Low Wage

What the American Working Class Really Looks Like

What the American Working Class Really Looks Like

Barbara Ehrenreich

NEWS | PHOTOGRAPHY

Co-published with Fusion. Photography by Alyssa Schukar. The Ft. Wayne Workers’ Project is uniting working class Americans of all beliefs, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Why It's So Hard to Regulate Payday Lenders

Why It's So Hard to Regulate Payday Lenders

Astra Taylor

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The New YorkerGeorgia has long struggled to rein in payday lenders, but even ambitious regulations can’t always stop the predatory practice.

Tip Till It Hurts

Tip Till It Hurts

Barbara Ehrenreich

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with TIME. The housekeeper’s job is to clean, change sheets, restock amenities and exit the room without leaving any personal traces behind. They are paid to be invisible and usually are.

My Life as a Retail Worker

My Life as a Retail Worker

Joseph Williams

FEATURE | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Atlantic. After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day.

It Is Expensive to Be Poor

It Is Expensive to Be Poor

Barbara Ehrenreich

FEATURE | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Atlantic.  Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on.

Silicon Valley's Offline Wage Wars

Silicon Valley's Offline Wage Wars

Nona Willis Aronowitz

FEATURE

Co-published with Next City. For 10 years a massive income gap has been widening across Silicon Valley. Last November, however, the residents of San Jose voted in favor of a small but significant change: Raising the city’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 per hour.