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Emeritus Professor of History, Labor and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills; board member of National Jobs for All Network. Author of American Unemployment: Past, Present, and Future (University of Illinois Press)
SHARE Monday, February 21, 2022 Good News? The Job Reports for January, 2022
The January jobs report was good but not great. "The Great Resignation" and high worker quit rates continue. And may continue until more jobs are good jobs, or a new recession makes more workers desperate for income right away.
SHARE Friday, March 12, 2021 "$15: We Aren't Asking for Much"
Five Key Facts that centrists and progressives in Congress and across the land should keep in mind before lowering their sights from a $15 federal minimum wage.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 19, 2020 Those Gosh-Darn Lazy Unemployed People
Brings facts against right-wingers who strive to cut government-benefit programs for people who need help. Jason Turner thinks there are lots of jobs out there.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 20, 2020 Uber admits underpaying drivers by 30% to 120%!
Uber and Lyft refuse to obey the California law ordering them to classify their employees as employees. Their business model requires underpaying their workers. They've lost in court and are shutting down in California
SHARE Monday, January 27, 2020 Are Real Wages Rising?
What are the real facts about real wages in recent times? Job markets are supposed to be excellent for employees and unemployment seems low. Inflation, too, is low. But are real (after-inflation) wages growing very much?
SHARE Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Way Better than A Christmas Carol
Highlights a terrific article about the New Deal as a movement that made life better and one that can inspire today's Green New Dealers. And the 30s New Deal really happened. A Christmas Carol did not. znor will relying on good capitalists today help much.
SHARE Friday, November 22, 2019 Happy Thanksgiving for Black Americans?
The article uses key numbers to show that while black unemployment rates are quite low, they are still pretty high and the official rates hide a lot of hidden black unemployment. Also, income and wealth holdings have fallen farther behind white levels since 2000.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 15, 2018 Wages Rising?
Despite the best labor markets in years, real wages for rank-and-file workers are not rising much at all. Many reasons are mentioned, but the article highlights the fact that real unemployment is higher than the official rate says. The essay also discusses Amazon's $15/hour wage and where it fits into the picture.
SHARE Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Is Low Inflation the Path to Sustained Real Wage Growth?
Should we hope for less inflation as the way to get more real wage growth? Should we push for larger increases in nominal pay? I believe we should assume that inflation will usually be in the 2-3% range and that workers should be getting paycheck increases of 4 to 5% a year.
(37 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 24, 2018 The Crummy Good Economy and the New Serfdom
Another effort to explain, at apparently full employment, real wages have gone nowhere for two years. New arguments about fast-food serfdom that limits worker mobility.