As inflation continues to erode the value of the dollar, minimum wage workers across the United States are able to buy less and less with their meager pay. According to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, someone working full-time in Indianapolis, Indiana needs to earn at least
How Many Members of Congress voting to Repeal Taxes on Mega-Inheritance also support a Minimum Wage Hike?
Number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted for H.R. 1105, a bill to repeal all taxes on the inheritance of mega-estates worth $5.34 million or more: two hundred and forty. Number of estate tax filings in 2013, the last year for
Members of the United States Congress are elected to make sure that the government meet the needs of the American people, but some of them have an awfully strange idea of what those needs are. An example of the odd priorities often expressed by members
The Walton family members who own the WalMart shopping chain are among the richest people in America. They got rich the dirty way — by having WalMart treat overseas sweatshop production workers like dirt and refuse to pay a living wage to its workers, who
As Brendan Kiley notes, McDonalds has created a special budgeting guide for its employees. Here’s just one page from the guide: Kiley has noticed that there isn’t any spot for food in McDonalds’ sample budget for its employees, that heat won’t be a necessity either,
When groups like Americans Elect refer to the “sensible center” while drawing up lists of names of acceptable presidential contenders — names like Evan Bayh, Erskine Bowles, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, David Walker and Michael Bloomberg — they’re appealing to the idea that these are
Are you a member of an organization — a school, an activist group, an ethical non-profit, a community sports team — that is looking to buy shirts in bulk? Are you particularly interested in supporting ethically-made, sweatshop-free t-shirts? Would you like to support economic development
This month, the Knights Apparel company is introducing an Alta Gracia line of t-shirts and sweatshirts and paying the workers who make them 338% of the minimum wage of the Dominican Republic plus benefits in a unionized environment. Initially, they were to be sold only
For a month now, I’ve been evaluating the claim by CafePress that the Econscious brand t-shirts it sells are made produced by “sustainable organizations” in accordance with “fair trade practices.” In particular, I’m looking at production in one of the factories supplying shirts to Econscious
I’ll get to considerations of a basic food budget in Lahore in a moment, but first a review of why I’m interested in the matter: For a bit less than a month now, I’ve been considering the veracity of claims of CafePress that the Econscious
I’ve been trying to figure out as best I can whether or not the Econscious garment factory’s reported 2007-2008 wage of 4600 rupees for a month of full-time work qualifies as a “livable wage” for its workers who live in the city of Lahore, Pakistan.