Work as a hotel housekeeper isn’t an easy job under any circumstances. For more than 400,000 predominantly female and immigrant workers, the work means lifting heavy mattresses, stretching to clean high surfaces, and often scrubbing bathroom floors on hands and knees. Full-time workers earn...
The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal the last in a three month trend of weak job growth. With only 80,000 jobs added in the month of June, the economy failed to generate enough work to keep up with the population growth of the labor force, much less fuel a recovery for...
Construction workers remain the hardest hit of all American workers, according to today's job numbers. This sector has a staggering unemployment rate of 12.8 percent, the highest of any corner of the U.S. economy. That rate is mercifully down from 15.6 percent at this time last year, but remains...
Verizon and its allies are promoting a bill, S 2664, which would eliminate both rate and quality regulations for most phone and cable consumers in the state of New Jersey. This system has delivered lower phone rates for New Jersey residents than those in most other states, while also delivering...
Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert appeared on CNN's "Your Money" to discuss the likelihood America will recover from the Great Recession anytime soon. He explains that we are failing future generations by not investing in America, making the nation a "can't do society" with lower opportunity...
The Congressional Progressive Caucus Fiscal Year 2013 budget, Budget for All, offers an important alternative to both the Obama Administration’s budget and that presented last week by Paul Ryan and the House Budget Committee. The CPC budget would accomplish several important goals at once: 1)...
Say you’ve got a booming industry, one that already employs 2 million workers in the U.S. and is poised to add 1.3 million additional jobs by 2020. Imagine that the jobs cannot be off-shored, that the work helps decrease federal deficits, and millions of Americans depend on the industry just to get...
Demos' David Callahan goes on FOX Business to defend workplace regulations, making the case that stronger labor rights are crucial to promote economic growth.
The other day, on a Manhattan sidewalk, I ran into a former colleague and asked her what she was doing these days. She shrugged: “I’m in limbo.” When I looked her up later to connect online, her LinkedIn profile listed her as CEO of her own consulting firm. That didn’t sound like limbo to me, until...
Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert appeared on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" to discuss the economic crisis in Detroit, asking local officials and activists how businesses can be encouraged to invest in the struggling city.