Multimedia by Sylvia A. Allegretto

Media – Videos

Antiwork & The Great Resignation: Why Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs
Thomas Reuters Foundation | Jan 21, 2022
Interview with Sylvia Allegretto, CWED

Empty Savings, Damaged Health: For Pandemic Unemployed, Recovery Can Be a Long Road
KQED | September 11, 2021
Quotes Sylvia Allegretto, CWED

Restaurant, hospitality workers are reluctant to return to low-paying positions
July 14, 2021
KCBS Radio interview with Sylvia Allegretto on how low wages are driving workers out of the restaurant industry in the wake of the pandemic.

Why aren’t teachers paid more?
WXIA Atlanta | July 27, 2021
Interview with Sylvia Allegretto on the teacher pay gap.

Medea Benjamin on Biden’s Foreign Policy & The Right to Organize 
March 15, 2021
KPFA Radio interview with Sylvia Allegretto on the PRO Act.

Why Teachers Are Paid So Little In The U.S.
December 10, 2020
CNBC interview Sylvia Allegretto on the teacher wage penalty.

Strike for the Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education
December 8, 2020
In this EPI webinar webinar on education and union power in a new age of labor activism, Sylvia Allegretto explains how temporary recessions are used to institute permanent changes to public education and other public goods.

Waging Change Film Panel
October 15, 2020
Panelists discuss the effort to end the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 for restaurant servers and bartenders and the #MeToo movement’s efforts to end sexual harassment.

Teacher Compensation Penalty: Impact on Teachers, Education, and Society
October 14, 2020
Sylvia Allegretto, Larry Mishel, and Becky Pringle discuss the roots and impact of the teacher pay penalty, and what needs to happen to ensure teachers are fairly compensated.

The Teacher Pay Gap Explained
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
Teacher strikes across the country have brought much-needed attention to public education—including chronic underfunding, teacher and staff shortages, outdated books, and inadequate infrastructure—along with the issue of teacher pay. This CWED Video Short puts trends in teacher pay into perspective.

This Is How Horribly U.S. Teachers Are Actually Paid (HBO)
JANUARY 30, 2019
HBOs Vice News interviews Sylvia Allegretto and users her work in this story on the teacher pay gap.

City Rising: The Informal Economy
JANUARY 25, 2019
Follows four California workers facing structural discrimination but fighting to change policy and improve upward mobility for their communities. The film follows the lives of a street vendor in Boyle Heights, a truck driver in Long Beach, a farm-working family in Coachella and an organizer in Oakland fighting for jobs for formerly incarcerated people. Sylvia Allegretto provides context and commentary throughout this important documentary film.

Debate on YouTube: Held at University of CA, Berkeley. November 14, 2012 “Are California’s Public Employees Over Paid?

ADAPT International Conference 2012. October 19, 2012 “ADAPT and University of Bergamo (Italy) Conference on Youth Unemployment

UC Berkeley Teach-in on Inequality. April 4, 2012 “The American Dream: Fraying of the Folklore

Sylvia Allegretto speaking at an Occupy San Francisco Rally. “OCTOBER 2011 SAN FRANCISCO RALLY- SYLVIA ALLEGRETTO.” October, 2011

Center for American Progress Panel. June 7, 2011 Raising the Minimum Wage, Rebuilding the Economy



History As It Happens: The Future of Work, Part 1, December 28, 2021

The Economics of Teaching. Then, White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy, April 9, 2018

Background Briefing with Ian Masters, July 09, 2015 (start at 42:30)

Letters and Politics, Pacifica Radio, November 11, 2014

Sylvia Allegretto on LJNRadio’s Podcast, Management Decisions, November 09, 2014

The Good Fight with Ben Winkler, Episode #20. Minimum wage myths, busted


Radio and Television Appearances

KPFA, Letters and Politics, “The Economics of Teaching. Then, White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy“, April 9, 2018

KPFA, Letters and Politics, “State of the Union Address: Economic & Feminist Debriefing.” January 31, 2018

