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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 24, 2014 | Blog

Lawmakers and corporates are beginning to address how erratic, last-minute schedules throw the lives of part-time workers out of gear. Continue reading

Late morning traffic travels on Interstate 5, Los Angeles in this Thursday, February 6, 2014 photo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
July 24, 2014 | Blog

Republicans got their way and car dealers were exempted from oversight by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Now The New York Times investigation reports giant loans are going to poor people with bad credit. Continue reading

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

Protesters rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Several hundred fast-food workers and other low-wage employees from around New York gathered to pressure lawmakers to raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10.10 an hour and let local cities raise it even higher. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
July 23, 2014 | Blog

When workers have limited social welfare benefits, they are cheap and compliant, and have no choice but to accept whatever job they are offered. Continue reading

President Barack Obama, center, signs the Dodd Frank-Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in a ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 22, 2014 | Blog

Four years after the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into a law, much of it is yet to be implemented and the risks to the economy remain. Continue reading

Inner Harbor Water Wheel, Baltimore
July 22, 2014 | Blog

A new invention is helping to solve the city’s water pollution problem and clean up a city landmark. Continue reading

In this Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, shoppers leave a Wal-Mart in Danvers, Mass. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 said it is realigning its U.S. operations in an effort to give more autonomy to executives in regional markets and reinvigorate U.S. growth.. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
July 21, 2014 | Blog

Workers at Target, Wal-Mart and McDonald’s need food stamps to survive. Should the companies be taxed accordingly? Continue reading

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 19, 2014 | Perspectives

Conservative members of the House Budget Committee showed up at a recent hearing on poverty to preach what they think they already know about people living in poverty. Continue reading

Rachel Fentin, left, 23, of Detroit, holds a sign denouncing water shutoffs as members of The People’s Water Board Coalition protest Detroit’s cutting off the water supply to some residents, in Detroit on Friday, July 18, 2014.
July 19, 2014 | Blog

As Detroit draws international criticism for shutting off water for low-income families, activists ask why people are being forced to pay while the Wall Street banks live large. 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

Photo of tax return and US treasury check
July 15, 2014 | Blog

Even the most clever corporate tax accountant would have a hard time finding a way around this new fair and universal proposition. Continue reading

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, in coronation robes, 1775 (Photo: Wiki Commons)
July 15, 2014 | Perspectives

Globalizing capitalism and its new extremes — rising prices and wealth inequalities — has a remarkable historical parallel in the events of the 16th century. Should modern-day capitalists be guarding the Bastille? 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

Dr. Martin Luther King displays pictures of three civil rights workers,who were slain in Mississippi the summer before, from left Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, at a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/JL, File)
July 10, 2014 | Blog

We must remember the courage of the people of Mississippi and other Jim Crow states and that the civil rights movement was an endeavor of white and black bonding. Continue reading

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., center, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, make statements introducing Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., seated at left, to the committee during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of state, replacing Clinton, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 10, 2014 | Perspectives

There is a broad agreement on what might be called a “populist lite” agenda, but that’s where the consensus ends. Continue reading

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