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Dave Jamieson

Most Walmart Store Workers Didn't Even Earn $25,000 Last Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.24.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As they seek to boost the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, House Democrats joined a group of Walmart employees on Cap...

Dave Jamieson

FINALLY: Federal Workers To Get First Raise In 3 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Barring a change of heart among lawmakers, the bill that Congress passed late Wednesday night to end the government shutdown will lead t...

Fast Food Workers Are Fighting for the Majority of U.S. Employees

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Fast-food workers are suffering for the same reasons that the majority of employees have lost ground for decades: The rules of the economy have been rewritten against them.

Consensus on Census: America's Stuck in Reverse

Sarita Gupta | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

We are one of the world's wealthiest democracies, and yet the people who make up the fabric of our population -- who serve our food, stock our warehouses, and take care of our loved ones -- barely make enough to survive.

Hey Walmart, Instead of a Labor Day Sale, How About Labor Day Wages?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

As the nation's largest employer with 1.3 million workers and $15.8 billion in profits in 2012, Walmart occupies the unique position of being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of its workers and to our overall economy, and yet the company refuses to give up its exploitative ways.

The Real Workers of the World

Wes Nisker | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Wes Nisker

Listen up all you laborers and "workers of the world!" Aren't you insulted to find out that your big boss -- the one who runs the company that owns your company -- now makes 500 times more than the people who do the actual work; people like you?

Back to Basics on the Question of Labor

David Coates | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
David Coates

How a society organizes and rewards work is a central and core element in its overall character. We mustn't think about labor just once a year. We need to think about it, and its needs, all the time.

Strike Hits 60 Cities

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Fast-food workers went on strike and protested outside McDona...

'Whose Banquet Is it Anyway?' (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

Shanell T. Smith | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion
Shanell T. Smith

What if America was a banquet, and at this banquet the servings were fair wages, just trials, civil rights and liberties, but offered by invitation only? According to those who "March(ed) on Washington," this was exactly the case.

Trimmings for Labor Day

Robert Reich | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The wealth of the Walton family -- which still owns the lion's share of Walmart stock -- now exceeds the wealth of the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.

One Big Reason To Worry Your Bachelor's Degree Isn't Enough

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business

Those with advanced degrees have experience substantial wage growth over the last 10 years. The same can't be said for people holding only bachelor's ...

How Corporate America Used the Great Recession to Turn Good Jobs Into Bad Ones

Barbara Garson | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Barbara Garson

A common explanation is that the bad jobs are coming back first and the good jobs will follow. But let me suggest another explanation: the good jobs are here among us right now -- it's just their wages, their benefits, and the long-term security that have vanished.

If Increasing the Minimum Wage Doesn't Cost Jobs, How Does It Get Absorbed?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The economic arguments against moderate increases in the minimum wage lack robust empirical support. Most importantly, the majority of studies looking for the job-loss effects that opponents assert will be large enough to offset the benefits to low-wage workers come up short.

The Ballad of Sour Grapes

Rev. Dr. Gregory Lee Cuéllar | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Gregory Lee Cuéllar

Speaking to power through song was a common practice among the prophets of Israel. In Isaiah 5:1-5, the prophet who writes switches to the role of ballad-singer, introducing his listeners to a song titled "My Dearest Friend's Vineyard."

Raise the Floor!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.09.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

When opponents talk about who's earning the minimum wage, they're often referring to the demographics of those at today's minimum. But that's not the relevant sample when you're evaluating a proposed increase in the wage floor.

We Cannot Build a Strong, Equitable Economy on Low-Paying Jobs

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

What started out last fall as a one-day walkout at fast-food restaurants to protest poverty-level wages and stand up for basic human dignity has transformed into a movement that has captured the public interest.

Wage Raises for American Workers - Possible?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

This week fast food workers in New York City are demanding a raise to their minimum wage of $7.50 an hour. Why are American workers' wages so low, and...

YOYO, WITT, Globalization, and a Heartfelt Tale From the Heartland

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

At the bottom of the globalization debate is a fundamental error by the policy, political, and punditry community: the assumption that people are first and last consumers, not workers. But when trade effects prices, it also effects jobs and wages.

The Problem Isn't The Minimum Wage

Quartz | Allison Schrager | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

Quartz: The fast-food workers strike in the US raises an economic question. Should people be paid their market value or an income that ensures a di...

Dave Jamieson

Working Poor Falling Further Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If there's an economic recovery going on, Elizabeth Castillo hasn't seen the fruits of it. Castillo, 58, works as a home health aide in El Paso, Te...

Young People Employed At Lowest Levels Since WWII

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Ashley Williams Teen unemployment is ...

In Economy Speech, Obama Pushes Policies That Will Help Millennials

Amir Salehzadeh | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Amir Salehzadeh

Our generation has to grapple with countless challenges and issues from student debt, to climate change, to changes in the workforce. Inaction from our elected leaders simply cannot not be tolerated.

Why We Should Stop Subsidizing Sky-High CEO Pay

Robert Reich | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

Almost everyone knows CEO pay is out of control. What's less well-known is that you and I and other taxpayers are subsidizing this sky-high executive compensation.

Austerity Discredited, Not Defeated -- Time to Fight for Jobs and Growth

Roger Hickey | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

For four long years after the recession officially ended, conservative austerity policies have sabotaged America's economic recovery, condemning millions of Americans to unemployment and poverty. But conservative spending cuts still dominate policy.

After 75 Years, Minimum Wage Protections Still Elude Home Care Workers

Sarah Leberstein | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Sarah Leberstein

One of our nation's cornerstone workplace laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, turned 75 this week. America's roughly 2.5 million home care workers might not be celebrating the anniversary, however.