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Everything You Wanted to Know About Finances but Were Afraid to Ask Ronald McDonald

Lester & Charlie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Wow. We've lived in this era of unchecked corporate greed for a while now. So it's rare that a company's actions take our breath away. But there you have it. The McDonald's hotline stopped just short of pointing out how much cheaper it is to kill yourself.

Obama's $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Fundamentally Change America

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Business

It's official, people: the President supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from its current $7.25. Such a move would drastic...

Congressional and Presidential Leadership Needed for a Fair and Equitable Farm Bill

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Will Congress and the president demonstrate the leadership necessary to enact a strong, but fair Farm Bill that protects our agricultural economy and rural communities? Will it provide a "safety net" for our most vulnerable citizens?

When Winning or Losing Isn't Enough

Robert Hoch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert Hoch

What does a theologian have to say about the current impasse in Washington D.C.? Maybe I would say, "There's a kingdom that breaks bread and there's a kingdom that withholds bread -- our government seems to be the latter."

Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.

New Census Data Underscores Why Movement to Boost Wages Must Succeed

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

History has taught us that the nation does better when we have a strong middle class. We need bold changes in public policy to reverse the rising tide of income inequality.

Which Son Needs Money More? The Decisions of a Low-Income Working Mother

Judith Sandalow | Posted 11.09.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Much of the rhetoric around budget cuts suggests that lawmakers make tough decisions, but to me Ms. P's decision about how to spend her last $50 is one of the toughest I can imagine.

Dave Jamieson

'Disaster In The Making': Working Poor Losing Faith In Promise Of Mobility

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's working poor value the work they do and have high hopes for their children's futures -- even though most believe it's now easi...

Trimmings for Labor Day

Robert Reich | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The wealth of the Walton family -- which still owns the lion's share of Walmart stock -- now exceeds the wealth of the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.

Bullies With Buggies -- How Register Rage Blinds Otherwise Reasonable People to the Facts

Sue Kerr | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Sue Kerr

There's a persistent group of bullies in our society who use grocery shopping to exert moral pressure on poor people to prove they "earned" the right to choose their own groceries.

Let's Have a Higher Minimum Wage -- and a Lower Maximum Wage

Floyd Elliot | Posted 10.19.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Conservatives love incentives. Let's pay a top executive 1800 times what a worker makes... because incentives! Let's tax capital gains at half the rate we tax worker's pay... because incentives!

The Cut-at-all-Costs Congress Needs a Dose of Reality

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

For communities across the country where Republican lawmakers continue to wage war on the poor by cutting their lifeline of nutrition assistance, the question remains: whose side are you on?

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage Workers Hit Depressing Milestone

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Workers toiling in low-wage jobs marked a dispiriting anniversary on Wednesday: It's now been four years since the last time the federal...

Your Waitress Can't Afford Childcare

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

The working poor are not only working, they're doing some of the hardest jobs out there, including restaurant work, construction and farming. They deserve better, and so to their children.

Farm Bill Folly: The Real Way the Bill Harms the Poor

Lori Sanders | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Lori Sanders

For a party allegedly dedicated to deficit trimming and reducing wasteful subsidies, the bill passed by House Republicans is an outrage, made exponentially worse by the provision that makes its most egregious programs permanent.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Priced Out Of Child Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents

Child care costs have risen in recent years while the federal minimum wage has not. In most states, a single parent working a minimum wage job 40 hour...

Dave Jamieson

What Walmart Isn't Saying About How It Pays Its Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.11.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, a Walmart executive rebuked the D.C. Council in an op-ed in the Washington Post, declaring that the company would scuttle pl...

'Living Paycheck to Paycheck Would Represent an Improvement'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

It's time to raise the minimum wage and to ensure all hardworking Americans are adequately and fairly compensated so no hardworking person has to choose between heating their home and having transportation to work.

Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

The Southerland amendment would have incentivized states to deny SNAP benefits to needy individuals and families by allowing the states to keep half the savings resulting from decreased SNAP payments, even though the federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Who Gets To Work From Home?

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

Never far from conversations about leaning in or leaning back, redefining success or reshaping the workplace, is one arrangement that allows workers t...

Not Going To The Caymans

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

If workers now earning $8 an hour inside warehouses or at fast-food counters manage to get more pay, they are not going to hide the extra money in the Cayman Islands or leave it to their heirs via elaborate trusts. They will go out and spend it almost immediately, boosting their local economies.

Dave Jamieson

Bangladesh Garment Industry Traded Workplace Safety For Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.23.2013 | Business

Like millions of other young women in Bangladesh, Sumi Abedin forged her place in the modern economy at a sewing machine inside an urban garment facto...

Huffington This Week: High Hopes and Low Wages

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business
Arianna Huffington

In this week's issue, Saki Knafo looks at the plight of America's working poor through the eyes of one young man struggling to build a career in the fast food industry. And since this week marked the launch of our newest international edition in Japan, we're featuring photos from our tour of the gardens, temples and shrines of Kyoto.

Saki Knafo

The Grease Trap: KFC And The Working Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

The Kentucky Fried Chicken where Joseph Barrera works stands at a busy intersection in the working-class Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, down ...

Dave Jamieson

Deadly Flaws In Safety Inspection Programs

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business

Major clothing brands like to say they have a system in place to avoid doing business with overseas suppliers that mistreat their workers: The corpora...