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Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes. A record portion of our national income goes to corporate profits, while a record low goes into workers' wages. Three-fourths of Americans fear their children will fare less well than they have. This Labor Day, we should do more than celebrate workers -- we should understand how vital empowering workers and reviving worker unions is to rebuilding a broad middle class. The raging debate on inequality and its remedies often omits discussion of unions and workers' power. Our extreme inequality is attributed largely to globalization and technology that have transformed our economy. But this leaves power and politics out of the equation.

Why Fight for Unions? So We Can Fight an Economy Rigged Against Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

This misclassification game is just one way that big companies have been rigging the rules to give themselves an edge, getting around what We the People set down for our democracy. The result, of course, is even more people paid even less with even worse working conditions.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

DC Restaurant Workers Win Key Battles, But War Has Yet to Be Won

Patrick McDermott | Posted 08.26.2014 | DC
Patrick McDermott

The Washington, D.C. restaurant industry is not only a haven for big shot restaurateurs, it's quickly becoming a strong industry for restaurant workers as well. Let's just take a look at some of the ways this is true.

4 Reasons Why New Jobs Are Paying Less

Gene Marks | Posted 08.15.2014 | 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.

Legislators Who Block Medicaid Expansion Are Stiffing Veterans Out of Health Care, and Stiffing Workers Out of Jobs

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

The scandal over long wait times for veterans has grabbed a lot of headlines and elicited a lot of anger -- as it should. But there's another health care scandal that also deserves its share of righteous anger.

Work and Worth

Robert Reich | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society. Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

CHARTS: How Much More Expensive Life Has Gotten Since We Last Raised The Min. Wage

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business

Unhappy fifth anniversary. Thursday marks five years since the date of the last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage to a paltry $7.25 an ...

Defending Trade Unions While the Justices Are Away

David Coates | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The nine justices of the SCOTUS are now in recess, leaving the rest of us the summer in which to reflect upon and digest their latest set of rulings. Because it is likely that both judgments will have long-term adverse consequences for progressive causes, a moment of reflection on that second judgment is well in order.

Pay Up or Lose Out

Erin Daruszka | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Fair compensation and gender salary gaps are much-talked-about topics. For employers, paying employees fairly is a tough topic to handle. How do employers treat employees fairly, while still creating a culture of pay for performance?

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...

Green Building -- The Path to High-Road Jobs

Denise Fairchild | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Denise Fairchild

The American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure defined energy efficiency/renewable energy as the "sweet spot" for immediate job creation. Multiple other studies foresee millions of new jobs in those sectors.

Dave Jamieson

Senate Democrats Think You Deserve Overtime Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats want more American workers to be taking home overtime pay. Echoing a similar move by President Barack Obama, a bill ...

Why You Might Finally Be Getting That Raise After All

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business

The recovery might soon start to feel like a real recovery: There are hints that wages could finally start growing again after a long rut. Stagnant...

Time for Bad Businesses to Pony Up: Cheat Your Workers and Our Communities? Pay a Fee.

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Over half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country made a profit every year between 2008 and 2012. Yet together, those companies dodged a combined $73.1 billion in state income taxes.

Harry Connick Jr. and The Walmart Economy

Christine L. Owens | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Christine L. Owens

An uneven recovery. This is what economists are discussing, but more problematically, it's the reality that too many American families are facing every day.

No, Education Isn't Enough to Get You Out of the Ghetto

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Over 73 million adults have a college degree in this country, but less than 2 million of them are members of the One Percent. Most earn less than a fifth of what they'd need to qualify for the One Percent.

A Simple Solution To America's Woes: Huge Raises

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 06.05.2014 | Business

There may be a simple solution to many of the country's most urgent problems: Give U.S. workers a raise. A very big raise. Stagnant hourly wages ar...

The Current Economy: Green Shoots or Brown Ones?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I was listening to an interview with Tim Geithner this weekend, and after going through his new book, they asked him where he thought the economy was headed. "I don't believe forecasts," he said, which sounded smart to me.

Pessimism Economics

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Why should we aspire, or even accept, sub-par educations for American workers that leave them unable to compete in every sector of both the U.S. economy and globally as well? Why not be serious about education reform, vocational training, and lifelong learning? What a pessimistic vision!

Corporations Hope Court That Gave Them Speech in 2012 Will Rob Unions' Power Next Week

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana Garcia-Ashley

Anti-union politics behind the Harris vs. Quinn decision may be just as dangerous as the pro-corporate speech politics that led to the Citizens United decision in 2012.

This Country Will Vote On A $25 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business

The world's most expensive country may adopt the world's highest minimum wage on Sunday. Switzerland will vote on a measure to raise its minimum wa...

The National Restaurant Association Spends Big to Keep Wages Low

Mary Bottari | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

For years, the "Other NRA" has flexed its political muscle to keep wages low and to freeze the tipped minimum wage at just $2.13 per hour. Plus, thanks to non-stop NRA lobbying, the House last month passed a bill changing the threshold for employer-provided coverage under the ACA to deny health care to employees who work 30 hours per week.

Germany Takes Progressive Step On Wages

AP | Posted 07.12.2014 | Business

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's new top labor official says he will push to have the country introduce a national minimum wage quicker than planned and work...

Why Wages Are Low and Unemployment Is High - Tech vs. Toil

Bob Swarup | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

Long tech and short toil will fuel growth tomorrow, but whether we are able to stomach the journey today is far more unclear. The impact of the unfolding clash between technology and toil will be bruising in the shorter term. Its resolution will be critical to the future of economic growth.