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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 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Republican Tax Cuts Are Not About Economic Growth or Lifting Working-Class Incomes
Dropping individual tax rates for rich people does not lift average Americans. Neither does cutting corporate taxes, as long as there is a plentiful supply of jobless workers and few strong unions. Don't expect a big jump in real business investment when many companies already have more money than they know what to do with.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 18, 2016 Bring Back the Jobs. But How Many?
This article does the numbers on how many manufacturing jobs we could get back, even if policy was nearly perfect. It suggests focusing new jobs on poverty areas. Sounds simple, but can we do it?
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 11, 2016 What's Wrong with These Men? Why Aren't They Working?
Why are 7 million prime-age men not working or even looking for work? Just lazy? High government benefits are better? This article reviews the explanations and emphasizes the role of lousy wages as a disincentive. Includes a list of useful sources for those who want more.
SHARE Saturday, January 24, 2009 Obama's Job Plan: What We Can learn from the New Deal
New Deal job programs show that quick action on a very large scale is possible. They were also flawed and we can do better. New jobs must be decently paid and thought of as permanent. And we need a lot of them, 2-3 million for every year of Obama's eight years. Otherwise we won't erase the job deficits of the past 8 years or keep up with a growing labor force.
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.
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.
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 15, 2017 Full Employment and How to Get It
Illustrates that we have had too much unemployment and lousy wages for forty years and shows that tax cuts for the 1% won't turn things around. Describes what a full-employment America might look like.
SHARE Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Jobs and More Jobs, Now and Forevermore
We have lost 7 million jobs since in the meltdown; we lost millions before that, in he anemic Bush recovery from 01 recession. Private sector won't create the jobs we need. In fact, we have had a shortage of good jobs since the 70s. The Federal Government must create jobs that involve useful contributions to our society. Examples are given