There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men. - Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux
Economic inequality has an even higher cost than many people realize. Beyond lowering living standards for working Americans, a treasure trove of data compiled by the Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute reveals that a major consequence of income inequality is poorer health and even shorter lifespans for those who earn less—poor people have an average lifespan six years shorter than the wealthy.
Economic inequality has an even higher cost than many people realize.
Earlier this year, 50 workers at SLS Car Wash in Brooklyn, New York, overwhelmingly voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.
There is dignity in all honest work and all workers deserve to be treated with respect.
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Grocery Worker Retention Act into law.
Nicole Brown, a 32-year-old single mother working in retail, shared her story at a press conference in Albany, N.Y., this month.
New York’s low-wage workers are facing another difficult holiday season. They know it will be a struggle to just pay the bills and put food on the table, before even considering what it will take to buy gifts for their families.
If $8.75 isn’t enough for fast-food workers, it isn’t enough for retail workers or any of the other hardworking New Yorkers who still find themselves in poverty.
New York City’s car wash industry has long operated as if it has been doing business in the Wild West, with a history of wage and hour violations and exploiting workers.
We are pleased that a state wage board has been called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to examine the impact of low pay in the fast-food industry.