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National Employment Law Project

It's Time to Terminate Temp Abuse, Pass Calif. Bill AB 1897

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Fueled by the growth of "perma-temp" workers who toil for years at the same job for low wages, few if any benefits and with no protections, thousands of employees are increasingly being left behind while their companies reap the benefits of their hard work.

How Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Victory Began in New York City's Zuccotti Park

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

On Monday, Seattle struck a blow against rising inequality when its City Council unanimously adopted a citywide minimum wage of $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. This dramatic change in public policy is partly the result of changes brought about by last November's Seattle municipal elections. But it is also the consequence of years of activism in Seattle and around the country.

Fast Food Pulls a Fast One

Michael Winship | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

Our tax dollars are subsidizing both the fast-food workers who need the help and the companies' CEOs who don't.

Will Heartless Republicans Screw Themselves By Screwing the Jobless?

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The same Republicans who slashed jobless benefits also recently cut food stamps, taking food out of the mouths of children, causing incredible and unnecessary suffering. This was not only callous and mean-spirited, it may also turn out to be politically stupid.

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Benefits Set To Expire For 1.3 Million At End Of Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a million Americans will lose unemployment insurance at the end of the year unless Congress takes action, according to a worke...

Strike Hits 60 Cities

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Fast-food workers went on strike and protested outside McDona...

Minimum Wage, Maximum Dissent

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America has been tilting toward an economy that benefits primarily the 1 percent. For America to work we need an economy that benefits the 100 percent. Combining an enhanced EITC and minimum wage moves us in that direction.

Dr. King's 'Two Americas' Truer Now than Ever

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Martin Luther King, Jr., had more than a dream -- he envisioned what America could be, if only it lived up to its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for each and every citizen. That's what we have conveniently forgotten.

Getting the Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work: Good for Workers, Good for America

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifIt is both a moral and an economic imperative that we aggressively tackle long-term unemployment. We must implement bold programs that simultaneously provide employment to millions and prepare the nation to succeed in the future.

DC Council Chair Scuttles Critical Effort to Employ Ex-Offenders

Michael Shank | Posted 12.06.2012 | DC
Michael Shank

If America is the land of opportunity, then people -- all people -- must be given a second chance to pursue their dreams after they have served their sentence.

Low-Paying Jobs Are Replacing Middle-Class Work

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.03.2012 | Business

Jobs that can sustain a middle-class lifestyle are disappearing, as low-wage jobs take their place, according to a new study by the National Employmen...

Arthur Delaney

Report: Tax Cuts Led To Unemployment Insurance Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March, the commissioner of Georgia's Department of Labor, Mark Butler, explained how the state's unemployment insurance trust fund ha...

The Romney Economy: Too Few (American) Jobs, Too Little Pay

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Parisian

Romney is trying hard to make the case that he can be counted on to be a "job creator" -- but we should be asking ourselves if these are the kinds of jobs that are good for America.

Record Number Of Employers Not Paying Overtime, Stealing Wages

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.26.2012 | Business

Not getting your overtime pay? You're not alone. The number of workers filing complaints against their employers under the Fair Labor Standard Act ...

Lots Of You Make Less Than Ten Dollars Per Hour

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business

Ever considered what it's like to live on anything less than a living wage? Many private-sector workers know how it feels. That's because nearly on...

The Minimum Wage Is So Low That It's Immoral - and Foolish

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Economic issues make some people's eyes glaze over, so we'll put this plainly: Today's minimum wage is epic in its injustice and Dickensian in its cruelty. It's a shame that Dickens himself isn't here to write about it.

Time To Raise The Minimum Wage: Report

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.19.2012 | Business

Contrary to what many people believe, most low-wage workers aren't employed by small businesses or mom-and-pop operations, but instead by large corpor...

12 Cities Where You Can Count On Getting A Raise

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.14.2012 | Business

Wages aren't falling everywhere in America -- quite the opposite in some cities. Over the last year, average wages actually rose in the 20 largest...

10 States Where Wages Are Falling

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

If you were expecting a raise from your boss, think again. Sure, the job market sort of picked up at the end of last year, but Americans' wages ac...

Some Employers and Republicans Want to Lower the Minimum Wage -- Here's Why They're Completely Out of Touch

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Parisian

It seems that some minimum wage employers are trying to pay their workers less -- and to even make it legal to do so. It seems unfathomable that anyone would consider the minimum wage -- which, for a full-time worker, provides a yearly salary that is thousands of dollars below the poverty line for a family of three or four -- to be too high.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart's Outsourcing Leads To Lower Wages: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has driven down wages in its retail supply chain by outsourcing jobs in American warehouses, according to a rep...

Laid-Off MF Global Employee Can't Even Get A Job Here

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

Those years at MF Global can't even ensure you a retail job these days. Former mid-level MF Global employee Dan Whiteford says he has yet to be of...

Arthur Delaney

Are You Earning Less Than You Used To?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- American workers are earning more money than they used to, but the rate of wage growth has been slowing down since the Great Recession t...

Janell Ross

Workers' Right To Sue Employers In Flux

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

In 2010, Stephen Brown was living in York, Pa., and needed work. Most days Labor Ready, a temporary staffing company, had it. The company slogan highl...

Dave Jamieson

Pay Will Rise For Working Poor In Some States

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Eight states will be raising their minimum wage next week, boosting the pay of more than a million workers across the country. Most ...