More Low Paying Jobs Means Families Continue to Struggle

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the Employment Situation Summary, commonly known as the “jobs report,” for May. While many news outlets had headlines lauding May’s jobs numbers, at least some are beginning to come around to a fact that we have been stating for months: too many of these new jobs are inContinue reading “More Low Paying Jobs Means Families Continue to Struggle”

Questions Fly Over $400 Million Donation. But They’re the Wrong Questions

Last week, author Malcolm Gladwell stirred up the 1% hornet’s nest by sarcastically calling out a hedge fund manager, John Paulson, for his $400 million donation to Harvard University. The billionaire’s donation to the richest university in the world will benefit the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Upon hearing the news, Gladwell, the New Yorker writer and “Tipping Point” author,Continue reading “Questions Fly Over $400 Million Donation. But They’re the Wrong Questions”

Ban the Box: Two Big Wins for the Fair Hiring Campaign in Florida

Last week, small business owners, activists, and faith leaders gathered on the steps of the Daytona Beach City Hall to announce the City of Daytona’s plan to “ban the box” and open up opportunities to all applicants by removing the criminal conviction question from city job applications. The effort, commonly known as “ban the box”Continue reading “Ban the Box: Two Big Wins for the Fair Hiring Campaign in Florida”

Los Angeles is Biggest City to Enact $15 Minimum Wage

Los Angeles has become the biggest city in the nation to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, Los Angeles City Council members voted 13-1 today to more than double the federal wage by 2020. Los Angeles City Council members signaled two weeks ago that they would raise the minimum wage, and tookContinue reading “Los Angeles is Biggest City to Enact $15 Minimum Wage”

Job Gap Research is Key as New York Groups Fight for Fair Wages

Fast food workers in New York took another big step toward winning fair wages two weeks ago when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the convening of a new Wage Board to examine and make recommendations about increasing the minimum wage in the state’s fast food industry. Cuomo’s office has now announced the next steps in theContinue reading “Job Gap Research is Key as New York Groups Fight for Fair Wages”

States Must Do More to Support Workers and Families

“Get a Better Job!” “Get an Education!” “Pull Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps!” Too often when workers struggle to make ends meet, these are the messages they hear. Unfortunately, these messages set unrealistic expectations. Rather than creating an environment that helps ensure working families can succeed, too many states set up systems that that workContinue reading “States Must Do More to Support Workers and Families”

Native Americans in Philanthropy: Innovation and Inspiration

When you bring more than 200 Natives and their allies together to exchange information and ideas on what’s going on in Indian Country it’s bound to be a gathering that is full of wisdom and good-humored teasing, Indian style! That’s how the Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) celebrated their 25th anniversary at Mystic Lake HotelContinue reading “Native Americans in Philanthropy: Innovation and Inspiration”

Rigged to Fail – Press and Media Hits

Rigged to Fail When State Policies Suppress Workers’ Abilities to Make Ends Meet March 2015 http://thejobgap.org/ “Rigged to Fail” Work Study Urges Minimum Wage Increase, Lift on Right to Work, March 26, 2015 – Orlando Political Observer Child Care Tax Credits Help Working Families Succeed, April 14, 2015  – Context Florida Supporters for Medicaid Expansion Hold Rally in Charlottesville, AprilContinue reading “Rigged to Fail – Press and Media Hits”

Low Wage Nation – Press and Media Hits

Low Wage Nation  Nearly Half of New Jobs Don’t Pay Enough to Make Ends Meet  Press and Media Hits January 2015 Press Release: “A Full-Time Job Should Lead to Financial Stability, Not to Poverty” OREGON Half of Oregon Job Openings Don’t Pay Enough to Get By, New Study Finds, January 27, 2015 – The Oregonian FLORIDA ReportsContinue reading “Low Wage Nation – Press and Media Hits”