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Low Wage Workers

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...

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.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Song

Angie Cordeiro | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Angie Cordeiro

The short clip linked below, a work of utter genius in delivering an informative message this Thanksgiving aka Turkey Day. http://images.businessw...

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Broke Labor Law, Feds Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The federal agency that enforces labor law said Monday it has decided to pursue charges against Walmart for threatening and punishing wo...

Walmart Store Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive For Its Own Workers

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business

One Ohio Walmart is asking employees to donate food for other workers who are struggling so much they can't afford to buy a Thanksgiving meal for thei...

Dave Jamieson

$15 Minimum Wage Hangs In Balance

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

Three days after residents in SeaTac, Wash., voted on a ballot measure that would create the highest minimum wage in the nation by far, the results re...

Dave Jamieson

Obama Makes Big Move On Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind congressional Democrats' proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and peg it t...

9 Places Fighting For A Higher Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business

With President Barack Obama's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage going nowhere, some states and cities are taking matters into their own hands...

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. ...

You're Paying A Ton To Subsidize Fast Food's Poverty Wages

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.21.2013 | Business

Taxpayers spend about $7 billion per year to help pay workers who are employed by an industry that rakes in $200 billion annually. That's because t...

Unethical Academia: The Next Front for Low-Wage Worker Uprising?

Maria Maisto | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Maria Maisto

Recently, the tragic story of Margaret Mary Vojtko went viral. Although she had taught at Duquesne for 25 years, it was reported that Vojtko died nearly penniless and without health benefits. Sadly, her situation is not uncommon.

Shutdowns and the Real World

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The shutdown is the story of the moment. But there are also other real things going on in the real world that have huge consequences for, yes, real people -- and the media shouldn't ignore those other stories.

Arthur Delaney

Low-Wage Workers Protest Government Shutdown At WWII Memorial

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-wage workers followed members of Congress to the World War II Memorial on Wednesday to protest a federal government shutdown that ha...

Yes, We Can! 40 Years of Winning Justice for Working Women

Linda Meric | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Linda Meric

The year was 1973. Women were starting to make great strides. Roe v. Wade made abortion a constitutional right; Captain Emily Howell Warner became the...

Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.

Look At The Difference California's $2 Minimum-Wage Hike Will Make

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business

California is on track to pass a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016. That salary certainly won't make anyone ri...

Victoria's Secret Workers Win Small Raises After Fighting For Higher Pay

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business

Some Victoria's Secret workers say they stood up to the retailer and won. Employees at the retail chain's Herald Square store in New York City got...

LOOK: Who Really Makes The Minimum Wage?

The Huffington Post | Jan Diehm and Jillian Berman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

For most low-wage workers, the federal minimum wage, which stands at $7.25, isn’t enough to make ends meet. Even in Hanson County, South Dakota, Ame...

Jillian Berman

How Raising The Minimum Wage Could Boost Walmart

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.04.2013 | Business

President Barack Obama wants workers to make more money. Walmart and other low-wage employers also want to make more money. They could both get wh...