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$15: The New Eight-Hour Day

Jack Temple | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Jack Temple

When 200 New York City fast-food workers walked off their jobs in November 2012, their demand of $15 an hour seemed like a fantasy. But over the weekend, as more than 1,000 fast-food workers from 50 cities gathered in Chicago for the first-ever nationwide fast-food workers convention, the workers' call for $15 looked prescient.

Former Governor Tried To Live On The Minimum Wage For A Week, Ran Out Of Baloney

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ted Strickland tried to live on the minimum wage for a week, and it didn't go so well. "I didn’t make it," the former Democratic g...

McDonald's Workers Claim They Were Fired For Union Activity

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business

McDonald's is under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board for allegedly firing workers for union activity, in a case that could have muc...

What's a Living Wage Where You Live?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Could you live on a minimum wage in your county? While the minimum wage for Illinois is constant throughout the state, the living wage varies from county to county.

The Ridiculous Minimum Wage Argument

Richard Zombeck | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It is nothing short of disgusting that the self-proclaimed "greatest country on earth" is engaged in a vehement discussion on minimum wages.

Raising Wages to Raise Profits

Jack Temple | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Jack Temple

The workers ringing up your meatballs and helping you find shelving units on your next trip to Ikea will have something to smile about starting next year: higher pay.

7 Companies That Aren't Waiting For Congress To Raise The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

Ikea workers scored a big victory Thursday when the purveyor of inexpensive Scandinavian furniture announced it's raising its minimum wage at all U.S....

Dave Jamieson

Ikea To Raise Minimum Wage For U.S. Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is raising the minimum wage in all of its U.S. stores, and it's doing so in a way that may raise the ba...

Behind the Disney Magic, Reality Bits Back for Those Who Work There

Gary Stein | Posted 08.24.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Disney employees may be in "The Most Magical Place on Earth," but it looks as if it is dark magic that surrounds them.

Religious Progressives Confront the Sociopathic Economy

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In today's economic environment, we need a revival of trade unionism. A robust trade-union movement must be premised on recognition of the right that all persons have to come together for economic purposes.

Seattle Is Right

Robert Reich | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

The gains from a higher minimum wage extend beyond those who receive it. More money in the pockets of low-wage workers means more sales, especially in the locales they live in -- which in turn creates faster growth and more jobs.

Earning Tips Vs. Higher Wage: One Waitress's Opinion

Jennifer Moleski | Posted 07.23.2014 | Money
Jennifer Moleski

I studied wine, spirits, and food. I got a job at a great restaurant where they spent months training me in how to provide an excellent experience to the guests. And guess what? I began earning a comfortable living.

The Flurry of Minimum- and Living-wage Initiatives

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

Why are we seeing a surge of momentum for higher minimum wages, a living wage and limits to executive compensation?

Fighting Wage Theft in the Fast Food Industry

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business
Eric T. Schneiderman

Minimum-wage workers devastated by the economic crash of 2008 have continued to languish in poverty while the subsequent recovery has sent executive compensation soaring. Nowhere is the disparity starker than in the fast-food industry, which a recent report called the most unequal sector in the U.S. economy.

Faith Leaders Leading the Fight Against Income Inequality in New York

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

All throughout history, clergy of all faiths and denominations have been deeply involved in the fight for civil rights and for fair treatment for all people. Now faith leaders are helping to lead the fight against income inequality.

Worldwide Fast-Food Protests Are Coming

AP | By CANDICE CHOI | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Labor organizers say they're planning another day of fast-food protests next week, with coordinated actions expected in the U.S. and...

New York State: The New Oklahoma?

Tsedeye Gebreselassie | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Tsedeye Gebreselassie

At a time when cities and states are working to address economic inequality and fight poverty by passing minimum wage increases, why would a state hamstring its cities from setting a higher minimum wage?

Do You Earn a Living Wage?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.21.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Debate over the minimum wage is all the rage at the moment at both the federal and state levels.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

¡Si Se Puede! (Yes We Can!)

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 06.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Henry A. J. Ramos

To be strong and whole as a nation, we must continue the work that César Chávez began all those years ago -- the unfinished work of fulfilling our social contract, not just for the haves, but even more importantly for society's have-nots.

Watch: All Work and No Pay

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

You've heard about the wave of recent protests calling on fast food chains like McDonald's and Burger King to raise wages for their employees, who are forced to live on next to nothing. But did you know that many workers in sit-down restaurants may be faring even worse?

The National Minimum Wage Is a Moral Crime

Fred Lundgren | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

It can be argued that companies dependent upon $7.25 an hour labor to be profitable are not really legitimate businesses, they are publicly supported "corporate welfare recipients."

Will Bitcoins Become the People's Federal Reserve?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 05.23.2014 | Money
Fred Lundgren

Henry Ford said, "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there wou...

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Are Wrong

Arun Ivatury | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Arun Ivatury

Maybe the error lies not in too much intervention to boost wages, but in assuming a healthy economy is possible without such corrective action. Maybe we can provide living wages and decent benefits and still thrive economically. Maybe Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are wrong.

The 'Paid-What-You're-Worth' Myth

Robert Reich | Posted 05.14.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

It's often assumed that people are paid what they're worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren't worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they'd earn more. Any attempt to force employers to pay them more will only kill jobs.