Posts by Amy Traub

You can explain the current plight of the American middle class in three sentences. Timothy Egan did in the New York Times this week:
November 15, 2013 | Amy Traub
Credit reports and scores are made up entirely of information about individual consumers -- data that’s collected without our permission or even necessarily our knowledge -- but we don’t have free...
November 5, 2013 | Amy Traub
The cut to the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program going into effect today will take food away from 47.7 million Americans who need it. This includes working people whose pay isn’t...
November 1, 2013 | Amy Traub
We are in the midst of National Protect Your Identity Week, and credit reporting giant Experian is kicking off the festivities with some ID theft prevention tips, such as signing up for Experian’s...
October 21, 2013 | Amy Traub
Dunkin Donuts is getting a sweet deal. The company enjoyed $108.3 million in profits last year and compensated its CEO, Nigel Travis, to the tune of $1.9 million. Meanwhile, the public paid an...
October 15, 2013 | Amy Traub
It’s their fifth strike in five months, but the workers of Good Jobs Nation didn’t seem the least bit tired this morning. Low-paid employees from the food courts of federal buildings, the gift...
September 25, 2013 | Amy Traub
The more new data that comes out, the clearer the trend is: America’s middle class is in crisis. Median wages have been flat for decade or more,  even as productivity and corporate profits have...
September 20, 2013 | Amy Traub
When it comes to financial products, the line between employee and consumer often becomes blurry. If your boss insists that you receive your wages on a pre-paid debit card that charges high fees to...
September 13, 2013 | Amy Traub