Labor

Minimum Wage? How About a Maximum Wage?

Maximum Wage

-+*Jack Rothman: The trickle down theory holds that when financial elites heap up profits, good stuff cascades down to poor folks at the bottom. What I’ve seen trickle down is meager jobs and hardly-livable housing. Mansions never seem to trickle down.

Justice Matters

Justice Matters

-+*Rosemary Jenkins: My fear, in the meantime, is that by July 2020, $15 will be worth much less—leaving workers to be challenged by the same deflated buying power they are facing now.

The Wage War’s Two Fronts

minimum wage strategies

-+*Peter Dreier: This upsurge in the wage wars hasn’t come about all of a sudden. It is the result of years of both changing conditions, effective grassroots organizing, and changing public views about the poor.

‘Gilded Age Union-Busting’

Gilded Age Union-Busting

-+*Berry Craig: Gilded Age steel tycoon Henry Clay Frick is long gone. But his old union-busting tactic in is play at the Century Aluminum plant in Hawesville, Kentucky.

Walmart’s ‘Plumbing Problem’

Walmart Plumbing Problem

-+*Bobbi Murray: The employees of two of the shut-down stores — in Pico Rivera and Tulsa — have been active in organizing efforts by OUR Walmart to improve working conditions.

Let’s Kill the Unions

killing unions

-+*Steve Hochstadt: For every dollar that labor unions and other public-interest groups spend on lobbying, large corporations and their associations spend $34.

LA’s Fast Food Workers Demanding Justice

Fast Food Workers Demanding Justice

-+*Gilda Valdez: Simply put, fast food workers deserve a raise, a big one! Their employers can easily afford it. Take McDonald’s for example, in just the last quarter of 2014 their revenue was $6.57 billion, and they called that a bad quarter.