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Stealing Wages

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By GREGORY N. HEIRES Retailers bemoan the estimated $14.4 billion they lose each year to shoplifting. What they don’t like to acknowledge is that they steal more than that amount—an estimated $15 billion—by paying their workers less than the minimum … Continue reading






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Privatizing Public Services: A Free-Market Fiasco




By GREGORY. HEIRES Small government advocates tout privatization as a way to reduce costs and improve services in the public sector. But around the country, the privatization of state and local government services has a shoddy track record. Governments started … Continue reading






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Lousy Job? It’s Your Fault!




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Technological change and inadequate education are often cited as the principal causes of our wage crisis. This argument, in a certain sense, blames workers for their plight. They are unwilling to invest sufficiently in their education, … Continue reading






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Contracting Out Public Services Worsens Inequality and Lowers Wages




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Contracting out public services—which aims to help state and local governments save tax dollars—often has a harmful effect on the community, including worsening inequality and lowering wages. A recent study, “The Decision to Contract Out: Understanding … Continue reading






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Corporate Fat Cats Become the Nation’s Richest “Government Employees” by Leaching Off Taxpayers




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Budget hawks squawk about bloated bureaucracies and excessively paid public employees to justify their calls for slashing government services. In recent years, their drumbeat about government waste has contributed to a political climate that has allowed … Continue reading






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Queens Public Library Head Under Fire for Perks and Pay Worthy of a Corporate Fat Cat




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The head of the Queens Public Library in New York City—which has one of the largest circulations in the world—faces criticism for his excessive compensation package. Patrons, politicians and the library’s front-line unionized workers are outraged … Continue reading






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Inequality Gone Wild




By GREGORY N. HEIRES We have a winner-take-all global economy, a malady that undermines democracy, distorts economic development and fuels inequality. Timed to coincide with the meeting of the global economic elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, … Continue reading






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A Call for an Economic Bill for the 21st Century




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Nearly 70 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed that everyone has the right to a job with decent wage, his message continues to ring true. The economy of the 21st century remains mired in what … Continue reading






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Expand–Don’t Cut–Social Security




By GREGORY N. HEIRES With a growing acceptance that millions of Americans will face a retirement crisis, the deficit hawks’ call for cutting Social Security is losing credibility. As the federal deficit continues to fall and the baby-boom generation enters … Continue reading






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Queens Public Library Joins the Ranks of Low-Wage Employers




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Back in the mid-1990s, Queens Public Library hired a private security guard company, supposedly to supplement its own unionized guards. Fast forward to 2010. That’s when the library laid off two security guards, leaving only one … Continue reading






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