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New Year Brings Minimum Wage Hikes For Americans In 14 States

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.01.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, Jan 1 (Reuters) - As the United States marks more than six years without an increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, 14 states ...

There Is a Specter Haunting Our Subways

Keith Mestrich | Posted 12.30.2015 | New York
Keith Mestrich

It is difficult to understand how calling for a minimum wage increase is political rather than a matter of social and economic justice. We are living in a country where 46 million people are working for wages of less than $15 an hour.

Ten of the Best Things That Happened to American Workers in 2015

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Historians may remember 2015 as the year of the minimum wage -- and for good reason. Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months. The past year also saw other major advances for working Americans.

The New York Times Calls For $15 Minimum Wage Nationwide

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.28.2015 | Media

The New York Times called on Congress to pass a national minimum wage of $15 an hour in an editorial Saturday. “Sooner or later, Congress has to set...

Did Minimum Wage Increases Really Kill 200K Jobs? Nope.

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

A number of folks have asked me about an article claiming that recent minimum wage increases may have "killed as many as 200,000 jobs." In fact, based on a balanced look at the underlying data, the article could also just as easily have argued that these increases did not kill 200,000 jobs. Let me explain.

Minimum Wage Going Up In 14 States At Start Of 2016

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics

If you're among the country's lowest earners, you may be ringing in the new year with a pay hike. Fourteen states will be raising their minimum wages ...

The Minimum Wage and Our Tolerance for Economic Misery

Eli Day | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Eli Day

The body of American labor history is scarred by the ugly tradition of panning workers' demands for more humane treatment as deeply villainous. It's an old, lifeless tune, but one that's never had need for resurrection.

The Rising Cost of Giving Thanks

Ryan Johnson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Ryan Johnson

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take real action to improve the lives of others. Too often we accept inaction and current realities because we feel helpless or hopeless to make positive change.

Donald Trump Thinks Wages in U.S. Are Too Damn High

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 11.12.2015 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS Rant, we discuss how at the Fox Business Channel Republican Presidential debate, Donald Trump, said he is against raising the minimum wage and, in fact, thinks wages are too high!

An Economy Worthy of our Veterans

Ryan Johnson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Ryan Johnson

A pervasive myth regarding low-wage workers is that they are just school kids or uneducated and lack ambition. This false narrative is worse than untrue -- it stigmatizes many good American workers and families.

Big Ideas from the Democratic Debate...NOT!

Roger D Barris | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Roger D Barris

Watching the Democratic debate from last week, it is pretty clear that one of the "big ideas" of the party for 2016 will be raising the minimum wage. The Democrats obviously think that this will make good politics, proving once again that they are on the side of the little guy, unlike those plutocrats in the Republican Party.

Ballot Initiatives Offers Voters a Real Chance to Reduce Income Inequality

Ryan Johnson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Ryan Johnson

For too long, we've read the headlines: income inequality has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression, wages have stagnated for all but the very top and equal access to opportunity, the pillar of American greatness, is disappearing before our eyes.

New iPhone, Exciting - New Policy Agenda, Not

Mark Gomez | Posted 09.11.2016 | Politics
Mark Gomez

We live in an age of remarkable progress in so many parts of our lives. As an immigrant, that progress reminds me of why my family came here. It is inspiring. Yet in those parts of our lives that matter most, we seem stuck. That is why so many Americans have lost faith in better days.

Wages of Win: The Public and the Minimum Wage Debate

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Hillary Clinton has suggested $12. Bernie Sanders favors $15. Donald Trump says he thinks a low one is good for the country. Jeb Bush doesn't think the federal government should be setting one at all. The minimum wage is proving a contentious issue in the current presidential race.

Higher Minimum Wage: A Crucial Tool for Lifting More Californians out of Poverty

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Toni G. Atkins

I look forward to California implementing the $10 minimum wage in January, and moving to increase the wage even further for 2017 and beyond to lift more California families out of poverty, boost local communities, and make sure everyone benefits from our state's economic prosperity.

Don't Put Minimum Wage Workers in a Corner: Listen to Their Voices

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 08.27.2016 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

In the richest country in the history of the world, we are never more than a degree away from poverty.

Bank Tellers Deserve $15 an Hour, Too

Keith Mestrich | Posted 08.25.2016 | 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.

Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

Scott Santens | Posted 08.11.2016 | 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 08.04.2016 | 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.

Minimum Wage Hikes: Few Clear Winners

Sara Zervos | Posted 07.30.2016 | Impact
Sara Zervos

Minimum wage hikes do entail income redistribution, but don't impact income inequality. Low wage workers will get a pay increase, but it is consumers who pay the obvious price to support this transfer, not the rich.

Money Cannot Be The God of Life: How CEO Pay Drives Inequality

Heather Gautney | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Lawmakers have failed to keep the wage apace with inflation so that its value is now less than it was five decades ago.

Raising Minimum Wage Combats Poverty and Benefits Our Economy

Hilda L. Solis | Posted 07.19.2016 | Los Angeles
Hilda L. Solis

This is a hard issue and an important decision. But in the end, we have to acknowledge that something must be done to combat the rising inequality that is weakening our society. Ensuring that anyone who works full time can support their family is a solid step in that direction.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.

Join the Movement: Raise Wages Now

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

I couldn't agree more. Whatever business you're in, it may be time to get ahead of the curve and think about increases in minimum wages or a more equitable way to share profits with employees.

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...