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Congratulations, graduates! Now, about your job prospects ...
This year's high school and college graduates don't face as dire an employment picture as graduates during and immediately after the recession, but that doesn't mean they've got it easy. According ...
Laura Clawson 05/27/2015 3 8 - -
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This is just a great deep dive on how restaurants in the Bay Area are adapting to minimum wage increases .
Laura Clawson 05/26/2015 1 8 - -
Why don't poor people just get jobs? Because they already did.
The contrast between hardworking Americans and shiftless, lazy, poor people is a favorite of Republicans as they try to cut safety net ...
Laura Clawson 05/25/2015 48 97 2 -
Teachers of the Year tell us what's holding students back and where they'd spend education money
President Obama with 2015 teacher of the year Shanna Peeples. Every year, each state chooses its teacher of the year. This year, the Council of Chief State School Officers and ...
Laura Clawson 05/25/2015 44 43 2 -
U.S. is paying the price for not investing in trains, and it's stupid
House Speaker John Boehner may think it's "stupid" to suggest that the recent fatal Amtrak crash had anything to do with lack of funding, but the evidence ...
Laura Clawson 05/25/2015 111 144 4 -
This week in the war on workers: Who gets the benefits of trade deals?
The Senate advanced fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday.
Laura Clawson 05/23/2015 60 21 - -
How many minimum wage hours would you have to work to afford rent in your state?
Click map to enlarge Minimum wage increases passed by cities and states around the country are great news for low-...
Laura Clawson 05/23/2015 69 66 4 -
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to buy votes for his anti-worker agenda .
Laura Clawson 05/21/2015 3 1 - -
If Hillary Clinton isn't talking to reporters, who should she be listening to?
Some enterprising reporters have moved on, as New ...
Laura Clawson 05/21/2015 133 39 - -
McDonald's can't ignore worker protests before shareholder meeting
Laura Clawson 05/20/2015 15 27 - -
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Five ways to help nail salon workers. Better than swearing off manicures now while the subject is on your mind, then slinking ...
Laura Clawson 05/19/2015 3 6 - -
Los Angeles city council says yes to $15 minimum wage
Los Angeles is becoming the third major American city to ...
Laura Clawson 05/19/2015 9 16 - -
Four workers dead, 11 safety violations ... and a $99,000 fine?
Laura Clawson 05/18/2015 70 140 1 -
Scott Walker stands by firing American workers as his top foreign policy idea
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) Scott Walker got a little bit of side-eye from ...
Laura Clawson 05/18/2015 101 66 1 -
This week in the war on workers: Happy graduation, kids. How screwed are you?
The good news is that recent high school and college graduates looking for work aren't as screwed ...
Laura Clawson 05/16/2015 22 21 - -
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How can you get an ethical manicure? Support worker organizing. The fight for a $15 minimum wage changes another major company. Facebook ...
Laura Clawson 05/14/2015 1 7 - -
How 1.7 million average American families don't equal six Waltons
The AFL-CIO has released its executive paywatch, with a section looking at inequality, Walmart style. And boy, Walmart's inequality is extremely unequal. A Walmart worker would need ...
Laura Clawson 05/14/2015 51 50 2 -
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Ugly, ugly union-busting in Bangladesh. Public assistance programs may look like they don't have much effect in the ...
Laura Clawson 05/12/2015 1 5 - -
Voters want overtime pay expanded. By a lot.
Laura Clawson 05/12/2015 32 37 1 -
Wisconsin budget woes can't be helping Scott Walker's 2016 hopes
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) ...
Laura Clawson 05/12/2015 16 25 - -
New York manicurists to get emergency protections against wage theft, hazardous chemicals
Talk about journalism with an immediate impact. Last week's New York Times investigation of labor law violations and unhealthy working conditions for manicurists in the city's nail salons has ...
Laura Clawson 05/11/2015 74 35 - -
This week in the war on workers: Where the U.S. ranks on minimum wage—and where it could
You see that first red bar for the U.S. and you think "that's not so bad," and then you realize that's only if the minimum wage is ...
