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Living Wage

Crying Wolf Over Higher Wages in a Time of Need

Stephanie Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stephanie Luce

Without regular increases to the minimum wage, the number of "working poor" is rising again. New data released last month adds more evidence that higher wage levels do not force employers to lay off workers.

Economic Might Makes Right? NY City Council's Moral Choice

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

With all the emphasis on economics, something terribly important was lost during the sick leave debate: is it fair to deny over one million working New Yorkers the right to take off of work to recover from illness?

New York's Lousy Jobs (And How We Can Make Them Better)

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Should we tear down the city's middle class? Or work to turn lousy jobs into good ones? That's the policy choice facing New York's leaders. So far, their decisions aren't encouraging.

Tell Me What I Want to Hear: Bloomberg's Living Wage Study

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Three top city officials, each rumored to have their eye on a mayoral run in 2013, directly challenged Mayor Bloomberg on Monday over a living wage bill in the City Council.

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: West Virginia Republican Reiterates Opposition To Minimum Wage In Debate | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the most controversial issues in West Virginia's tight U.S. Senate race has been disagreement over the minimum wage, an issue the candidates to...

Minimal Wages For All

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Here's another reason to vote in the mid-term elections this November: Conservatives think you need a pay cut. As I've said once or twice before, cons...

Two Contrasting Sets of Economic Values at Stake in Mid-Terms

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

There are those who believe that there's not a dime's worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans: that it really doesn't matter who is elected. Those people are wrong.

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.

Measuring New York City's Wage Adequacy

Michele Mattingly | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michele Mattingly

Public policy in recent years has stressed the primacy of employment over public support to address poverty, yet too many of New York's jobs simply do not pay enough.

A Reluctant Vote for Walmart -- A Report From the Chicago City Council

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

I voted for the zoning change to allow for the Walmart because I wanted to honor the hard work of labor and community organizations. I cast my vote with great trepidation, however.

Living Wage Law Would Create Benefits for Business, City's Economy

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

The principle behind the living wage bill is simple: the city should only use taxpayer dollars to create high-quality jobs. Subsidizing the creation of poverty-level jobs makes little economic or fiscal sense.

The Local Jobs for America Act: Why Aren't More Politicians Supporting Legislation Americans Need and Want?

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

As far as most Americans are concerned, the so-called economic recovery has little to do with the reality many of them are facing.

Fixing Community Benefits Agreements

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

A Community Benefits Agreement between a developer and the community covers a wide range of community needs. The CBA process, if you can call it a process, is broken in New York City.

Show Me The Jobs, Mayor Daley!

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

Mayor Still Has it Wrong About Wal-Mart By Al Norman Wal-Mart apparently views locating new stores in urban Chicagoland as something like a soccer...

Daley Supports Wal-Mart's Plan For Dozens Of Chicago Stores

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Speaking at a news conference at Hirsch High School, Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley gave a strong endorsement of the wage agreement offered by Wal-Mar...

Chicago Wal-Mart: Aldermen To Discuss 'Living Wage' Rule On Big Boxes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Sun-Times is reporting that the Chicago Plan Commission has approved plans for the new Wal-Mart. While the Plan Commission is an adviso...

Wage Policy from the Grassroots

Annette Bernhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Annette Bernhardt

When it comes to labor issues, the policy mantra during recessions - and recoveries - is that wages are off the table. The argument sounds formidable...

Resurrection City: For A Living Wage

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

We need a compensation system that treats all with dignity and respect. New York City is a rich city. We can lead the way to King's dream.

Living Wage Fight Revitalized in New York City

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Chen

In a city starkly divided between the haves and have nots, community activists are demanding an honest day's pay for New Yorkers who work at businesses profiting on the taxpayers' dime.

Bloomberg Wrong on Living Wage

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Mayor Bloomberg's comments on a new bill being considered by the City Council are not just disingenuous, they're also flat out wrong.

Obama's "High Road" Contracting Policy Builds on Chicago's Living Wage Law: Now, Can Chicago Learn From Its Own Success?

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Amy Traub

A soon-to-be introduced bill to expand the living wage to companies that directly or indirectly benefit from city subsidies such as tax increment financing will put the city to the test.

Metro Inequality: What Cities Can Do About the Shrinking Middle Class

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Even the good times of the 2000s weren't so good for most of Americans, since a disproportionate share of the gains went to the very highest income earners.

Mandarins and Apparats

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Beyond his vivid comparison of the Obama administration to the worst of the autocratic worst Kotkin forgets to provide evidence that the administration is actually obsessed with centralizing authority.

No More Contracts with the Devil! What Obama Learned from Municipal Living Wage Laws

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Want to pay your employees less than it takes to support a family, force Medicaid and hospital emergency rooms to pay for their health care, and break...

Over 1,500 Homeless, Many With Jobs, In DuPage County

Chicagoist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Many of the homeless were employed, but their income fell short of the $19 per hour that she estimated was necessary for a two-bedroom apartment in Du...