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Answers From Red States For Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Laura Barrett | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Left, right or center, few dispute that our criminal justice system is broken. But two new and thrilling victories this month are giving real hope to activists who want more effective and humane crimes policies.

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 ...

What Does The Minimum Wage Do? An Interview With Author/Economist Paul Wolfson

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage and to call attention to the fact that the federal wage floor has not risen in five years, the U.S. Department of Labor has declared July 24th to be a "Day of Action."

Most Republicans Say They Can't Live Off Minimum Wage, But Oppose Raising It

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

A poll released Tuesday found that a vast majority of Republicans say they would not be able to live off the minimum wage. A survey conducted by t...

Beyond the Minimum Wage, a Middle-class Share of Capital?

Joseph Blasi | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Joseph Blasi

The battle to increase the minimum wage is everywhere, from global fast food worker protests and new local minimum wage laws to executive orders and passionate speeches from President Obama. It's worth considering whether minimum wage policies are sufficient to substantively address rising inequality and the broad decline of the middle class.

Chicago Moves One Step Closer To A $13 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business

Chicago's minimum wage workers should be earning $13 dollars an hour by 2018, according to the recommendation of the city's minimum wage task force. ...

The Ridiculous Minimum Wage Argument

Richard Zombeck | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It is nothing short of disgusting that the self-proclaimed "greatest country on earth" is engaged in a vehement discussion on minimum wages.

Millionaire Fast-Food CEO: Higher Minimum Wage Hurts Us All

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business

One fast-food CEO has a message for the workers toiling away in his industry: The minimum wage hike you’ve been clamoring for will only hurt you. ...

Why It Makes No Sense to Cut the Minimum Wage

Gov. Peter Shumlin | Posted 06.27.2014 | Chicago
Gov. Peter Shumlin

Decades ago, FDR chose the right path for our country and prevailed in the face of opposition determined to block a fair wage for our workers.

7 Companies That Aren't Waiting For Congress To Raise The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

Ikea workers scored a big victory Thursday when the purveyor of inexpensive Scandinavian furniture announced it's raising its minimum wage at all U.S....

Dave Jamieson

Ikea To Raise Minimum Wage For U.S. Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is raising the minimum wage in all of its U.S. stores, and it's doing so in a way that may raise the ba...

People Are Clamoring For Jobs At The Gap, And That's A Problem

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business

President Obama pays for clothing at the Gap after the company announced it would raise its minimum wage. Just a few months after announcing pla...

Behind the Disney Magic, Reality Bits Back for Those Who Work There

Gary Stein | Posted 06.24.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Disney employees may be in "The Most Magical Place on Earth," but it looks as if it is dark magic that surrounds them.

Rebecca Hiscott

The Reason Gap Workers Are Wearing White This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business

Gap has made good on its promise to raise minimum employee pay to $9 an hour, and it's encouraging workers to wear white in celebration. The clothi...

You Need to Know: The Minimum Wage Wars

Eve Turow | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Eve Turow

Restaurant workers and their pay have been making headlines for nearly a year now as fast-food employees protest for higher wages and the Obama Administration attempts to increase the minimum for all workers. Here's what you need to know about minimum wage.

Economist Calculates Just How Inadequate Your State's Minimum Wage Is

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 06.20.2014 | Business

A simple tweak to how we calculate our minimum wage could lift millions of Americans out of poverty, one economist is proposing. In a new proposal ...

Here's Where The Fights To Increase The Minimum Wage Are Taking Place Across The Country

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

Proposals to raise the minimum wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour are increasingly divisive. In many states, the push is opposed by state...

Hospital Execs Increase Minimum Wage By Scrapping Their Own Bonuses

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.14.2014 | Good News

Workers at Dallas' Parkland Hospital have reason to smile today, after executives there voted for pay raises, which will be funded with money that wou...

America Is Globally Shamed For Its Pathetic Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business

America is treating its low-wage workers so badly that it's starting to get shamed by the rest of the world. The International Monetary Fund on Mon...

What Do the Pope and Seattle Have in Common?

K. Sujata | Posted 06.12.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

What they have in common is the sense to realize that wealth -- in the true sense of wealth -- just doesn't trickle down. The Pope has said, " 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality," and Seattle simply has said "it shall be" to a $15.00 minimum wage.

Income Disparity and the Minimum Wage: Six Degrees of Separation to the Solution

Gary Stein | Posted 06.12.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Income inequality is a topic that hovers over our economy like the mother ship from Independence Day. It has a national impact as well as individual impacts to millions of Americans.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Moves On Minimum Wage Without Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

As part of the president's pledge to act with or without the cooperation of Congress, the White House and Labor Department on Thursday released the de...

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.

The Places That Most Desperately Need A Higher Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business

Most Americans could use a raise. But southern Americans might need one the most. The Southest and Southwest are home to a disproportionate number ...

Dave Jamieson

Rhode Island Democrats Try To Ban Local Minimum Wages

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

State Democrats in Rhode Island have apparently taken a page from the Republican playbook, moving to preemptively block cities and counties from estab...