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Are American Taxpayers Subsidizing McDonald's?

Jennifer Delaney | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Jennifer Delaney

Remember, next time you're ordering at the drive through, the person serving you has a better than 50/50 chance of needing some kind of public assistance funded by your tax dollars to survive, while the fast food company they work for pays low wages and turns a profit.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

In 2013, Low-Wage Workers' Frustration Led to Action; 2014 Will Be a Year of Change

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

The movement to transform low-wage jobs into jobs that can support a family is just getting started. Expect a lot more change in 2014.

Workers Will Probably Still Be Getting Stiffed In 2014

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.27.2013 | Business

Ordinary Americans are paid too little considering the value of their labor, while CEOs are mostly overpaid, according to recent research. That's unli...

Garment Worker Wage Movement Spreads

AP | Posted 12.26.2013 | Business

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Several thousand garment workers pressing for higher wages joined opposition activists in protests in Cambodia's capital...

This Is What It's Like To Work Full Time And Still Be Poor

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 12.25.2013 | Politics

When working hard simply is not enough. When you are told time and time again that you do not have the right qualifications for a job. When you are li...

Dave Jamieson

13 States Will Raise Their Minimum Wage For The New Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Minimum wage workers in a handful of states will be ringing in the new year with an automatic pay raise. As Congress considers legis...

More Than 1 In 10 Americans Who Work Full Time Are Still Poor

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A good job may be hard to find in this tepid recovery, but low-wage work still abounds. Whether it's washing dishes, serving Big Macs or folding sweat...

Dave Jamieson

Worker Who Reported Wage Theft In Capital Spared Deportation

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An undocumented worker who wound up in deportation proceedings after he accused his employer of wage theft has been granted permission t...

Dave Jamieson

Tea Party Rep: Fast-Food Workers Shouldn't Ask For Higher Wages

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On a conference call with reporters earlier this week, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said he doesn't support an increase in the federal m...

Most Of Us Fear 'American Dream' Is Dead, Want $10.10 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

The American Dream is dying and saving it may require some help from lawmakers, according to a significant share of Americans. About 64 percent of...

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...

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Contractor To Shell Out $4.7M Over Wage Theft Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

A contractor that runs warehouses for Walmart has agreed to pay $4.7 million to settle allegations that it cheated workers out of wages, according to ...

It Takes A McDonald's Worker 4 Months To Earn What The CEO Earns In An Hour

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.10.2013 | Business

A McDonald's employee working overtime for nearly four months straight would make as much as the company's former CEO earned in just 60 minutes, accor...

Dave Jamieson

Ralph Nader: 'Dollar General's Treatment Of Low­-Wage Workers Is Shameful'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader sent a withering letter to the chief executive of Dollar General on Mond...

Jillian Berman

McDonald's May Not Quite Grasp What The Word 'Strike' Means

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.06.2013 | Business

The actions taking place outside McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants across the country this week aren't technically strikes, according to McDo...

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.

These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Fast food workers got striking bright and early today in cities including New York, Chicago and St. Louis. Organizers of the demonstrations estimate t...

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 ...

Fast Food Workers Expected To Walk Off The Job In 100 Cities Today

AP | By CANDICE CHOI and SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for highe...

Big Banks Don't Pay A Third Of Tellers Enough To Live On: Study

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

A staggering number of bank tellers in New York City use public assistance to get by, a report released Wednesday found. Thirty-nine percent of N...

Minimum Wage Momentum

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Tomorrow, in 100 cities nationwide, fast-food workers are speaking out and taking action. Their message is simple: they want a wage that allows them to raise their families without living in poverty.

You're Secretly Subsidizing A Fast Food CEO's Million-Dollar Salary

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.05.2013 | Business

Fast-food giants save money by paying their typical workers very little, but they also save money by paying their CEOs millions, thanks to a quirk of ...

My Thanksgiving Prayer: May Obamacare Be the Beginning of the End of Economic 'Exclusion'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

As I sit down to a Thanksgiving feast I ache and pray for millions of Americans who won't be able to obtain health coverage because, as Pope Francis notes, we treat people as "leftovers."

Dave Jamieson

It's Official: Workers Win $15 Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

It appears the ayes have it. After weeks of careful ballot counting, officials in Washington state on Tuesday certified the results in a potentiall...