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Heidi Shierholz
Sep 10 2009 Economic Policy Institute
An additional 2.6 million people slipped below the poverty line, as the poverty rate increased from 12.5% to 13.2% between 2007 and 2008. Poverty is now at a higher rate than the country faced four decades ago, in 1968...
Furthermore, it is...
Avi Feller and Chad Stone
Sep 9 2009 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Two-thirds of the nation’s total income gains from 2002 to 2007 flowed to the top 1 percent of U.S. households, and that top 1 percent held a larger share of income in 2007 than at any time since 1928, according to an analysis of newly released IRS...
Annette Bernhardt, Ruth Milkman & Nik Theodore
Sep 4 2009 The Nation

For the past thirty years, the gospel of lean and mean has reordered the world of work, setting off a race to the bottom in which employers circumvent and evade standards that once seemed inviolate. That race has now taken us to a logical low...

Theresa Laurence
Sep 4 2009 Tennessee Register
As the country celebrates Labor Day on Sept. 7, a national holiday dedicated to the achievements of the American worker, many low wage employees will not be enjoying a relaxing day...
Steven Greenhouse
Sep 2 2009 New York Times
Low-wage workers are routinely denied proper overtime pay and are often paid less than the minimum wage, according to a new study based on a survey of...
Aug 29 2009

"My father taught me to treat everyone I meet, no matter what station in life, with the same dignity and respect... I once told him that he accidentally left some money, I remember this when I was a little kid, on the sink in our hotel room. And...

Carmen Blanco
Aug 11 2009 Catholic News Service
Workers in 30 states and the District of Columbia have been impacted by the [July] 24 increase in the federal minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour, but the question of whether the increase will help or hurt the economy remains to be seen....
Ana Aguayo
Springdale, AR
Aug 8 2009 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
As a community organization dedicated to fighting for workers' rights and social justice, we at the Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center strongly support the struggle of low-wage income workers living in poverty.

We join Let...
Aug 1 2009 Wichita Eagle Editorial Dept. WE Blog

Pro-con on minimum wage


Bradford Bowen
Jul 30 2009 Northwest Arkansas Times

The July 24 raise in the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour, the last of three such increases enacted by Congress in 2007, will help millions of workers cope with the rising price of food, housing and other basic items. Extra earnings of up...