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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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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.

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...

Congratulations, Graduates! Equal Pay Is Already Out Of Your Reach

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 05.01.2014 | Business

When it comes to equal pay, women are at a disadvantage to men from the minute they start working -- even when they have the same education. The a...

New York State: The New Oklahoma?

Tsedeye Gebreselassie | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Tsedeye Gebreselassie

At a time when cities and states are working to address economic inequality and fight poverty by passing minimum wage increases, why would a state hamstring its cities from setting a higher minimum wage?

Why Equal Pay Is Worth Fighting For

Credit.com | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Credit.com

By Sen. Elizabeth Warren for Credit.com I honestly can't believe that we're still arguing over equal pay in 2014. When I started teaching elementary...

Invisible Hand To Mouth

Scott Vrooman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Comedy
Scott Vrooman

I'm hearing a lot of complaints about wages, which surprises me because I thought we had all agreed that everything is fine with everything and we were all going to stop protesting, get a dog and stretch more.

Economic Security = Engaged Employees

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

There are six components we've identified of an effective workplace, including everything from work-life fit to a climate of respect. But there's one that often gets overlooked -- economic security.

Why Women Are Paid Less Money Than Men in 2014

Debbie Hines | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Debbie Hines

As we approach Equal Pay Day on April 8, the symbolic day on which a woman must work in 2014 to catch up to a man's wages earned in 2013, the arguments on the gender pay gap heat up again. Unfortunately, the results for women in 2014 still remain the same.