Laura Clawson 05/09/2015 27 30 1 -
Where do the presidential candidates stand on paid sick leave?
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is a real national leader on paid sick leave. (But not in a ...
Laura Clawson 05/09/2015 35 32 - -
Exploitation and wage theft are the cost of a cheap mani-pedi
Manicurists in the New York City area are badly exploited and the government is not keeping up with labor law violations, a New York Times investigation shows. ...
Laura Clawson 05/08/2015 28 30 - -
Government reports gain of 223,000 new jobs in April. Wages barely move up. Jobless rate at 5.4%
It appears the weak March jobs report, a surprise to many analysts, was a fluke. It was also worse than originally calculated. But gains in April made it the 13th of the past 14 months when more ...
Meteor Blades 05/08/2015 28 27 - -
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to bypass the state legislature to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers . And pregnant workers in New York have new protections.
Laura Clawson 05/07/2015 1 5 - -
Anti-abortion groups plan to break D.C. law by firing women for using birth control
House ...
Laura Clawson 05/07/2015 232 178 2 -
Chris Christie's signature law called unconstitutional in court ... by Christie administration
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration is in court ...
Laura Clawson 05/07/2015 66 83 2 -
Jeb Bush goes for the 'compassionate conservative' label with a lecture on poverty
Jeb Bush Spare me, please. Jeb Bush has taken to the op-ed pages of ...
Laura Clawson 05/06/2015 67 51 - -
Daily Kos Labor digest: John Oliver takes on standardized testing
And more: Sen. Patty Murray: Community members and civic leaders in cities and states across the country should absolutely keep fighting for living wages that work for their communities, but I ...
Laura Clawson 05/05/2015 3 9 1 -
Obama is a step closer to expanding overtime, but for how many American workers?
The Labor Department ...
Laura Clawson 05/05/2015 12 19 - -
The conservative answer on Baltimore: Blame the teachers
Kimberley Strassel What's responsible for Baltimore's problems? Republicans need answers other than "massive economic inequality, racism, and police violence," and when Republicans need answers but ...
Laura Clawson 05/04/2015 49 42 1 -
Republicans claim to care about inequality, but what would they do about it?
Jeb Bush Is this Mitt Romney's big legacy? Republican presidential candidates are straining to show that they really, really care about ...
Laura Clawson 05/04/2015 27 28 - -
This week in the war on workers: Death on the job
This week, in honor of Workers Memorial Day, the AFL-CIO released its Death on the Job report. Some facts: In ...
Laura Clawson 05/02/2015 9 35 - -
Baltimore's curfew hits service workers and small businesses hard
If you work something close to a 9-5 schedule, a 10 p.m. ...
Laura Clawson 05/01/2015 6 29 - -
Daily Kos Labor digest: Port truck drivers explain why they're striking
Here's more on the strike. In other news: University of Chicago nurses narrowly avert a strike . Here are all the ...
Laura Clawson 04/30/2015 2 7 - -
Screw $10.10, Democrats now pushing for a $12 minimum wage
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) ...
Laura Clawson 04/30/2015 77 46 2 -
Daily Kos Labor digest: Massachusetts takes over city's schools despite protest
Despite the hundreds of community members who turned out Monday to protest and testify against a state takeover of schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary ...
Laura Clawson 04/28/2015 2 8 - -
Bumble Bee Foods faces charges for worker killed in pressure cooker
Here's something you may find less than appetizing after reading this story. What does it take for criminal charges to be filed in a workplace death? ...
Laura Clawson 04/28/2015 63 49 1 -
Democrats push for higher wages for Senate janitors and cafeteria workers
Days after Senate janitors and cafeteria workers walked out to protest low wages, and after one janitor's homelessness made news, ...
Laura Clawson 04/28/2015 17 48 1 -
Trumka: 'Will our candidates listen' to workers' concerns in 2016 race?
