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Working Poor

Another City Is Raising Its Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Residents of Tacoma, Washington, are ready to raise the minimum wage -- just not too quickly. Voters in the city of 200,000 appear to have approved a...

Making Change: How Workers Like Me Are Winning the Fight for $15

Alvin Major | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Alvin Major

For workers like me, $15 an hour means being able to feed my family without worrying that we're taking money we need for the gas or water bill or for bus passes. It means being able to see my kids grow up. It means real change in our lives.

Waiting in Line to Become Poor

Lisa Nichols | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa Nichols

Not so long ago, I waited in line to "officially" become poor. That's what it feels like when you're forced to apply for food stamps. When you're broke and starving. When the father of your 8-month-old son apologizes to you from a dingy phone behind prison bars.

I've Worked at Mcdonald's for 7 Years Without a Raise. Now, the Fight for 15 Gives Me (and Workers Worldwide) Hope.

Bettie Anne Douglas | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Bettie Anne Douglas

I'm 57 years old and I've worked for McDonald's for seven years, getting paid a few pennies above the federal minimum wage. For a long time, I felt like I had no choice but to accept $7.65 an hour and the daily struggles that come along with that poverty wage. But in the last year, all that has changed.

Because I Was A Single Teen Mom

Eileen Fragiacomo | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents
Eileen Fragiacomo

My socioeconomic background (and the teen mom status and high school level of education that came with it) was always lingering in the back of my mind, making me feel very inadequate. But it also made me work even harder to keep up and grow as much as I possibly could.

Activists Create Sleep Safe Haven For London Homeless

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Van Winkle's

In just one of many examples of why the world is a cold, ugly place, "anti-homeless spikes" have materialized in London.

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.

Jeb! Cracks the Whip

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Jeb! Bush, a boy born to wealth and privilege, whose family owns not a home but a compound of dwellings in Kennebunkport, Maine, and whose wife plunked down $25,600 for one pair of earrings, lectured last week that Americans should work longer hours.

I'm a Teacher, and I Do Whatever It Takes to Make the Hunger Go Away

Elizabeth Mach | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Mach

I once spent $5 on lottery tickets out of desperation, despite knowing as a math teacher that the probability of winning was essentially zero. But I teach, hoping that it will get better for me, for my students, and for my own kid who falls into that strange not-rich, not-poor-enough no man's land. There is no middle class that we fit into.

The 5 Best Things About Raising Kids Poor

Jessica Rising | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Jessica Rising

Poor parents aren't bad parents, and we aren't always miserable either. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I want to remain poor for the rest of my life. Like the vast majority of people, I want the best life for my children. But I'm a little tired of seeing only the bad side of being poor.

California Is Giving Poor Residents Solar Energy Using Polluting Companies' Dollars

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.31.2015 | Impact

California's fight against global warming is providing green energy to low-income residents -- and polluting companies are footing the bill. As the...

America Trails the Developed World on Paid Leave For Working People

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
David A. Love

For all of the talk of American exceptionalism, the U.S. is exceptionally bad in the treatment of its workers. America--the world's largest economy--is one of the few advanced nations without a national policy guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers.

Making the Economy Work for the Many, Not the Few -- Step 1: Raise the Minimum Wage

Robert Reich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Over time we've seen significant growth in the "working poor" -- people working full time, sometimes even 60 or more hours each week, but at such low wages that they remain impoverished. What to do?

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Explaining "Working Poor" to My Privileged, Middle Class Children

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

When we do our "gratitude inventory" (aka, a way to get them to reflect and pray), they rattle off things as a matter of routine that many people would only dream of.

Youth Must Fight for 15

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Hannah Weintraub

Young people have taken it for far too long. The exploitation of my generation began quietly with brutal standardized testing and increased rates of childhood poverty. It crescendoed with raising university tuition prices until the stage was set for the grand finale.

Among Low-Income Working Families, a Sharp Racial and Ethnic Divide

Brandon Roberts | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

Despite the U.S. economic recovery, low-wage jobs have accounted for almost 60 percent of the employment gains since 2010. As a result, the number of low-income working families has been growing and now represents almost a third of all U.S. working families.

The Rise Of The Working Poor And The Non-Working Rich

Robert Reich | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Consider the rise of both the working poor and the non-working rich, and the meritocratic ideal on which America's growing inequality is often justified doesn't hold up.

Top Ten Arguments for Raising the Minimum Wage

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

It is a myth that the minimum wage is only for teens and entry level workers. Raising the minimum wage to $10 would impact over 15 million workers.

'If I Think About Money Too Much, I Usually End Up Having A Small Panic Attack'

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

Brittney Kagee, 23, is a recent college graduate working two hourly wage jobs, which has left her feeling jaded. I left a small, isolated town in ...

Our Disparity Disorder: Life on the Wage Floors

Doug Levitt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Doug Levitt

The asset boom combined with wage stagnation have only intensified our nation's disparity disorder, the prime metaphor for which is Walmart and its heirs, the Waltons.

Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "Th...

New App That Simplifies Food Assistance, Healthcare Benefits To Help Millions Of Families In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact

A new app in development could make accessing social services a much easier task for many Americans. Single Stop, USA -- a nonprofit that has serv...

The Poorest County In Each State

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business

In each state, there was at least one county with a median annual household income more than $7,000 lower than the state’s median income. Virginia a...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

'I Never Thought I'd Be Able To Give My Son His Own Bedroom' | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The year 2014 is ending on an economic high note: The U.S. workforce added 321,000 jobs in November, hourly wages are ticking upward, an...