April 2, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were "not necessarily coldhearted" in their policies but then devoted much of his speech at the University of Michigan to lampooning GOP opposition to his views on economic issues, including his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage. As Congress gears up for a debate on his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Obama said lawmakers would have to decide between sticking with him or sticking it to working Americans.
April 1, 2014 |
The vast majority of fast-food workers in the U.S. say they've been the victims of wage theft, according to a survey released Tuesday. Out of 1,088 respondents nationwide, 89% said they have been forced to do off-the-books work, been denied breaks, been refused overtime pay or been placed in similarly unsavory circumstances. The same holds for 84% of McDonald's workers, 92% of Burger King employees and 82% of Wendy's rank and file, according to the survey, which was conducted by Hart Research for the Low Pay Is Not OK campaign.
March 31, 2014 |
Richmond, a small industrial city north of San Francisco, on Tuesday is expected to approve one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country. City leaders will vote a second - and final - time on an ordinance that will boost the hourly minimum wage to $12.30 by 2017, up from $8 an hour currently. The vote in Richmond, a city of about 100,000 residents, would follow a spate of cities and states that have passed increases to their minimum wage. Connecticut, for instance, last week passed a law that will raise the state's rate to $10.10, the same amount President Obama is calling on Congress to approve.
March 30, 2014 |
Many cities are pricey places to live. Acknowledging that reality, a growing number of cities have adopted higher minimum-wage standards than those set by the federal and state governments. San Francisco is on that list, as are San Jose, Seattle (where efforts are underway to raise the hourly minimum to $15), Washington (and two adjacent Maryland counties), Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M. Even in San Diego, no bastion of liberalism, the City Council is moving to put a wage hike before local voters.
March 27, 2014 |
Connecticut lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that will raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, a move that will boost the wages of about 90,000 workers in the state. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill into law Thursday evening, according to a statement from his office. The bill's passage is a legislative victory for advocates who have been pushing to raise the minimum wage, arguing that many states' and the federal minimum wage law haven't kept up with rising living costs.
March 25, 2014 |
California renters must earn more than triple the minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment, underscoring a housing shortage throughout the state, a new report said. A worker earning the minimum wage - $8 per hour in California - would have to toil away for 130 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom, the National Low Income Housing Coalition said Monday. Across the nation, minimum wage workers can't afford a one- or two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent, the group said.