President Obama’s new overtime rules have been trashed as a job killer by conservatives and heralded as a salve for the middle class by liberals. In reality, the measure probably won’t have much of an economic effect, partly because employers will find legal ways of getting around it. The new rule...
The middle class has been taking a shellacking for years. It began in the 1970s, when the business and political elites separated from the people and it has been accelerating ever since, according to Hedrick Smith, a former PulitzerShow More Summary
3D-printed, humans sealed within plastic bags, make a strong statement in Josh Kline’s new show, 'Unemployment.'
In Southfield, just outside of Detroit, where I grew up, my family and many of the families around us didn't have a lot of money. But the American middle class was strong, and we knew that with a little sacrifice and a lot of hard work, my sisters and I could become whomever we wanted. Show More Summary
The death of a 29-year-old man in police custody has exposed growing anxieties in China's growing middle class.
There have been many books written about the decline of the Roman Empire and the factors that made it happen. Gibbon stands out as the first writer to put significant effort toward the subject with his six volume opus first published in 1776. Show More Summary
Above: More beneficiaries of free trade There are some winners in globalization and a lot of losers. Among the winners are capitalist elites in nearly all nations. Among the losers are the working and middle classes in globally wealthy companies seeing their tenuous hold on a dignified life with hope for the future crushed under […]
Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List.
As inequality increases, families with middle incomes are disappearing in most cities. The middle class, long a bedrock of the American economy, is contracting. In most metropolitan areas, there are now fewer people living in middle-income households compared with the year 2000, and more people living in both poorer and richer ones. Show More Summary
Metro Atlanta’s middle class is shrinking faster than the Braves’ chances of winning the pennant. OK, that’s an exaggeration. But there’s no question that our region’s…
The impact will be ruinous, investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explains. The latest tech-driven gyrations upending traditional employment and increasing the divide between the haves- and have-nots are as profound as they are poorly...Show More Summary
Four decades after the fall of Saigon, and two decades after President Bill Clinton restored relations with the nation, Obama is eager to upgrade relations with an emerging power whose rapidly expanding middle class beckons as a promising market for U.S. Show More Summary
"The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000..."
x YouTube Video Things like the 40-hour workweek and overtime are two of the most basic pillars of a middle class life. But for all the changes we’ve seen in our economy, our overtime rules have only been updated once since the 1970s. ...Show More Summary
If there's one thing that my Islamic Sunday School and middle school sex ed had in common, it's that they split classes by gender. The overlap just about ends there. While the former looped through CDs to attune our ears to the correct...Show More Summary
As someone who has spent years covering technology, I’ve gotten a pretty decent glimpse into the future. Sadly for lots of people, that future increasingly looks like they’ll be out of work because Silicon Valley is investing heavily in lots of technologies that will destroy well-paying...
Talk about a political tin ear! Wednesday, House Republican Leader Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell threatened to take away middle class overtime pay. Speaking as a Progressive Democrat my response is simple: go ahead - make our day. Show More Summary
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday night resumed her stream of disdainful tweets directed at presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Warren, a fierce defender of the middle class, sent several tweets attacking Trump's...Show More Summary
“Coding bootcamps” have earned friends in high places, including President Obama, who called them a ticket to the middle class. These programs are designed to take in students with minimal coding knowledge and shoot them back out a few months later as employable software engineers. Show More Summary
A new rule just announced by the Obama administration will, effective December 1, double the overtime-pay salary threshold and set it to automatically increase every three years. It's about time. The salary of employees has been diminishing since the 1970s, as a share of the economic pie, believe it or not. Show More Summary