Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Since 2009, the year the United States government officially decided to participate in the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have gone out of their way to tout the trade pact as “the most progressive trade deal...
Another For-Profit College Folds

Another For-Profit College Folds

Picking the right college isn’t a fun process. Whether you’re a high school student eyeing your next step or a bit older looking to improve your career, the cycle of researching dozens of schools, preparing lengthy applications, waiting to hear back, and then figuring...
Presidential Politicians Are All Bark, No Bite on CEO Pay

Presidential Politicians Are All Bark, No Bite on CEO Pay

Politicians love to beat up on overpaid CEOs. In the wake of the 2008 financial crash, Republican presidential candidate John McCain lashed out at executives of bailed-out banks, calling for their pay to be cut to the salary level of the President of the United...
Big Pharma Needs a Cure for its Tax Allergy

Big Pharma Needs a Cure for its Tax Allergy

Millions of families live in constant dread of what an unexpected encounter with a bee, a food additive, or even a dye  could bring. One slip, and breathing could quickly become difficult, or a heartbeat dangerously low. Severe allergies, untreated, can kill. But...
The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

Slavery has been abolished in the United States since 1865, when the 13th Amendment was passed in the ashes of the Civil War. Well, almost abolished. Actually, the amendment included a caveat: “except as punishment for a crime.” Since then, prison and forced labor...
It’s Up to Us to Level CEO Pay

It’s Up to Us to Level CEO Pay

Does anyone really need two mansions in the Hamptons, Wall Street’s favorite summertime watering hole? Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO at banking giant Goldman Sachs, has apparently decided he can get by with just one. Blankfein recently sold his first Hamptons manse –...
The Big Banks Can Be Beaten

The Big Banks Can Be Beaten

When the 2008 financial crash slammed the New York City construction industry, Maribel Touré’s husband lost his job as an architect. On top of that, Maribel suffered a serious accident. But what really plunged the family into financial trouble was sending their...
Inequality is at the Heart of the Verizon Strike

Inequality is at the Heart of the Verizon Strike

John Mudie is right on the frontlines of one of the largest strikes in recent U.S. history. On April 13, he and tens of thousands of other Verizon employees walked off the job to protest a corporate giant that has registered massive profits and lavished extravagant...
What the Public Wants: A Guide for Clueless CEOs

What the Public Wants: A Guide for Clueless CEOs

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that “Populist Tone Rankles America’s Executives.” Apparently the CEOs and board members of big American companies are “increasingly frustrated” by the anti-business rhetoric of both parties, and concerned such sentiments...
How our screwed-up CEO pay system makes climate change worse

How our screwed-up CEO pay system makes climate change worse

Runaway CEO pay at the 30 largest U.S. public fossil fuel corporations rewards short-term actions, with disastrous results for the world’s climate, a new report finds. CEOs at big oil, gas, and coal corporations are rewarded for a short-term fixation on pumping up...
India Spotlights Corporate Pay Ratios

India Spotlights Corporate Pay Ratios

Over the past five years, new data shows, Wall Street has spent $1.166 billion to elect lawmakers opposed to the Dodd-Frank Act financial industry reforms enacted in 2010 — and another $2.08 billion on lobbying to keep those reforms from going into actual effect. One...
Our 100 Most Overpaid Corporate CEOs

Our 100 Most Overpaid Corporate CEOs

  You may already think most — if not all — CEOs of major U.S. companies fully qualify as overpaid. But who among them rate as the most overpaid? The shareholder advocacy group As You Sow has just released a list of the 100 S&P 500 CEOs the group sees as the...
The Men’s Club

The Men’s Club

Most people would probably guess that the upper echelon of corporate America is an exclusive, virtually males-only club. And they’d be right. A new Institute for Policy Studies report shows just how exclusive this club is. Over the past two decades, there are...