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New York City Eyeing $15 Minimum Wage

New York City Eyeing $15 Minimum Wage

The nation’s largest city may raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for companies with yearly sales of $50 million or more. The state passed a higher minimum wage that took place at the beginning of this year, rising to $8 an hour this year and $9 by 2015. The $15 wage would apply […]

April 17, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Republican Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is doing the exact opposite of what many civilized states and forward-thinking governors and legislatures are doing. She is trying to take her state into the last century. The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to […]

April 15, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Maryland Raises Minimum Wage To $10.10

The minimum wage in Maryland will go from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 in 2018. The hike in hourly wages will be made gradually — edging up to $8 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015 and $8.25 on July 1, 2015. After that, it goes up in 50 cent increments in 2016 and […]

April 7, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Ye Auld New America: Didn’t We Go Down This Road Before?

Working for someone else, fingers to the bone with no expectation of decent wages or a foothold on the ladder, is back in vogue here in America.   Even your big deal congresspersons will tell you that.  There are no greater patriots than the country’s laborers, and the very, very finest–the finest patriots of all are […]

March 25, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Living On The Minimum Wage

As President Obama urges Congress to raise the minimum wage, Ben Casselman hits on the key question: The minimum wage debate hinges on an essential question: Who would be affected by an increase? If minimum-wage workers were mostly teenagers and others supplementing their household income, as Republicans have often argued, a raise would have different […]

March 19, 2014 / More... ( comments)

GOP Lawmaker: Women ‘Look Like Whiners’ Asking For Equal Pay

And it was a woman who said it! A package of bills in Minnesota that would enhance women’s economic security by raising the minimum wage, providing paid family and sick leave and addressing the gender pay gap makes women “look like whiners,” a state GOP lawmaker said last week. “We heard several bills last week […]

March 18, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Martin Sheen: ‘Who Could Argue With $10 An Hour?’

Actor Martin Sheen spoke at a Chicago church with Governor Pat Quinn. “I’ve been an actor all my life, that’s what I do for a living,” said Sheen, who portrayed President Josiah Bartlet on TV’s “The West Wing.” “But activism is what I do to stay alive and this is a reflection of my activism. […]

March 15, 2014 / More... ( comments)

McDonald’s Workers Give Them McLawsuit

Workers allege that McDonald’s has abused workers by not paying for overtime, forcing them to work off the clock, and striking hour off their time cards. The suits were announced in a conference call led by the workers’ lawyers and organizers of the union-backed campaign to raise fast food wages across the country. “We’ve uncovered […]

March 14, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Senate Strikes Deal To Extend Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

deal will benefit 2 million Americans who have been out of work for the longest time. Should the Senate approve the election-year measure — as seemed likely — it would throw the issue to the Republican-run House. Its fate there was uncertain. The timing of a Senate vote also was unclear. Two leaders of the […]

March 13, 2014 / More... ( comments)

GOP Senators: Don’t Show The Public The Money

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is trying to reduce the level of silica dust that workers are exposed to.  When they proposed doing so, they asked for scientific research but (quite reasonably) asked for researchers to disclose where they got their funding from.  This was not so popular: But now, in a dizzying turnabout […]

March 9, 2014 / More... ( comments)

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