Tag: Income Disparities

Just How Underpaid Are People With Disabilities

According to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the American Institutes for Research, people with disabilities earn 37 percent less than the rest of the working population, even when they have similar levels of education. AIR’s findings are based on the 2011 American Community Survey, an annual, condensed survey…

Free School Lunches for All

By Chris Hoenig Photo by USDA What if students didn’t have to deal with the stigma that many associate with receiving a free or reduced-price school lunch What if parents didn’t have to worry about sharing their income levels with school administrators What if EVERY student got a free lunch…

Obama to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

By Albert Lin In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama announced that he plans to sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract employees to $10.10 per hour, the next step in what he hopes will be a successful movement to…

What Is the Cost of Low Wages for Fast-Food Workers

By Chris Hoenig Hundreds of fast-food workers across the United States went on strike Thursday, demanding better pay and the ability to form unions. Workers walked out of chain restaurants in about 100 cities, expanding on this summer’s one-day actions, which took place in about 60 cities around the country….