Stories by Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is professor of politics at Occidental College. His new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, will be published by Nation Books at the end of 2011. He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and American Prospect. subscribe to Peter Dreier's feed

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: Huffington Post

No, Robert, nowhere in the country can you live on bank tellers' wages—$11 an hour, or $22,000 per year.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2013, Source: Truthout

Obama responds to the growing protest movement, reflecting the widespread sentiment that people who work full time shouldn't be mired in poverty.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A hodge podge of corporate conservatives and moderates, right-wing reactionaries and racists and lunatic libertarians.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2013, Source: Truthout

It wasn't all doom and gloom.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

It's time to name the top executives whose decisions ripped off consumers and put cities and states at the precipice of fiscal ruin due to declining property values and revenues.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

It is time for reporters following Mitt to start asking him some questions about the crisis we face in our housing markets.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2012, Source: AlterNet

LaPierre didn't pull the trigger, but he's the NRA's hit man when it comes to intimidating elected officials to oppose any kind of gun control.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Mar 5, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Posted on: Jan 6, 2012, Source: Huffington Post

Posted on: Dec 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Norquist's real mission has been government that serves corporate America.

Posted on: May 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Wall Street's predatory lending practices are responsible for the mess we're now in. Why make severe cuts to state budgets even as Wall Street keeps making bank?

Posted on: Apr 1, 2011, Source: Huffington Post

The kulturkampf against working people.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers perished after a fire broke out at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Has Beck gone too far even for Fox News and his conservative viewers?

Posted on: Jan 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Issa wants to hand the government over to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a who's who of corporate America.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Breitbart spreads lies and distortions to advance a right-wing agenda, embarrass liberals, and undermine the Obama administration. We must fight back.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The bizarre tale of how Frances Fox Piven came to be seen as the author of a blueprint for a radical takeover of American society by paranoid conservatives.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Progressives take heed: Killing a bill that could save thousands is not good politics; it's like stealing food from the mouths of hungry children.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2009, Source: The Nation

There is still no guarantee that a progressive bill will end up on Obama's desk. But the chorus in favor of the public option is getting louder.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

If it bleeds, it leads. So what happens when demonstrators play nice?

Posted on: Sep 22, 2009, Source: Huffington Post

The action is part of a wave of protests sweeping over big insurers opposing health reform.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

Grassroots activism helped Obama win the presidency. It could also help him fix the economy.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2008, Source: The Nation

Desperate Republicans are scapegoating the respected community advocacy group for Wall Street's disastrous lending spree.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2008, Source: The American Prospect

Contrary to class stereotypes, wealthy whites are more likely than working-class whites to use the race card in the voting booth.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

The financial services industry has shown again and again that it cannot self-regulate. It's time for the government to step in.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2007, Source: Huffington Post

At NPR's Dem debate, the way moderators framed the issue of sweatshops revealed ignorance about the realities of globalized trade and labor.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2007, Source: Huffington Post

Raising prices a dollar on a pair of Nike shoes could drastically improve the lives of Chinese factory workers.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2007, Source: TomPaine.com

In July, a presidential candidate took the media on a tour of an America they don't talk much about.

Posted on: May 15, 2007, Source: TomPaine.com

Another Big Lie: For 30 years, the corporate Right has successfully portrayed American labor as a corrupt "special interest." The truth is that desperately needed labor-law reform will benefit everyone who works for a living.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2006, Source: TomPaine.com

Fed up after watching the minimum wage stagnate at poverty level for nearly a decade, a growing number of states are introducing their own pay raises with cost-of-living adjustments. Congress should follow their lead.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2006, Source: TomPaine.com

Progressives are boasting that three recent Supreme Court decisions have stopped GOP tactics dead in their tracks -- but nothing could be further from the truth.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2006, Source: The Nation

In the past decade, over 200 universities have adopted antisweatshop codes of conduct in response to student protest.

Posted on: May 7, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The former vice-presidential candidate has resurrected his 'two Americas' platform for a possible bid for the White House in 2008.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2005, Source: AlterNet

President Bush is taking advantage of the Katrina tragedy to get rid of workers' protections in favor of higher profits for politically connected corporations.

Posted on: May 12, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Under the leadership of Miguel Contreras, the Los Angeles labor movement grew while membership across the nation continues to shrink.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2004, Source: The Nation

Engaging in a vigorous fight to raise our meager minimum wage is clearly the morally right thing to do. But it may also be the politically astute thing for Democrats to do.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2004, Source: The Nation

The American Dream of suburbia – backyard grilling and upward mobility – rings hollow in today's economy.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2004, Source: LA Weekly

Progressives are faced with the tough question of what exactly it means to be patriotic in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The truth: This land was made for you and me.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Unions throughout the country will be looking at the Southern California grocery worker strike and drawing lessons from it. Were there strategic missteps that could have been avoided?

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