| Feb. 3, 2014, 4 a.m.
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to increase the minimum wage and pass Sen. Tom Harkin’s and Rep. George Miller’s bill, but he missed an opportunity to move the conversation beyond a narrow debate on wages and into a substantive discussion on meaningful policies that will actually close the income gap and strengthen the middle class.
| Jan. 31, 2014, 12:46 p.m.
A little more than five years ago, after years of fighting for the rights of those demanding pay equality, we stood together at the White House watching President Barack Obama take a historic step in protecting American workers when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This law restored the rights of employees to have their day in court for ongoing wage discrimination taken away by the Supreme Court in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case.
| Jan. 31, 2014, 12:21 p.m.
Lawmakers could intensify debate on a historic attempt by Northwestern University football players to become the first college athletes to unionize, from holding highly visible Capitol Hill hearings to potentially expanding federal labor laws to protect the rights of student-athletes.
| Jan. 29, 2014, 4:56 p.m.
A tough partisan fight is developing over how best to meet the needs of part-time workers in light of the 30-hour workweek threshold for employer-mandated health care.
| Jan. 29, 2014, 4:46 p.m.
Liberal Democrats are looking to beef up benefits for part-time workers who face hurdles in finding full-time gigs in a sluggish economy.
| Jan. 27, 2014, 4 a.m.
As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address this week, the focus will no doubt be about generating more economic opportunity for the American worker. Consequently, both the White House and congressional Republicans have begun to approach the issue from a variety of angles and from across the political spectrum.
| Jan. 27, 2014, 4 a.m.
In coming months the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold public hearings on one of its most far-reaching new regulations in recent years. OSHA’s proposed silica rule would affect more than 2 million workers in construction, oil and gas exploration, manufacturing, and any work that involves silica-containing materials such as soil, dirt, sand, rock, brick, pavement or concrete.
| Jan. 24, 2014, 4 a.m.
By Fred Dedrick
| Jan. 13, 2014, 3:45 p.m.
It’s no secret college costs too much. In fact, we’re at the point where student debt exceeds that of credit card holders. This is a particular problem for first-generation and low-income students (the ones the president wants to talk about in an early 2014 White House meeting). If this barrier to education is not addressed, our economic competitiveness and standard of living will fall, as the Commission on the Future of Higher Education warned in 2006.
| Jan. 10, 2014, 4:14 p.m.
The latest employment report out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided a case study in the difficulty of using the headline numbers to assess the jobs market and peg fiscal and monetary policy to the numbers.
| Jan. 10, 2014, 3:25 p.m.
In what has become a familiar scenario, the House and Senate have a full legislative plate and only until Jan. 18 to clean it, with a potential government shutdown on the line.
| Jan. 9, 2014, 4 a.m.
After more than four years without an increase in the federal minimum wage, following decades of neglect of this core income standard, many low-paid workers stand poised to get raises — if not through overdue congressional action, then from states and cities moving ahead on their own to address the wage crisis.
| Jan. 8, 2014, 6:40 p.m.
The most obvious place to find the money to offset extended jobless benefits, a demand of the GOP, may be in the bill that provides food stamps, but that plan will first require a to-be-determined deal on the farm bill.
| Jan. 8, 2014, 4:06 p.m.
Even with the short-term budget deal reached last month, domestic discretionary spending will be billions of dollars below its level of just a year ago. For some of us, that’s a triumph; for others, it’s a tragedy. But we all can agree on the urgent need to spend as wisely as possible.
| Jan. 6, 2014, 3:19 p.m.
The dispute about Norwegian Air Service’s request to expand service to the United States piggybacks on the fight by American air carriers and their pilots to deny funding in fiscal 2014 spending legislation for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi’s international airport.
| Jan. 6, 2014, 3:16 p.m.
U.S.-based airlines and their pilots are waging a new battle against a foreign carrier they contend is taking advantage of provisions in international law to unfairly compete on American routes.
| Jan. 3, 2014, 2:28 p.m.
Extended unemployment benefits for about 1.3 million Americans expired on Dec. 28, and Congress is unlikely to restore those payments swiftly, or at all.
| Jan. 3, 2014, 1:46 p.m.
Before his death, Steve Jobs gave America a good reminder. “Innovation,” he said, “distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
| Dec. 12, 2013, 4 a.m.
As House and Senate committees hold hearings and the Education Department rewrites its regulations for private colleges, public policymakers must consider the unprecedented changes and challenges in higher education.
| Dec. 11, 2013, 4:57 p.m.
Looking for a new career? In these challenging times, with an economy crawling toward a recovery, the latest jobs report should point to a few areas where jobs are plentiful.