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Bending the Arc of History

Many economists and policy-makers struggle to explain growing inequality and the erosion of the middle class. Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman has a simple explanation, “…corporations use their growing monopoly power to raise prices without passing the gains on to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Not everyone shares in Boeing’s success

Taxpayers around Washington state are trying to understand Boeing’s recent announcement of layoffs, just months after the Legislature met in special session to grant $8.7 billion in tax preferences — the largest such deal in American history. Our relationship with

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

The Wal-Mart Whine: Corporate giant balks at D.C. law requiring a livable wage

Wal-Mart recently announced that if Washington, D.C. enacts a stronger minimum wage, they will stop all planning for three new stores and reconsider ongoing construction on three other centers. That’s got to be great news for Costco, which already has

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

Costco is great, but altruistic business leaders won’t rebuild the middle class

Here’s a reason to renew your Costco membership: not only does the company pay its average worker $45,000 per year, it has also resisted pressure from Wall Street to cut wages and benefits since going public in 1985. That anecdote came

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Where’s WA GOP on wage protection?

When you work, you get paid. That’s just common sense. Indeed, if you don’t get paid for your work, you are little better than an indentured servant. And we got rid of that practice, along with slavery, over a 100

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Minimum Wage

Not even a drip: Big business reaps big profits, but benefits don’t trickle down to minimum wage workers

Economists, business owners, and policy experts agree: a raise for America’s lowest paid workers is long overdue. The federal minimum wage hasn’t risen in three years, and at $7.25 an hour, it’s actually worth less than minimum wage in 1968.

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

How “domestic outsourcing” is making good jobs harder to find

Yesterday’s post examined how Wal-Mart is fueling a downward spiral in American manufacturing by squeezing suppliers to drive down prices. But Wal-Mart needs workers to handle and sell the goods they import, which bring us to Part II of the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Wal-Mart’s low prices come at a high cost to local workers, business

Despite vocal opposition from local unions and community groups, a new Wal-Mart shopping center opened in Bellevue’s Kelsey Square this June, reigniting debate over the big box retailer’s presence and pushing residents to reconsider the question: who wins and who

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

Wal-Mart: Save Money, Live Sicker?

By Katie Bethel | MomsRising.org If you shop at Wal-Mart, you may be coming home with more than a good deal–you might be exposed to contagious illnesses like colds and the flu. Why? As the New York Times recently reported,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days
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