CBC-Canada, “Fast Food, Poverty Wages.” October 18, 2013

Progressive Radio Network “Fiscal Cliff? Grand Bargain?” November 27, 2012

Logos Radio Network “Economic Growth and Inequality.” November 15, 2012

NPR, Marketplace, Divergent Labor Markets: Private Gains, Public Losses. November 3, 2012

Progressive Radio Network “The wealth of the nation.” June 19, 2012

Progressive Radio Network “The Working Poor and Inequality.” April 24, 2012

ABC KGO Channel 7 News, “New Jobless Numbers Indicate Stall in Recovery.” April 6, 2012

KQED Forum with Michael Krasney “California’s Employment Situation.” March 12, 2012

KPFA Letters & Politics “Discussion of the Employment Report.” March 9, 2012

KPCC, Southern California Radio, CA, “Student loan debt mounting: could it hurt the U.S. economy?.” March 6, 2012

ABC KGO Channel 7 News, “Profitable Corporations Paying Minimal Taxes.” December 7, 2011

KPCC, Los Angeles, CA, The Madeleine Brand Show, discuss new census poverty numbers. November 7, 2011

KPCC, Los Angeles, CA. The Pat Morrison Show. “Obama’s jobs bill stalls; will jobs be created or political stalemate continue?” October 12, 2011

KQED,The California Report, Californians Face Dismal Retirement. Oct 5, 2011

Pacifica Radio, Obama’s Jobs Speech, two hour live commentary. September 8, 2011

NPR, Marketplace, Leveraging Jobs in Rural Areas. August 16, 2011

WXBR, The Fairness Doctrine-Left, Right & Uncensored, in-depth discussion on the economic recovery. August 9, 2011

ABC Channel 7, 7Live Show, California’s Economic Situation. August 5, 2011

ABC KGO Channel 7 News, San Francisco, CA. Interview on employment report. August 5, 2011

TruthDig Radio,Discussion on Minimum Wages, July 6, 2011

KPCC, Los Angeles, CA. The Pat Morrison Show. “Uninspiring job numbers, more jobless claims keep the American economy running in wet concrete.” May 5, 2011


Press Quotes and Accounts of Allegretto’s Research

UC Berkeley News Center, Still waiting for change: tipped workers and the ‘subminimum wage’, July 23, 2014

The Nation, “$2.13 an Hour? Why The Tipped Minimum Wage Has to Go,” March 31, 2014

Washington Post, “Low fast-food wages come at high public cost, reports say,” October 15, 2013

Salon, “How fast food poverty costs America billions,” October 15, 2013

Chicago Tribune, “Majority of U.S. fast-food workers need public assistance: study,” October 15, 2013

NBC News, “Many fast-food workers living in poverty, analysis finds,” October 15, 2013

San Francisco Business Times, “Taxpayers pick up $3.8 billion tab for fast-food workers,” October 15, 2013

Bloomberg, “Burger Cooks Cost $7 Billion a Year in Government Aid,” October 15, 2013

Pasadena Star-News, “California minimum wage hike becomes law,” September 25, 2013

Washington Post, “The link between civil and economic rights,” August 27, 2013

Symposium Magazine, “Still Waiting for Change,” August 04, 2013

Minyanville, “Don’t Look Now, but Wal-Mart Is Facing a New Lawsuit, Even as Black Friday Strike Threats Loom,” October 22, 2012

Fox Business News, “Jobs Blame Game: Lack of Skills or No Demand?,” September 9, 2012

East Bay Express, “The digital sweatshop,”August 1, 2012

VTDigger, “Bernie Sanders says Walmart heirs own more wealth than bottom 40 percent of Americans,” July 30, 2012

Time Magazine, “Not having it all,” July 23, 2012

Mother Jones, “6 Walmart heirs hold more weath than 42% of Americans combined,” July 18, 2012

Reno Gazette-Journal, “Is minimum wage at fault in teen job slump?,” July 3, 2012

Huffington Post, “Minimum wage for
restaurant servers remains stagnant for 20 years under industry lobbying
,” June 6, 2012

