Money Talking

Rubio And Clinton Start Out On The Same Economic Note

Friday, April 17, 2015

The two newest presidential candidates kicked off their campaigns with a strangely similar message this week: let's fight for the working class.

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Money Talking

The Economy's Growing, Your Salary Might Be Next

Friday, February 27, 2015

After years of stagnant wage growth, there are signs that maybe, just maybe, workers might start earning a little more money. Is it for real?



Prisoners at War

Friday, August 29, 2014

With the American History Guys



Jets Cheerleader Leads Charge for Fair Wages

Wednesday, May 07, 2014


A former cheerleader is suing the New York Jets for alleged wage violations. Her lawyer says it's about more than the money; it's about respect.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast Food Strikes and Degrading Labor

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Can the service industry restore the American middle class? Marc Doussard, assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Chapaign and author of Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market, and Michael A. Fletcher, national economics reporter at The Washington Post, discuss today's fast food worker strike and its implications for the overall labor movement.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Right Wage

Thursday, August 01, 2013

As fast food workers organize for higher wages, Elise Gould, director of Health Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute discusses the landscape of minimum wage and living wage employment -- including who should make $7.25 an hour and what burden employers have to provide for their employees. EPI has recently released their 2013 Family Budget Calculator, which shows regional differences in how much income is needed for economic security.

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The Takeaway

Major U.S. Companies Profit from Exploitative Labor Brokers

Thursday, May 02, 2013

A new report by Pro-Publica and Marketplace looks at a system of Latino labor brokerage in cities across the U.S., a system which provides leading U.S. companies cheap labor whenever they need it, but leaves the workers with wages that are far below legal minimum wage.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Win Win for Retail

Friday, November 30, 2012

Catherine Ruetschlin, policy analyst at Demos and the author of the study Retail's Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers, the Industry and the Overall Economy, calls for higher wages for retail workers to spur the economy, as holiday shopping goes into high gear.

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In Effort to Unionize, Fast Food Workers Walk Out

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Workers at dozens of fast food restaurants in New York City walked off the job to rally for higher wages and the right to unionize. 

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The Empire

Liu Announces Wage Settlement for Building Workers

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

City Comptroller John Liu announced a $1.2 million settlement on behalf of building workers from four city sites and called on those workers to come forward to collect their unpaid wages.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Follow Up Friday: Gender Pay Gap

Friday, March 18, 2011

Heather Boushey, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, talks about the state of the pay gap between what men and women earn in the workplace, and follows up on whether young, single women are making more than their male counterparts. 

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Workers Receive $2.35M in Back Wages

Monday, February 21, 2011

Two dozen workers whose wages were withheld have received a $2.35 million settlement, according to the New York City Comptroller's Office. The award is the largest on record at the City Comptroller’s Office, which monitors compliance with New York State’s labor laws.

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