Election Results Show Broad Support for Increasing Minimum Wage, in Wisconsin and Elsewhere

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 6:45 pm

Voters in Wisconsin and across the country showed extensive support on Tuesday for increasing the minimum wage, by approving ballot measures calling for raises for the lowest-paid workers.

 

And so they turned out to vote en masse for those who support that idea…

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 1:30 am

Because who is more likely to support a minimum wage hike than the Republican Party?

The Great (Re)Training Robbery

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:20 am

Barack Obama told Americans every worker deserves to know “if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one.” A nice sentiment,and politically safe; it’s just the wrong answer. Those “better jobs” don’t exist, and training doesn’t create jobs. Despite all that, every year the U.S. government spends billions of dollars on job training, with little impact. What’s the right answer?

In 2007 then-candidate Obama visited Janesville, Wisconsin, location of the oldest General Motors plant in America. Echoing his current promise to support unemployed Americans with job training, Obama proclaimed “I believe that, if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another hundred years.” However, two days before Christmas and just about a month before Obama’s inauguration, the plant closed forever.

Once the American Dream

By: Friday September 19, 2014 7:56 am

We were once the American Dream, and now we’re just what happened to it.

The people I am talking about in my book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent seem illusive here on the East Coast; in crazy New York last week, visiting the South Bronx, there are plenty of poor people. The sense in Midtown was that if they didn’t deserve to be poor, then, well, they were sort of naturally thrust into it as immigrants, as drug users, simply because they lived in a poor part of the city and it always would be. Kind of the natural ecology of the place.

Hah Hah: You Are Poor

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 3:15 pm

Thanks for reading this. I hope it distracted you briefly from the daily hunger pangs you face. If you don’t complain, we’ll allow you 30 minutes of TV tonight. Now back to work serf.

Increasing Both the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Minimum Wage Would Strengthen Wisconsin’s Families

By: Sunday September 14, 2014 5:30 pm

From www.wisconsinbudgetproject.org. State lawmakers who want to help Wisconsin families recover from the recession should move to boost both the state’s earned income tax credit and its minimum wage. Each policy on its own helps make work pay for families struggling on low wages, but improving them at the same time goes further to putting [...]

Minimum Wage Increase Makes the Ballot in Arkansas

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 3:21 pm

Arkansans will have a chance to give people making minimum wage a raise this November. On Wednesday the Arkansas Secretary of State certified that ‘An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage’ had enough valid signatures so it would be placed on the general election ballot. It will be issue number 5.

Fast Food Workers Striking in Fight for $15 an Hour and Labor Rights

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 11:11 am

Today fast food workers are striking in hopes of pressuring their employers to pay $15 an hour and let them form unions. The movement for better wages often called “Fight For 15″ which is using the hashtag #StrikeFastFood is targeting 150 cities to strike in.

The strike is part of a two-year campaign that began in New York in 2012 and has spread throughout the country. The demonstrations have struck a chord among low income workers who have not benefited from the economic recovery from the Great Recession.

Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 2:25 pm

The way you functionally subsidize companies paying low-wages to workers– ponying up the difference between what McDonald’s and others pay and what those workers need to live via taxpayer-paid SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits– is a hidden cost in plain sight. You’re already paying higher prices via higher taxes; you just may not know it.

Minimum Wage Increase Will Be on the Ballot in Nebraska

By: Monday August 18, 2014 1:17 pm

While efforts to increase the minimum wage at the federal level have are basically dead for the moment, some real progress is being made at the state and local level. Not only have state legislatures and city councils moved forward with new laws this year but activist campaigns have managed to put the issue on the ballot this November in a handful of red states.

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