livable wage

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor’s Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC

de-Bloomberging: deBlasio Drops Longtime Mayor’s Challenge to Prevailing Wages in NYC
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has dropped the city’s legal challenge to a law that would require companies receiving more than $1 million in economic development aid to pay the prevailing wage. The legal challenge to the law began after the city council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the law by a 44-4 vote in May of 2012. Following the override, Mayor Bloomberg sued the city council arguing that the legislation would increase city costs and was preempted by the state’s minimum wage law.
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Chaz Bolte
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MI Senate Caves (Slightly) on Minimum Wage With Meager Increase

MI Senate Caves (Slightly) on Minimum Wage With Meager Increase
The Michigan Senate, led by Republicans aghast at the idea of paying people an actual livable wage, decided to hike the minimum wage to $9.20 – not out of the kindness of their hearts, mind you, but in a blatant attempt to circumvent a grassroots petition that would raise the wage even higher (to an – almost – decent amount).
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MN Governor Signs Minimum Wage Hike, Pledges to Keep with Inflation

MN Governor Signs Minimum Wage Hike, Pledges to Keep with Inflation
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that raises the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour over two years. The new law then allows the minimum wage to go up based upon inflation. "Our fight is more than raising the minimum wage, we're fighting to raise up people," said one of the bill's authors, Sen. Jeff Hayden.
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Obama Raises Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

Obama Raises Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors
President Obama signed an executive order that, while a bit symbolic since it only reaches a few federal workers, lifts the minimum wage to $10.10 for all federal projects. Those projects, however, generally came with better wages already. Millions more are waiting on congress to act for the rest of the nation.
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Limited Wage Hike for Federal Workers Draws Praise, Disdain and Cautious Optimism

Limited Wage Hike for Federal Workers Draws Praise, Disdain and Cautious Optimism
President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.
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Sam Hananel
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White House Weighs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

White House Weighs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers
Guess who is one of the biggest employers of minimum-wage employees? Your own federal government. The government now contracts out a lot of work to companies that pay really, really low wages for jobs that used to provide good pay and benefits. And this means that between nearly 2 million people have to live in poverty. Now, there are reports that President Obama is considering doing something about that.
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Always Low Prices, Lower Standards: Walmart Holding Food Drive for Its Own 'In Need' Employees

Always Low Prices, Lower Standards: Walmart Holding Food Drive for Its Own 'In Need' Employees
Just in time for the holidays: a heart-warming story of individual generosity and corporate greed. A Walmart in Ohio is collecting food for Thanksgiving for their own employees, whom they clearly do not pay enough.
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From Shore to Store: Why Drivers from LA and Long Beach's Ports Are on Strike

From Shore to Store: Why Drivers from LA and Long Beach's Ports Are on Strike
The containers that arrive in American ports by the thousands every day need drivers to move their contents from the stacked metal containers to shelves of Walmart, Target, Home Depot and more. In Los Angeles and Long Beach, the non-unionized truck drivers, often wrongly hired as independent contractors, set up the picket line to highlight their "fight for respect and a fair wage."
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Ramon Guadamoz
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