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June 12, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The nation's home healthcare aides are not entitled to minimum wages or overtime pay under federal law, even if they work for private employers, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 9-0 decision, which keeps in place a long-standing rule that denies minimum wages and overtime pay to those who provide "companionship services" at home, could trigger a move in Congress to amend the law.
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OPINION
April 24, 2014 | By Harold Meyerson
The most fundamental problem Los Angeles faces is that a huge number of Angelenos can't even afford to live here. Their pay is too low; their rent is too high. Last week, the real estate website Zillow released a survey commissioned by the New York Times that identified the 90 American cities where the median rent exceeded 30% of the median household income. (The 30% figure is the threshold at which rent is generally deemed unaffordable.) The survey ranked those 90 cities by the percentage of their residents' median income devoted to their median rent.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1989
Federal and state wage laws require employers to pay all workers a minimum wage. The federal rate is $3.35 an hour. The California rate is $4.25 an hour. It is against the law to expect workers to work for less, or to work solely for tips. Yet for more than a year, as Times staff writer Henry Weinstein discovered, one young man dried off cars at a car wash in Los Angeles and never saw a pay check. He earned only what he made in tips, which on some days amounted to less than $10 for a full shift.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
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.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The General Assembly will consider legislation calling for the state to no longer tie its minimum wage to that set by the federal government. Business groups strongly oppose the legislation. Backers of the wage increase say that after years of waiting for Congress to raise the $5.15an-hour rate, it is time to press ahead at the state level for the sake of low-income workers. The move comes as 18 other states and Washington, D.C.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2006 | Maura Reynolds
During his news conference Wednesday, President Bush said he was optimistic about working on a range of issues with the Democrats who will lead Congress in January. He said he supported a $2.10 increase in the federal minimum wage, which is $5.15 an hour -- a proposal that is a top priority for Democrats. But Bush said he wanted to pair the increase with a cut in taxes and regulations to make it less costly for small businesses.
NEWS
April 11, 1996 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting up an intense political battle between advocates for the working poor and major state business interests, a union-sponsored coalition apparently has gathered enough signatures to put an initiative on California's November ballot to sharply raise the minimum wage. Even employer groups that oppose the proposition concede it is nearly certain to qualify for this fall's elections and has a strong chance of winning.
NEWS
January 24, 1995 | DOYLE McMANUS and JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton, hoping to boost workers' incomes and rekindle his support among middle-class voters, has decided to seek an increase in the federal minimum wage to $5 an hour from the present $4.25, officials said Monday. Clinton's proposal to Congress will call for a two-step increase, with a hike of 50 cents this year to be followed by a 25-cent rise next year, the officials said. The President is likely to mention the proposal in his State of the Union Address, to be broadcast live at 6 p.
NEWS
September 3, 1987 | Associated Press
A two-month strike by thousands of black postal workers ended today after the government agreed to boost minimum wages and consider rehiring fired workers. The strike had closed post offices in many black townships and slowed deliveries in white areas. Over the last two weeks, the Post Office fired about 1,900 of the 14,000 workers it said were on strike.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1992 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jobs, jobs, jobs. Already, this is the mantra of the '92 presidential campaign. It's the linchpin phrase behind President Bush's current tour through the Asian capitalist powerhouses of Japan, South Korea and Singapore. But, as usual for campaign rhetoric, it's an empty phrase--if we accept the Milwaukee we're presented with in "Moyers: Minimum Wages" (at 10 tonight on KCET Channel 28).
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
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.
OPINION
March 30, 2014 | By Peter Dreier and Harold Meyerson
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.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
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.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Most Americans support increasing the federal minimum wage, a top priority of President Obama, but not if it would cost the economy jobs, according to a new national poll. About 69% of respondents in the Bloomberg National Poll said they favored hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next three years from $7.25, with 28% opposing it. But their views changed when told of a recent government estimate of the effects of such an increase on poverty and employment, according to findings from the poll released Tuesday.
OPINION
March 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Income inequality, persistent poverty and the lack of economic mobility are not only some of the most salient political issues of 2014 but are fundamental challenges that affect the prosperity of the country and the stability of our communities. About 25% of families with children in the city of Los Angeles live in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. And even many people whose earnings exceed the federal poverty line struggle to make ends meet. Nearly half of all workers in Los Angeles earn less than $15 an hour, which some advocates for the poor believe is the minimum necessary to afford basic housing, food and transportation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By James Rainey
The debate on whether Los Angeles hotel workers should be paid at least $15.37 an hour opened last week with some less-than-expected allies for a "living wage" and some questions from City Council members about whether the proposal goes too far, or not far enough. Two of the city's business titans, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and mall developer Rick Caruso, broke from the standard business-versus-labor divide when they said in interviews they support a higher minimum wage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1987 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, Times Staff Writer
City Hall was turned over Saturday to the people who clean toilets, cook fast-food burgers, stitch clothing and park cars. Ignoring the rain, close to 1,000 of them showed up with one thing on their minds as they shouted over and over again in English and Spanish: "Five-Oh-One! Five-Oh-One! Five-Oh-One!"
OPINION
February 26, 2014 | Patt Morrison
Ron Unz knows his way around the California ballot. He ran for governor against Pete Wilson in the GOP primary 20 years ago. He lost big, but four years later he won with his Proposition 227, which altered California schools by effectively ending bilingual education and mainstreaming Spanish-speaking students. The sometimes conservative, sometimes libertarian Republican entrepreneur-turned-activist is going back to the ballot, collecting signatures for an initiative to raise the state's minimum wage to $12. It may seem counterintuitive but Unz contends it's an idea that's as conservative as they come.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama locked arms with Democratic governors Friday to press the case for raising the minimum wage, an issue the party is hoping will drive voters to the polls in the midterm elections. Ahead of this weekend's National Governors Assn. meeting, Democratic governors met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss economic priorities for the year, first among them efforts at both the state and national level to raise the minimum hourly wage. Democrats in Congress are working with the president to advance a plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
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