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Gap Raises Minimum Wage Ante To $10

Gap Raises Minimum Wage Ante To $10

Walmart considers a similar move

Gap, Inc. announced that it will set a minimum wage of $10 per hour for its employees by next year. Wal-Mart is considering supporting a minimum wage increase. Read More »

Fast Food Worker To McDonald's CEO: I Can't Feed My Kids

Fast Food Worker To McDonald's CEO: I Can't Feed My Kids

Makes $8.25 per hour after 10 years

A McDonald's cashier openly confronted the company's CEO when he gave a speech in Chicago. She said that raising her kids on $8.25 an hour was impossible. Read More »

Female Waitresses Endure Pervasive Harassment And Lower Wages, Says Report

Female Waitresses Endure Pervasive Harassment And Lower Wages, Says Report

Restaurant workers are five times more likely to be sexually harassed than the general working population. Servers are three times more likely to live in poverty, and twice as likely to rely on food stamps. As a new report from the Restaurant Opportunities Center states: "Essentially, many of the workers who... Read More »

Most Of The Unemployed No Longer Receive Benefits

Most Of The Unemployed No Longer Receive Benefits

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent - a shift that points to a growing... Read More »

Behind The Poverty Numbers: Real Lives, Real Pain

Behind The Poverty Numbers: Real Lives, Real Pain

By David Crary At a food pantry in a Chicago suburb, a 38-year-old mother of two breaks into tears. She and her husband have been out of work for nearly two years. Their house and car are gone. So is their foothold in the middle class and, at times, their self-esteem. Read More »

As Economic Recovery Stalls, Incomes Slide, Poverty Rises

As Economic Recovery Stalls, Incomes Slide, Poverty Rises

If you're feeling poorer than you did a decade ago, you're not alone. A broad swath of Americans are earning less than they did just a few years back, the federal government says. Read More »

Working-Age People Losing Ground Amid Unemployment

Working-Age People Losing Ground Amid Unemployment

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hurt by high unemployment, working-age Americans are expected to lose ground when new census figures on poverty and the uninsured are released. Read More »

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