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Forced to choose between a job and their family President Barack Obama
As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead. That's the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families this week. We're bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working pare....
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Raising minimum wage is essential all workers
We’re at a critical moment in our economic recovery that requires real leadership and people power to ensure true economic democracy in our country. There is incredible work being done to build a strong antipoverty movement, and spaces like these are fundamental to encourage an open dialogue about....
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The United States of inequality
Even though French economist Thomas Piketty has made an air-tight case that we’re heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the nineteenth-century robber barons, right-wing conservatives haven’t stopped lying about what’s happening and what to do about it. Herewith, the four ....
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Scrap the Ryan budget and start over
Is a budget document a manifestation of your beliefs and values? If so, then communities of color definitely had good reason to be dismayed as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) readied his fiscal year 2015 budget. Once again, the chairman of the House Budget Committee has produced a document that lacks a bala....
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Injured worker, retired on $868 monthly
José Méndez, 64, has lived at the Hartland Hotel for seven years. Having lived on the street and in shelters, Méndez is grateful to have a roof over his head. His room is small, but it has a bathroom. No kitchen, but he makes do with a hotel-size refrigerator, toaster oven and microwave. He’s made....
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No worker should live in poverty
How much does a full-time worker earning the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour make in one year? This worker earns only $15,080, which is $4,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of three. Most people would agree that this is not a livable salary anywhere in the nation, especially f....
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Ensuring equal pay for equal work President Barack Obama
Last week was Equal Pay Day. It marks the extra time the average woman has to work into a new year to earn what a man earned the year before. You see, the average woman who works full-time in America earns less than a man – even when she’s in the same profession and has the same education. That....
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No, gender wage gap isn’t a myth
April 8th was Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day by which women supposedly have put in enough extra work to catch up to what men will make in a year. That’s because even when they work full-time, year-round, they still make 77 percent, on average, of what similar men make. But conservatives have rece....
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María Contreras-Sweet: A fierce advocate
This week at the White House, President Obama and Vice President Biden participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for María Contreras-Sweet as the new Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She is an excellent choice to lead the SBA, having served at high levels in both t....
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Chávez work lives on in farm workers, UFW
César said many times that if his movement didn’t survive his death then his work would be in vain. The union of César Chávez continues to aggressively help farm workers organize and negotiate new UFW contracts that dramatically change their lives, and to win new legal protections. Workers in ....
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Strengthening protections for overtime pay President Barack Obama
Strengthening protections for overtime pay President Barack Obama “In this year of action, I’m doing everything I can, with or without Congress, to expand opportunity for more Americans. Last week, I ordered a review of our nation’s overtime rules, to give more Americans the chance to earn....
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A call for more than a $10.10 minimum wage
President Obama signed an executive order last Wednesday raising the minimum wage for some federally contracted workers to $10.10. This move illustrates the fact that we need a higher minimum wage for all workers. It also promotes the bill by Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller that would raise....
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Calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage President Barack Obama
In this year of action, I said I’d do everything in my power to expand opportunity for more Americans. And last week, I took action to lift more workers’ wages by requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour. These are workers who serve our troops’ ....
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Economic benefits of the Affordable Care Act
Last week witnessed the release of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that refuted claims by opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that it is a “job killer” and demonstrated that, by giving families more options for obtaining affordable health insurance outside the workplace, the AC....
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President nominates Latina to lead SBA
America’s small businesses are on the front lines when it comes to creating jobs and new opportunities. They are the cornerstones of our communities, and can help lead the way as we continue to grow the economy and add jobs in the coming year. “They’....
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