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Profile of America’s Underpaid Cops: St. Louis County

Some officers who responded to protests against the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August earn as little as $10.50 an hour.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE



IRS Seizes Money From Guiltless Americans on Mere Suspicion

A controversial area of law empowers the IRS to confiscate significant sums of money from “run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation” and “without ever filing a criminal complaint,” leaving the owners “to prove they are innocent,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



What You Need to Earn to Rent a Decent One-Bedroom in America

Unsurprisingly, the “housing wage” is much higher than the minimum wage in much of the country.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE



C. Wright Mills Understood Why We’re So Lame

In the 1950s, as the United States transitioned from a factory- to an office-based economy, the sociologist perceived that “if you wanted to find out what was wrong with American society and politics, you had to look to the white-collar worker,” writes Nikil Saval in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



How Does Commuting Affect Your Health?

“Commuters are more likely to be anxious, dissatisfied and have the sense that their daily activities lack meaning than those who don’t have to travel to work even if they are paid more,” says a Guardian report on a study of commuting and personal well-being.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



A Tale of One of the New ‘Have Nots’

“I used to have a house. I used to go on vacations. I used to shop at department stores, get my hair done and even enjoy pedicures. Now, I don’t. I’m a member of the American ‘Used-to-Haves,’ ” Kathleen Ann writes at The Huffington Post.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Are Wages Low? Blame Workers for Not Knowing They Are, in Fact, Workers

The anti-union movement won the battle of self-perception. Union-friendly blue-collar workers have been supplanted by white-collar office drones who don’t see themselves as candidates for unionization because they don’t really see themselves as workers, author Edward McClelland argues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE



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The Return of the Working Class Hero

For more than three decades, working class Americans receded as cultural heroes, replaced in the popular imagination by swashbuckling entrepreneurs, brilliant innovators, and shrewd investors who make millions at the touch of a computer key.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE


‘We Are Slowly Dying’: Fast-Food Workers Strike for Wages, Rights and Dignity

Fast food and retail workers are striking for the right to unionize and a living wage in seven cities: Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Flint, Mich.; and New York City.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Indian Protesters: ‘Up With the Workers, Down With the Government’

As many as 100 million Indians angry about high prices, low pay and poor working conditions walked off their jobs Wednesday as a two-day strike organized by 11 major trade unions closed banks, disrupted major transportation and reportedly saw two deaths, Al-Jazeera reports.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



The Case of the Missing Cuban Internet Cable

The promised $70 million project to quicken Cuba’s Internet connection speed was never delivered; German voters are on Angela Merkel’s side when it comes to the European economy; meanwhile, a vial with Ronald Reagan’s blood is being auctioned, along with one of Scarlett Johansson’s used tissues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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A Tribute to One of Occupy’s Intellectual Predecessors

C. Wright Mills, the radical Columbia University sociologist who died 50 years ago at age 45, warned that America was becoming a nation of “cheerful robots,” corrupted by an economic elite and heading toward a third world war.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



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The Right’s Boon in Knox v. SEIU

On the surface, the case of Knox v. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lacks blockbuster appeal. But in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, it has the potential to further rig the playing field in favor of big business and the right wing.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Don’t We Pay People Enough? 8 Facts About America’s Struggling Working People

Millions of people in the U.S. work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the U.S. needs to dedicate itself to making work pay.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Here Comes the Capital Strike

From his seat in Congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced in mid-September that American business owners would continue to hold the nation’s wealth (and thus the public welfare) hostage until government granted them the “low-tax, deregulated world they wanted,” writes journalist and author Thomas Frank in Harper’s online. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Barbara Ehrenreich: ‘Poverty Has Been Criminalized in America’

Ten years ago, writer Barbara Ehrenreich published “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” a blockbuster book on the state of the working poor in America. (more)

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Plight of U.S. Workers, by the Numbers

You already know Americans are overworked. But what are the hard numbers? This collection of charts from definitive sources plainly shows that the biggest industries are hiring the least, the Internet has extended the workday, employed women do more domestic work with less leisure time than men, and more.

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Carlos Osorio

$26 Billion for States and Schools

A $26 billion aid package was passed by the Senate on Thursday that aims to ensure that school districts and states do not have to can tens of thousands of teachers and government workers. Just two Republicans crossed the ideological aisle to support the bill, which now heads to the House.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bob Bird

Pitting Worker Against Worker

In this May Day special feature, economist Moshe Adler argues that the answer to our immigration, labor and broader economic problems is more immigration and more welfare for all.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Wade Payne

The Americans Who Can’t Wait for a Better Bill

The lines at health care centers in working class communities around the country start forming when other Americans are going to bed, and they’re getting longer.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


Baby Sitter Blues

With 70 percent of children living in households where all adults are working, we need to reexamine the disparity that makes child care a luxury working families can’t afford.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama

In this video message to the president, the celebrated professor asks, “How deep is your love for poor and working people?” and urges, “Don’t simply be the friendly face of the American empire.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE


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McCain Defiant in Ohio

What is it with politicians and the poetics of town names? John McCain is launching his electoral last stand in a place called, seriously, Defiance, Ohio. The rough ‘n’ tumblin’, dissident, anti-status-quo Republican candidate for president is following in the footsteps of Barack Obama, who campaigned in Unity, N.H., with Hillary Clinton after a barbed primary.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain, WTF?

Who Pays $273,000 for Household Help?

John McCain does. This hilarious YouTube clip, from a documentary filmmaker, gets at the heart of the disparity between the realities of working folk and the politicians who claim they are “friends” with the American people.(Alert: salty language.)

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


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ohiomm.com

Spin Control With Your Host, President Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy strode into office a year ago after talking big about economic growth, but by early 2008 he complained that “the till’s already empty”—as he sported flashy accessories and stepped out with an even flashier new partner, Carla Bruni.  Now, “Sarko” is doing crisis management and offering apologies for his past mistakes.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton Camp Denies ‘Screw ‘Em’ Comment

Still railing against Barack Obama’s “elitist” comments, Hillary Clinton has found some of her own alleged words about the working class coming back to haunt her. The candidate’s campaign has denied that she said the following about blue-collar voters, as reported by the Huffington Post: “Screw ‘em. ... You don’t owe them a thing, Bill. They’re doing nothing for you; you don’t have to do anything for them.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Bruce and Steve
The Star-Ledger / Saed Hindash

The Boss Hires Obama

Bruce Springsteen, the iconic musician of the working-class U.S., endorsed Barack Obama on Wednesday. The announcement comes less than a week before the Pennsylvania primary, in which blue-collar voters may play a significant role in determining the Democratic nominee.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Give ‘Em Hell, Mr. Terkel

The host of “Democracy Now” pays tribute to one of her most prolific and passionate forebears, Studs Terkel, who turns 95 this week. “Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things,” Terkel says. His life proves that fact.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


The High Cost of Ignoring Poverty

Republicans once preached compassion, but then went off to war. Democrats waged a war on poverty, but then lost some elections. They decided the middle class is where it’s at.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


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