Features related to economic inequality

Business for Democracy (Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Public Citizen/Flickr)
August 19, 2014 | Perspectives

Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement. Continue reading

Jennifer Donald whose family receives money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also know as food stamps, eats dinner with her sons David, 6, left, and Donovan, 4, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 15, 2014 | Blog

Imagine you’re a single mother working a minimum-wage job with a toddler at home. When your diaper supply runs out mid-month, where can you turn to help you afford that incredibly basic necessity? Not SNAP, nor WIC, nor most other programs. They won’t let you spend benefits on diapers. Continue reading

JP Morgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein leave the White House in Washington following a meeting between chief executives and President Barack Obama. March 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 14, 2014 | Blog

“The influence of ordinary Americans registers at a ‘non-significant, near-zero level.’” Continue reading

labor-CROP
August 14, 2014 | Perspectives

Despite its high minimum wage, San Francisco has the second-highest rate of income inequality among major US cities. Continue reading

A homeless woman rests under a shade tree as children play at Lions park in Costa Mesa, Calif. October 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
August 13, 2014 | Perspectives

Laws criminalizing sitting, sleeping, lying down and camping leave homeless people with nowhere to go when the shelter system fails them. Continue reading

Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for "Artie T." Arthur T. Demoulas, the former chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves, says he wants to buy the entire company. (AP Photo)
August 12, 2014 | Perspectives

In recent weeks, the managers, employees and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets have banded together to support a CEO who put them first — and was ousted for it. Continue reading

A sign for Wall Street is displayed on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, March 4, 2013. Uncertainty over the outcome of a budget battle in Washington pushed world stock markets lower on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
August 7, 2014 | Blog

In addition to slowing growth, stagnant wages leave American households in debt and without much savings. Continue reading

Job Market Then and Now
August 6, 2014 | Perspectives

In the debate about poverty and rising economic inequality, we need to think beyond the minimum wage. Continue reading

In this July 29, 2013, file photo, demonstrators in support of fast food workers march towards a McDonald's as they demand higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation in New York's Union Square. Labor leaders are getting more creative _ and some say more desperate _ in trying to boost their sagging numbers. Unions are helping non-union fast food workers around the country hold strikes to protest low wages and poor working conditions. They are organizing home day care workers, university graduate students and even newly legalized marijuana dealers.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 29, 2014 | Blog

Two House Democrats plan to introduce a bill tomorrow that would make labor organizing a basic freedom no different than freedom from racial discrimination. Continue reading

Frankie Tisdale, a Brooklyn-based fast-food worker at home with his children. He joined the global protests for a higher minimum wage for fast-food workers in May 2014. (Neha Tara Mehta/Moyers & Company)
July 28, 2014 | Perspectives

Joshua Holland points out some conservative myths raised in this week’s interview, and debunks them. Continue reading

Henry Rivera sells peanuts during the Los Angeles Dodgers' Opening Day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
July 28, 2014 | Blog

Seasonal concession workers at AT&T Park finally got the contract they wanted and more about the Obamacare inside information that may have been illegally leaked by a Capitol Hill staffer to the SEC. Continue reading

A jet plane of VistaJet is seen on display during the Shanghai International Business Aviation Show 2014 (SIBAS 2014) and the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition 2014 (ABACE 2014) in Shanghai, China, 15 April 2014. (Imaginechina via AP Images)
July 23, 2014 | Perspectives

A new study suggests that there is and the finding justifies a maximum wage. Continue reading

In this June 2, 2014 photo, Wendy Harrison, a waitress at the icon Grill in Seattle, carries food to a table as she works during lunchtime. An Associated Press comparison of the cost of living at several other major U.S. cities found that a $15 minimum wage, like Seattle adopted this week, will make a difference, but won’t buy a lavish lifestyle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 10, 2014 | Blog

A new study debunks some of the most common myths about America’s tipped workforce. Continue reading

Joseph E. Stiglitz
July 1, 2014 | Blog

The Nobel Prize-winning economist fires back at claims that our increasingly skewed economy is a result of “natural” market forces. Continue reading

President Barack Obama speaks at Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference in New York, Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 26, 2014 | Perspectives

There is precedent for presidential action to improve workers’ rights. Continue reading

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