Opinion

Back to College, the Only Gateway to the Middle Class

by Robert Reich This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn’t be. For one thing,…

American workers losing strength and prosperity

Labor Day is a holiday on the first Monday in September as a celebration of the American labor movement and the contributions workers have made to the strength and prosperity of the United States. The holiday was first proposed in…

Opinion: Asleep at the wheel, Christie left working families on the side of the road

By Phyllis Salowe-Kaye Once again, Gov. Chris Christie has been asleep at the wheel and is leaving New Jersey’s middle-class and working families on the side of the road as he whizzes by, crisscrossing the country. We’ve seen Christie leave…

Back to School, and to Widening Inequality

by Robert Reich American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the schools they’re heading back to differ dramatically by family income. Which helps explain the growing achievement gap between lower and higher-income children. Thirty years ago,…

Opinion: The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism?

by Robert B. Reich In recent weeks, the managers, employees, and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called “Market Basket” have joined together to oppose the board of director’s decision earlier in the year to oust the chain’s popular…

Opinion: Work and Worth

by Robert B. Reich What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society. Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped…

Opinion: Middlesex County’s Commitment to our Veterans

by Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios It is now the middle of summer, long past Memorial Day, beyond Independence Day and months before Veterans’ day. People are enjoying their vacations or looking toward Labor Day, and may not…

Wage Inequality: A Story of Policy Choices

By Heidi Shierholz, Lawrence Mishel, and John Schmitt Originally posted in New Labor Forum, first published on August 4, 2014. EPI’s President Lawrence Mishel and economist Heidi Shierholz and John Schmitt from the Center for Economic and Policy Research have published a new…

You Lose! America grows richer while most families fall behind

Most Americans are failing to benefit from the growing economy, in which gross domestic product has risen 26 percent since 2000 because median income dropped by about 6 percent in the same period. For the three decades after World War II, America’s economy worked to share prosperity with that…