income inequality

  • New Labor Secretary: 98 Safety Violations and Counting

    By Michael Messina

    Looking beyond the fact that incoming labor secretary Andrew Puzder made more in one day ($17,192) than one of his Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. employees made in one year ($15,130), the numbers become even more frightening when safety comes into play. The very man who is about to be in charge of protecting workers across the country ran a business (CKE Restaurant Holdings) that saw 98 safety violations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since the year he took over, and fines to boot.

  • Twinkie: Good Jobs Lost, Obscene Amounts Made

    By Michael Messina

    Who would have thought a little yellow cream-filled snack cake could make such trouble? The New York Times recently published an extensive reporton the numbers of jobs lost and the piles of cash made by investors from the demise and rebirth of Hostess.

  • Study: The Road to Economic Equality Goes Through Unions

    By Michael Messina

    The idea is fairly simple: Stronger representation for workers means higher wages means more spending power for the majority of the U.S. means a healthy economy. That first step, stronger representation, means unions need to regain the voice they once had. A recent article in Time brings this longstanding argument back into the light as a new study from the Center for American Progress claims unions are the way to a “robust recovery.”

  • Trump v. Buffett: “Smart” v. Ethical

    By Michael Messina

    Donald Trump’s wealth comes up a lot. Usually he’s the one bringing it up, boasting of his business and financial accomplishments. Then there’s the whole tax thing. Trump has all but admitted to paying little or no taxes on his billions, a move he said in the first presidential debate that “makes [him] smart.” Then, in the second debate, he suggested that Berkshire Hathaway billionaire Warren Buffett was a tax dodger as well. That caused Buffett to jump into the fray to essentially set a standard for what some might call a moral obligation to pay one’s fair share.

  • Protesting Palmer’s Pricey Pads: Prop JJJ Rally Targets Trump Supporter

    By Michael Messina

    “We want JJJ, not Trump’s L.A.!” came the chant from the more than 75 protestors who gathered in front of developer Geoff Palmer’s luxury Medici apartment complex. The affordable housing rally in downtown L.A. Tuesday highlighted the unaffordability of complexes like Palmer’s, the toll it is taking on residents put out by these exorbitant structures, and the need to vote Yes on Proposition JJJ this November.

  • Ranked: The Salary You Need to Afford a Home in 27 U.S. Cities

    New York City is a distant fifth

    By Michael Messina

    The mortgage website HSH.com recently put some numbers together on how much dough Americans need to earn in order to buy a home (aka median home price) in their respective cities. San Francisco has become the most expensive place to settle down in the U.S., far and above every other city. Surprisingly New York City is not #2. That distinction belongs to “America’s Finest City,” San Diego.

  • You’ve Got the Power

    By Spike Dolomite Ward

    Do you care about the survival of the middle class?  Are you concerned about income inequality?  Are you worried about your job, or the jobs of your family members, friends and neighbors?

  • 5 Corporate Myths that Hurt the Middle Class

    By Ross Lenihan

    Sometimes it’s hard to tell fact from fiction when it comes to the economy. Here we debunk 5 popular corporate/business myths that pop up again and again despite evidence that they hurt the American middle class more than they help.

  • Tesla Caught Importing Workers, Paying $5/hr (Watch)

    By Michael Messina

    Recent investigative reporting by the San Jose Mercury News has uncovered a startling story of worker exploitation by the progressive car company Tesla. U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is now requesting an investigation of the visa status of up to 200 construction workers that they say were overworked and underpaid at the company’s Fremont factory.

  • How Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan Actually Hurts the Working Poor

    By Ross Lenihan

    Strong majorities (63%) of capable, working-age Americans who are below the federal poverty line have jobs. As disgraceful as this is for the richest nation on Earth, some politicians support policies that would make the problem even worse. Enter GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his new anti-poverty plan.