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  • Americans are quitting their jobs like crazy

    02/09/2016 8:07:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/09/2016 | Akin Oyedele
    Americans are quitting their jobs like crazy, and this is good news for wages. The latest monthly "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey" (JOLTS) showed that in December, the total number of quits was 3.1 million, the highest level in a decade, while the quits rate was 2.1%, the highest since April 2008. This rate, which takes the number of quits divided by the number of employees who worked or were paid for work, is one of the labor-market metrics most closely watched by Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen. If people are quitting their jobs, it suggests that they are...
  • W-a-l-m-a-r-t does not spell welfare

    01/22/2016 12:49:36 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/22/16 | David Hunter
    Unlike government, which never has a bottom line and seems not to care one whit for economic consequences in U.S. deficit spending and counting)--such is not the case for any business or any rational person managing a household budget Apparently the liberal MSM and politicians confuse the name Walmart with the concept of welfare. The first is a publicly-traded retailer with stockholders that expect the company to remain profitable. The second is a government-sponsored entitlement program for the needy. The two are examples of entirely different economic animals: the first provides purpose, the semblance of independence and potential upward mobility,...
  • Judge gives go-ahead for ballot measure to raise Nevada's minimum wage

    01/21/2016 7:26:37 AM PST · by redreno · 5 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 01/20/2016 | By Sandra Chereb
    CARSON CITY — A state judge Wednesday rejected arguments challenging language in a proposed constitutional amendment to gradually raise Nevada's minimum wage. District Judge James Wilson said a coalition of business groups failed to show that a required description of effect was misleading or that language setting dates for when new minimum wage rules must be posted are inappropriate. Attorneys Matt Griffin and Kevin Benson, arguing on behalf of the Committee to Preserve Nevada Jobs, argued that the explanation on what the initiative would do was misleading because it didn't explain that employers who violated minimum wage laws would be...
  • Jobs Arrive In December, But Why Still No Pay Raise?

    01/09/2016 7:48:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/09/2016
    We needed some good news in an otherwise grim week for the economy and stocks and got it in a blockbuster report showing 292,000 new hires in December and a 50,000 upward revision from previous months. The alternative measure used by the Department of Labor based on the household survey, showed job growth was even swifter, with a gain of 485,000. Best of all, nearly half a million Americans on net entered the labor force, helping reverse for now a horrid slide in labor market participation. The participation rate now stands at 62.6%, up from 62.4% in September. But we're...
  • 6 Big Cities See Hiring Fade After Minimum Wage Hikes

    01/09/2016 10:23:38 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | January 6, 2016 | Jed Graham
    U.S. cities that implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more in 2015 have seen a strikingly similar aftermath: Job gains have fallen to multiyear lows at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality venues. The data aren't, for the most part, stark and reliable enough to amount to smoking-gun proof. But Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — all on the leading edge of the push for big minimum wage hikes — all show worrisome job trends.
  • Most Americans are one paycheck away from the street

    01/06/2016 5:59:18 PM PST · by free_life · 54 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Jan 6, 2016 | Quentin Fottrell
    Some 63% of people can't deal with a $500 emergency. Americans are starting 2016 with more job security, but most are still theoretically only one paycheck away from the street. Approximately 63% of Americans have no emergency savings for things such as a $1,000 emergency room visit or a $500 car repair, according to a survey released Wednesday of 1,000 adults by personal finance website Bankrate.com, up slightly from 62% last year. Faced with an emergency, they say they would raise the money by reducing spending elsewhere (23%), borrowing from family and/or friends (15%) or using credit cards to bridge...
  • Bernie Sanders: Let’s face it, I can appeal to Trump's voters

    12/28/2015 3:33:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 28, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Preposterous. They’re nothing alike. Sanders is an unorthodox Democrat who supports universal health care and trade protectionism but also tighter borders and stronger gun rights than most liberals do. Trump, on the other hand, is … wait a sec. Hmmm. Where was I going with this again? The strangest thing: I've met a number of Trump rally attendees who say their top two are Trump and Sanders. Seriously. Or in reverse.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) December 28, 2015 We’re in a weird place when Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are both competing to be the second choice of another guy’s base,...
  • Donald Trump changes tune on wages after Bernie Sanders broadside

