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Dehumanizing the Poor for Fun and Profit

Dehumanizing the Poor for Fun and Profit
When Republicans talk about low-wage workers, they use the language of bigots. Republicans call fast food cashiers, home health aides and hotel maids stupid and unskilled and lazy.
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Seattle Mayor Proposes Phased-in $15 Minimum Wage

Seattle Mayor Proposes Phased-in $15 Minimum Wage
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday proposed a phased-in increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years - a compromise endorsed by both business and labor that would make the city's pay baseline the highest in the nation.
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WATCH: Obama Slams Republicans for Blocking Minimum Wage Raise

WATCH: Obama Slams Republicans for Blocking Minimum Wage Raise
The Senate filibustered a vote on gradually raising the minimum wage to $10.10 over the course of the next couple years. Obama was none to pleased, and laid in to his GOP colleagues at a press conference Wednesday.
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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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MN Senate Approves Statewide Minimum Wage Boost

MN Senate Approves Statewide Minimum Wage Boost
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would boost the minimum wage in the state – to $9.50 an hour for employees in larger businesses, and to $7.75 for smaller ones. Though still not quite a living wage, it's at least a step in the right direction.
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Won't Work for Credit: Labor Department Urges Court to Narrow Definition of Unpaid Internships

Won't Work for Credit: Labor Department Urges Court to Narrow Definition of Unpaid Internships
For the first time, the U.S. Labor Department has gotten involved in a high-profile lawsuit brought by unpaid interns. On Friday, the federal agency filed an amicus brief in support of eight former interns suing Hearst Corporation for back wages.
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Kara Brandeisky
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CT Becomes First State to Pass $10.10 Minimum Wage

CT Becomes First State to Pass $10.10 Minimum Wage
Connecticut lawmakers Wednesday approved raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the highest for any state in the country and the same rate that President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.
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The Rent Is Too Damn High: VT Grapples with Towering Cost of Living and Low Minimum Wage

The Rent Is Too Damn High: VT Grapples with Towering Cost of Living and Low Minimum Wage
Like many places across the country, there is mismatch between the average rent and a worker's income in the Green Mountain State. You might not be surprised to learn that a recent report demonstrates, once again, that Vermont is one of the hardest places to afford housing. Without rent control in place, some legislators are looking at a minimum wage increase and sick leave guarantees to help balance the equation.
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VIDEO: Obama Reinforces That Women Deserve Equal Pay For Equal Work

VIDEO: Obama Reinforces That Women Deserve Equal Pay For Equal Work
President Obama highlights the importance of making sure our economy rewards the hard work of every American — including America's women. The President again calls for Congress to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work and increase the minimum wage to $10.10, which would give nearly 28 million Americans the raise they deserve. He underscores his belief that providing opportunity for working women and families is the right thing to do for our economy, because when women succeed, America succeeds.
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Super-Sized Settlement: 1,600 NYC McDonald’s Workers Will Receive $500,000 in Back Pay

Super-Sized Settlement: 1,600 NYC McDonald’s Workers Will Receive $500,000 in Back Pay
The Huffington Post reports that the state of New York has reached an agreement with the owner of seven Manhattan McDonald’s locations that will result in 1,600 current and former employees receiving a combined $500,000 in back pay. An investigation by the Labor Bureau found that workers were not properly compensated for uniform costs, did not receive overtime for shifts lasting more than 10 hours, and were routinely forced to perform duties off the clock.
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