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Workers Are Rising -- and Winning

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

If you work hard, you should make enough to live a good life and provide a better one for your kids. That's a conviction worth fighting for and a sentiment that rings true for most people, not just in Seattle but everywhere.

Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As the United States slips from its status as the globe's number one economic power, small numbers of Americans continue to amass staggering amounts of wealth, while simultaneously inequality trends toward historic levels.

Show This To The Next Person Who Says High Minimum Wages Kill Jobs

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

If you need more evidence that a higher minimum wage won't kill the economy, consider this: The city with one of the highest minimum wages in the coun...

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.

Mark Gongloff

The Big Problem With Your Paycheck Is Not Your Fault

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business

Stock prices and corporate profits are setting records, jobs are growing, and yet most Americans think the recession never ended. How can this be? Bec...

Dave Jamieson

More Bad News For McDonald's

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business

New York state has reached a settlement with the owner of seven McDonald's franchises that will give nearly $500,000 to fast-food workers who claimed ...

Gap Takes Big Stance On Minimum Wage

Reuters | Aditi Shrivastava | Posted 02.20.2014 | Business

(Reuters) - Apparel retailer Gap Inc said it would raise the hourly pay for its U.S. employees to $9 in June 2014 and $10 in June 2015, after the Whi...

It's Time to Raise the Wage

Camille Rivera | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Camille Rivera

We at UnitedNY are urging the State Legislature to let high-cost areas around the state lift fast food, airport, car wash and other low-wage workers out of poverty and into the middle class through local wage authorization.

Living Wage, Will You Be My Valentine?

Richard Fowler | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Richard Fowler

As we celebrate another Valentine's Day, let's take a moment to think about who is preparing those chocolates, cutting those flowers, and waiting your table. In all likelihood, those individuals are making less than a living wage.

It's Truly Terrifying That Some Pilots Earn Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business

The next time you're flying in an airplane consider this: The person operating the aircraft might not be making much more than the person who made the...

Equal Opportunity Won't Reduce Poverty

Douglas J. Amy | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Douglas J. Amy

Unequal opportunity helps explain why certain groups of people tend to end up poor, but it does not explain why we have poverty. The real causes of poverty are two-fold: lack of jobs and too many jobs paying poverty-level wages.

Fewer Americans Than Ever Think They're Middle-Class

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.28.2014 | Business

As President Obama takes the stage Tuesday night to deliver his State of the Union address, he may want to be wary of appealing to the middle class, t...

Workers Are Going to Win Justice

Camille Rivera | Posted 03.29.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Nationally more than one in three airport workers lives in poverty and relies on public assistance to make ends meet. Outsourcing of baggage porter jobs more than tripled between 2002 and 2012, while wages dropped by 45 percent.

Telling Fast Food Workers To 'Get A Better Job' Is Nonsense, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.11.2013 | Business

Critics tell fast-food workers to stop complaining about their extremely low pay because that's just the reality of an entry-level job. Get a better j...

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.

Here's Why Fast Food Workers Are Striking This Week

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.06.2013 | Business

Fast food workers earn a median wage of $8.90 per hour. That's slightly more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, but it's way ...

Strikes To Hit 100 American Cities

AP | CANDICE CHOI and SAM HANANEL | Posted 12.02.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in ...

The One Problem That Big Job Numbers Won't Solve

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business

The U.S. economy created 204,000 jobs last month, and in many ways that's a good thing. But according to new projections, the unfortunate truth is tha...

Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.31.2013 | Business

Low-wage workers are robbed far more often than banks, gas stations and convenience stores combined -- and the perpetrators are their own employers. ...

Trimmings for Labor Day

Robert Reich | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The wealth of the Walton family -- which still owns the lion's share of Walmart stock -- now exceeds the wealth of the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.

How Corporate America Used the Great Recession to Turn Good Jobs Into Bad Ones

Barbara Garson | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Barbara Garson

A common explanation is that the bad jobs are coming back first and the good jobs will follow. But let me suggest another explanation: the good jobs are here among us right now -- it's just their wages, their benefits, and the long-term security that have vanished.

Jobs Created Last Month Overwhelmingly Part-Time, Low-Wage

AP | PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 10.03.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate numbe...

Bad News For Women In Female-Dominated Occupations

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women

Bad news for low-wage workers: according to a new study released by The National Employment Law Project on July 9th, the real median wages for low-wag...

Arthur Delaney

Low-Wage Strikes Come To Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tyrika Meade started working at the sunglass stand in Union Station six weeks ago. She said she earns $8.25 an hour on an irregular sche...

Mark Gongloff

Half Of All Jobs Created In The Past 3 Years Were Low-Paying: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

You might think the job market is awful, but that's only because you're hung up on trivialities like "money." If you can just learn to do without a li...