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House approves GOP plan to slash food stamp funding

by Ed O'Keefe and Niraj Chokshi Washington Post September 19, 2013

House Republicans narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food stamp program Thursday that would slash about $39 billion in funding over the next decade, cut aid to about 4 million Americans in the next few years and shift the burden of providing aid to some of the nation’s poor to...

The mismeasure of poverty

by Sheldon Danziger New York Times September 17, 2013

THE Census Bureau reported yesterday that the poverty rate in America held stable between 2011 and 2012, at about 15 percent. According to the official measure, poverty today is higher than it was in 1973, when it reached a historical low of 11.1 percent....

Household income, poverty rate are flat for first time since recession, census shows

by Carol Morello Washington Post September 17, 2013

Three years into an economic recovery, falling household incomes and rising poverty rates have leveled off, suggesting the deep slide caused by the recession has finally bottomed out, new census statistics released Tuesday show....

15 percent of Americans living in poverty

by Steve Hargreaves CNNMoney September 17, 2013

Years after the Great Recession ended, 46.5 million Americans are still living in poverty, according to a Census Bureau report released Tuesday....

A home health aide in Miami. Under the old rules, such workers were not paid overtime. But that will change on Jan. 1, 2015. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

US to include home care aides in wage and overtime law

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times September 17, 2013

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was extending minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s nearly two million home care workers....

House GOP seeks to cut food stamps by 5 percent

by Derek Wallbank Washington Post September 13, 2013

House Republicans are planning to vote soon on a bill that could push millions of people off food-aid programs that have expanded since the economic downturn, potentially burdening charities that help feed the hungry....

AFL-CIO has plan to add millions of non-union members

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times September 6, 2013

Richard L. Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., has a bold plan to reverse organized labor’s long slide: let millions of nonunion workers — and perhaps environmental, immigrant and other advocacy groups — join the labor federation....

Walmart workers protest over minimum wage in 15 US cities

by Karen McVeigh The Guardian September 5, 2013

Walmart workers and their supporters are planning to launch protests in stores in 15 cities across the US on Thursday, as part of a small but vociferous movement to raise wages and improve conditions for some of the nation's lowest paid workers....

On the edge of poverty, at the center of a debate on food stamps

by Sheryl Gay Stolberg New York Times September 4, 2013

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — As a self-described “true Southern man” — and reluctant recipient of food stamps — Dustin Rigsby, a struggling mechanic, hunts deer, doves and squirrels to help feed his family. He shops for grocery bargains, cooks budget-stretching stews and limits himself to one meal a...

Fast food workers strike for higher pay

by Gary Strauss USA Today August 30, 2013

Workers at McDonald's and other fast-food chains conducted strikes and walkouts in nearly 60 cities Thursday, hoping for super-size wage hikes that for many would boost their hourly pay to $15 from the current federal minimum $7.25....

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