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Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

American workers aren't whining. They can compete with anyone in the world on an even playing field. But when foreign countries provide illegal subsidies, manipulate their currency, and hand no-cost land, no-interest loans and tax breaks to producers, then it's bad trade.

The Promise of Career and Technical Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Policymakers, business, labor and community can come together to make CTE a thriving component of our 21st-century education system -- and with it, an engine that helps more young people have access to good jobs and the American dream.

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Save The U.S. Government $7.6 Billion A Year

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business

"Raising the minimum wage is one simple and long-overdue step toward rebalancing the social contract so that the private and public sectors are more equal participants in improving living standards for American workers."

Arthur Delaney

Fewer And Fewer Unemployed Americans Get Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fewer jobless Americans now receive unemployment benefits than at any other point in the past few decades, according to a new analysis b...

The Case For and Against Sen. Dick Durbin's Reelection

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Whether or not they believe Durbin is the best person to help lead Illinois into prosperity, most Illinoisans will agree that prosperity is what they want.

The Major Disadvantage Facing Black Students, Even In Kindergarten

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Sixty years after the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education integrated the nation’s classrooms, black and white students still largely ...

An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The death of the American steel industry is fine with the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Cato Institute. They say Americans should thank foreign states that violate international trade laws by subsidizing their steel industries.

Make Hard Work Pay -- Again

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The sad truth is you can work full time in America and not be able to meet your family's basic needs. A parent working full time at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour earns $15,080 a year before taxes. That's $4,700 below the poverty level for a parent with two children.

Small Business Owners Say Raise the Wage

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.12.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Debate about raising the minimum wage is a hot topic, and the impact to small businesses is a sticking point in the argument. But what do real small businesses think about raising the wage?

10 States Where Income Inequality Has Soared: 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess and Vince Calio | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Although average real income in the United States increased by more than a third between 1979 and 2007, not all workers benefit...

Show This To The Next Person Who Argues We Don't Need Unions

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business

The decline in union membership in the United States has consequences reaching well outside the factory walls, among them: Fueling the rise of income ...

14 Things The Republican Party Just Doesn't Get About Poverty

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

In an era of soaring income inequality, stagnant wage growth and a dismal job market, the Republican Party has decided that its hard-line, welfare-moc...

Corporate Shills Take Aim at Workers Fighting for a Living Wage

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Ian Reifowitz

Imagine if, instead of pumping millions of dollars into public relations and fake science, these corporations just put those funds into the wallets of their employees.

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Won't Budge on $10.10 As New Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While they're willing to haggle over the finer points of a minimum wage hike, congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they will not lo...

Affording The Affordable Care Act

Pew's Stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Fast Track to Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Without significant changes, TPP will just be another American factory shuttering, dream shattering trade deal. Of course, the corporations that stand to profit support the current TPP scheme, as they did the other job-destroying trade deals. And so do corporate politicians.

To Fix the Problem of Inequality, Fight for Full-Employment

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservative populism becomes most powerful, as we saw in the last mid-term election in 2010, when liberal politicians ignore the fundamental nature of the economic crisis and leave the field to conservatives on the issue that voters care most about: jobs.

It's Not Safe Out There

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

OSHA, the underfunded agency charged with enforcing the law, can't effectively shield either workers or whistleblowers. The agency is a soleless work boot -- fine on the surface but failing its purpose. As a result, it's not safe at work and not safe reporting dangers at work.

Joy Resmovits

Report Calls Signature Obama Initiative 'Impossible'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's signature education initiative, the Race to the Top competition, is "impossible" at best and damaging at worst, argues a new,...

Labor Daze: A Murky Future for the 'Average'

Frank Islam | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

In spite of the sometimes soaring and sometimes sour rhetoric surrounding Labor Day, the sad reality in 2013 is that, on average, the "average" American worker continues to struggle mightily.

Martin Luther King Worried About Economic Injustice

Harlan Green | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Martin Luther King said the basis of disparities between the races had as much to do with income inequality as outright racism in his book, Why We Can...

Why Citizenship Matters: Getting to the Bottom Line

Manuel Pastor | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Manuel Pastor

The denial of a path to citizenship is an insult to these people. It's a denial of their struggles, of their aspirations, and of their desires to be American. And they, and their friends, relatives, and allies, will accept nothing less than a full path (no matter how challenging) to citizenship.

Will the Killing of Trayvon Martin Catalyze a Movement Like Emmett Till Did?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The eerie parallels between the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the murder of Emmett Till 58 years ago -- including the outrageous acquittals of their killers -- remind us that despite many years of racial progress, our criminal justice system remains a bastion of bias and bigotry.

D.C. Families Need How Much To Get By??!!

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.12.2013 | DC

Anyone who lives here could have told you that D.C.-area families need a whole lot of cash just to get by. You still may be shocked by the exact amoun...

Report Reveals Sobering Truth About Miami Cost Of Living

Posted 07.10.2013 | Miami

The Economic Policy Institute has just updated their cost-of-living budgets to reflect how much a family needs to earn to get by in 2013. Looking a...