Tom Harkin

Today’s economy doesn’t contain a lot of good news for working people. While the Great Recession officially ended five years ago, millions of Americans are still out of work and wages continue to lag. Yet this week, working people made some hugely significant gains as the fruits sowed by organizing...
Here’s a policy idea that should be as uncontroversial as they get: America should stop doing business with chronic lawbreakers. If a company repeatedly exposes their employees to dangerous working conditions that have triggered serious OSHA penalties, we should think twice before signing another...
A new bill introduced today by Senator Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and more importantly, peg it to inflation so that it would automatically adjust. The proposed wage hike is higher than the $9 per hour proposed by President Obama and is...
Happy Food Day! The Center for Science in the Public Interest has designated October 24 as a day “to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice.” It’s a good idea, and to mark the occasion, I’d share...
Mother’s Day won’t arrive until Sunday, but the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is already looking beyond it. And rightly so: this morning’s committee hearing, “Beyond Mother’s Day: Helping the Middle Class Balance Work and Family”...
Priorities of Rep. Ryan's Budget: Click To Visit Full Version Today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, a plan to dismantle Medicare, slash Medicaid, eviscerate the safety net, and at the same time pump up defense spending, and preserve tax breaks...
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