Tag: Minimum Wage

Yes, America Is Rigged Against Workers

The United States is the only advanced industrial nation that doesn’t have national laws guaranteeing paid maternity leave. It is also the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee workers any vacation, paid or unpaid, and the only highly developed country (other than South Korea) that doesn’t guarantee paid sick days. In contrast, the European Union’s […]

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Lessons From Hector Figueroa, Labor Visionary

The mourners came from every corner of the city, thousands filing beneath the soaring vault of Riverside Church to honor Hector Figueroa, among the country’s most dynamic and influential labor leaders. Mr. Figueroa, president of 32BJ S.E.I.U., a New York local of the Service Employees International Union, died of a heart attack on July 11 […]

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My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman

I had just started my lunch shift when the phone pinged: Uber Eats, pickup at Cocina del Sur on West 38th Street in Manhattan, five blocks away. Great! I pedaled down West 40th into congealing crosstown traffic. Seconds later my phone ponged — different sound. Postmates, another delivery app: Pick up two orders at Shake […]

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House to Vote on Raising Federal Minimum Wage to $15

WASHINGTON — The House is expected on Thursday to pass a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, delivering a long-sought victory to liberals and putting the Democratic Party’s official imprimatur on the so-called Fight for $15, which many Democratic presidential candidates have embraced. The bill would more […]

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Why Isn’t Trump Trying to Win the Center?

What is President Trump going to do to win the voters who rejected him in 2016? It’s a serious question. Roughly 137 million people voted in the last presidential election. Most of them — about 74 million people, or 54 percent of all ballots cast — did not vote for Trump. His self-proclaimed “massive landslide” […]

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Moderates Have the Better Story

American progressives have a story to tell, and they are not afraid to tell it. In this story global capitalism is a war zone. Free trade is a racket. Big business and big pharma are rapacious villains that crush the common man. In this context you need a government prepared for war. You need a […]

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Trump’s War on Worker Rights

President Trump ran for office as a champion of American workers and a friend of labor unions, but his administration has systematically favored employers at the expense of workers. In recent months, the administration has moved to tighten qualifications for who must be paid the minimum wage and who must be paid overtime. It is […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Went Back to Bartending. Slogans Were Served.

Officially, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s one-hour return to her bartending days was about a push to raise pay for tipped-wage workers. But as she fielded orders from behind the bar of a restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, other concerns intruded. One woman handed her a card, thanking her for her support of the Muslim community and […]

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