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How to Fix the Economy: Going Beyond GDP and Politics as Usual

Riane Eisler | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Riane Eisler

This is the time for forward-looking measures. We cannot fix the economy based on measures such as GDP that look at our world through a rearview mirror.

Home Care Workers Take Fight for $15 to the Ballot Box

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Catherine Ruckelshaus

Unpredictable and part-time hours reduce the earnings of home care workers even further -- as a result, the median take-home pay of home care workers in the U.S. equals just over $17,000 per year.

Dave Jamieson

White House Delays Enforcement Of Minimum Wage, Overtime For Home Care Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department announced Tuesday that it plans to delay its enforcement of new minimum wage and overtime protections for the count...

The Plight of Private Residence Domestic Workers

Ana I. Grande | Posted 12.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana I. Grande

Every worker, regardless of their immigration status, should be protected by the law in so much that her well-being, her dignity as a person seeking the American dream for her family, is never at risk.

Dave Jamieson

White House Might Cave On A New Minimum Wage Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was once part of President Barack Obama's "We Can't Wait" economic agenda. But now the wait might be getting even longer. The Labo...

Big Win in California, But More to Do

Ellen Bravo | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Millions of Californians will have reason to celebrate today after Governor Jerry Brown signs the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act. For 44 percent of the state's population who don't earn a single paid sick day, this will move them a step closer to catching up with the rest of the world.

Jillian Berman

Why This Week's Fast Food Protests Are 'History In The Making'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business

Fast-food workers are the public face of our part-time, low-wage economy. But when they protest on Thursday for higher wages and better conditions, th...

Dave Jamieson

After Brutal SCOTUS Loss, Union Notches Big Win

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

The Service Employees International Union won an election on Tuesday that will make it the representative for 27,000 home care workers in Minnesota --...

Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It is ugly individualism that underlies the political ideology of the rich industrialists who are spending billions in an effort to shred Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and who are attempting to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Unions are an impediment to their grand scheme, so they're coming after us with a vengeance.

Raising the Floor for Home Care Workers Is Critical to the Nation's Economic Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

In the decades to come, raising the floor for home care workers will become increasingly important. Unfortunately, many of those who take care of our most vulnerable - even full-time workers - are still in poverty.

Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Low wages, debts and dim prospects all subjugate. This is the condition of a shocking number of Americans as income inequality rises. And their economic desperation and subordination occurred by design.

The Supreme Court's Crafty Minefield

Laura Reyes | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

We're going to knock on as many doors and ring as many phones as it takes to make sure that working people are paying attention to the divisive, extremist politics that begin in a city council chamber and lead ultimately to Supreme Court cases like Harris and Hobby Lobby.

3 Reasons Harris v. Quinn Matters to All of Us

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

The Harris v. Quinn ruling on Monday was a huge step backward in the national effort to develop rights and protections for home care workers. It's also a clear call to action for all of us not to become complacent.

States Must Find Way to Do Right by Home Care Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When does justice delayed become justice denied? For the nation's 2 million home care workers, that time may be here. But states have the power to rectify the situation, and they should.

21st Century Lessons Emerge from Chinese Railroad Workers of the Past

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

The choice to make care jobs and other low-wage wage service jobs good jobs will have an impact on generations to come.

Home Care Workers Rely on Unions, and We Rely on Them

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

The progress made by Michigan home care workers since 2005 was undone when legislators decided to exclude them from the state's definition of public employees. Without adequate wages and benefits, the home care workforce is not sustainable.

The State of the Direct Care Worker

Carla Washington | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Carla Washington

Another recurring theme in President Obama's State of the Union address was that progress in America does not stand still -- and neither should our efforts to ensure that direct care workers share in the fruits of the American dream.

Dave Jamieson

The Real State Of The Union For Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "The state of our union is strong," President Obama will tell the country tonight, echoing a sentiment shared by nearly every executive ...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Secretary: More Employers Need To Emulate Costco

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Count Labor Secretary Thomas Perez among the many admirers of Costco. In a speech in the nation's capital on poverty Tuesday, Perez s...

The Wait Is Over: 2 Million Home Care Workers No Longer Excluded From Minimum Wage

Jodi M. Sturgeon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jodi M. Sturgeon

For the women who do this work, this has meant decades of physical and emotional labor that has been undervalued and underpaid. The work itself is considered "unskilled" despite the fact that most of us would have no clue how to safely move a 90-year-old from bed to chair or help a person with Alzheimer's avoid fear and frustration.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Finally Delivers On Promise To Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a move that will change working conditions for two million Americans, the Labor Department announced Tuesday the enactment of a new r...

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.

Dave Jamieson

A Promise From Obama To Workers Still Unfulfilled

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In December of 2011, President Barack Obama stood at the White House alongside a group of home care workers and announced that his admin...

Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The need for home care workers is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Yet, low wages, long hours and no benefits will continue to drive more workers out of these important jobs. The tragic result will be more Americans with disabilities denied the services they need.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Still Waiting On White House's 'We Can't Wait' Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A year ago President Barack Obama stood with a group of home care aides and announced that his administration would be extending to them...