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Why Obama's overtime rule may barely dent the economy

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 Great Middle Class Awakening and Its Torchbearer

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

Sculpture Exhibition Paints a Bleak Portrait of the Middle Class' Future

3D-printed, humans sealed within plastic bags, make a strong statement in Josh Kline’s new show, 'Unemployment.'

Answering Anxiety with Opportunity

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

China’s Middle Class Vents Over Growing List of Grievances

The death of a 29-year-old man in police custody has exposed growing anxieties in China's growing middle class.

Destruction of the Roman Middle Class: An analogy for America Today?

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

Who Loses in Globalization?

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 […]

The Middle Class Is Shrinking: The Working People Weekly List

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.

Mapping America's Shrinking Middle Class

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 ATL losing its middle class, good-paying jobs

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 Gig Economy Is Ripping Out Floor Below Middle Class

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

Obama looks to boost economic, security ties in Asia

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

Trump is more of a middle class hero than a working class one

"The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000..."

Obama explains in his weekly address why new overtime pay policy is a BFD

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

Why (Muslim) Sex Ed Can't Wait Until Marriage

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

Here are 3 new ways Silicon Valley could kill even more middle class jobs

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

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...

What is the Stupidest Thing GOP Leaders Have Done Lately? Threaten to Take Away Middle Class Overtime Pay

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

Elizabeth Warren To Donald Trump: I’m Right, You’re Wrong

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

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

The truth about whether 'coding bootcamps' that can get graduates $100,000 exit salaries actually prepare you to be a programmer

“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

Middle Class Finally Gets A Raise

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

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