need more jobs; we need to pay the hardworking employees a fair wage. We need enough income flowing that adequately rewards the value workers create to help better educate all our children.

Disciplining Corporate Directors: The Real Culprits in CEO Pay

Dean Baker | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

More than five years after the passage of Dodd-Frank the SEC finally issued rules on disclosure of CEO pay last week. This is useful information for trends in inequality. Corporate lobbyists have spent the last five years complaining that this disclosure would impose an enormous burden.