Wages

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.

'Middle Class' Used to Denote Comfort and Security. Not Anymore

'Middle Class' Used to Denote Comfort and Security. Not Anymore

Alissa Quart

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Guardian with additional support from Capital & Main. The apps and robots celebrated by Silicon Valley wunderkinds are helping to make previously white-collar lives ever more precarious.

What Is Amazon Really Delivering?

What Is Amazon Really Delivering?

Jessica Bruder

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with Reuters. The company recently announced 6,000 new full-time openings at 19 of its distribution centers. Eager applicants are lining up to join the ranks of the "Amazombies." But are these jobs worth it?

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.