Why Small Businesses Matter for Workers

Date: 18 Apr 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Small businesses are sometimes criticized as being bad for workers — but that idea is wrong. In this piece, we look at how small and large businesses compare on concrete metrics like wages, and find that in some industries, including retail, employees at small businesses earn more. There’s also a larger way in which the interests of small businesses and working people are aligned, we argue: Both groups benefit when public policy works to disperse economic power.… Read More

Why Aren’t Wages Rising? The Answer Sounds a Lot Like Monopoly (Episode 42)

Date: 22 Mar 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Marshall Steinbaum, a labor economist and research director at the Roosevelt Institute, sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss what is keeping American’s wages low and the prevalence of monopsony in our economy.… Read More

When It Comes to Working People, Amazon Isn’t Innovative at All

Date: 7 Feb 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When shoppers interact with Amazon, they see an innovator. But behind the scenes, Amazon relies on a labor model that looks a lot more like the past than the future. This fact sheet that breaks down how this powerful corporation is undermining working people — and what we need to do.… Read More

Walmart’s Latest “Buy America” Sham

Date: 21 Aug 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a way, Walmart’s Buy America program represents the home stretch of the economic transformation the company set in motion decades ago, when it set out to replace the American middle class, rooted in small business ownership and unionized jobs, with a vast underclass that has little choice but to rely on Walmart’s shoddy, short-lived products.… Read More

Wal-Mart Could Easily Pay $12 an Hour

Date: 28 Apr 2011 | posted in: Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Raising the pay of Wal-Mart’s U.S. workers to a minimum of $12 an hour would lift many out of poverty and cost the average consumer, at most, $12.49 a year, according to a new study published by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.  … Read More

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