This week, as summer's vacation high season began (at least in countries other than the unhealthily vacation-averse U.S.), the latest jobs numbers brought more evidence that our economy continues to be on a very extended holiday. We added only 162,000 jobs in July. Over half of them were in the low-wage retail and restaurant sectors, which is likely why hourly wages fell 0.1 percent. At this rate, it will still take up to a decade to erase our 8-10 million job deficit. In response, our leaders in Washington have done... nothing. Actually, worse than nothing, since they're currently wrangling over which job-killing budget cuts should replace the sequester's job-killing cuts. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Kerry said that he expected U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. To paraphrase a younger John Kerry, you never have to ask a man to be the last man to die in Afghanistan if you make the mistake of never leaving.
Watchdog.org reports some U.S. Goodwill entities pay people with disabilities affecting their job performance less than minimum wage through the Special Wage Certificate program. Does this take advantage of disabled workers, or create opportunities?
Though having multiple gigs may not seem like the norm, the truth is, they may be able to help people lead more fulfilling careers and combat unemployment because there are more options.
Increasing the minimum wage to $9 an hour and tying it to the cost of living will not, on its own, lift the country out of its economic doldrums. But it will definitely lift millions of Americans out of poverty, stimulate the economy, and create new jobs. It is the right thing to do both morally and economically.
The common assumption is that workplace flexibility is impractical for hourly workers. Not so.
C.R. England, a nationwide trucking company, needed an administrative assistant for its bustling driver training school here