    12/28/2015 8:33:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 147 replies
    AOL via Business Insiders ^ | 12/28/2015 | Colin Campbell
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has appeared to take a new position on US wages. After previously saying wages were "too high," Trump instead stressed Sunday and again Monday that they were actually "too low." "Wages in are country are too low, good jobs are too few, and people have lost faith in our leaders. We need smart and strong leadership now!" Trump tweeted Monday morning. The apparent shift came after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), a Democratic presidential candidate, said in a Sunday interview that his message would resonate among Trump's working-class supporters. "Look, many of Trump's supporters are a...
  • Is Ted Cruz Right that Immigration Drives Down Wages?

    12/20/2015 11:44:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Street ^ | December 20, 2015 | Leon Lazaroff
    Immigration to the U.S. is an "economic calamity," according to Ted Cruz -- but only if it happens to you....
  • Trump: I never said wages are too high

    11/12/2015 10:12:05 PM PST · by UncleRicosFootball · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/15 | Eliza Collins
    Trump: I never said wages are too high By ELIZA COLLINS 11/12/15 06:53 PM EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Donald Trump on Thursday clarified his comments from Tuesday night's GOP debate about wages being too high, saying the blowback has been misguided. The billionaire businessman was asked during the Fox Business debate about whether he was sympathetic to protesters who have been pushing for the minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour. “I can’t be…and the reason I can’t be is because we are a country that is being beaten on every front,” Trump said on...
  • Trump doubles down on debate claim: ‘Wages are too high’

    11/11/2015 10:38:30 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/11/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Donald Trump on Wednesday doubled down on his argument that American wages are “too high” after making a similar claim during Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate. “We have to become competitive with the world. Our taxes are too high, our wages are too high, everything is too high,” he said Wednesday morning during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “What's going to happen is now people are going to start firing people.” Trump’s comments came when asked about the minimum wage, which he explained during Tuesday night’s debate on Fox Business News and reiterated on Wednesday. He said both times...
  • Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year

    10/21/2015 7:55:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    EAD ^ | 10/21/2015 | Michael Snyder
    We just got more evidence that the middle class in America is dying. According to brand new numbers that were just released by the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $30,000 a year. Let that number sink in for a moment. You can’t support a middle class family in America today on just $2,500 a month – especially after taxes are taken out. And yet more than half of all workers in this country make less than that each month. In order to have a thriving middle class, you have got...
  • Its Getting Harder To Move Beyond A Minimum-Wage Job

    10/11/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ben Casselman
    Minimum-wage jobs are meant to be the first rung on a career ladder, a chance for entry-level workers to prove themselves before earning a promotion or moving on to other, better-paying jobs. But a growing number of Americans are getting stuck on that first rung for years, if they ever move up at all. Anthony Kemp is one of them. In 2006, he took a job as a cook at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Oak Park, Illinois. The job paid the state minimum wage, $6.50 an hour at the time, but Kemp figured he could work his way up....
  • 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...
  • Hillary: I Am Going To Make Some Employers Go to Jail

    09/08/2015 6:38:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/08/2015 | Tom S. Elliott
    Speaking at a Labor Day rally in Hampton, Ill., today Hillary Clinton threatened to imprison employers for wage theft. Were going to go back to enforcing labor laws, Clinton said. Im going to make sure that some employers go to jail for wage theft and all the other abuses that they engage in. And we are going to make it harder and harder to stop what should be the right of every American: to join a union and bargain collectively through that union, she continued. But, Ill tell you, weve got a fight on our hands. The presumed 2016 Democratic...
  • Wages have in effect fallen since the economic recovery, study says

