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Obama's New (Good) Cabinet Picks

Obama’s New (Good) Cabinet Picks

by Brentin Mock on July 29 2013, 7:00AM

While we were focused on the Zimmerman trial, the Senate snuck confirmations in for Obama’s administration — and they’re good.

Topics: Economy, Environment, Immigration

Our Economy Needs More Action, Fewer Words From Obama

Our Economy Needs More Action, Fewer Words From Obama

by Imara Jones on July 24 2013, 5:01PM

Today’s speech is the first in a series that Obama will give on the economy over the next couple of months.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers' Pay

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers’ Pay

by on June 19 2013, 7:00AM

Corporations like Burger King and Domino’s pay close attention to every detail of their franchisees business—except how they keep labor costs down.

Topics: Economy, How We Eat, Jobs Crisis

Preying on Black Ambition

Preying on Black Ambition

by Kai Wright on June 12 2013, 9:02AM

From subprime mortgages to subprime credit cards and now subprime degrees, a small number of people continue to get rich off of black Americans’ aspirations.

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

by Kai Wright on May 21 2013, 8:48AM

Once again, the president uses his pulpit to browbeat black people for the failings he sees.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Schools & Youth

Homeowners to Eric Holder: Hold Banks Accountable

Homeowners to Eric Holder: Hold Banks Accountable

by on May 20 2013, 3:46PM

Protests outside the Justice Department are demanding prosecutions of banks responsible for the foreclosure crisis.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York Attorney General Investigates Fast Food Wage Theft

by on May 16 2013, 4:42PM

New York State’s attorney general is investigating claims of widespread wage violations by NYC’s fast food restaurants.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Milwaukee Becomes Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

Milwaukee Becomes Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

by on May 15 2013, 11:30AM

Hundreds fast food and retail workers are on strike in Milwaukee. The city was once a hub for black manufacturing jobs and now faces staggering racial disparities in employment.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York Times Recycles Same 'Racist Undertones' It Covers

New York Times Recycles Same ‘Racist Undertones’ It Covers

by on May 7 2013, 3:15PM

The paper of record’s A1 story could have been about how public policy pushes workers of color to the margins. Instead, it’s about an imagined battle between blacks and Latinos.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Another Flat-Earth Argument About Immigration's Economic Drain

Another Flat-Earth Argument About Immigration’s Economic Drain

by on May 7 2013, 9:00AM

The conservative think tank released a report yesterday to convince lawmakers that immigration reform costs too much. Its claims are mostly false, but they’ve worked before.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Immigration Reform

Major Companies Rely On Underground Labor Brokers That Charge Workers High Fees

by on May 1 2013, 5:16PM

Some of the country’s biggest temp agencies and high profile companies regularly delegate hiring and employment services to a network of underground labor brokers that charge workers obligatory fees for rides to their jobs and to cash checks. The fees…

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Unregulated Lenders Now Target Pensioners

Unregulated Lenders Now Target Pensioners

by on April 30 2013, 4:43PM

Predatory “pension advance” companies are hawking high interest loans to aging Americans. People of color are set up to take the worst hit.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York's Public Housing Tenants Sue Over Slow Pace of Repairs

New York’s Public Housing Tenants Sue Over Slow Pace of Repairs

by Jamilah King on April 30 2013, 10:42AM

The Big Apple is a bad landlord, according to a new lawsuit.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Chicago Fast Food and Retail Workers Strike

Chicago Fast Food and Retail Workers Strike

by on April 24 2013, 9:29AM

Fast food and retail workers are striking in downtown Chicago. It’s the latest in a series of mass actions for higher wages and union rights by services sector employees.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Obama's Budgetary Dance With the Devil

Obama’s Budgetary Dance With the Devil

by Imara Jones on April 5 2013, 1:51PM

The president’s budget negotiations go from bad to worse.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Another Gloomy Jobs Report, as D.C. Budget Battle Bumbles Along

Another Gloomy Jobs Report, as D.C. Budget Battle Bumbles Along

by Imara Jones on April 5 2013, 12:00PM

Another example of the massive gap between reality and the discussion in the Beltway.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York City's Fast Food Workers Walk Out

New York City’s Fast Food Workers Walk Out

by on April 4 2013, 2:47PM

On the 45th anniversary of MLK’s assassination, New York City fast food workers tell Colorlines.com why they’re went on strike to demand higher wage and better working conditions.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Tennessee Gets Closer to Passing Bill That Ties Welfare to School Grades

Tennessee Gets Closer to Passing Bill That Ties Welfare to School Grades

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2013, 12:13PM

The measure is taking “a carrot and stick approach,” one of the sponsors of the bill says.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Obama Needs 'Courage of His Convictions' on Economic Justice, Too

Obama Needs ‘Courage of His Convictions’ on Economic Justice, Too

by Imara Jones on March 28 2013, 6:00AM

The president officially acquiesced to the GOP’s economic hostage taking this week, again.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

AFL-CIO Praises Obama's Perez Pick

AFL-CIO Praises Obama’s Perez Pick

by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 2:10PM

President Obama announced Monday that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, to be the next secretary of labor.

Topics: Economy, /NOW