Amy Traub serves as associate director of policy and research at Demos. She has a broad research focus on consumer debt, job quality and job creation, and policies to build the American middle class. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on issues relating to job quality and the middle class. Prior to Demos, Traub worked at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. She has contributed essays and opinion articles to a variety of publications, including The Nation, The New York Times, The Hill, The American Prospect, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The San Jose Mercury News. Her book chapter, "A Strengthened Middle Class," appeared in Thinking Big: Progressive Ideas for a New Era.
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In this research brief, we utilize the Living Wage Calculator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to evaluate the adequacy of Walmart’s wage increase in supporting workers and their families.
Walmart workers have been fasting in the weeks leading up to Black Friday, demanding a living wage.
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Richard French spoke with Amy Traub of Demos about what Walmart and other companies could do to help their minimum wage employees who are having a hard time making ends meet during the holiday season.