STAT$: Guess How Much Museum Guards Are Earning

THE WORKING POOR AND THEIR FUTURE by Allan Lichtenstein   I HAVE BEEN READING Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here. Early in the book, Doremus Jessop, the lead character, stops for gasoline at a garage at which Karl Pascal works. Pascal remarks: “[W]hat burns me up is the fact that even before this Depression, in what you folks called […]

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Jewish Advocacy for Increasing the Minimum Wage

by Seth Sandronsky TALK ABOUT HOT: The minimum wage went up in twenty-six states and the nation’s capital between January 1, 2014, and July 24, 2015, reports the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Support in part is coming from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Service Employees International Union, and some Democratic […]

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Automation and the Minimum Wage

The Future of Eating Out: Microwaved Frozen Food Served by Robots by Marc Jampole The dining experience of most Americans is beginning to resemble how the agricultural industry prefers to raise cattle and chickens: an impersonal, industrialized process. Unbeknownst to many, most of the food eaten in casual dining restaurants comes to the restaurant already […]

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$7.25 Worth of National Shame

An Editorial From the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Jewish Currents   WHEN THE NEW YORK TIMES DEVOTES FOUR ENTIRE “JUMP PAGES” to a cover article about the horrible impact of homelessness on an 11-year-old African American girl and her family in New York, you know that the powers-that-be are at last realizing that a poverty […]

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Pay Them More!

What Wal-Mart and Arne Duncan Have in Common by Marc Jampole Two stories floating around the news media lately both make me want to shake the principal actors and yell in their faces, “Raise wages and you’ll solve the problem.” The first story involves Wal-Mart’s latest embarrassment — employees in its Canton, Ohio store organized […]

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Tuesday’s Progressive Victories: The Tide is Turning

by Peter Dreier On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio won a landslide victory to become the mayor of New York City, voters in New Jersey and Seatac, Washington supported minimum wage hikes, and the Illinois legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage. These are among the progressive victories that swept across the country. Despite a few setbacks, […]

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