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CostCo To Close On Thanksgiving Because Workers ‘Deserve’ To Be With Their Families’

This gives 127,000 people the opportunity to observe Thanksgiving with their families. In explaining why it decided to stay closed, the spokesperson said, “Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Nothing more complicated than that.” That makes at [...]

The chances of an increase in the federal minimum wage drop with each poll favorable to the Republicans.  So Department of Labor Secretary, Tom Perez called it like it is: The U.S. federal wage floor ranks third-lowest — as a percentage of median wage — among the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic [...]

Workers charged with cleaning airplanes and restrooms at LaGuardia Airport say they are not being adequately protected. The Air Serv employees—who are contracted to clean Delta planes—told reporters they routinely come into direct contact with human waste while on the job. “We encounter human feces, blood, most of the time vomit from passengers who get [...]

CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With state, local, and midterm elections just five weeks away, the minimum wage remains one of the nation’s top socioeconomic and political issues. Recent national polls have shown support for minimum wage increases among voters at large, and according to a new CareerBuilder survey, many businesses are right there [...]

You’d never know it by listening to AM talk radio or watching cable news or even reading social media, but based on the leading economic indicators, President Obama’s record on the economy is actually much stronger than Ronald Reagan’s record. Shocking, I know, but it’s true. There’s one factor, however, that’s preventing Obama from fully [...]

Eric Garcetti would like to see the minimum wage in Los Angeles go from its current $9 an hour to $13.25 by 2017. The proposal, which would make Los Angeles’ wage law among the highest in the nation, needs City Council approval to become law. Garcetti unveiled his plan at a Labor Day gathering at [...]

Thomas Perez has been Secretary of Labor for just about a year now, having been sworn in on September 4, 2013.  He missed giving his first Labor Day pronouncement by two days, so this year’s pronouncement is his first. Here’s what he had to say: Statement on Labor Day by US Secretary of Labor Thomas [...]

A Washington conservative group has vowed to boycott Labor Day because of the holiday’s association with labor unions. The Freedom Foundation, based in Olympia, will be protesting the holiday by having a “work-in” on Monday. “I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of [...]

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich tells Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, why he should support an increase in the minimum wage. As you know, your recent performance is disappointing Wall Street. You announced yesterday that, in the face of another quarter of sluggish profit and sales and flat or declining same-store sales, your [...]

This restaurant owner objects that he now has to pay servers $8 an hour instead of $7.25, and so he is letting his customers know by adding an item to each check called “minimum wage fee.” Via the Star Tribune: Oasis Cafe owner Craig Beemer said the fee is needed to offset the 75-cent wage hike [...]

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