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Sex Gap in Pay Narrows to Smallest Extent in U.S. History

In the face of a mantra of “only get worse“, “only get worse,” “only get worse,” “only get worse,” I offer this instance of bad matters getting better. The U.S. Census Bureau has just released information on the gap in median pay between men and women working full-time year-round in the United States:

Median [...]

95% of Politicians Taking $$ from National Restaurant Association Voted to End Restaurant Workers' Overtime Pay

According to Federal Election Commission data, in the first quarter of 2013 39 rank-and-file members of the House of Representatives took money from the National Restaurant Association, a corporate interest group that works “across the industry to advance our members’ interests.” Those interests apparently include paying restaurant workers as little as possible; in the first [...]

Darrell Issa Inadvertently Points Out That Federal Worker Pay Has Been Cut

Republican Representative Darrell Issa has been making a big deal lately over the notion that federal worker pay has supposedly been rising from 2010 to 2012. His “infographic”:

I have no idea whether Issa’s claim is actually true, because he does not cite any source. However, even if this claim is true in the [...]

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 [...]

Nice Digs, Americans Elect

The 3rd Quarter disclosure of Americans Elect’s expenses reveals a taste for living high and paying low. The corporation/political party getting ready to announce its own bid for the White House in 2012 started paying rent in July for its office on Pennsylvania Avenue, one block away from the White House at a rate of [...]

CEO Pay Cuts In Perspective

source: IPS

The poor dears.

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 [...]

What Does Minimum Wage Get You in Lahore, Pakistan? Something Far Away from the Pakistani Middle Class

I’ve been inspired by the recent willingness of t-shirt corporation Econscious to share some information about one of its factories in Lahore, Pakistan. By inspired, I don’t mean elated. When I look at the income reports for 20 workers in that factory in Lahore for the fall of 2007 to winter of 2008, I’m inspired [...]

McCain Fumbles for Transparency Policy on CEO $$$, A Bill Barack Obama Wrote Over a Year Ago

Today, in the wake of the massive collapse of financial corporations traceable to exactly the sort of deregulation John McCain loves, the McCain campaign groped in a panic for some policy, any policy, that would make it look like John McCain cares about the economy.

Chief McCain campaign economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin hit the airwaves [...]