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Life for the Working Poor

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On April 6, 2021
This is not the first time the media has portrayed the real life of the working poor and just how little their wages purchases. But it’s important to hear these stories, not so that we feel bad, but so that we do something about it and force up wages. Joyce Barnes sometimes pauses, leaving the […]
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The Fight for $20

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On February 14, 2021
With Democrats moving toward finally creating a $15 minimum wage (though it won’t happen in the relief bill), it’s time to think about what this all means. I had the opportunity to talk to Dominic Rushe of The Guardian about it. The main point I stressed is that will be a big victory if it […]
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No wonder Republicans hate the minimum wage, as raising it saves the lives of the poor they are indifferent to. Matthew Desmond has a long story on how this works. It’s very long but here’s an excerpt: For years, when American policymakers have debated the minimum wage, they have debated its effect on the labor […]
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On June 4, 1912, Massachusetts established the nation’s first minimum wage. This was a result of long-time worker outrage over the conditions of their lives and the strikes that resulted. It also led to a pioneering law that would become the law of the land a quarter-century later. In 1911, the Massachusetts legislation came under […]
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