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Domestic Workers Lead the Way to 21st Century Labor Rights

Domestic Workers Lead the Way to 21st Century Labor Rights

by Rinku Sen on September 2 2010, 11:31AM

An historic New York victory demonstrates what today’s labor movement needs to look like.

Topics: Economy

NY Domestic Workers Celebrate Historic Labor Win

NY Domestic Workers Celebrate Historic Labor Win

by Michelle Chen on September 1 2010, 11:04AM

It’s official: Gov. Paterson signed into law yesterday new rights for New York State’s domestic workers yesterday. Their movement may be a national model for reform.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Iraq Vets Return to a Country Not Ready to Truly Support Them

Iraq Vets Return to a Country Not Ready to Truly Support Them

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 1 2010, 10:23AM

The Iraq drawdown rearranges misguided priorities rather than creating new ones—like job creation, health care and family support.

Topics: Economy

Job Creation Under TANF Emergency Fund Threatened in Welfare Budget

Job Creation Under TANF Emergency Fund Threatened in Welfare Budget

by Michelle Chen on August 31 2010, 4:02PM

A unique welfare program is creating a surprising number of new paychecks, but it may soon fade away without renewed support from Congress.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Washington's Whitewashed Social Security Review

Washington’s Whitewashed Social Security Review

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 30 2010, 12:46PM

Alan Simpson’s bizarre tirade should be expected from a commission stacked with old, white men.

Topics: Economy

Housing Crisis Lingers in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Housing Crisis Lingers in Post-Katrina New Orleans

by Michelle Chen on August 30 2010, 9:10AM

While New Orleans hobbles toward recovery after Hurricane Katrina’s punishing blows, a deep affordable housing crisis continues to hold back impoverished mothers:

Topics: Economy, On Gender

American Families vs. Washington's Misguided Deficit Hawks

American Families vs. Washington’s Misguided Deficit Hawks

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 25 2010, 3:15PM

A CBO study provides more proof that social programs help stimulate the economy, not tank it.

Topics: Economy

Health Care and the

Health Care and the “Model Minority Myth”

by Jamilah King on August 24 2010, 3:12PM

There’s a physical risk in believing the hype.

Topics: Economy, Health

Will Social Security Be the Next Deficit Hawk Prey?

Will Social Security Be the Next Deficit Hawk Prey?

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 18 2010, 11:41AM

Social Security is 90 percent of income for a third of black and Latino seniors.

Topics: Economy

Cleaning Up Oil is Awful Work, But at Least You Can Get it

Cleaning Up Oil is Awful Work, But at Least You Can Get it

by Brentin Mock on August 17 2010, 9:57AM

Oil spill workers describe 12-hour days, patronizing rules and bunking in a floating motel. It’s a terrible job that they’re thrilled to have.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy

Congress Leaves Kids Hungry in Order to Feed Them

Congress Leaves Kids Hungry in Order to Feed Them

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 17 2010, 9:35AM

It’s been a summer of false choices in Washington—pitting one vital need for struggling families against another.

Topics: Economy

Green Jobs Are Getting Outsourced, Too

Green Jobs Are Getting Outsourced, Too

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 13 2010, 9:15AM

Another reason why relying only on the private sector to restart the labor market won’t work.

Topics: Economy

Single Women Fend for Themselves in Recession

Single Women Fend for Themselves in Recession

by Michelle Chen on August 11 2010, 9:29AM

Single women of color, despite their vital economic contributions as consumers, parents and workers, bear the brunt of the economy’s decline.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Congress Votes For School Funding, Cuts Food Stamps

Congress Votes For School Funding, Cuts Food Stamps

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 10 2010, 4:01PM

Working families gear up for a fight.

Topics: Economy

House Democrats Vow to Restore Food Stamp Funding

House Democrats Vow to Restore Food Stamp Funding

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 9 2010, 3:58PM

How they’ll make good on that promise is anybody’s guess.

Topics: Economy

Senate Chops Last Lifeline For Struggling Families

Senate Chops Last Lifeline For Struggling Families

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 6 2010, 3:17PM

Food stamps are all that’s left for many, but they too are sacrificed to the deficit demons.

Topics: Economy

Social Security Threats Creep Up on Communities of Color

Social Security Threats Creep Up on Communities of Color

by Michelle Chen on August 4 2010, 9:58AM

Privatization whispers are circulating again. That’s particularly bad news for people of color heading into their sunset years.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Senate Pulls Money From Black Farmers

Senate Pulls Money From Black Farmers

by Jamilah King on July 30 2010, 2:42PM

The funds would have settled lawsuits against the USDA for racial discrimination.

Topics: Economy

Domestic Workers Get Overtime Pay But No Union

Domestic Workers Get Overtime Pay But No Union

by Karina Hurtado on July 29 2010, 9:45AM

A new law in New York grants basic human rights like a day off per week, but no collective bargaining.

Topics: Economy

Jobless Claims Go Up As Sanity Stays Down

Jobless Claims Go Up As Sanity Stays Down

by Kai Wright on July 22 2010, 9:29AM

The unemployment line grows as Washington limps toward restoring benefits.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright