Newsday has published an essay of mine that puts the fight for a $15 minimum wage within the big-picture context of my book:
Amid all the controversy over the recent push in New York and elsewhere for a $15 minimum wage, it’s important to remember the big picture.
In the decades after World War II, the United States had powerful policies and popular movements that lifted up working men and women. A third of employed Americans were members of unions, and a pro-worker lobby pushed Washington to raise the minimum wage to more than $10 in today’s dollars.
That culture has changed—so much so that today we’re even debating whether a worker should, at a minimum, earn enough to make ends meet.