Working & The Economy

President Trump is visiting Pennsylvania’s cracker plant. Here’s what you need to know about...

The project is almost a decade in the making, and has been hailed by lawmakers as an economic success story — and by environmentalists as a potential disaster. Here's what you need to know.

A Pitt historian traveled to American Samoa five times to unlock the secrets of...

A key tenet of Samoan culture emphasizes community, deference to authority and confronting fears – a mindset that makes an ideal football player. But it can extract a physical toll.

Happy National S’Mores Day 2019: Here’s why you love this campfire snack, Pa. |...

The gooey treat couldn't have become popularized without the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, which brought cheap sweets to the masses.
Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

Democrats ask Wolf to declare emergency response to cash assistance elimination

The letter was sent on the same day that a Commonwealth Court judge denied a preliminary injunction to keep General Assistance going as a lawsuit over its demise is adjudicated.

It’s time for Pa. to raise its minimum wage, and lift so many out...

For cities like Philadelphia, where the poverty rate has remained steady at approximately 26 percent for several years now, it is necessary. We don’t have the option to put it off anymore.

Investors, consumers and workers are changing capitalism for the better by demanding companies behave...

A new kind of capitalism seems to be emerging, one in which companies value communities, the environment and workers just as much as profits.

‘The time for kicking the can down the road is over’: House Republicans plan...

The group hopes to take next steps on infrastructure improvements "without putting any additional burdens on taxpayers."

How Pa. nonprofits are leveraging federal funds to get food stamp recipients into jobs

For every dollar one of these nonprofits spends training someone who receives food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, they're eligible for a 50-cent reimbursement from the federal government.

Advocates for poor Pennsylvanians sue over elimination of cash assistance program

Community Legal Services and Disability Rights Pennsylvania are seeking preliminary injunction to prevent the program from ending Aug. 1, as currently scheduled.