As jobs rebound, those paying least are hardest to fill

May 6, 2022
Health care, child care and K-12 education, which offer jobs with lower pay that need to be done in person, have yet to fully recover.
A company seeking aluminum workers posted an ad on a bus in Portland, Oregon. The private sector has been able to raise wages and hire people faster than the public sector.
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The difference a higher minimum wage makes

Jan 20, 2022
A record number of states and cities are raising their minimum wage this year, according to a tally from the National Employment Law Project.
An activist marches in a demonstration Washington, D.C. A higher minimum wage, experts say, give people in lower-waged positions more bargaining power.
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More elders are working as caregivers to the elderly

Feb 13, 2014
The pay is low, the work can be hard.

Will the Bangladesh factory disaster help U.S. labor organize?

May 30, 2013
Walmart employees and other low-wage workers hope the spotlight on U.S. companies in Bangladesh galvanizes support for their campaigns at home.

Sing a song of Walmart -- pro or con

Jan 8, 2013
A sonic tour of Walmart fans and foes as a judge moves a case against Walmart one step forward.

Michigan residents seek new path to the middle class

Dec 19, 2012
Community college replaces unionized auto factories as landmarks of economic mobility in Flint, Mich.

What $5 more an hour could buy a low-wage worker

Dec 11, 2012
Fast food employees picketed in New York for a raise to $15 an hour. What difference would that make?

For public good, not for profit.

Workers protest pay, conditions at Walmart warehouses

Nov 26, 2012
Critics say a system of contracting out warehouse operation and hiring allows discounters to avoid responsibility for workers.

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