living wage

Work

Five Million People Got a Much-Needed Raise for the New Year

Thanks to increases in the minimum wage across the United States, low-wage workers will collectively bring in $5.4 billion more in 2019 than they did in 2018.
FREE Staff
1.1.19
Invisible Jobs

What It’s Like to Be a Woman Working in Construction

Solid union wages are a big draw—and a great equalizer—but being the only woman on a 500-person crew comes with its own set of challenges.
Anita Hamilton
12.4.18
money brain

Most Money Advice Is Worthless When You’re Poor

Savings tips are classist garbage and belong in the trash.
Talia Jane
11.8.18
Voices

Teachers Share Their Concerns About Education Politics in the US

Wages are low, policies and rhetoric are frustrating, but America's teachers are undeterred.
Molly Bangs
7.25.17
Voices

Teachers Shape the Next Generation, But Can They Live Off Their Salaries?

Wages are low, policies and rhetoric are frustrating, but America's teachers are undeterred.
Molly Bangs
7.24.17
minimum wage

Scenes from the ‘Fight for 15’ Protest in Kansas City

“No matter what you might think, there are 64 million Americans who make less than $15 an hour and we deserve a living wage just like any other worker in America. We want to be treated fairly and paid fairly. We are human beings, we are all working...
Alex Swerdloff
12.1.16
Culture

How Much It Sucks to Be a Sri Lankan Worker Making Beyoncé's New Clothing Line

According to a newspaper investigation, the sweatshop workers making the Ivy Park collection for Topshop are only making 64 cents an hour. We ask an expert on the Sri Lankan clothes industry just how bad the situation really is.
Sirin Kale
5.17.16
The VICE Guide to Right Now

California Is Set to Raise Its Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Governor Jerry Brown announced the tentative deal Monday after LA and San Francisco made moves of their own.
Helen Donahue
3.28.16
Impact

Meet the Topshop Cleaners Fighting for Higher Wages

Currently, the workers earn less in a week than the cost of a mid-range Topshop coat.
Daisy Bata
3.12.16
working girls

'Any Voice Is Better Than Silence': Fired Yelp Employee Reacts to Media Backlash

After Yelp employee Talia Jane posted an open letter criticizing the company's low wages, she got fired and triggered a huge media backlash. We spoke to her about her termination, the blowback, and what she thinks of a living wage for workers in the...
Corey Atad
2.25.16
Hospitality

Britain's Waitstaff and Bar Workers Aren't Being Paid a Living Wage

According to a new report, 6 million British workers are earning less than the Living Wage of £7.85, with bar staff, waiters, and waitresses topping the list of professions not paid this voluntary rate.
Phoebe Hurst
11.2.15
News

Furious Cleaners Held a 'Noise Protest' at the BAFTAs Last Night

They brought red flags to the red carpet because they want sick pay, holiday pay, and overtime.
Simon Childs
2.9.15
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