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  • Tom Steyer promises $22 minimum wage if elected president

    02/10/2020 2:57:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 88 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/10/20 | Tim Pearce
    Billionaire activist and 2020 Democrat Tom Steyer pledged to push for a $22 minimum wage if he wins the White House in November. Steyer made the pledge while campaigning in Winnsboro, South Carolina, on Sunday. His minimum wage standard is the highest so far of the Democratic presidential primary field. The federal minimum wage has sat at $7.25 for the past decade. Washington, D.C., and 29 states have set higher standards, however. Steyer’s wage floor is set much higher than what most politicians and activists are currently calling for. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete...
  • My Apartments Above Retail Stores Proposal

    07/30/2019 11:05:25 AM PDT · by Brian Griffin · 123 replies
    Brian Griffin | 07/30.2109 | Brian Griffin
    Many retail employees are having a hard time making ends meet. Leftists have proposed raising wages to $15/hour, and sometimes have done so, but such wages are unrealistically expensive for most retail employers. If retail stores had restricted occupancy apartments above their selling floor, retail employees could live in these and not need to pay for a car and liability insurance. Residential restricted occupancy is sometimes found in English agricultural regions to keep housing affordable for people working in agriculture. Retail store residency would have additional benefits of reducing road congestion and CO2 emissions, increasing employee reliability, the amount of...
  • Iranian hackers wage cyber campaign amid tensions with U.S.

    06/22/2019 12:43:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    cbs ^ | June 22, 2019 /
    Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the U.S. government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say. In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted U.S. government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which regularly track such activity. It was not known if any of the hackers managed to gain access to the targeted networks with the emails, which typically mimic legitimate emails but contain malicious software....
  • AOC returning to her bartending roots to advocate for raising minimum wage for restaurant employees

    05/29/2019 12:41:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/28/19 | DENIS SLATTERY
    ALBANY — AOC will be waiting tables once again. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is returning to her restaurant roots this week to show support for the federal Raise the Wage Act and abolishing below-minimum wage for tipped workers in the Empire State. The Bronx-born freshman congresswoman plans to pour a few pints and take a few orders at a restaurant in her district on Friday at an event organized by Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, the Daily News has learned. The exact location will be revealed later in the week.
  • Google Moves to Address Wage Equity, and Finds It’s Underpaying Many Men

    03/04/2019 12:38:27 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 March 2019 | Daisuke Wakabayashi
    When Google conducted a study recently to determine whether the company was underpaying women and members of minority groups, it found that more men than women were receiving less money for doing similar work. The surprising conclusion to the latest version of the annual study contrasted sharply with the experience of women working in Silicon Valley and in many other industries. In response to the finding, Google gave $9.7 million in additional compensation to 10,677 employees for this year. Men account for about 69 percent of the company’s work force, but they received a disproportionately higher percentage of the money....
  • How has minimum wage hike worked out elsewhere?

    02/03/2019 4:29:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    PJ Star ^ | 2/03/19 | Grant Morgan
    **SNIP** “As the minimum wage went up, we saw massive job growth, a stronger economy, and the biggest drops in unemployment in the communities where the most people, some 30 or 40 percent of workers, benefited from the increase,” Farnitano said. Farnitano added that, rather than shutting down or downsizing, many employers had a hard time filling available positions. “In Massachusetts, there’s places where low-wage workers can’t survive on $11 an hour,” Farnitano said, referencing 2017′s minimum wage. “So they move somewhere else, and then those businesses can’t find people to fill those jobs after.” Christopher Carlozzi, state director for...
  • Venezuela's Maduro hikes minimum wage 300 percent

    01/16/2019 1:15:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 14, 2019 | by Brian Ellsworth
    CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raised the minimum wage by 300 percent to 18,000 bolivars per month, around $6.70, as part of routine wage hikes in an economy suffering from annual inflation approaching 2 million percent.
  • Democrats introduce bill to hike federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

    01/16/2019 1:08:18 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 16, 2019 | by Jacob Pramuk (D-CNBC)
    Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, a long-shot plan that comes as the party tries to bill itself as a champion of the working class. The proposal to hike the U.S. wage floor from the current $7.25 will likely fail in the GOP-held Senate even if it gets through the Democratic-controlled House. However, the new House Democratic majority sees the measure as a message that it wants to lift low-wage workers and boost the economy — and an effort to focus on its policy priorities amid the longest government shutdown...
  • NYC restaurants cutting staff hours as minimum wage hits $15

    01/16/2019 12:55:45 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | January 16, 2019 | By Megan Cerullo (D-CBS)
    The legal minimum wage for New York City employers with 11 or more workers rose more than 15 percent on Dec. 31, 2018, to $15 per hour from $13, giving fast-food, retail and other employees a bump in pay. But some New York City restaurant owners say the latest minimum wage hike is forcing them to cut workers' hours just to stay afloat. It's the third rise in the city's base wage since Dec. 31, 2016, when it went to $11 an hour. The latest increase is part of a plan that phases in minimum wage hikes across New York...
  • Pritzker sets six-month deadline for minimum wage increase

    12/11/2018 6:37:39 AM PST · by budj · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/04/2018 | Alexandra Arriaga
    Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker said Monday he still plans to raise the minimum wage within his first six months in office — but he stopped short of saying just how much it should increase.
  • Lawmaker wants to go back to ballot box on minimum wage

