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Low Wages

Walmart's Dress Code and the Cost of Low-Wage Work

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

The placement of cost burden on a new employee is a long-standing practice among employers who attract those with no choice but to accept low-wage work.

Workers Fight for Fair Wages and Will Win

Michael Stewart | Posted 09.11.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

On a cold November morning in 2012, some 200 fast food workers at places like McDonald's and Burger King started an improbable journey with a one-day strike at a handful of restaurants to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

The Threat of Just-in-Time Scheduling

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

One of the most unnoticed labor trends in the past few decades has been the rise of "just-in-time scheduling," the practice of scheduling workers' shifts with little advance notice that are subject to cancelation hours before they are due to begin.

4 Reasons Why New Jobs Are Paying Less

Gene Marks | Posted 10.15.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So there are more jobs. But they're paying less. I'd frankly rather pay my existing people a little more to get things done in order to avoid hiring a new person at a higher wage. This is why new jobs added since the recession are not paying well.

Dave Jamieson

The Minimum Wage Has Not Been Raised In 5 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For those who fear America is changing too fast, take heart in our minimum wage. It hasn't been going anywhere. As of Thursday, five ...

Workers Are Rising -- and Winning

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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.

Jillian Berman

Women In Sales Jobs Have To Work 103 Extra Days Per Year To Make As Much As Men

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

An industry that’s one of the largest employers of women and one of the fastest job creators in the country also has a huge pay gap. The average...

Even These People Think It's Time To Raise The Minimum Wage, Pt. 2

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

As Republicans in Congress continue to block each and every effort to raise the minimum wage, more and more powerful people have come out in support o...

Dave Jamieson

Amazon Warehouse Workers Barely Have Time To Eat Lunch: Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Business

A new batch of Amazon warehouse workers sued the online retailer in federal court last week, claiming the company's workplace policies don't leave the...

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...

Walmart Workers Win New Policies; Will They Extend to Workers Down Walmart's Supply Chain?

Joann Lo | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Joann Lo

These victories are a step in the right direction. So now the question is, will Walmart also require their suppliers to institute these same policies -- and more?

Emily Swanson

No Dignity In Low Wages, Poll Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Paul Ryan says the government safety net may protect Americans from the vicissitudes of life, but that handouts leave people unfulfille...

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.

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...

'I'm Afraid I'm Going To Lose Everything'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

Alicia Payton is a 31-year-old mother of two from Gaylord, Mich. Last Wednesday she told HuffPost she'd recently earned a promotion at her retail job ...

Arthur Delaney

Pentagon Food Workers Accuse Contractor Of Retaliating Over Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A private food service contractor at the Pentagon has been accused of illegally retaliating against workers who went on strike to protes...

Study Debunks Classic Argument About Low-Wage Workers

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Turns out that more education does not necessarily mean more pay. Low-wage workers are a lot more educated than they were nearly 50 years ago, but ...

Wage Growth Is At 50-Year Lows, Fueling The Corporate-Profit Boom

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

We all know American wages are too low and growing too slowly. But it took Goldman Sachs, of all things, to point out just how historically bad wage g...

Arthur Delaney

Pentagon Strikers Seek To Pressure Obama Before State Of The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jerome Hardy said he's cooked and cleaned at the Pentagon's Center Court Cafe for eight years and never received a raise. He makes $9 an...

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.

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 ...

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...

Doing the Math on Walmart: Average Take-Home Pay Barely Covers the Basics

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Grossman

After paying for housing, utilities, transportation, food -- and Walmart's most basic health insurance -- a single person living in a relatively low-cost community would have about $395.50 to cover the rest of the month's expenses; a parent with a 6-year-old, about $143.10.

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.

A New Day, New York

Camille Rivera | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Cutting across every demographic, in every neighborhood, New Yorkers chose to elect true progressives to every citywide office and to the City Council.