Yahoo, “Big Story: What the minimum wage gets you,” May 30, 2012

Forbes Women’s, “Waitress’s wages leave little to take home,” May 23, 2012

EconMonitor, “Social security matters,” May 8, 2012, “Wal-Mart’s shame grows worse,” April 25, 2012

Sacramento Bee, “Lawmakers Pushing to Tie California Minimum Wage to Consumer Price Index,” April 24,  2012

Center for American Progress, “The Gay and Transgender Wage Gap,” April 16, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle, “GOP Attacks Comment About Ann Romney,” April 13, 2012

Sacramento Bee, “Study: California Labor Market’s Struggles Far From Over,” April 7, 2012

UC Berkeley News, “With Nods to Occupy Wall Street, Economic Inequality Teach-in Generates Light, Not Heat,” April 5, 2012

Daily Californian, “UC Berkeley Labor Center Teach-in Focuses on Economic Inequality,” April 4, 2012

Monthly Review “The Great Inequality” Volume 63, Issue 10, March 2012

Mother Jones “It’s the Wealth Gap, Stupid” February 12, 2012

Rachel Maddow Blog: Walton Wealth

CalWatch Dog “Profs at Leg Hearing Push More Gov’t” December 8, 2011

Salon “The Ultimate Wealth Gap” December 8, 2011

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The Historic Roots of the Middle Class: Industrial Expansion in 1800s Led to New Social Divisions.” November 20, 2011

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Economists Disagree Over Importance of Unions to the Middle Class,” pp. AA November 17, 2011

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The Inequality Debate: Conservatives, Liberals Debate What Rise of Rich Means,” pp. A-6, November 14, 2011

Fortune Magazine, “The Growing Wealth Gap,” November 7, 2011

Arizona Republic, “Minimum-wage opponents were wrong,” November 6, 2011

The Los Angeles Times, “Children of Immigrants Hit an Economic Ceiling,” October 30, 2011

Olympian, “Report: Data Show Labor Unions Not to Blame for Deficits,” October 13, 2011

Sacramento Bee, “Berkeley Report: Don’t Blame Public Employees for Budget Woes,” October 13, 2011

USA Today, “There Are Ways to Take Stock of Your Job Security,” October 10, 2011

Sacramento Bee, “State’s Workers Expect to See Tougher times in Retirement,” October 10, 2011

The Daily Californian, “Young People More Likely to Retire in Poverty,” October 3, 2011

TIME Magazine, “Down & Out in L.A.: When the Middle Class Goes Homeless,” September 2, 2011

San Francisco Chronicle, “California Lawmakers Wrestle with 12% Jobless Rate,” August 24, 2011

Reuters/Chicago Tribune, “For America’s ‘99ers,’ Jobs Crisis is Hard to Escape,” July 7, 2011

Huffington Post, “American Labor’s Next Target,” June 16, 2011

Media Newswire, “Minimum Wage Hike Could Boost Economy, According to New Research,” June 7, 2011, “A Labor Market Down So Low So Long Has Not Been Seen Since the Depression,” June 2011

Newsweek, “Dead Suit Walking,” April 17, 2011

San Francisco Chronicle Editorial, “What Will An ‘All Cuts’ Budget Look Like?” April 10, 2011

Huffington Post, “Minimum Wage Boost Wouldn’t Hurt Job Growth: Study,” April 10, 2011

New York Times, Economix, “Inequality Is Most Extreme in Wealth, Not Income,” March 30, 2011

Indianapolis Star, “Wage for Indiana Servers is Among Lowest in U.S.” March 29, 2011

San Diego Union Tribune, “Study: 5% of Populace Holds 63% of US Wealth,” March 29, 2011

Huffington Post, “There’s No Place Like Home,” March 25, 2011

Sonoma State Star, “Don’t Blame California Public Employees,” March 14, 2011

Los Angeles Times, “Unpaid Internships Gain Popularity Among the Jobless,” March 14, 2011

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, “Sonoma County Remains Public-Union Stronghold,” March 12, 2011

Wall Street Journal, “The Public Worker Gravy Train,” February 24, 2011