Economic and Social Justice

Economic and Social Justice (76)

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the center of gravity of left and progressive politics in the United States today. Over the past two decades it has grown steadily in size, sophistication, and impact. Today its membership listed on the CPC website is 68 Representatives and one Senator.

Low-wage workers compromise more than 70 percent of individuals enrolled in federal and state-run poverty assistance programs

Stagnant wages and declining employer-provided benefits mean that low-wage workers in the United States are increasingly reliant on federal and state-run public assistance programs.

"Nothing illustrates more how much the political system is rigged in favor of the wealthy," warn critics of the bill

In another boon for U.S. billionaires, Congressional Republicans are planning to ring in this year's Tax Day with a vote to repeal the federal estate tax. 

 

The Service Contract Act is obscure, and the Department of Labor has to police every complaint, so sometimes it's just overlooked.

There’s one group of people in this country who probably get less sympathy than anyone else: felons.

If you’re a convicted felon, very few Americans care about your plight. Can’t find a job or an apartment because of your record? Too bad, we tell them, you shouldn’t have committed a crime.

Speaking with news outlets for the first time, witness says victim did not have possession of Taser as officer initially claimed

Of the numerous problems Rahm Emanuel is facing in his campaign for reelection as Chicago's mayor, two in particular stand out.

One, Emanuel is widely perceived as anti-worker and anti-union while being a close ally to the city's financial elites. (He used to work as an investment banker, after all.)

The Fight for 15 and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) have joined together to demand that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) employees should earn at least $15 an hour, including contract workers such as the janitors provided by Aramark in a controversial privatization of school sanitation that has provoked protests by public school principals. 

In a show of electoral strength by anti-union Republicans in Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives easily passed legislation Thursday to curb an effort by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to ease procedures for union organizing. Passed by the Senate earlier this month, the measure now heads to the White House, where President Barack Obama has promised a veto.

Proposal, columnist writes, 'is based on an economic philosophy that has failed the country and its people savagely in the past and inevitably will do so again.'

Revealing their commitment to ravaging critical safety net programs while accommodating corporations and the ultra-wealthy, the Republican-controlled House unveiled on Tuesday a budget proposal (pdf) that would undermine both Social Security and Medicare, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and prioritize tax cuts for the one percent—all while boosting defense spending.

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