UPDATE: Read the Demos study on the retail sector at large and how low wages impact workers and the economy. Why is it that America no longer makes things the way we used to? Between 1980 and 2011, the United States lost 7 million manufacturing jobs,[i] many of them middle-class...
Well, that’s embarrassing. McDonald’s sample budget for its employees lays bare the reality of trying to make it on a food service job at $7.72 an hour (mildly above the federal minimum wage of $7.25). That’s the average for a cashier or crew member working 40 hours a week. There are...
It’s too late for Tonisha Howard, the mother of three in Milwaukee who was fired for leaving work to be with her hospitalized two-year-old. And forFelix Trinidad, who was so afraid of losing his job at Golden Farm fruit store in Brooklyn that he didn’t take time off to go to the doctor—even...
As unemployment rates continue to decline, not enough attention is being paid to the kinds of jobs that are being created. A new report from the Working Poor Families Project shows exactly why we need to consider job quality, not just job creation. Analyzing Census Bureau data, the report finds...
On the Melissa Harris-Perry show, Andrea Dehlendorf from Making Change at Walmart discussed Retail's Hidden Potential, showing how big retailers could raise wages and help the rest of the economy. View the report: Retail's Hidden Potential
Catherine Ruetschlin, policy analyst at Demos and the author of the study Retail's Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers, the Industry and the Overall Economy, calls for higher wages for retail workers to spur the economy, as holiday shopping goes into high gear.
A study released this week by the think tank Demos calculated that if large retailers like Wal-Mart raised hourly pay so that employees working full-time made at least $25,000 a year and covered those costs by raising prices, customers would pay about 15 cents more per shopping trip....
Walmart has been on something of a charm offensive where the public is concerned (and anintimidation offensive where its workers are concerned), hoping to blunt the impact of the Black Friday rebellion. Walmart's big claim is that its wages are really quite good, if you happen to be...
“Black Friday” sales are debt traps for people to rush out and buy on credit. But we can fix this on both the wage and profit ends of the continuum. It’s not that complex a fix, but it requires seeing our country as a whole, as one people who rise and fall together. We can fix this whole mess and...
David Tovar, a spokesman for Walmart, which reported $16 billion in profit last year, says, “We believe we have very competitive wages that attract and retain millions of associates every day.” But having competitive wages in a low-wage industry like retail, isn't saying much, according to...