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.
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.
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.