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Top Read: More than 116,000 Individuals and Organizations Urge SEC to Stand Firm on Pay-Ratio Disclosure

Corporate leaders have mounted a furious campaign to derail a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that requires publicly traded companies to annually disclose the ratio of their CEO to median employee pay.  But the public is backing the rule.

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Top Read: Fast Food CEOs Rake in Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay

Fast food corporations are pocketing massive taxpayer subsidies for CEO pay while working to keep low-level worker wages so low that many must rely on public assistance.

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Top Read: Where the Minimum Wage Would Be If It Kept Pace with The Earnings of the 1%

If the minimum wage had grown at the same rate since 1960 as the earnings of the top 1 percent of Americans, the federal wage floor would be more than triple the current hourly minimum of $7.25.

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Top Read: Absurd inequity is threatening U.S.

The same share of America’s wealth that was held by the 1,500 wealthiest Americans 31 years ago is held by just 51 Americans today.

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Top Read: Why Are Big Retailers Trying to Kill Thanksgiving?

Coincidence? The only mega retailer to resist turkey day sales turns out to be Costco, the mega retailer with the smallest pay gap between execs and workers.

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Top Read: Sense of fun gives idea of the health of society

A new global index is rating societies by the level of fun they foster, and inequality figures prominently in the ratings.

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Top Read: Swiss executives braced for Sunday poll on pay

Swiss corporations are predicting doom and gloom should voters opt this Sunday to cap CEO pay at 12 times worker pay. But Victorinox, the iconic Swiss firm that makes red pen knives, is prospering with a CEO who makes just six times the pay of the company’s lowest-paid worker.

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Top Read: Collecting Fine Art, Simply for the Joy of It

We don’t need mega millionaires to nurture artistic progress: the inspiring story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, postal worker and librarian.

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Top Read: Force Corporations to Reveal Worker Pay? Think of the Children

The corporate lobbyists opposing proposed new federal regs that require companies to disclose the ratio between their CEO and worker pay haven’t been able to come up with arguments that pass the laugh test.

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Top Read: Rich richer as result of the crisis

The gap between the highest 20 percent of income earners and the lowest has increased by 50 percent in Greece since austerity policies took hold in 2009.

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Top Read: Platinum-Plated Pensions

In the current budget debate, the loudest calls for Social Security cuts are coming from two lobby groups led by CEOs who will never have to worry about their own retirement security.

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Top Read: Don’t Blame the Robots

The evidence, new report shows, does not support the notion that technological change is driving expanding wage inequality.

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Top Read: Federal Reserve Policy: The Distributional Effects

Who has benefited the most in the five years since the U.S. Federal Reserve began its current policy line? The data suggest a clear winner: Those fortunate enough to hold large stock portfolios.

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Top Read: How one company levels the pay slope of executives and workers

Over the last 35 years, Lee Valley Tools, a Canadian firm with over $100 million in annual sales, has never paid its top executive over 10 times the wage of its lowest-paid worker.

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Top Read: The other side of Chile’s ‘economic miracle’

Over the last three decades, incomes have risen 15 percent for Chile’s bottom 90 percent and 150 percent for the top 1 percent.

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Top Read: Swiss divided as 1:12 executive pay referendum nears

Corporate Switzerland is going all-out to stop a November 24 ballot initiative that would limit CEO compensation to 12 times worker pay.

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Top Read: America the World’s Billionaire Capital

The United States hosts 515 billionaires with a combined net worth of more than $2 trillion. Nearly 100 of them call New York City home.

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Top Read: Excessive CEO Pay Subsidized by American Taxpayers

Tax loopholes that enable corporations to deduct off their taxes CEO pay in excess of $1 million, says an eye-opening new report, could be costing American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

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Top Read: Fund managers are worried about the rich-poor gap

Some big investors are worrying that increasing income and wealth gaps threaten the economy’s ability to expand. They also fret that public anger over inequality is creating dangerous political tensions.

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Top Read: Washington: A world apart

A detailed look at increasing economic segregation in the nation’s capital and beyond.

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Top Read: Bill de Blasio addresses troops in war on inequality

Announces New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in his victory speech: “We will bring an end to inequality in this city.”

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Top Read: U.S. metro areas with the widest gap between rich and poor

Topping the list: Sebastian-Vero Beach, Florida, where 17.2 percent of households live in poverty and 7.1 percent have incomes over $200,000.

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Top Read: Rich-poor gap hits health of both

Scientists explain how inequality undermines well-being at both ends of the income spectrum.

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Top Read: High Income, Low Taxes, and Never a Bad Year

In 2009, new IRS figures show, America’s highest 400 incomes averaged $202 million each and faced a total rate under 20 percent.

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Top Read: Bill Gross to 1%: We must pay more in taxes

An influential billionaire is telling America that developed economies work best with inequality “at a minimum.”

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Top Read: The most unequal place in America

East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, has the nation’s highest level of income inequality — and can help us understand why inequality endangers us all.

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Top Read: Rich-poor gap is driving migration

Amid the non-stop political fireworks over border control and migration policy, we pay surprisingly little attention to the global economic forces that drive the mass movement of people. The most fundamental of these: inequality.

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Top Read: Top 10 Policies for a Steady-State Economy

A truly sustainable society, says the world’s most insightful ecological economist, needs both an income minimum and income maximum.

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Top Read: Those Poisonous Million Dollar Pay Packages

The president of America’s Steelworkers union is calling on corporate boards “to behave more like Pope Francis, banishing imperial CEOs and rejecting royal pay package demands.”

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Top Read: Plan to Tax the Rich Could Aim Higher

New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio ought to be expanding his tax plan to include the super rich who spend less than half the year in the city.

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Top Read: Swiss Fight to Curb Executive Pay Gaining Momentum

Swiss voters will decide November 24 whether or not to prevent CEOs from making more in less than a month than their workers can make in a year.

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