Posts by Amy Traub

When employers check credit as part of their hiring it creates a vicious cycle: out-of-work Americans can’t pay down their debts because they don’t have a job, but they can’t get a job because would-...
June 21, 2013 | Amy Traub
You probably haven’t seen the terms of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal currently being negotiated by the Obama Administration. Unless you’re one of “600 trade ‘advisers,’ dominated by...
June 3, 2013 | Amy Traub
In the study Robert Hiltonsmith and I recently completed, we find that taxpayers underwrite nearly 2 million poorly-paid jobs through federal contracts and other funding streams that channel our...
May 31, 2013 | Amy Traub
The Senate confirmation vote on Richard Cordray this week won’t have much to do with Richard Cordray.
May 21, 2013 | Amy Traub
UrbanDictionary.com defines a McJob  as “any menial, low-paying, unskilled, dead-end job, including (but not limited to) those in the fast food industry, which requires zero creative or...
May 16, 2013 | Amy Traub
My name is Roxanne Mimms and I work for a food service contractor at the National Zoo.  I work full time but make barely minimum wage. I’m here because workers can’t live off what...
May 9, 2013 | Amy Traub
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor really cares about working families. He favors “common sense legislation to protect workers and make life work for more people” and wants to “help...
May 7, 2013 | Amy Traub
“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...
April 24, 2013 | Amy Traub