    01/27/2018 8:57:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — A state lawmaker wants to give Arizona voters a chance to decide if the current $10.50 an hour minimum wage is as high as it should go. Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, said her proposal would not repeal what voters approved last year, at least not entirely. The wage gains that already have taken place — from $8.05 an hour in 2016 to $10.50 now — would remain intact. But she wants to put a question on the November ballot to block the future increases that are supposed to take place between now and 2020 when, unless repealed, the...
  • Seattle fires research team that proved minimum wage hike would hurt low-wage workers

    07/21/2017 10:35:29 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    redalertpolitics ^ | July 6, 2017 | Alana Bannan
    Seattle leaders are displaying shocking bias by turning over a study on their minimum wage increase to Michael Reich, a left-leaning economics professor at the University of California Berkeley, after their initial sanctioned study with the University of Washington (UW) proved their decision to raise the wage was having adverse effects. Seattle’s 2014 legislation called for a gradual increase of the city’s minimum wage until it reaches $15 an hour. Following the vote, commissioners recruited a team of UW researchers to find the effects of the steady rising minimum wage. Not to the surprise of fiscal conservatives, the study found...
  • Minimum wage hikes disastrous for working poor

    11/14/2016 1:52:45 PM PST · by The Revolutionary Act · 20 replies
    The Revolutionary Act ^ | 11/14/2016 | The Revolutionary Act
    The first thing to understand about the minimum wage is that it is a classic case of understandable emotionalism and frustration versus concrete data and economic reality. So the clearest explanation is a pros-and-cons listing. On the pros side of increasing the minimum wage, people who are making it and who keep their jobs will make more money. Their increased earnings improve their purchasing power. The cons side is a little lengthier. Sharp increases in the minimum wage reduces the number of entry-level jobs This, in turn, reduces the opportunity for unskilled workers to start getting experience. This is common...
  • Boston Globe Accidentally Reports That Raising the Minimum Wage Kills Jobs

    07/06/2016 5:19:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 6, 2016 | Tom Knighton
    Many Americans are campaigning for a raise in the minimum wage. Even more Americans are struggling just to find jobs at any wage.Yup -- those two news items are related.While trying to present a case for the Massachusetts state legislature to approve a program that provides summer jobs to teens at non-profits and government agencies, an editorial at the Boston Globe accidentally explained why artificially imposed minimum wages kill job opportunities.I don’t think the Globe even realized it, either: The program provides money for YouthWorks, which pays the wages of 4,400 low-income teens in eligible cities who work for nonprofits...
  • Wendy’s Serves Up Big Kiosk Expansion As Wage Hikes Hit Fast Food

    05/12/2016 7:36:05 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies ^ | May 11, 2016 | Jed Graham
    Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes. McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion. It’s not surprising that some franchisees might face more of a labor-cost...
  • New York state APPROVES $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers...first time ANY state...

    09/10/2015 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/10/15
    New York state APPROVES $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers...the first time ANY state has set it that high New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour — the first time any state has set the minimum that high. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration formally approved the increase Thursday — a move the Democratic governor announced at a labor rally with Vice President Joe Biden. Cuomo said he will work to pass legislation setting a $15 minimum for all industries — a promise that comes as more and more cities around the country...
  • Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants

    08/17/2015 6:27:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Lydia DePillis
    Crowded. That’s how Ed Rensi remembers what life was like working at McDonald’s in 1966. There were about double the number of people working in the store — 70 or 80, as opposed to the 30 or 40 there today — because preparing the food just took a lot more doing. “When I first started at McDonald’s making 85 cents an hour, everything we made was by hand,” Rensi said — from cutting the shortcakes to stirring syrups into the milk for shakes. Over the years, though, ingredients started to arrive packaged and pre-mixed, ready to be heated up, bagged...
  • U.S. Paychecks Grow at Record-Slow Pace

    08/02/2015 7:23:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | JULY 31, 2015
    U.S. Paychecks Grow at Record-Slow Pace By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JULY 31, 2015, 9:31 A.M. E.D.T. WASHINGTON — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers. The employment cost index rose just 0.2 percent in the April-June quarter after a 0.7 increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday. The index tracks wages, salaries and benefits. Wages and salaries alone also rose 0.2...
  • Customers Yielding Workers Their Just Wages Can't Survive Governmentalized 'Living Wages'

    08/01/2015 2:28:48 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 15 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 8/1/2015 | Sacra Pizza Man
     Tips Are Owed, They're Not a Favor.  Not Tipping is "a Crime, the Blood of which Calls out of the Ground for Vengeance".  "Why Restaurants Are Eliminating Tipping", proclaims a news article headline. The claims include the ideas, that it promotes bad service, it's an obsolete concept, and is unnecessary because of the living wage movement.Restaurant owners are certainly entitled to their point of view, but they are probably poorly served by latching onto "living wage". But workers have a right to their own direct relationship with customers. Their independent legitimacy as professionals doesn't have to be dependent upon permission...
  • LA City Council Adopts Minimum Wage Ordinance (cheapskates go only as high as $15/hour)

    06/10/2015 3:43:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 6/10/15
    LOS ANGELES ( — Members of the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years. Officials explained the minimum wage will go from $9 per hour to $10.50 an hour beginning in 2016. The rate will then jump to $12 in 2017; $13.25 in 2018; $14.25 in 2019; and $15 by 2020. “We are already seeing the fruits of our labor as our own state and other cities nationwide begin exploring policies to increase their local minimum wage,” said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson.