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Fair Wages

Pay Up or Lose Out

Erin Daruszka | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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?

Civil Rights Leaders, Past and Present, Agree: Americans Deserve Better Wages

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Wade Henderson, Esq.

The facts are clear. Raising the wage is a popular idea with bipartisan support that would help to lift working families out of poverty and expand the economy for everyone.

Senate Women Say: Raise The Minimum Wage!

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

At a time when 400 American families have more wealth than 150 million, an American single mom earning minimum wage at a full-time job takes home just $15,000 a year to support her family -- below the poverty line.

The War on Thanksgiving

Mark Sandlin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

On a day about being thankful for what we have, many people will be rushing out to buy more stuff. Rather than enjoying time spent with family or friends, they will rush out to battle strangers in an effort to buy more distractions.

7 Things To Know About Fair Trade

Christine Prois | Posted 12.19.2013 | Impact
Christine Prois

Which would you purchase? A white shirt made in Indonesia selling for $14.99 with a "designer label" or a white shirt made in Indonesia for $25 which has a fair trade designation? Why do you think there is such a discrepancy?

Workers in Minnesota Fight to Survive

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

It takes 86 hours a week working in a minimum wage job to pay for an average two-bedroom apartment in Minnesota. That's 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It's no accident that real wages have declined while executive pay and corporate profits have climbed rapidly.

The Tipping (Jar) Point

Jack Amiel | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business
Jack Amiel

In the last two decades, management and corporations have done better and workers have done worse. By way of the jar, bosses have found a way to keep their prices low, their profits high and pass part of their staffing costs onto consumers.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

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.

Wendy's, What Are You Waiting For?: Calling on the Fast Food Giant to Stand up For Farmworkers

Anna Lappé | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Anna Lappé

Who has freckles, pigtails, and is still holding out from joining the Fair Food Program? If you guessed the fresh-faced mascot of Wendy's, give yourself a gold star.

WATCH: Lilly Ledbetter: Why The Wage Gap Is 'Even Worse' Today

Posted 02.01.2013 | Women

According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, women are making 77 cents for every dollar that men make with the gap even larger for African American and L...

Of Longshoremen, Investment Bankers and Class Warfare

David Macaray | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
David Macaray

So if money is continuing to gravitate toward businesses, not only in generous amounts, but in record amounts, why are we opposed to the middle-class sharing in that largess? Aren't working folks, as much as Corporate America, entitled to a larger slice of the pie?

When Workers Are Not Paid, We All Lose

Urbano Santos | Posted 12.22.2012 | Miami
Urbano Santos

Broward Commissioners have the opportunity to ensure a healthy and fair economic recovery in our county by approving the Wage Recovery Ordinance, which will help workers reclaim their wages and will protect honest business owners.

Fair Wages for Fair Trade

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Joel Richard Paul

Guaranteeing a fair local wage would empower developing countries to raise their labor standards. By improving the conditions and livelihood of foreign workers the Trans-Pacific Partnership can create new markets and stimulate world economic growth.

Wage Theft: A Crime You Can Get Away With

Tim Judson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business
Tim Judson

This week, we authored a report grading states on how well they protect a fundamental workplace right: getting paid what you are legally owed. This right is so basic and common-sense that most people are still unaware of how commonly it is violated.

Elizabeth Warren Will Lead

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In a Washington full of revolving-door sellouts who effortlessly glide between special-interest sinecures and government jobs earning personal fortunes on the payroll of the 1 percent, Elizabeth Warren will never sell her public conscience for private wealth.

Fashion With a Conscience

Phil Shepherd | Posted 05.21.2012 | Style
Phil Shepherd

Shelton Green, risking everything for his unwavering dream, has created a line of fashion that both looks great and is conscious of the people who have created it.

What Does Beyoncé's Recent Birth Tell Us About How Much We Value Mothers?

Clare Winterton | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Clare Winterton

Both the global statistics and our new exhibition at the International Museum of Women, MAMA, tell a story that is very different to the glowing and positive picture that surrounds each new celebrity birth.

The Leakeys' African Jewelry Makes More Than A Fashion Statement

Avital Andrews | Posted 08.20.2011 | Style
Avital Andrews

2011-06-20-Screenshot20110620at4.42.25PM.jpg Jewelry exists to make an aesthetic statement. But it can make an ethical statement too.

Fairness for Workers

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Bruce Braley

Hard working Iowans and all middle class Americans deserve fair wages. That's why I defended Project Labor Agreements at yesterday's hearing

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: Why NYC's People of Faith Must Fight for a Living Wage

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

Religious leaders are watching and mobilizing in the stout-hearted struggle for justice for New York City's workers. We will not be delayed, we will not be distracted, we will not forget the least of these.

People Sustainability

Anne Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anne Phillips

Folks that are very concerned about doing the right thing for the environment seem to not think twice about paying a very low wage to the people performing a very important service for them.

"Generation D" for Diminishing Paycheck

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

Bosses say they don't have the money to pay you more, but how much of what has happened to the paychecks of American workers has to do with our acceptance of diminishing returns?

Personifying Corporate Greed

Stuart Appelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stuart Appelbaum

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group CEO Larry Young probably doesn't worry about how he'll provide for his family. You don't have to when you're squeezing money out of the employees who helped build your business.

Teabag the Boss, Card Check for the Masses

Daniel Denvir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Denvir

The business community is scared shitless by the prospect of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) becoming law. They have conjured up images of aggress...