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Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



CBO: Obamacare Will Thin Full-Time Workforce by 2 Million

The Congressional Budget Office offered more fodder Tuesday for opponents of Obamacare to hate on the Affordable Care Act—should they choose to spin the facts and figures.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Work Until You’re Dead?

A sizable chunk of the adult population is going to punch a clock until they keel over in the office parking lot and get hauled off in the company dumpster. And those are the lucky ones, the so called baby boomers. By the time we get to the millennials it’ll be even worse because the economy will have been ravaged by 25 or 30 years of austerity leaving the proles to scrape by on hardtack and gruel.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE



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13 States to Give Minimum Wage a Boost in the New Year

The new year will usher in a welcome change for workers in 13 states in which the minimum wage will rise above the federally required bottom line of $7.25 an hour.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE


Should Employers Be Allowed to Discriminate Based on Criminal Records?

If we want individuals to form part of society after they’ve been released from prison, the question on job applications about convictions should be prohibited, some people believe. In certain places, the process of “banning the box” has already begun.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Let’s Face It, Believing Rich People Create Sustainable Jobs Is Delusional

Henry Blodget, CEO of news website Business Insider, clears up the widespread myth that entrepreneurs such as himself are responsible for creating jobs for the rest of America. The often-told lie is simply a way to justify the immense inequality symptomatic of our dire economic climate.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Striking California Wal-Mart Workers Aim to Embarrass Company

After 50-odd years without coordinated strikes in U.S. Wal-Marts, the chain has seen a series of employee protests organized by the nonunion workers’ group OUR Wal-Mart. Wednesday the wave of demonstrations reached Southern California in a surprise strike riding on the coattails of a successful walk-off in Hialeah, Fla.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE


Rep. Conyers Pushes for ‘Full Employment’ Bill

An 11th-hour deal to end the 16-day partial government shutdown and pull the nation back from the brink of a historic debt default occurred Wednesday night. Rep. John Conyers says the focus on spending and debt is wrong; Congress should pass a full employment bill.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe

Some 8,000 bridges around the country are “structurally deficient,” and a battered federal budget, sequestration and Washington gridlock make it unlikely they’ll be repaired soon.

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Abracadabra: You’re a Part-Timer

The truly mysterious aspect of this “recovery” is that 21% of the jobs lost during the Great Recession were low wage, meaning they paid $13.83 an hour or less, but 58% of the jobs regained fall into that category. The lost jobs with better wages, benefits and long-term security have completely vanished.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Collateral Damage: QE3 and the Shadow Banking System

Rather than expanding the money supply, quantitative easing has actually caused it to shrink by sucking up the collateral needed by the shadow banking system to create credit. This “failure” has prompted the Bank for International Settlements to urge the Fed to shirk its mandate to pursue full employment, though the sort of QE that could fulfill that mandate has not yet been tried.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama: Sweat the Small Stuff for Big Justice

If President Obama sweats the small stuff, he will empower the American people to take greater charge of their government and their future over the destructive and cowardly corporatism that now dominates Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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What We Need Now: A National Economic Strategy for Better Jobs

Economic determinists—fatalists, really—assume that globalization and technological change must now condemn a large portion of the American workforce to under-unemployment and stagnant wages, while rewarding those with the best eductions and connections with ever higher wages and wealth.

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‘Another Phony Jobs Report From a Government That Lies About Everything’

The 179,000 jobs created in May and boasted about by the Obama administration are no more than “the usual lowly paid non-exportable domestic service jobs—the jobs of a third world country,” former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts writes.

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The Real Cost of Austerity

A new study paints a sobering picture of the negative consequences austerity is having on the U.S. economy (and shows once more that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a consistent voice against austerity, is right).

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Pulling the Rug

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Why There’s a Bull Market for Stocks and Bear Market for Workers

On Tuesday the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 14,270. The stock market is basically back to where it was in 2000, while corporate earnings have doubled since then. Yet the real median wage is now 8 percent below what it was then and unemployment remains sky-high. Why is the stock market doing so well, while most Americans are doing so poorly? Here are four reasons. 

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The American Way of Work

I have been working at home for most of my life. Naturally, I’m interested in the controversy generated by Marissa Mayer, the new boss at Yahoo, when she ordered all that company’s employees to report to a regular company office.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Many in Washington Don’t Have Half a Brain

With consumers and government both spending less, businesses won’t hire more workers; they’ll fire more workers. That’s likely to happen in coming months. Anyone with half a brain should be able to understand all this. But apparently many in Washington don’t have half a brain.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Guide to the Sequestration Horrors

On March 1, the $85 billion collection of budget cuts known as the sequester could wipe out federal programs at such varied places as national parks, the Pentagon and the FBI. Hidden among those cuts are reductions in services that are crucial to Americans’ everyday lives—education, health care and jobs. The Guardian tells us what to expect.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Minimum Wage, Guns, Health Care and the Meaning of a Decent Society

Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that’s baloney.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Biggest Republican Lie

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that chamber’s Republicans will unanimously support a balanced-budget amendment, to be unveiled Wednesday as the core of the GOP’s fiscal agenda.There’s no chance of passage so why are Republicans pushing it now?

