The minimum wage debate is setting up to be one of the most important topics in the 2014 Illinois election. Incumbent governor Pat Quinn has made it well-known he wants to increase Illinois' minimum wage.
Only aggressive action is going to save the American labor movement. When laws are made by the rich and powerful to serve their interests, organized workers need to stop obeying the laws.
Shrum and Torie Clarke agree that Obama should use executive authority to mitigate Climate Change and to reach energy independence... and that the U.S. lacks leverage in Ukraine Crisis. But because it's not Hungry 1956, Putin can't stem wave of democracy with troops.
We have a running theme this week: the utter and complete failure of the Republican Party's vaunted "outreach" to certain groups of Americans who have been voting against them in droves.
If large retailers increased pay for all of their U.S. retail workers to at least $12 an hour, more than 700,000 Americans would be lifted out of poverty, GDP would rise more than $11 billion a year, and more than 100,000 new jobs would be created.
Yes, as widely reported, CBO estimates that a minimum wage hike to $10.10 would mean the loss of 500,000 jobs, and some business owners and shareholders would have lower profits. But, even after factoring in those costs, the wage hike would lift 900,000 people out of poverty.
Let's remove the justly angry populist political argument at the moment (don't worry, I'll get there later) and just look at why raising the wage to $15 makes economic sense.
In a previous post, I focused on the growing danger of extreme income inequality in the world today. A complicating factor is that as more people are ...
Both sides of the aisle are spinning the report, creating a fog around minimum wage policy that may further discourage a Walmart-influenced Congress from taking any action. Given the miserly state of the minimum wage today, such a can't-do attitude is unacceptable.
We at UnitedNY are urging the State Legislature to let high-cost areas around the state lift fast food, airport, car wash and other low-wage workers out of poverty and into the middle class through local wage authorization.
Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it's advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers' rights or curbing marketing to children. There is one organization that conveniently provides us with one giant target for all of them: the National Restaurant Association.
Big low-wage employers squeeze employees by deliberately staying understaffed, relying on mandatory overtime as needed. A forced wage increase creates jobs by taking away the gain from under-staffing. Holy cow! Talk about turning Econ 101 on its head!
For those of us whose religious traditions form the core of our ethical strivings, we might rightly ask whether the Bible offers any guidance in helping us find our place within this debate. Does the Bible advocate a minimum wage, and if so, would it compel us to raise it?
Arguing against free-market conventional wisdom, a group of business leaders calling themselves 'Smart Capitalists for American Prosperity' is lobbying Congress and the administration to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
As two of only a handful of U.S. Senators with young children, we understand what it's like to be working parents with family responsibilities. It's not easy. And too many middle class families around the country are struggling because the system is rigged against them.
For the first time in years, restaurant workers are receiving long-overdue recognition by members of Congress.