Posts by Amy Traub

Two major stories of corporate misconduct toward employees hit the headlines yesterday: in the morning, low-wage federal contract workers filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging...
January 16, 2014 | Amy Traub
Staging imaginary competitions between cities and their elected leaders certainly makes for catchy headlines: “Step Aside, New York City. Los Angeles's Populism Is for Real” asserts the title of...
January 14, 2014 | Amy Traub
I was almost a member of the United Auto Workers union. At the turn of the millennium, I was a graduate student working as a teaching assistant at Columbia University. While I had expected the low...
December 12, 2013 | Amy Traub
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...
December 11, 2013 | Amy Traub
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...
December 2, 2013 | Amy Traub
As usual, comedian Stephen Colbert hit the nail on the head. “Walmart is taking care of its employees... Not living wage care, but can of peas care.” The late-night satirist was responding to a...
November 20, 2013 | 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