low-wage retail jobs

In today’s New York Times, Paul Krugman takes on the plight of low-wage retail and fast food workers, who have seen their real wages fall almost 30 percent since 1973 even as this sector has become a larger part of our economy. During a season when Americans flood the stores for holiday...
12/02/2013
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The idea is simple: people who get up and go to work every day in one of the world’s richest countries should not have to live in poverty. That’s why, across the country and throughout the week, low-wage fast food and retail employees walked out on strike, calling for $15 an hour and respect for...
08/01/2013
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“I make $1,000 for the store in 30 minutes. But I don’t make $1,000 in a month working there.” The quote is a paraphrase of a Victoria’s Secret worker. She, like 500 other retail and fast food employees in and around the Chicago Loop, isn’t at work today. They’re...
04/24/2013
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As if the use of your personal credit information for hiring wasn’t sufficiently invasive and the collection and sale of employment data in the form of The Work Number wasn’t insidious enough, today’s New York Times has news of another secretive, unverified and...
04/03/2013
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It’s not getting better. That’s the key finding of a new survey of low-wage workers out yesterday from the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago. Eighty-one percent of low-wage employees surveyed said their family’s financial...
03/21/2013
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It already seems like an age-old question: “Has Wal-Mart been good or bad?” This week, The Washington Post's  Ezra Klein is the one asking and weighing the costs to Walmart’s workforce, its supply chain, and its competitors against the low prices the store offers consumers....
11/26/2012
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“Every week I would work different hours, and budgeting to make rent and cover my expenses became difficult because I didn’t know how much I would earn each month,” explains Janet, a former Tommy Hilfiger salesperson.  She is one of 436 workers surveyed as part of a new study...
01/19/2012
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The National Retail Federation released revised holiday sales estimates this morning: according to their new figures, we can now expect a 3.8 percent bump in retail sales by the end of the year, generating $496.1 billion in revenue. Their report described this as "another sign that retail continues...
12/15/2011
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