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka The union movement is beginning its traditional campaign season dance with Democrats, in which union leaders push Democratic candidates to make working ...
Laura Clawson 04/28/2015 36 30 1 -
This week in the war on workers: The scary GOP plan for transportation funding
There are 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States, and this is what congressional Republicans want to do to transportation funding:
Laura Clawson 04/25/2015 41 32 - -
Teacher explains how standardized testing is hurting her first graders
A New York teacher has written a remarkable letter to Diane Ravitch explaining how the focus on standardized testing is hurting her students. Her first-grade students . Even though these kids won'...
Laura Clawson 04/25/2015 120 111 3 -
The economy is increasingly rigged against workers with less education
It probably won't come as a surprise that less-educated American workers have been struggling to make a living in recent years, but the ...
Laura Clawson 04/25/2015 149 34 1 -
Scott Walker and Chris Christie show off the GOP's job-creation chops
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) Republicans have been itching to show how much better ...
Laura Clawson 04/24/2015 27 46 2 -
Daily Kos Labor digest: Wage theft, expendable workers, and taking on the chain
Laura Clawson 04/23/2015 2 10 - -
Taco Bell brings 6,000 tacos to Capitol Hill in annual lobbying event
Don't say the fast food industry never did anything for all that it gets from Congress, like a low minimum wage and support in the industry's efforts to keep workers from organizing unions or ...
Laura Clawson 04/23/2015 36 21 - -
Judge approves NFL concussion settlement
A federal judge has approved ...
Laura Clawson 04/22/2015 11 9 - -
Senate janitors and cooks walk out in fight for $15
Contract workers in federal buildings once again walked out and rallied with supporters on Wednesday as they continue pressing the federal government to raise employment standards. Workers ...
Laura Clawson 04/22/2015 57 219 2 -
$70,000 minimum pay turns out to be good for business
Remember Dan Price, the CEO who cut his own pay to raise the minimum annual pay at his company to $70,...
Laura Clawson 04/22/2015 106 237 4 -
Daily Kos Labor digest: Fair shares and Common Core concerns
Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled legislature is trying to pass a law that would block Philadelphia's paid sick leave law retroactively and prevent other cities and towns in the state from ...
Laura Clawson 04/21/2015 4 7 - -
Workers say Walmart closed stores to retaliate against activists
Workers strike at the ...
Laura Clawson 04/21/2015 49 51 1 -
Not just fast food: Full-service restaurant chains pay poverty wages, too
Fast food isn't the only part of the restaurant industry where workers are seriously underpaid. A recent report from the ...
Laura Clawson 04/20/2015 35 44 2 -
This week in the war on workers: Union membership falls. The middle class falls. Not a coincidence.
Oh, look. Another chart showing how declining union membership goes hand in hand with the declining strength of the middle class. Shall we look ...
Laura Clawson 04/18/2015 30 49 - -
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A push for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in Connecticut . For-...
Laura Clawson 04/16/2015 1 2 - -
Workers hit the streets in 200 cities in fight for $15
Low-
Laura Clawson 04/15/2015 27 39 - -
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Glass ceiling? Some of us are still trying to earn a living wage. A setback for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner 's anti-
Laura Clawson 04/14/2015 1 5 - -
Low wages mean more than $150 billion in public assistance for working families
Republicans tend to talk like there are two distinct ...
Laura Clawson 04/14/2015 57 81 1 -
This week in the war on workers: Federal janitors and zoo groundskeepers file wage theft complaint
Education Secretary Arne Duncan's office is cleaned by an underpaid janitor. The minimum wage isn't the only wage rate that applies—or should apply—to many federal contract workers, and a group ...
Laura Clawson 04/11/2015 6 29 2 -
Yacht deductions and fancy meals: How the rich rake in government handouts
Mitt Romney did at least do us the favor of putting a face to legal tax avoidance for rich people. Warren Buffett's line about his secretary paying a higher tax rate than he does has become pretty ...
