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McDonalds sign in Chicago
July 24, 2014 | Perspectives

When I was 16 years old, I got my first job working the grill at McDonald’s. It punctured my bubble of economic privilege. Continue reading

Bill de Blasio at the Puerto Rican Day Parade
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

In order to better the economic lot of their constituency, Democrats should do something they haven’t really contemplated, and have consistently avoided, since the 1930s: taking a side, with all that entails, in a class war. Continue reading

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April 18, 2014 | Perspectives

Based on his analysis of capitalism’s past, Thomas Piketty has a grim picture of the future. Continue reading

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September 2, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Low-wage, temporary employment is becoming the new normal in America, particularly for immigrant and minority workers. Producer Karla Murthy visits a temp agency in Chicago. Continue reading

President Barack Obama fist-bumps AbilityOne custodian, Lawrence Lipscomb, in a federal office building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. (PRNewsFoto/AbilityOne, Pete Souza)
May 9, 2013 | Blog

A new Demos study estimates that American taxpayers fund nearly 2 million private-sector jobs that pay workers less than $24,000 a year ($12 an hour or less). That’s more low-wage jobs than Walmart and McDonald’s combined. Continue reading

Students line up to be served lunch at the Thatcher Brook Elementary School in Waterbury, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
January 20, 2013 | Blog
Could committing to a contract grow and unify the moment against poverty?
Rally participants hold flags on the waterfront in the East Boston neighborhood in advance of a possible strike. The rally was organized by the Service Employees International Union that represents 14,000 New England janitors. September 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
November 14, 2012 | Blog
The Nation columnist Greg Kaufmann reports on the the fight in Cincinnati to end "poverty wages" for the city's 1,000 janitors.
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November 7, 2012 | Group Think
The activist says the diversity of the winning majority holds the seeds of a new America.
A sign advertises lofts for rent in a recently built residential building in downtown Los Angeles. October 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
April 2, 2012 | Blog
How many hours do people making minimum wage need to work to afford their rent?
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June 13, 2008 | Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010)

Bill talks with author Holly Sklar about the battle for a “living wage” in America. Continue reading