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2012: A Political Economy Year

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The politics and political norms of the U.S. are shifting as the economy has already shifted. 2012 looks set to be the year when this dramatically emerges.

Both Public And Private Sector Wages Barely Grew Over Twelve Months

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Whether you work for the government or the private sector, it's likely your salary didn't go up much in 2011, but federal workers saw their wages grow...

Women on the Margins of the Labor Market

Sarah Damaske | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah Damaske

Since the 1970s, women have made remarkable strides in the labor market, but these changes have been incomplete, leaving many working-class women on the margins of the labor market, facing high levels of unemployment.

Gender Pay Gap, Once Closing, Largely Stagnates During Economic Slowdown

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

Though the share of women participating in the low-wage workforce has declined in the past three decades, it's remained relatively stagnant for the la...

Janell Ross

Low Wage Concerns Are Not The Ties That Bind at Zuccotti Park | Janell Ross | Posted 12.04.2011 | Business

On Sunday, Jack Adamo stood at the corner of Broadway and Cedar Street, one of the ways into Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, holding a hand-written...

Dave Jamieson

Key Dem Lawmaker Fights Raise For Crab Pickers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- At the end of this month, many of the foreign guest workers employed in low-wage American jobs will be getting a raise, courtesy of a ne...

Latino Farm Workers, No Pay And No Play

Posted 10.10.2011 | Latino Voices

By Eduardo Stanley FRESNO - No one knows the exact number of farm workers who year after year raise and harvest the crops grown in the Central Vall...

Nickel and Dimed (2011 Version)

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

The most shocking thing I learned from my research on the fate of the working poor in the recession was the extent to which poverty has been criminalized in America.

How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker: The Hollowing Out of the Middle Class

Andy Kroll | Posted 07.09.2011 | Business
Andy Kroll

Yes, jobs are being created, but what kinds of jobs paying what kinds of wages? Can those jobs sustain a modest lifestyle and pay the bills, or are we living through a McJobs recovery?

Dave Jamieson

Florida Stiffed Its Workers On Minimum Wage: Judge | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Florida judge has ruled the state violated its own constitution when it failed to raise the minimum wage for 2011. As a result, the ra...

Fox's John Stossel Is Wrong to Oppose the Minimum Wage

Anne L. Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne L. Thompson

John Stossel claims that the minimum wage cuts jobs. But experience shows otherwise. That's because better-paid workers are better employees.

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...

REI Co-Op Members Rise Up: My Agitprop Job App

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Ballinger

This may seem like a cheeky way to get my job application read, but I'm telling you in all sincerity that there are things that your co-op can do that are game-changing.

Republicans Like High Unemployment and Short Unemployment Benefits

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Unemployment benefits are one of the most effective ways of stimulating the economy. Someone getting unemployment spends it on gas and other necessities, which leads to job growth in sectors that sell necessities.

Chronic Unemployment: Crisis or 'Correction'

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Terrance Heath

The current rate of joblessness, and Washington's lack of political will to remedy it, make me wonder if our officials see long-term unemployment as "the new normal" that must simply be accepted.

GM, Ford Ramp Up Production At Mexico Plants Where Workers Earn $26 Per Day

Bloomberg | [Bn:PRSN=1] Thomas Black [] | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Mexico's share of North American auto production may rise at a quicker pace as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler G...

Personifying Corporate Greed

Stuart Appelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stuart Appelbaum

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group CEO Larry Young probably doesn't worry about how he'll provide for his family. You don't have to when you're squeezing money out of the employees who helped build your business.

The Ports Challenge

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James P. Hoffa

I hate to think we've become a country that has lost the concept of public purpose, a country that allows corporations to poison the people who live nearby. But apparently they're too much for the trucking industry.

Hispanic Women Bring Home the Bacon as Families Tighten Their Belts

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Murguía

As breadwinners and caretakers, many Hispanic women -- Latinas -- have been dealt a harsh blow by the bad economy.

CR England: $13 An Hour Job Gets 500 Applications | MICHAEL LUO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

C.R. England, a nationwide trucking company, needed an administrative assistant for its bustling driver training school here. Responsibilities include...

More Americans Now Turning To Day Labor Jobs Once Held By Illegal Immigrants | Emily Bazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Growing ranks of U.S. citizens are heading to street corners and home improvement store parking lots to find day-labor work usually done by illegal im...

Labor-Environmental Coalition Targets Wal-Mart

The Washington Post | Ylan Q. Mui | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Labor groups renewed their campaign against Wal-Mart on Tuesday, launching a coalition that calls for improvements in the company's wages, health care...

Health Care Keeps Many Americans At Low-Wage Jobs

Yahoo! News | Ed Stoddard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (Reuters) -- Real estate agent Lisa DeWaal serves coffee at a Starbucks outlet for four hours every morning before she goes to the of...

Not Just Any Job is Good Enough

Beth Shulman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Beth Shulman

President Obama should use the power of the presidency to ensure living wages in the jobs resulting from his initiatives. Pre-recession, 1/4 of jobs in the U.S. paid sub-poverty wages.

Weekly Audit: Curbing Decline in 2009 (Economy NewsLadder)

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

The first step in rebuilding a government that actually responds to problems before they reach the bailout stage will be Obama's highly anticipated economic recovery package.