Minimum wage

Garment Workers in Bangladesh Get 77 Percent Raise, Still Earn Only $66 a Month

Garment Workers in Bangladesh Get 77 Percent Raise, Still Earn Only $66 a Month
A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers to about $66 a month — still the lowest in the world and well below what workers have been seeking.
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Group of NJ Small Businesses Support Raising the Minimum Wage

Group of NJ Small Businesses Support Raising the Minimum Wage
Big business lobbies try to scare voters into believing that all business opposes increasing the minimum wage, and that it would cost jobs. But many small business owners actually support increasing the wage, because it would boost the economy by putting money into the pockets of workers who will turn around and spend it right away. Plus, it's the right thing to do.
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Indian Tribe Establishes Highest Minimum Wage in the US

Indian Tribe Establishes Highest Minimum Wage in the US
Despite the ongoing effects of a federal sequestration and a two-week partial federal government shutdown, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians is raising its minimum wage. The Jackson Rancheria operates a resort, which includes a casino, hotel and several restaurants about an hour sou
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California Legislative Session: Raises Minimum Wage, Axes Corporate Tax Breaks, Passes Immigrant Protection

California Legislative Session: Raises Minimum Wage, Axes Corporate Tax Breaks, Passes Immigrant Protection
It's easy to be pessimistic about the future these days. Tea Party extremists threatened to push our federal government into default. In a host of states, anti-worker governors are hell-bent on gutting workers' rights while giving more power to corporate special interests. But in California, a decidedly different story is playing out. The end of the legislative session here brought huge gains to workers and their families that boost our state's economy and bolster the middle class.
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Steve Smith
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A Good Start: CA Increases Minimum Wage

A Good Start: CA Increases Minimum Wage
California increased the state's minimum wage by 50 cents Thursday, bringing it up to $8 an hour. While not nearly enough to help pay for a small family's daily expenses, it is a step in the right direction.
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CA Poised to Become First State With $10 Hour Minimum Wage

CA Poised to Become First State With $10 Hour Minimum Wage
California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill passed Thursday by the state Legislature, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.
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(Executive) Order Up! What President Can Do to Help Low Wage Federal Contractors

(Executive) Order Up! What President Can Do to Help Low Wage Federal Contractors
These days, when I say “federal contractor,” you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we’re talking about here. The workers who would benefit from an executive order clean federal buildings, sell food, sew uniforms for the armed services, provide security services, and so on. They’re members of the low-wage work force.
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Jared Bernstein
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$2.13 Per Hour Since 1991: Sub-Minimum Waiter Wage Creates Substandard Way of Life

$2.13 Per Hour Since 1991: Sub-Minimum Waiter Wage Creates Substandard Way of Life
Many of the jobs created post-Great Recession have been in low wage service occupations, and many of these jobs pay only $2.13 an hour. How is that possible? Employers with employees who collect tips are allowed to subsidize this portion of their overhead with the change that's left on a dirty table. It means an uncertain income for a profession filled with mostly women.
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Stephen Colbert Responds to McDonald's Budget Suggestions, No More Jokes Needed

Stephen Colbert Responds to McDonald's Budget Suggestions, No More Jokes Needed
When we first saw the McDonald's preposterous budget suggestions last week, we knew the irony would be just too tasty for comedians to avoid. And now that Stephen Colbert has checked in on the story, there's really no reason for anyone else to try and milk(shake) laughs out the idea that a multi-billion dollar corporation is telling its employees to save $20 per month for health insurance.
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Brandon Perkins
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McDonald’s Sample Budget Is Not ‘Good for Us All’—Especially Not Women With Children

McDonald’s Sample Budget Is Not ‘Good for Us All’—Especially Not Women With Children
McDonald’s has taken some heat for its Practical Money Skills Budget Journal, a financial planning guide for its low-wage workers that suggests monthly spending on a variety of expenses. That’s pretty ironic since heat was one of the things McDonald’s failed to anticipate in the guide’s first iteration—it was later included in the sample budget in response to public pressure.
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