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House Dems Push for Infrastructure Package 'That Truly Meets This Historic Moment'

"Given the scale of our unemployment, caregiving, healthcare, climate, and inequality crises," nearly 60 lawmakers wrote, "we urge our colleagues in Congress to pursue a larger upfront investment."

Kenny Stancil, staff writer ·


Sanders Urges Labor Secretary to Protect Jobless Benefits as GOP Governors Race to Cut Them Off
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
jakeMay 13, 2021
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
The Vermont senator warned that many workers "will be forced into poverty" if Republican leaders are permitted to end emergency unemployment benefits.

Mother’s Day Tears and the Fierce Prophetic Vision of Poor Women

This past year-plus has laid bare the pressures, burdens, and violence that women, especially poor women and women of color, face every day.

Rev Dr Liz Theoharis ·


Dear Employers: People Don't Want to Work for Starvation Wages

It’s not that people don’t want to work—it's that they don’t want to work for so little.

Rebekah Entralgo ·


We Don't Have a Labor Shortage in the US, We Have a Crisis of Low Wages

Don't easily believe claims that there's a lack of people to fill jobs. What’s really going on is that employers aren't offering workers a living wage.

Heidi Shierholz ·


Pay a Living Wage or 'Flip Your Own Damn Burgers': Progressives Blast Right-Wing Narrative on Jobs

"If one in four recipients are making more off unemployment than they did working, that's not an indictment of $300 a week in UI benefits. It's an indictment of corporations paying starvation wages."

Kenny Stancil, staff writer ·


As Hiring Undershoots Expectations, Biden Urged to Go Big With $10 Trillion Jobs Plan

"Millions of people are out of work, and the unemployment rate is rising. The real risk isn't doing too much—it's doing too little."

Jake Johnson, staff writer ·


Eradicating Child Poverty Beyond the Pandemic

The economic impact of the pandemic has created an opportunity for the federal government to reconsider its traditional responses to poverty and unemployment.

Johnisha Levi ·


New York to Offer Undocumented Migrants Up to $15,600 in Pandemic Relief

"Today, our work today has been recognized," said one undocumented worker and organizer. "Our dignity has been recognized, and our dignity has been lifted by passing this fund."

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·


Strong Job Growth in March as Vaccine Distribution Expands and the American Rescue Plan Ramps Up

Even at this pace, it could take more than a year to dig out of the total jobs shortfall. However, today's number is certainly a promising sign for the recovery.

Elise Gould ·