September 4, 2013 |
Are we seeing a comeback of movements for workers' rights and a turn toward a new militancy on behalf of wage-earners? Suggesting this is not the same as a romantic optimism that foresees an instant union revival. What's actually happening is more interesting: Unions, workers, and others who believe that too many Americans receive low wages are finding new ways to address long-standing grievances. The steadily declining share of our economy that goes to wages is one of those things.
September 5, 2011
By Judith Stein In his speech on jobs Thursday, President Obama will offer tax credits for new hiring, extension of the payroll tax cut, and other small items, his aides hinted. These measure may be helpful at the margins, but the only way they, and much needed larger ones, will get people's attention is if they are attached to a narrative that makes jobs the centerpiece of a new economy that produces more of the goods that Americans consume. In 2009, the president seemed to agree when he told CNN, "We can't go back to the era where the Chinese or the Germans or other countries just are selling everything to us, we're taking out a bunch of credit card debt or home equity loans, but we're not selling anything to them.
May 30, 2011
An unusual small-business movement took root in Philadelphia 10 years ago, created by a woman known more at the time for her inventiveness in the kitchen. Restaurateur Judy Wicks, then owner of White Dog Cafe, an organic eatery in West Philadelphia, wanted to inspire a new economy - one centered on businesses like hers that valued social and environmental impact as well as profit. What was Wicks' ambition a decade ago is now not only a reality, but also a growing business sector and an increasingly influential economic force in the region.
February 7, 2011 |
Editor's note: As the economy struggles to find new footing, this occasional series will focus on areas of emerging demand for workers and the forces behind it. By the time developer Michael Pestronk closed on the deal to buy the old Goldtex textiles factory near 12th and Callowhill Streets, vandals had stripped out all the copper pipes and plenty of Philadelphia's graffiti "artists" had signed their names on the walls. With buckled floors, pigeon poop, and missing windows, it was a mess.
October 15, 2010 |
Mayor Nutter challenged college students to be more informed about the city's current economic challenges and to stay in the city when they get their diplomas, as he kicked off the 2010 Voter Awareness Initiative at La Salle University Thursday night. Nutter said that the city's budget is balanced and he credited President Obama and Congress for their work to boost the nation's economy. "The program is absolutely working," he said, adding that the city would not have been able to rebound from record-breaking deficits in the budget without the federal stimulus bill.
October 11, 2008 |
Lindel Richardson smiled as she dropped a pair of shoes into her shopping cart. They were new, the brand was Unisa, and they cost all of $3.99. Elsewhere at the Goodwill store in Pennsauken, she found a sweatjacket for $3.99, and a linen skirt for $1.99. "Isn't this nice?" she said, holding it up. "I can wear this to church. " Richardson, of Lindenwold, is paying college tuition for herself and her son, and like so many others, she's hoping to stretch fewer dollars farther these days.
March 2, 2007 |
To sharpen its message, the local branch of the Pennsylvania Economy League - which focuses mainly on on the southeastern part of the state - is changing its name to the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. The new name acknowledges the reality that the region includes South Jersey and Delaware in addition to Southeastern Pennsylvania, said Steven T. Wray, executive director. The group also has a new Web site, www.economyleague.org. This is Wray's first major administrative move since replacing David Thornburgh in June.
August 25, 2005
The Bush administration is accepting public comments through November on its latest fuel-saving proposal for minivans, trucks and sports utility vehicles. Here's one: You've got to be kidding. With gas prices averaging $2.62 a gallon nationally, the best the Department of Transportation could muster Tuesday was a new fuel-economy rule saving less than a month's worth of gas over 15 years. Consumers spending $50 for a fill-up need more help than that. So does the nation, whose economy and national security hinge on the supply and price of oil. A well-crafted fuel-economy rule could have set the United States on a path toward oil conservation.
June 8, 2005
TUCKED IN Gov. Rendell's $23.8 billion 2005-2006 budget proposal, which is - if not already - about to get a going over by legislators during budget negotiations, is an initiative that can have a positive impact on the state's workers. Called "Job Ready Pennsylvania," the modestly priced plan ($101 million) seeks to improve the training and education of the state's workers to create a skilled work force. They must become better educated and skillful in order to land jobs here that have long-term economic growth.
December 16, 2003 |
New Jersey's economy has outperformed all but three states in job growth in the last year and continues to have a lower unemployment rate than the national average. But any recovery in the state in the new year will not be as strong as that in the rest of the nation, according to several regional economists. "That outperformance will disappear as we go through 2004," said Joel Naroff, chief economist for Commerce Bank. "When you don't grow as much, you don't fall as hard, and it's easier to bounce back.