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Living Wage

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

This Is Scott Walker's Idea Of A Living Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Linda Branch, a 50-year-old personal care worker in Milwaukee, works 20 hours a week making $11 an hour, or around $400 every two weeks....

The War Over Wages, City by City

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The gridlock in Washington - where Congress hasn't boosted the federal minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour, since 2009 - has catalyzed a growing movement in cities and states. Nineteen states now have minimum wages over $7.25 an hour.

Who Will NYC's New Living Wage Policy Benefit Most?

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business

New York City's new wage hike is much-needed relief in a city beset by skyrocketing living costs and mounting income inequality. But for many families...

Labor Secretary Dodges Questions About Succeeding Eric Holder

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, regarded as a possible contender to fill the shoes of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, remained quiet as to whethe...

Bill de Blasio, Adam Smith and the Living Wage Movement

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There's a lot more to living wage proposals than emotional appeals to help working families and reaction to corporate welfare. Increasing wages will increase spendable income, which will increase demand, which will increase economic activity that benefits everyone. It's anti-austerity economics turned into a workable program.

Raising Most People's Wages

Robert Reich | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

GDP growth is less and less relevant to the wellbeing of most Americans. We should be paying less attention to growth and more to median household income.

The Invisible Hand Is in Your Pocket Now

Llewellyn King | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
Llewellyn King

We are witnessing a vast change in the way we pay for things with tipping subsidizing companies, fees fattening airlines, banks and hotels against the interest - and often the foreknowledge - of the customer.

Poverty In America: Living on $7.28 Per Day

Joel John Roberts | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Seven dollars per day is not much. Forget buying a latte at Starbucks each morning. You would barely have enough money to eat afterwards. In fact, forget going out to eat. Period. The tip alone would eat up all of your daily allocation.

Walmart's Dress Code and the Cost of Low-Wage Work

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

The placement of cost burden on a new employee is a long-standing practice among employers who attract those with no choice but to accept low-wage work.

Workers Fight for Fair Wages and Will Win

Michael Stewart | Posted 09.11.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

On a cold November morning in 2012, some 200 fast food workers at places like McDonald's and Burger King started an improbable journey with a one-day strike at a handful of restaurants to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Grocery Store Theology: Market Basket, Labor Day, and Respecting the Worker

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

In my church, where prayer concerns are raised during worship by members of the congregation, the employees of Market Basket were raised up by non-employees. People across the political spectrum talked about refusing to shop out of solidarity for the workers.

$15: The New Eight-Hour Day

Jack Temple | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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.