Walmart Workers And Activists Planning Black Friday Protests

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 10:31 am

How about give everyone a raise? RT @ForRespect: #Walmart managers calling HQ to figure out what to do. pic.twitter.com/aCLiOVsSLB — Low Pay Is Not OK (@LowPayIsNotOK) November 26, 2014 In what is becoming a tradition, Walmart workers and labor activists are planning protests for Black Friday. This will be the third time in a row [...]

Fast Food Workers Striking In Fight For $15 An Hour And Labor Rights

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 7:21 am

Fast food workers in 100 cities on strike today. This isn't a protest, it's a movement. #StrikeFastFood #RaiseUpNY pic.twitter.com/d6U8thqAuf — Citizen Action of NY (@citizenactionny) September 4, 2014 Today fast food workers are striking in hopes of pressuring their employers to pay $15 an hour and let them form unions. The movement for better wages [...]

As Cuomo Sits Passively, Republicans Take Over New York State Senate Despite Losing Election

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 10:00 am

In an unusual power-sharing agreement that ought to be remembered should Andrew Cuomo ever try to run for President, Republicans and a group of “independent Democrats” will share control of the New York State Senate, despite Democrats running on the Democratic ballot line winning as many as 33 of the 63 seats in the chamber. [...]

Republican Platform Lumbers Far to the Right

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 12:23 pm

The Republican platform is too large a document and covers too many issue areas for one person to dissect entirely. I covered my core competency by going through the housing plank. But for those who did have the time and resources to do a full overview, the picture becomes clear that this is a pretty [...]

Activists Mark Three Years Since Last Increase of Minimum Wage

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 7:35 am

July 24, 2009, marks the last time the minimum wage was increased in America, to its current dollar amount of $7.25 an hour. At various times in their recent political lives, both candidates for President have called that figure too low. Both have agreed that the minimum wage ought to be indexed to inflation, to [...]

That’s An Idea! Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 12:21 pm

In 2007, Democrats passed an increase in the minimum wage, and got George W. Bush to sign it by making it the scraps exchanged for more war funding. In the 2008 campaign, most of the Democratic candidates, including the eventual winner, expressed support for indexing the minimum wage to inflation, so it maintained its value [...]

Inequality Accelerates in the Post-Great Recession Recovery

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 1:39 pm

If the Occupy movement has one primary concern, I’m guessing it would be that the expansion of income inequality has had a massive amount of negative consequences for the country. It has created a near-permanent underclass and robbed them of their voice in the political sphere. The overclass, meanwhile, the 1%, has an inordinate amount [...]

Food Stamp Program Crucial to Alleviating Poverty

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 7:39 am

Now that we’ve exposed the flaws from cutting welfare so it cannot provide adequate benefits during an historically bad recession, we can gather a new appreciation for the main mandatory spending program on the poor that has served to keep them afloat in these troubled times. That would be the food stamp program, also know [...]

Raising Minimum Wage Significantly Would Boost Economy

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 6:59 am

Contrary to the opinion that we’re headed for a consumer-led recovery in 2012, most economic analysts see little movement on consumer spending. Wages have not grown, credit-financed spending has returned and cannot sustain much past where it is, and most of the job growth over the past two years have come in low-wage service sectors. [...]

Obama Administration Extends Wage and Hour Protections to Home Health Care Workers

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 8:55 am

The Obama Administration will provide wage protections for home care workers via executive order, a promising proposal for over two million workers previously exempted from coverage. The move is another in the “We Can’t Wait” proposals the Administration has been leaking out for a couple months. Twenty-nine states currently exempt home health care workers from [...]

Michele Bachmann is a Serious Contender for the Republican Nomination

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 12:18 pm

Markos Moulitsas predicted that Michele Bachmann would be the Republican nominee, and it’s hard to argue with his logic. The Presidential nomination is a different animal than state and local elections for Congress, but based on the track record of 2010, the Tea Party is the greatest force in Republican primaries, and they prefer someone [...]

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