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Demonstrators gather in front of a McDonald's restaurant to call for an increase in minimum wage on April 15, 2015 in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Why we're marching on McDonald's

05/21/15 05:25PM

In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. said: “We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” ... read more

A man works inside a McDonald's restaurant on Aug. 23, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY.

McDonald’s wage hike still falls short

04/04/15 03:06PM

McDonald’s made a bit of a splash this week when it told the Wall Street Journal it will soon raise starting pay for employees by $1.00 over local minimum wage rates. According to company, this will bring average hourly wages of covered employees to $9.90 by July 1st of this year, and to more than $10 by the end of 2016. ... read more

Protesters march through a McDonalds demanding a raise on the minimum wage to $15 per hour on Dec. 4, 2014 in New York.

McDonald's workers need a voice

03/29/15 11:27AM

“Put some mustard on it.” That’s the advice that Chicago McDonald’s worker Brittney Berry received from her manager after suffering a scalding burn on her arm from the grill used to make eggs. And this was no minor burn – she was eventually taken to the hospital in an ambulance, and had to miss work for six months. ... read more

Letasha Irby, a worker who still sees challenges and inequality in the present day, poses for a portrait on March 5, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.

In Selma, the fight for dignity goes on

03/06/15 06:01PM

Thousands are traveling to Selma this week to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. President Obama, national civil rights leaders, and Americans from across the country will gather here to remember the events of Selma’s past and reflect on how much progress has been made. ... read more

Sun Benjamin, a home health care worker, looks out from under a cap advocating a $15 minimum wage as she prepares to walk with other protesters on a day-long march on Dec. 5, 2013, in SeaTac, Wash. (Photo by Elaine Thompson/AP)

When home care workers can't care for themselves

02/26/15 07:46PM

Home care workers bathe your mother and change your father’s bandages. We cook for your grandmother and help your grandfather use the toilet. We help your brother or sister with their physical therapy. But despite doing the hard work that enables older Americans and people with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in their own... read more

President Barack Obama speaks at an event on April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Md. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Obama's real record on poverty

01/30/15 05:10PM

Mitt Romney’s flirtation with a third presidential run was brief. But it lasted just long enough to raise a key issue that could become a central part of the 2016 race. Earlier this week, Romney and President Obama traded barbs over poverty, amid growing calls by Republicans to address inequality. “Even though their policies haven’t quite caught... read more

Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 15, 2014. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Beyond the minimum: What's next for raising wages?

01/09/15 07:02AM

In a year of major Republican victories, the campaign to raise minimum wage has been the rare success story for the left. This year, twenty states will see a minimum wage increase—more than half because state legislatures passed a law or voters approved a ballot initiative to do so. Having racked up victories in recent months, progressive... read more

A child accompanies his grandmother choosing free groceries at a food pantry run by the Food Bank For New York City on Dec. 11, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty)

America's hunger crisis is getting worse

12/31/14 10:11AM

A little over a year ago, something happened that our nation’s leaders promised would not: our country’s first line of defense against hunger, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), was slashed. Every one of the more than 47 million Americans who rely on SNAP – including nearly 1.9 million... read more

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at a election night party in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo by Paul Sancya/AP)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder OKs drug tests for welfare recipients

12/27/14 05:29PM

Michigan's Republican governor has signed legislation to start a pilot program that will drug test adult welfare recipients suspected of using drug in three of that state's counties. The bill, signed Friday by Governor Rick Snyder, was among several bills the governor signed the day after Christmas. read more

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America deserves a vacation

12/22/14 12:48PM

Holidays are around the corner. Many are planning vacations. But there are differences among us in our ability to actually take vacations. The wealthy can take vacations at resorts, while those earning less only see such places on television. Many low wage workers are unlikely to take any vacation at all. read more

Fast food workers, healthcare workers and their supporters shout slogans at a rally and march to demand an increase of the minimum wage in Los Angeles, Calif. on Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)

Fast food workers' strike gains steam

12/04/14 07:36PM

Fast-food workers in more than 190 cities across the nation took to the streets once again on Thursday with their call for $15 an hour and union rights. But no longer are they carrying the banner of change on their own. read more

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on July 31, 2014 in Chicago, Ill.

Politicians beware: The movement for higher wages has arrived

11/08/14 09:04AM

Opposition to the minimum wage is crumbling, and Tuesday’s election results provide further proof.Sure, Democrats – who have championed increasing the minimum wage – might have lost the Senate. But across both red and blue states and regardless of party affiliation, this year voters made raising wages – not Republicans – the real winner of the... read more