Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Right to Work Michigan

A Future For Unions, If They Can Keep It

The path forward for unions is murky. Union members are ebbing. Campaigning for issues takes money, which takes members who pay dues.

May 21, 2015
Two activists in Kansas City rally for a minimum wage increase in the city.

Los Angeles Approves 67 Percent Minimum Wage Increase

The Los Angeles City Council’s 14-1 approval is a victory for wage activist groups composed of labor unions, immigrant groups, community activists.

May 20, 2015
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Minimum Wage Is A Self-Made GOP Problem

Republicans could look to George W. Bush for an example of what to do on the minimum wage. But they won’t. And it’s going to hurt them in 2016.

May 8, 2015
Marco Rubio CPAC 2012

If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

Voters should listen closely to the Republicans who assert that they are the true spokesmen for the working class. What do they propose to address inequality? And how “authentic” is their concern?

April 17, 2015
Occupy

2016 Presidential Candidates Address Inequality (Sort Of)

At last, America’s political leaders indicate that they now hear the voices and feel the pain of the poor and of the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class. Alas the “solution” they propose just offers aid to the same corporate elites who’ve been knocking them down.

April 8, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Real Ted Cruz: Country Music, Harvard Law, And Tea Party ‘Populism’

While Cruz highlights his Tea Party persona to appeal to Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of ultra-right “populism.”

March 27, 2015
Photo: Dave Dugdale via Flickr

Tackling Tip Theft

Employers routinely rip off service-industry employees — but you can help protect workers.

March 18, 2015
Link Light Rail Seattle - Opening Day

Lower Fares No Substitute For Higher Wages

Low-income workers don’t need noble gestures; they need higher wages.

March 5, 2015
Greg Abbott

Politicians For Local Control, Except When They’re Not

Conservatives love local government — until the locals embrace progressive policies.

February 26, 2015
Wal-Mart on Karl Marx Street

Walmart Pay Hike May Put Pressure On Other Low-Paying Industries

Higher wages at Walmart should mean less turnover and disappointment for workers.

February 20, 2015
Photo: Mark Bertolini, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Aetna, USA; Co-Chair of the Governors for Global Health and Healthcare Industry for 2013 talks during the session 'The New Healthcare Context' at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. (World Economic Forum/Flickr)

Aetna Lifts The National Standard For ‘Competitive Wages’

Meet a rare CEO who sees the value in paying well above minimum wage.

February 11, 2015
Workers ready, employers brace for Seattle's minimum-wage law

Workers Ready, Employers Brace For Seattle’s Minimum-Wage Law

A new experiment in higher wages is about to begin in Seattle.

February 9, 2015
McDonalds

How Tacky Can The Golden Arches Get?

McDonalds’ exploitative new ad campaign isn’t fooling anyone.

January 21, 2015
US President Barack Obama speaks in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9, 2015

Obama Moves To Lift Legacy, Party’s 2016 Outlook With Tax Plans

President Obama is shifting his agenda to the left in the fourth quarter of his presidency.

January 19, 2015
Minimum wage battles to continue in 2015

Minimum Wage Battles To Continue In 2015

Having won some big victories in 2014, organized labor feels good about the coming year.

January 13, 2015
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Populist Proposals Win In 2014

Democrats got hammered in 2014, but their proposals fared well across the nation.

December 31, 2014
Would an LA minimum wage hike push businesses to nearby cities?

Would An L.A. Minimum Wage Hike Push Businesses To Nearby Cities?

Los Angeles is the latest city to consider a minimum wage hike — but it could come at a cost.

December 30, 2014
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Wage Stagnation Puts The Squeeze On Ordinary Workers

A rising tide is supposed to lift all boats — but many working Americans are drowning.

December 29, 2014
Welcome to Washington

Washington State To Have Highest State Minimum Wage January 1

A real-world experiment on the effects of a higher minimum wage is underway in the Evergreen State.

December 27, 2014
fast food strike

For Better Or Worse, The Labor Movement Is Reinventing Itself

Faced with declining membership, unions are finding new ways to advance their agendas.

December 10, 2014
OnlyOneThingCanSaveUS

Weekend Reader: ‘Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement’

Is a labor movement the only way to stabilize the economy and save the middle class?

December 6, 2014
Washington Monument

Federal Contract Workers In D.C. Plan One-Day Strike

Find out why federal workers are walking off the job.

November 13, 2014
United Way study finds working fmailies struggling to get by

United Way Study Finds Working Families Struggling To Get By

For Florida families, a steady job is no longer enough to get by.

November 12, 2014
Goldman Sachs protest

Broad Prosperity For America Seems Increasingly Out Of Reach

Americans may have voted for a Republican majority, but the likelihood of them actually working to grow the middle class? Not so much.

November 8, 2014
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As Democrats Fall, Minimum Wage Thrives On Election Night

Here’s one silver lining from Tuesday’s elections.

November 5, 2014
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