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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)
(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