Category: minimum wage

allthecanadianpolitics: When people say that …

allthecanadianpolitics:

When people say that minimum wage jobs are stepping stones to better employment and therefore don’t need to be raised, this is what they’re really saying.

On Friday, Minneapolis passed $15 minimum wage. Rep. Keith…

On Friday, Minneapolis passed $15 minimum wage. Rep. Keith Ellison was so excited about the news, he broke out his guitar.

Should we raise the US minimum wage? Why people disagree — and…

Should we raise the US minimum wage? Why people disagree — and what solutions might really work.

  • Most Americans have seen pay stagnate, while the costs of education, rent, health care, buying a home and starting a family keep rising. 
  • Those are among the reasons states and cities from Illinois to Minneapolis are currently weighing whether to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour, as Seattle did in 2014.
  • Today more than half of all U.S. states have pegged pay above the present federal minimum of $7.25
  • Proponents of raising the wage argue that it is inhumane to pay people so little, since it leaves no room for unexpected expenses — like a medical bill — that could mean going without food or housing. 
  • But some economists argue that setting legally mandated pay too high could actually backfire, by reducing the number of jobs available to people living close to the poverty line.
  • What is the truth? Unfortunately, it’s complicated: A pair of recent studies studying Seattle’s minimum wage experiment were both released this month, and they seemed to reach conflicting conclusions. Read more (6/30/17)

GOP nominee in Georgia’s 6th District special election…

GOP nominee in Georgia’s 6th District special election says she doesn’t “support a livable wage”

  • Karen Handel, the Republican nominee in Georgia’s 6th District special election, said Tuesday she doesn’t “support a livable wage.”
  • The comment came in response to a question about raising the minimum wage during a debate with her Democratic rival, Jon Ossoff.
  • Ossoff said he supported a minimum wage increase, while Handel said she didn’t.
  • “I do not support a livable wage,” she said, painting her view as the “fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative.”
  • “What I support is making sure we have an economy that is robust, with low taxes and less regulation so that those small businesses that would be dramatically hurt if you impose higher minimum wages on them are able to do what they do best: grow jobs and create good, paying jobs for the people of the 6th District,” Handel added. Read more (6/6/17)

I say this every time I argue for raising the minimum wage. I…

I say this every time I argue for raising the minimum wage. I never hear anyone else say it and I’m glad I found this.

If you build your business and your bonus on the backs of others who you don’t pay a living wage you don’t deserve to be in business.

$15 minimum wage bill passes Illinois House of…

$15 minimum wage bill passes Illinois House of Representatives

  • The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would gradually raise the state’s $8.25-an-hour minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • SB71, which would increase the state’s minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour over the course of five years, now heads to the state Senate.
  • Supporters of the bill and labor activists celebrated the 61-53 vote Tuesday as a victory for advocates of a higher minimum wage. Read more (6/1/17)

The federal minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 an hour. Let’s…

The federal minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 an hour. Let’s compare that to other major nations, shall we?

The Rock’s stunt double Myles Humphus stars in a painfully real…

The Rock’s stunt double Myles Humphus stars in a painfully real short about trying to make ends meet