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Raising Most People's Wages

Robert Reich | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

GDP growth is less and less relevant to the wellbeing of most Americans. We should be paying less attention to growth and more to median household income.

Women and Wages: Is the Pay Gap Smaller Than We Think?

LearnVest | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
LearnVest

When it comes to the topic of gender equality, there is usually one issue upheld as an indicator of progress, or lack thereof: the wage gap.

Reflecting on WIOA: How Do We Know Sector-Focused Strategies And Career Pathways Help Workers Connect To Jobs?

Christopher T. King | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher T. King

The newly passed Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act contains provisions that will encourage states and local workforce systems to adopt and expand the use of programs focused on specific employment sectors and career pathways. Such efforts -- often referred to as sector strategies -- are reshaping the workforce field.

'Greed' Is the First Word That Comes To Mind When Americans Think About Corporations

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business

For most Americans, apparently, the first word that comes to mind when they hear the word “corporation" is "greed." The word cloud below is part...

Angry White Men on the Right

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party, as the instrument of the forces of corporatist oligarchy, has had a major hand (more so than the Democrats) in injuring the economic prospects of these men. But the ways these injuries have been inflicted are more hidden than the social revolutions that toppled the old order of automatic superiority.

Poorer States Have Best Paid Megachurch Pastors

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s one of the conclusions on chu...

Inequality for All: The Republican Goal

Gerry Myers | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

By continuing to cater to the rich who don't want to impose reasonable regulations on Wall Street, Republicans continue to propel the injustices of the past. The corruption and the fraud that made the rich richer and collapsed our economy continues to be unrestrained.

Flip Side of the Minimum-Wage Debate

Munir Moon | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

Something that Washington does not want you to know about and hopes that nobody else will discuss during the minimum-wage debate is take-home pay afte...

Why You Have Every Right To Demand A Raise, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business

If you ever get to wondering why roughly half of America thinks we're still in a recession five years into the recovery, and after one of the longest ...

Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes. A record portion of our national income goes to corporate profits, while a record low goes into workers' wages. Three-fourths of Americans fear their children will fare less well than they have. This Labor Day, we should do more than celebrate workers -- we should understand how vital empowering workers and reviving worker unions is to rebuilding a broad middle class. The raging debate on inequality and its remedies often omits discussion of unions and workers' power. Our extreme inequality is attributed largely to globalization and technology that have transformed our economy. But this leaves power and politics out of the equation.

Why Fight for Unions? So We Can Fight an Economy Rigged Against Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

This misclassification game is just one way that big companies have been rigging the rules to give themselves an edge, getting around what We the People set down for our democracy. The result, of course, is even more people paid even less with even worse working conditions.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

DC Restaurant Workers Win Key Battles, But War Has Yet to Be Won

Patrick McDermott | Posted 10.14.2014 | DC
Patrick McDermott

The Washington, D.C. restaurant industry is not only a haven for big shot restaurateurs, it's quickly becoming a strong industry for restaurant workers as well. Let's just take a look at some of the ways this is true.

4 Reasons Why New Jobs Are Paying Less

Gene Marks | Posted 10.15.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So there are more jobs. But they're paying less. I'd frankly rather pay my existing people a little more to get things done in order to avoid hiring a new person at a higher wage. This is why new jobs added since the recession are not paying well.

Legislators Who Block Medicaid Expansion Are Stiffing Veterans Out of Health Care, and Stiffing Workers Out of Jobs

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

The scandal over long wait times for veterans has grabbed a lot of headlines and elicited a lot of anger -- as it should. But there's another health care scandal that also deserves its share of righteous anger.

Work and Worth

Robert Reich | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society. Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

CHARTS: How Much More Expensive Life Has Gotten Since We Last Raised The Min. Wage

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business

Unhappy fifth anniversary. Thursday marks five years since the date of the last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage to a paltry $7.25 an ...

Defending Trade Unions While the Justices Are Away

David Coates | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The nine justices of the SCOTUS are now in recess, leaving the rest of us the summer in which to reflect upon and digest their latest set of rulings. Because it is likely that both judgments will have long-term adverse consequences for progressive causes, a moment of reflection on that second judgment is well in order.

Pay Up or Lose Out

Erin Daruszka | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Fair compensation and gender salary gaps are much-talked-about topics. For employers, paying employees fairly is a tough topic to handle. How do employers treat employees fairly, while still creating a culture of pay for performance?

Dave Jamieson

Ikea To Raise Minimum Wage For U.S. Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is raising the minimum wage in all of its U.S. stores, and it's doing so in a way that may raise the ba...

Green Building -- The Path to High-Road Jobs

Denise Fairchild | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Denise Fairchild

The American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure defined energy efficiency/renewable energy as the "sweet spot" for immediate job creation. Multiple other studies foresee millions of new jobs in those sectors.

Dave Jamieson

Senate Democrats Think You Deserve Overtime Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats want more American workers to be taking home overtime pay. Echoing a similar move by President Barack Obama, a bill ...

Why You Might Finally Be Getting That Raise After All

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business

The recovery might soon start to feel like a real recovery: There are hints that wages could finally start growing again after a long rut. Stagnant...

Time for Bad Businesses to Pony Up: Cheat Your Workers and Our Communities? Pay a Fee.

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Over half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country made a profit every year between 2008 and 2012. Yet together, those companies dodged a combined $73.1 billion in state income taxes.

Harry Connick Jr. and The Walmart Economy

Christine L. Owens | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Christine L. Owens

An uneven recovery. This is what economists are discussing, but more problematically, it's the reality that too many American families are facing every day.