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Walmart Day Parade. Anyone?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Richard Zombeck

We're finally having a discussion about income inequality and the enormous disparity in wealth in this country. Is it really a surprise to anyone that Walmart is the go-to example of what's wrong in this country?

Kathleen Miles

LA Considers Highest Minimum Wage In U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Los Angeles may soon require the highest minimum wage in America. In the coming weeks, three city council members plan to introduce a motion to rai...

Do You Earn a Living Wage?

Abhi Nangia | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

A toast is in order. A toast to everyone fortunate enough to earn a living wage. Here's a toast to complacency. Yes, complacency. Why am I writin...

Judy Wicks Threatens to Give Business a Good Name

John Locke Goss | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
John Locke Goss

I was recently invited into the cozy Philadelphia row home of one of the great entrepreneurial minds and hearts of my generation. By almost any measur...

Shopping Free or Slave? Nelson Mandela and Freedom as a Choice

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

This holiday season, I am wondering if it is possible to feel good about the workers in our "free trade" world. I was picked up and driven to the trai...

What Really Matters

Robin Hardman | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Robin Hardman

How we treat people matters. No one should be paid too little to live on. No one should risk losing everything, living in misery or dying unnecessarily because of a lack of affordable medical treatment.

Living Wage

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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$15 Minimum Wage Referendum To Appear On March Primary Ballots

Posted 12.19.2013 | Chicago

When Chicago voters head to the polls to vote in next March's primary election, some of them will encounter a question that's been the subject of many...

It's Not OK That Your Employees Can't Afford to Eat

Peter Cappelli | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Peter Cappelli

If you are a member of the board of directors of a company that pays its workers so little that they need government subsidies to survive, isn't that a little embarrassing?

A Bit of Nuance on the Minimum Wage

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

It is wrong to aver that moderate minimum wage increases do not lead to any losses of jobs or hours by affected workers. But the benefits of the wage increase leave them better off, on net.

One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains

Robert Reich | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

No politician wants to mention "redistribution" because it conjures up images of worthy "makers" forced to hand over hard-earned income to undeserving "takers." But as low-wage work proliferates in America, so-called takers are working as hard if not harder than anyone else, and often at more than one job.

'Thinking Globally, Acting Locally' In the Minimum Wage Fight

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Something is happening. It's beginning to look as if the fight for a livable minimum wage might -- just might -- alter our political future.

Recognize, Reward and Reduce McJobs This Thanksgiving

Raj Patel | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
Raj Patel

This Thanksgiving, after recognizing the work, and acting to reward it, it'll be time to start talking about what 'reducing' McJobs might look like. A living wage? The end of Big Food?

The Mythology of the Minimum Wage

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Raise the minimum wage and combat poverty! That sounds like a great idea, but... not so fast. As it turns out, increasing the minimum wage actually hurts the working poor, is a windfall for affluent families, and raises the barriers facing the unemployed.

Working Poor This Thanksgiving

Rebecca Smith | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business
Rebecca Smith

Thanksgiving is one of our most treasured national holidays. But while most of us will spend it sitting down to a sumptuous dinner in the company of our loved ones, some of us will be stocking shelves and working the shop floor.

Target -- The Emperor Has No Clothes!

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

Many so-called "blue states" welcome Target with open arms while shunning Walmart for their anti-worker practices. So this begs the question -- is Target really any better? Is this line of thinking justified?

Working People in Small Washington Community Take Living Wage Directly to Voters

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In the city of SeaTac, which surrounds the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, something special is happening.

Crapping Out in New York: A Better Way

Dave Colavito | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Dave Colavito

Taxpayers don't need casinos, but some private investors -- and politicians in receipt of their largesse -- want them. That's because casinos offer a level of certainty afforded to no other business in NYS -- the guarantee that comes from the mathematical certainty of house odds.

A Cambodian Spring

Kalyanee Mam | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Kalyanee Mam

I followed Khieu Mok, a garment factory worker, and one of the main subjects in the documentary film A River Changes Course, back to her village and as she placed her vote in the ballot box. I asked Khieu what she wanted most from the election -- for herself, her family and her country. She said simply, "All I want is a livable wage."

Director Jacob Kornbluth on Inequality for All

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

This week marks both the fifth anniversary of the fiscal meltdown that almost tanked the world economy and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the movement that sparked heightened public awareness of income inequality. Yet the crisis is worse than ever.

47 Percent Anniversary: Gospel, Not Gaffe

Jarryd Willis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

Is it the case that Romney's comments reflect GOP gospel as opposed to being an hour-long gaffe or a series of ineloquent remarks? To answer that question, let's review a few of the GOP's policy positions and remarks over the past year.

Fighting for Public Education at the University of Oregon

Joseph Lowndes | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Joseph Lowndes

The intransigence of administrators over these issues reflects the broader corporatization of American higher education, where research is increasingly a commodity to be bought and sold, education a product to be made as cheaply as possible, and professors are laborers stripped of rights and job security.

McViolation: How American Fast Food Operators Break the Law

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Labor Day may be over, but if the recent strikes in 60 cities are any indication, fast food workers intend to keep turning up the heat on a vast American industry built around poverty wages.

Walmart Compares 'Living Wage' Bill To Communist Russia

Posted 09.06.2013 | Business

Walmart sent out an email to reporters Friday that compared a Washington D.C. "living wage" bill to the practices of Cold War-era communist Russia. ...

Fast Food Workers Seek Justice, Respect and a Living Wage to Lift Them Out of Poverty

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Fast food workers are drowning in economic hardship, trying to live on $7.25 per hour, and in some case a bit more. These workers are mainly women, with 25% being parents who can barely make ends meet on an average pay of less than $11,200 per year while working in a $200 billion industry.