Media Relations Director
Dan Crawford joined EPI in 2013. As the media relations director, Dan helps craft EPI’s external communications, works to promote EPI’s research in the press and on social media, and edits Working Economics, the EPI blog. He is a veteran of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns and served at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
B.A., Cornell University
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The Times is right that the changes to the overtime rule represent a profound cultural shift, but it should be a welcome one. The idea that young workers should cut their teeth by working long hours for low pay, or even for free, is the result of employers holding all the cards in the economy. It’s the same phenomenon that lets businesses get away with lax safety standards, unpredictable schedules, and scant benefits. By making it harder for employers to expect or even require long hours as part of the job, the overtime rule is an important tool to shift the balance of power towards working people.
EPI co-founder and board member Robert Reich has a new documentary, open in theaters nationwide today, called Inequality for All. Everyone should go see this important film.
In a speech today outlining his economic agenda for the next two-and-a-half years, President Obama repeated his call for raising the minimum wage.