The lack of middle-class jobs for those without college degrees weighs on city leaders across the country.
Many low-wage employers have been waging a war of fear against raising the minimum wage upwards of $15 an hour. They put out a message, for example, that a fast-food hamburger will now cost $10 and will make products unaffordable.
Again and again, local and state governments have chosen to give millions in handouts to multi-national corporations so they will come and bring jobs. But repeatedly those efforts have failed.
How much does it take to make ends meet? A helluva lot more than a worker can earn from a minimum wage job, according to a new report from the Alliance for a Just Society.
The U.S. economic recovery is not everything it might seem to be at first blush. Anyone looking at the number of jobs created or the falling unemployment rate would certainly be encouraged by the nation's path forward since the end of the Great Recession, for instance.
Everyday Americans continue to struggle to earn enough to keep a roof over their heads and pay the bills. As has been stated repeatedly in this space, part of the problem is the thousands-upon-thousands of jobs that have been shipped overseas due to lousy trade deals. In return, displaced workers are forced to accept low-wage employment, making it nearly impossible to make ends meet.
Stop conflating trade policies with trade itself (opinion) The Oregonian ...Trade clearly has benefits for Oregon's economy. The relevant question is whether individual trade agreements are helping or hurting. There is little debate that U.S. trade policy is worsening the country's job-displacing and wage-suppressing trade imbalance...
Teamsters: Port Truck Drivers In Los Angeles Agree to "Cooling Off" Period teamster.org ...The port drivers agreed to the “cooling off” period after the trucking companies agreed to accept all drivers back to work without retaliation and without being forced to sign away all future rights in new truck leases...