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The radical roots of the great grape strike

by David Bacon The Reality Check September 20, 2015

Fifty years ago the great grape strike started in Delano, when Filipino pickers walked out of the fields on September 8, 1965. Mexican workers joined them two weeks later. The strike went on for five years, until all California table grape growers were forced to sign contracts in 1970. ...

America’s poverty problem hasn’t changed

by Gillian B. White Atlantic September 16, 2015

On Wednesday, the Census Bureau released its latest data on income and poverty for the country, and despite a falling unemployment rate and a rising GDP—two promising macroeconomic signs—things haven’t improved all that much for American families in the past year....

Lower wages for whites, higher wages for immigrants, and inequality for all

by Jeff Guo Washington Post September 16, 2015

Earlier today, the Census Bureau released data showing that 2014 was much like 2013 and the years prior: meh for the majority of Americans. Real income for the median household has been level or declining each year since the recession, and in 2014 that number remained 6.5 percent lower than it was i...

14 percent of U.S.families food insecure in 2014; 5.6 percent very food insecure, USDA report says

by U.S. Department of Agriculture September 8, 2015

In 2014, 14.0 percent of U.S. households were food insecure. The change from 2013 (14.3 percent) was not statistically significant; however, the cumulative decline from 2011 (14.9 percent) to 2014 was statistically significant....

Understanding the historic divergence between productivity and workers pay

by Josh Bivins and Lawrence Mishel Economic Policy Institute September 2, 2015

Wage stagnation experienced by the vast majority of American workers has emerged as a central issue in economic policy debates, with candidates and leaders of both parties noting its importance. This is a welcome development because it means that economic inequality has become a focus of attention a...

Occupational wage declines since the Great Recession: Low-wage occupations see largest real wage declines

by Claire McKenna and Irene Tung National Employment Law Project September 2, 2015

On this Labor Day 2015, the U.S. labor market has shown considerable healing since the Great Recession. Private sector employment has expanded steadily, and the jobless rate has continued to fall. Yet, underlying weaknesses persist, as evidenced by the historically low employment rate of prime-age w...

Jasmin Almodovar, right, a home health aide in Cleveland, has received no increase in her hourly pay of $9.50 since 2007, even as costs for necessities have risen. Photo:  Michael F. McElroy/The New York Times

Low income workers see biggest drop in income

by Nelson D. Schwartz September 2, 2015

Despite steady gains in hiring, a falling unemployment rate and other signs of an improving economy, take-home pay for many American workers has effectively fallen since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to a new study by an advocacy group that is to be released on Thursday....

The surging ranks of America’s ultrapoor

by Aimee Picchi CBS MoneyWatch September 2, 2015

By one dismal measure, America is joining the likes of Third World countries. The number of U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation. That's according to...

Farm workers and their supporters march to the office of Sakuma Farms, Burlington, Washington. Photo: David Bacon

The Pacific Coast Farm-Worker Rebellion: From Baja California to Washington state, indigenous farm workers are standing up for their rights

by David Bacon The Nation August 28, 2015

A burned-out concrete blockhouse—the former police station—squats on one side of the only divided street in Vicente Guerrero, half a mile from Baja California’s transpeninsular highway. Just across the street lies the barrio of Nuevo (New) San Juan Copala, one of the first settlements of mi...

Frank E. Petersen, first black general in the Marines, dies at 83

by Sam Roberts New York Times August 26, 2015

Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tues...

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