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Worker Productivity Keeps Rising. Pay, Not So Much.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

American workers’ economic productivity continues to grow much faster than their pay, according to a new study published Wednesday. T...

Raise Your Voice to Raise Wages

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 08.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

There are many signs that the economy is recovering, but we still have a long way to go.

China's Currency Manipulation Should Serve As A Warning About TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

At a time when income inequality is running rampant in the U.S., workers don't need even more "free" trade agreements that will further strip this nation's economy of middle-income jobs.

5 Strategies To Help You Sleep Your Way To Success

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

If you're one of the millions of people who have a difficult time either falling asleep or staying asleep, try one of these strategies:

Department of Labor Says Most Workers Are Employees and Not Independent Contractors: 5 Notable Takeaways

Cathy Ruckelshaus | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Cathy Ruckelshaus

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued an important Administrator's Interpretation that provides clear and timely guidance on the question of who is properly considered an "employee" and covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and who is not.

Money Cannot Be The God of Life: How CEO Pay Drives Inequality

Heather Gautney | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Lawmakers have failed to keep the wage apace with inflation so that its value is now less than it was five decades ago.

Kill a Worker? You're Not a Criminal. Steal a Worker's Pay? You Are One.

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.20.2015 | Crime
Rena Steinzor

Secretary Perez needs to upgrade health and safety enforcement to the level of wage and hour enforcement. Workers must be paid a fair wage, but they also need to survive a day on the job.

New Rules Could Change The Way Millions Of People Get Paid

Associated Press | Marina Fang | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

 WASHINGTON (AP) — When are workers employees? When are they contractors? The Labor Department issued new guidance Wednesday that could lim...

Janie Velencia

Scott Walker Strips Wisconsin Workers Of 'Living Wage' In New State Budget

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed the new state budget into law on Sunday with a last-minute change that strips the words "living wage" from stat...

Low-Wage Latino Workers Could Be Key to 2016 Election

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 07.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Two in five working Latinos would get a raise under the bill recently introduced in Congress by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour over five years.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

The President's Schizophrenia on the Working Class

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

If the president is serious about restoring grace in our public spaces, surely those suffering most greatly among us must not be left behind.

Promoting the Value of Creativity With Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, and Independent Theaters Around the Country

Chris Dodd | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

If you are heading to the movies this summer to meet a dinosaur or explore the feelings inside your head or maybe for a little magic, be sure to look ...

President Obama's Proposed Overtime Regulations Could Leave Workers Worse Off

Joseph P. Mastrosimone | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Joseph P. Mastrosimone

On the surface, this adjustment seems like a boon for American workers. Ironically, however, while the rule would make more employees eligible for overtime pay, it might result in workers being worse off than before.

Corporate Greed Must End

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Over the last 40 years, the largest corporations in this country have closed thousands of factories in the United States and outsourced millions of American jobs to low-wage countries overseas. That is why we need a new trade policy and why I am opposed to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership now before Congress.

Dave Jamieson

Ikea's Minimum Wage Hike Was So Successful, It's Raising Wages Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A year after it first announced a major minimum wage hike in its U.S. stores, Ikea said Wednesday that it plans to implement another nat...

Stronger United: Workers' Unions Across the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For the working poor, unions can provide a structure for voicing grievances and a collective power for bringing about change, often in the face of resistance. In this article, we travel from Mumbai and Bangalore to Tehran and Ho Chi Minh City to explore some of the struggles waged by unions to demand the rights of their members.

Dave Jamieson

McDonald's Accused Of Throwing California Workers Under The Bus

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After impounding the ballots for more than a year, federal officials last week tallied the votes in an acrimonious union election at Tay...

How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

Laura Reyes | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Laura Reyes

It's well established that union members earn substantially more than nonunion workers ($207 more a week), and are more likely to have health care coverage and solid pensions. What is less well known are the advantages that unions provide for all workers, not just those who belong to unions.

Walmart at the Crossroads: Live Better, Do Better for All of Us

Joann Lo | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Joann Lo

It is time for Walmart to take a leadership role, not just in size and revenue, but in social responsibility. And Walmart can actually take action today. Walmart's actions, both good and bad, will strongly influence its suppliers and competition.

Why Courts Keep Defending Workers' Retirement Security

Bailey Childers | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Bailey Childers

The Illinois Supreme Court is the latest to confirm that retirement security is an essential part of our social fabric, and one that merits constitutional protection. When people work hard and spend their entire professional lives paying into a system that guarantees them financial security in retirement, we can't pull back on that promise.

WikiWisdom

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Tom Cosgrove

Rarely in modern life do the decision makers who sit at the top of the power pyramid ever listen to those at the very bottom -- despite the fact that the people at the bottom are expected to carry out the mission of the organization or institution.  

Better Manicures In 7 Steps

Miriam Yeung | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Miriam Yeung

The plight of nail salon workers sits at the intersection of the environmental, economic and reproductive justice and immigrant rights movements.

A Game-Changing Moment for Fast-Food Workers

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Mary Kay Henry

In perhaps the strongest sign of how far their $15 movement has come, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to raise pay for fast-food workers statewide, setting up a potentially historic victory that could ripple across the country

Hold the Flowers: 3 Mother's Day Messages that Matter

Latifa Lyles | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Latifa Lyles

On Mother's Day, we buy flowers and cards to show our mothers how much we care. But there are other ways we can value the mothers in our lives. Here are three messages you probably won't find in any greeting cards but would mean a lot to working moms.