The United States is a low-wage country. (Here a chorus of Republicans pipes up: Yes, but it's the greatest low-wage country in the world, and don't you forget it!) In fact, in 2009 the United States led developed nations, with 24.8 percent of workers earning less than two-thirds of the median income. By comparison, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and Germany all came in at between 20 and 21 percent of workers earning less than two-thirds of their respective median incomes.
World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned. [Guardian] Failing harvests in the ... Read Post
On June 4, 1912 — 100 years ago today — Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to pass a minimum wage law: Massachusetts led the nation when it passed the first state minimum wage law 100 years ago on June 4, 1912. [...]... Read Post