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Fight for $15

Bank Tellers Deserve $15 an Hour, Too

Keith Mestrich | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

Wages are not just line items on a budget -- they are the basis of people's livelihoods. It's time to face reality. Raising bank employees' wages will be good for them, New York state, New York City, our economy and our industry.

The Federal Reserve Board and the War for Poverty

Dean Baker | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

It is important that the public have a clear idea of what is at stake in the Fed's decisions on interest rates. While many politicians and policy experts are grappling with ways to try to lower the poverty rate, the Fed will be directly preventing people from seeing pay increases.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez To Join The Fight For $15

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fast-food workers who are hoping to raise the minimum wage will find an ally in the Obama White House this week, with Labor Secretary T...

I've Worked at Mcdonald's for 7 Years Without a Raise. Now, the Fight for 15 Gives Me (and Workers Worldwide) Hope.

Bettie Anne Douglas | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Bettie Anne Douglas

I'm 57 years old and I've worked for McDonald's for seven years, getting paid a few pennies above the federal minimum wage. For a long time, I felt like I had no choice but to accept $7.65 an hour and the daily struggles that come along with that poverty wage. But in the last year, all that has changed.

Russ Feingold Comes Out For $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold endorsed gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour Tuesday in his first major pol...

Will 2016 Candidates Stand Up for Home Care Workers?

Laphonza Butler | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Laphonza Butler

Candidates must address the increasing numbers of elders who rely on a quality home care workforce to age with dignity and the dedicated workers who care for them who continue to live without the adequate pay and resources their families need.

Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

Scott Santens | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Scott Santens

When it comes to minimum wage laws, we're perpetually treating a symptom and not a cause. The problem we wish to solve is that employees aren't getting paid enough to work. Why aren't people getting paid enough? What's the core issue?

Why Won't the Media Admit That New York's New Minimum Wage Policy Will Be Good for Business?

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

In an economy where corporate profits are at record highs while average wages have stagnated for decades, we don't have to choose between economic justice and common economic sense. It is possible to improve living standards for workers without bringing business to its knees.

The Non-Madness of the Minimum Wage

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Low-wage workers around the country have sparked a movement for large minimum wage increases for a reason. And their proposed increases are phased in gradually over several years. It might behoove some of those commenting from the sidelines to stop calling them crazy.

Hillary Clinton Voices Support For $12 Minimum Wage, But Balks At $15

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Putting some distance between herself and other Democratic presidential hopefuls, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced supp...

Anonymous Former CBO Head Slags $15 Minimum Wage As A Job Killer

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

Over at The Hill, Mike Lillis has the story on how the proposed $15 minimum wage is dividing Democrats, in a piece auspiciously titled, "$15 minimum ...

This San Francisco Cafe Is Just Fine With The $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- If the opponents of a $15 minimum wage were going to devise a hypothetical small business to illustrate their arguments, they'd prob...

Fight For 15 Keeps On Stepping

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The Fight for 15 movement is gaining momentum. It has won victories in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Seattle and SeaTac. Yesterday, a New York State Wage Board formally recommended a $15.00 minimum wage for the fast food industry in New York. Governor Cuomo could move that to into law after reviewing it. The University of California just announced it would raise its minimum wage for several thousand workers to $15.00. The $15.00 minimum is likely headed to a referendum vote in the District of Columbia next year. Pressure is now building on the president to act. He deserves credit for issuing orders raising the minimum wage of contract employees to $10.10, and requiring contractors to obey various workplace laws. Now federal employees are striking for $15.00 and a union.

A Important Day in Social Movement History

Karen Scharff | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Karen Scharff

This is a historic moment. It marks a huge shift in mainstream thinking about the economy. Workers have won a better life for themselves and their families. We've beat back CEO-backed trickle-down economics. But we won't stop fighting until all workers win higher wages as the movement grows stronger.

New York State Calls For $15 Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business

A panel convened by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recommended Wednesday that the state set a minimum wage of $15 expressly for New York's fast-food ...

Bernie Sanders Introduces $15 Minimum Wage Bill As Federal Contract Workers Strike

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of progressive members of Congress introduced a $15 an hour national minimum wage bill on Wednesday as hundreds of federal...

Martin O’Malley Backs $15 National Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on Thursday declared his support for raising the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, contra...

What Do We Do Now That the Fight for a Living Wage Is Achieving Results?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Who knows if the improving figures from the past 12 months are the start of reversing these trends? Either way, we must keep pushing for increases to the minimum wage, and for the enactment of more policies

Dave Jamieson

Home Care Workers Win Fight For $15 | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Massachusetts home care workers have notched the latest victory in the Fight for $15. Under an agreement Thursday with the office of Gov. Charlie B...

Corporate Greed Must End

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Over the last 40 years, the largest corporations in this country have closed thousands of factories in the United States and outsourced millions of American jobs to low-wage countries overseas. That is why we need a new trade policy and why I am opposed to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership now before Congress.

25 Years Ago L.A. Janitors Planted the Seeds for Today's Movement

Valarie Long | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Valarie Long

Today is the 25th anniversary of "Justice for Janitors Day," which commemorates an event that sparked one the most successful underpaid-worker campaigns in recent history: Justice for Janitors. But perhaps the most important contribution by janitors to our country has been how they have shaped today's broad and growing workers' movement.

$15 Minimum Wage Is Coming To LA

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business

Minimum-wage workers in Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest city, are getting a pay raise. In a 13-1 vote on Wednesday, Los Angeles County law...

Hillary Backs Workers In Fight For $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton surprised more than 1,200 low-wage fast food workers from around the nation on Sunday morning to tell them she backs their push for a...

Faith in Our Streets

Geoffrey Nelson-Blake | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Geoffrey Nelson-Blake

There may be fewer people in the pews but faith is playing a powerful role in our streets.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Los Angeles Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business

Los Angeles on Tuesday became the biggest U.S. city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.