Laura Clawson 04/10/2015 241 171 7 -
Wall Street has gobbled up billions of New York City pension dollars
New York City Comptroller Scott ...
Laura Clawson 04/09/2015 81 78 1 -
Federal contractors now banned from discriminating against LGBT workers
Even with a terrible Congress, the ...
Laura Clawson 04/08/2015 11 44 - -
Top 400 Americans got a huge income boost and low tax rates in 2012
The 400 highest-earning Americans had a really good year in 2012, with their incomes rising by an average of $...
Laura Clawson 04/08/2015 30 30 2 -
Missouri city repeals LGBT discrimination protections
If you live in Springfield, Missouri, and wish to engage in housing or hiring discrimination against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity, fear not. ...
Laura Clawson 04/08/2015 75 48 - -
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The Obamas have effectively opted Malia and Sasha out of high-stakes testing . Even if you can't afford a private school, you ...
Laura Clawson 04/07/2015 3 8 - -
Kansas to limit welfare recipients to $25 a day, ban them from spending on cruise ships
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) Because grinding poverty isn't enough, Republicans ...
Laura Clawson 04/06/2015 256 159 - -
This week in the war on workers: Judge blocks effort to shut workers up in Chicago mayoral election
Chicago Mayor Rahm ...
Laura Clawson 04/04/2015 24 41 - -
When Walmart and McDonald's talk big about wages, be cynical
A few low-wage corporations have been talking a ...
Laura Clawson 04/03/2015 14 22 - -
Missouri Republicans to poor people: Steak and seafood are too good for you
If you needed another piece of evidence that Republicans ...
Laura Clawson 04/03/2015 490 232 2 -
Government reports slowdown in new job creation to 126,000 in March
In the weakest jobs report in 16 months, the economy created 129,000 new seasonally adjusted private-sector jobs in March, the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That made it ...
Meteor Blades 04/03/2015 45 25 1 -
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The poor are treated like criminals everywhere— ...
Laura Clawson 04/02/2015 3 5 - -
McDonald's to raise pay ... but only in a small percent of McDonald's restaurants
Six weeks ...
Laura Clawson 04/01/2015 19 20 - -
U.S. has 61,000 structurally deficient bridges—and highway funding is about to run out
Just a little reminder of what can happen. There are 61,064 structurally deficient bridges in the United States, according to an analysis of federal data, and just the highest-trafficked 25 out of ...
Laura Clawson 04/01/2015 48 70 4 -
Walmart raised its pay. But it's still so low workers qualify for government aid.
around $900,
Laura Clawson 04/01/2015 26 35 1 -
Daily Kos Labor digest: Rahm tries to muzzle transit workers
Laura Clawson 03/31/2015 3 19 - -
Obama's fourth veto: Protecting workers
As threatened , President ...
Laura Clawson 03/31/2015 40 100 2 -
Seattle seafood chain is abolishing tips and giving its workers a raise
A Seattle restaurant chain that's an area institution is now going to become a no-tip, living-wage role model : On Wednesday, Ivar’s will raise the ...
Laura Clawson 03/31/2015 65 74 - -
Fight for $15 bringing strikes and protests to 200 cities on April 15
The next wave of what we used to call fast food strikes ...
Laura Clawson 03/31/2015 25 29 - -
Amazon makes even temp warehouse workers sign sweeping noncompete agreements
Noncompete agreements, originally intended to keep skilled workers from bringing trade secrets from their employer to a competitor, are starting to show up in low-wage work. Companies are ...
Laura Clawson 03/30/2015 15 22 - -
Arkansas woman fired for telling a reporter she was glad of minimum wage increase
An Arkansas woman says she was fired because she was quoted in the Washington Post saying she was ...
Laura Clawson 03/30/2015 182 266 2 -
Union cancels Indiana conference over 'un-American' discrimination law
Who knew—it turns out there's a cost for legalizing discrimination, as Indiana is finding out. One of the latest to cancel an upcoming event in Indiana because of the state's new license-to-...