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Coming Tuesday (Hopefully): The State of the Union’s Economy

The President should make it clear that any Republican effort to hold the nation hostage to the GOP’s ideological fixation on the budget deficit and a smaller government will slow the economy, likely pushing us into another recession. And that those most imperiled are the middle class and the poor.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE


The Economic Challenge Ahead: More Jobs and Growth, Not Deficit Reduction

Can we just keep things in perspective? On Tuesday, the president asked Republicans to join him in finding more spending cuts and revenues before the next fiscal cliff whacks the economy at the end of the month. Yet that same day, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal budget deficit will drop to 5.3 percent of the nation’s total output by the end of this year.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Corporate Rule Has ‘Infected’ AFL-CIO Leadership, Labor Activist Contends

Under its current president, the organization has failed to address the mounting threat against labor in the United States from the loss of bargaining rights to the refusal to adjust minimum wage standards to the push against implementing the “card check” union organizing system, Harry Kelber says.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage

The corporate state uses debt to keep workers—especially the working poor—frightened and disempowered. Only through a campaign for a minimum wage of at least $11 an hour can Americans begin to regain economic, social and political control.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE



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The Latest Jobs Report and Why the Recovery Has Stalled

We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history, yet our political leaders in Washington aren’t doing squat about it.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Consumers Are Bummed Out

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that the preliminary January figure for consumer confidence in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in more than a year. So why are consumers so glum? Because they’re deeply worried about their jobs and their incomes—as they have every right to be.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE


Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the president’s re-election campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs. That’s what Americans care about—jobs with good wages. So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


Right to Work

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Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Ground Zero in the Land of Opportunity

Right at the point when they are most needed, our second-chance institutions are being severely threatened. Across the country, community colleges, adult schools and literacy programs are reporting record enrollments at the same time they have to trim staff, classes and services.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Other Fiscal Cliff

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Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Latest Job Numbers Show Why Job Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction

Friday’s jobs report demonstrates an economy that’s still moving in the right direction but way too slowly, which is why Washington’s continuing obsession with the federal budget deficit is insane. Jobs and growth must come first.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


Why Friday’s Unemployment Report Should Be Taken With a Grain of Salt

In truth, no one should vote based on this batch of jobs numbers because a single month’s report isn’t a reliable gauge of which way the economy is heading.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman: GOP Hypocrisy on Jobs

The New York Times columnist takes aim at Republicans for blocking legislation from President Obama that might have helped with the jobs recovery and then blaming his policies after the latest round of disappointing employment figures.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



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The Ambiguous Battle for Jobs

It’s the great unanswered question of the presidential campaign: Just how can America actually create jobs? President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are ducking the specifics, tearing each other down and offering little hope to the 15 percent of Americans without enough work.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Spins June’s Jobs Figures

U.S. unemployment remained stuck at 8.2 percent as only 80,000 jobs were added in June. But President Barack Obama assures the country the figures represent a “step in the right direction.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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New Job Numbers for March Don’t Meet Expectations

This would feel like horse-race politics, employment edition, if only the stakes weren’t so high: The Department of Labor released employment data on Friday for the month of March, and the results didn’t match more optimistic projections for the blustery month.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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More Good News on Jobs for February

For the third month in a row, figures coming in from the Department of Labor signal a stronger recovery in the employment market than the country has seen in years. President Obama gets a boost from the good news, but is there any way to read these numbers differently?

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE


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Where the Jobs (Still) Aren’t

Geography is one of those seemingly stodgy fields that’s enjoyed an infusion of innovation in recent years, and here’s a sobering yet useful map of the U.S. to illustrate that point. Specifically, you’ll see how different zones of the country have fared in terms of long-term unemployment. Looking good, Middle America.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE


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At Risk: America’s Poor During and After the Great Recession

This study by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs examines the impact of the Great Recession and its aftermath on poverty in America.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Millions of Americans to Be Driven Into Poverty, Study Says

The number of Americans living in poverty has grown by 27 percent, or 10 million people, since the beginning of the “Great Recession” in 2006, according to an Indiana University study. And because of continued cuts to welfare programs and an increase in new, poorly paid jobs, those figures will continue to rise.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Says Religious Groups’ Job Choices Are Theirs to Make

In a rare show of unity within our nation’s top judicial body, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the American government should steer clear of interfering in the employment practices and policies of religious organizations.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Romney: Obama’s a ‘Job Killer’

Fresh off his historically narrow victory in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential pageant favorite Mitt Romney beefed up his attack rhetoric against his would-be opponent, Barack Obama, on Thursday by lashing out against the president’s latest big appointments.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


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