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While Congress Dithers, Minimum Wage Drops 8 Cents in Two Months

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (H.R. 1010 in the House and S. 460 in the Senate) is a bill that would increase the minimum wage from its current $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the next two years. After that point, the minimum wage would automatically increase to keep pace with inflation — the tendency […]

Minimum Wage vs. CEO Pay Puts State of the Union in Context

In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for a restoration in the minimum wage and a change to make it keep pace with inflation:

“We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns […]

Protest To Raise Restaurant Minimum Wage of 2.13 In DC Today

On a protest to raise the $2.13 minimum wage in restaurants and on efforts to oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. […]

Centrist? Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Says a Living Wage for Workers is Downright Soviet

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 typical people, reasonable, sensible people holding typical ideas, reasonable, sensible […]

Who Made Those Soccer Balls?

While people around the globe keep their eyes glued to the World Cup, the sweatshop production of soccer balls stays well hidden. The International Labor Rights Forum has issued a new report that lends us a peek. Heading to the countries where soccer balls are made, the ILRF found soccer ball stitchers forced to work […]

Econscious GOTS Report Establishes Much, But Not Fair Labor Conditions

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 — a factory in Lahore, Pakistan. Econscious executives have proclaimed […]

Along the Production Line: Pakistan to Econscious to CafePress to You

Wages reported to be paid by a Lahore, Pakistan factory in 2007-2008 for a month of 48-hour work weeks making Econscious brand t-shirts: 4600 rupees a month (equivalent to US $77 a month)

Cost of a month’s rent for a family to live in a fly-infested Lahore, Pakistan slum with sewage running down the street, […]

Basic Food Budget Eats Up Pay of Lahore, Pakistan Econscious Factory Workers

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 brand shirts it sells are made produced by “sustainable organizations” […]

Interested Parties Articulate Livable Wage Much Higher Than Minimum in Pakistan

As part of an effort to demonstrate that its Lahore, Pakistan factory does right by its workers, Econscious President Dale Denkensohn released reports of workers’ pay from the winter of 2007-2008 a few days ago. Are their reported wages for full-time 48 hour workweeks — 4600 Pakistan rupees a month, equivalent to 37 US pennies […]