Laura Clawson 03/30/2015 134 167 3 -
This week in the war on workers: Holyoke, MA, students protest likely state schools takeover
Schools in the economically struggling city of Holyoke, MA, face a takeover by the state because of low standardized test scores. Students and teachers alike are fighting back, but the city's ...
Laura Clawson 03/28/2015 11 23 2 -
Teachers push for Los Angeles charter chain management to stay neutral in union drive
Laura Clawson 03/27/2015 20 33 4 -
Walmart and 20 other companies are lobbying hard to gut workers' comp
One more thing to protest Walmart over. Many states ...
Laura Clawson 03/27/2015 44 67 4 -
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The Fight for $15 isn't just about fast food : The Fight for 15 and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU)
Laura Clawson 03/26/2015 1 4 - -
Democrats keep up the fight for fair pay even though Republicans will block it
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Laura Clawson 03/26/2015 23 22 - -
Washington state moves to protect workers from paying to get their paychecks
Low-wage employers have found a way to simultaneously save themselves money and hand over some of their workers' scanty pay to the financial industry. Naturally, this is a big draw, ...
Laura Clawson 03/25/2015 34 82 3 -
Supreme Court refuses to sign off on pregnancy discrimination
Peggy Young (right) leaving the Supreme ...
Laura Clawson 03/25/2015 15 55 - -
Republicans want to privatize air traffic con​trol
Here's a great Republican idea : Let's privatize air traffic control. Don't you want corporate profits to be a factor in your safety in the air? Republicans ...
Laura Clawson 03/25/2015 109 75 - -
Corporate astroturf king lurks behind business lobby's anti-worker campaign
Rick Berman The king of the astroturf corporate front group is playing a key role in a recent outrage campaign against the National Labor Relations Board's decision that, since McDonald's controls ...
Laura Clawson 03/25/2015 16 31 - -
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David Cay Johnston eviscerates shoddy anti-union reporting from NPR .
Laura Clawson 03/24/2015 1 4 - -
Few nurses are men, but they're still paid more than women
Nursing is an occupation massively dominated by women. But ...
Laura Clawson 03/24/2015 65 41 1 -
Urban sprawl adds a long commute to the difficult path out of poverty
Urban sprawl isn't just taking a toll on the environment or on quality of life by keeping Americans stuck in their cars. It's also making it harder for low-income people to get and keep jobs, ...
Laura Clawson 03/24/2015 32 45 1 -
Wisconsin's middle class is shrinking faster than in any other state
Inequality is rising and the American middle class is shrinking. ...
Laura Clawson 03/24/2015 68 92 3 -
New ad in Chicago: 'Rahm can't change his record. We need to change mayors.'
Chicago Mayor Rahm ...
Laura Clawson 03/23/2015 19 45 - -
This week in the war on workers: Judge tells T-Mobile to stop breaking labor laws
T-Mobile has been breaking the law, as a matter of corporate policy, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Christine Dibble wasn't hearing complaints ...
Laura Clawson 03/21/2015 24 34 2 -
Target to give in and follow Walmart to $9 hourly pay
When ...
Laura Clawson 03/19/2015 37 45 1 -
Tennessee Republican would sacrifice a whole lot of jobs to keep unions away
Tennessee Republican state Sen. Bo Watson Tennessee Republican state Sen. Bo Watson really does not like unions. ...
Laura Clawson 03/19/2015 78 70 1 -
Daily Kos Labor digest: Starbucks wants to talk about race? Okay ...
ROC United Has Some Thoughts on Starbucks' plan to get baristas to talk to customers about ...
Laura Clawson 03/18/2015 7 5 - -
Walmart heirs' foundation advises hedge funds on how to profit from charter schools
Walmart heir Rob Walton Charming. The "charitable" foundation of the Walmart heirs got together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation last week to help hedge funds ...
Laura Clawson 03/18/2015 57 76 1 -
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