    09/03/2015 2:54:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The declines were greatest for the lowest-paid workers in sectors where hiring has been strong home health care, food preparation and retailing even though wages were already below average to begin with in those service industries. Stagnant wages are a problem for everyone at this point, but the imbalance in the economy has become more pronounced since the recession, said Irene Tung, a senior policy researcher at the National Employment Law Project and co-author of the study. Jasmin Almodovar, a home health care aide in Cleveland, knows all about that. She has worked for the same health care...
  • Jesse Ventura rips Scott Walker: Hes against equal pay, his faith says women are subservient

    08/31/2015 11:52:04 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Raw Story ^ | August 31, 2015 | Arturo Garcia
    Ora.TV host Jesse Ventura ripped Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for signing an extreme anti-abortion bill into law last year, sarcastically saying it did not go far enough. If he believes that if a doctor performs this its murder, then charge the doctor with murder. And its premeditated so it would be first-degree murder, wouldnt it? he said. These guys, if they truly want to stand up for it, then they gotta go all the way with it. The bill bans the procedure after the 20-week mark of any pregnancy, and does not contain exceptions for rape and incest victims....
  • Economics 102: WalMart Cuts Worker Hours After Hiking Minimum Wages

    08/31/2015 11:42:44 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/31/15 | Tyler Druden
    But the story didnt stop there. Late last month we highlighted an internal memo circulated at Arkansas recruiting firm Cameron Smith & Associates which looked to be an attempt to prepare the firms employees for layoffs at Wal-Marts home office. Then, not a week later, Bloomberg ran a story detailing the grievances of some senior Wal-Mart employees who suddenly realized that although they may still be making more than their subordinates, the wage hierarchy had been distorted and that distortion had nothing to do with merit. As we put it, higher paid employees dont understand why everyone under them in...
  • Wendys To Switch To Self Ordering And Automation To Avoid $15/hr Wage hike

    08/11/2015 5:45:11 PM PDT · by thomasryan · 118 replies
    GOVT SLAVES ^ | 8/11/15 | Jonathan Maze
    Wages are rising in the restaurant industry. There are two reasons for this. Minimum wages are increasing in many states. And its tougher for growing concepts to find workers. Consider The Wendys Company. On its earnings call earlier this week, executives acknowledged that wage costs are increasing one of several restaurant chains to admit this in the last couple of quarters. Part of this is coming from rising minimum wages. But another part is coming from competition for labor. There is a war on talent, CFO Todd Penegor said on the earnings call. As such, the chain has to...
  • Study Showing 15-Dollar-an-Hour Fast-Food Wages Would Raise Prices by Only 4 Percent Is Very Wrong

    08/05/2015 6:35:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/05/2015 | James Sherk
    If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately, many journalists did not remember that when covering a new report claiming $15-an-hour wages would raise fast-food prices only 4 percent. A closer look shows that the study underlying the report had major methodological errors. More serious analysis shows that $15-an-hour wages would raise fast-food prices by over a third at least until stores automate work currently done by humans. The study, by Purdue University economists Richard Ghiselli and Jing Ma, has made quite a splash. The Washington Post covered it extensively, concluding that the higher wages...
  • Socialist Bernie Sanders DEMANDS $15 minimum wage PAYS interns $12 an hour! LOL!

    07/25/2015 8:52:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | july 25, 2015
    And in todays edition of look at this hypocritical liberal, we have Bernie Sanders, the grump socialist, who demands that everyone in America pay their employees at least $15 no matter what their wages are actually worth in the free market. Now lets see what he pays his interns! From MRC-TV: Included in the62 million workers making under $15 hour are members of Bernie Sanders own staff. According to thesenators website, Interns are paid only $12 an hour. In [Bernies]bills summary, thefirst bullet pointreads, No one working full time should be in poverty. It is time to pay workers a...
  • Fast Food Franchise Owners Consider Suing N.Y. Over Minimum Wage

    07/24/2015 4:03:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 24, 2015
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York's fast-food industry and restaurant owners aren't loving it. Franchise owners say they're considering a lawsuit against Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage in their eateries to $15 an hour, arguing that it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant increase in labor costs that won't apply to retail, landscaping, child care or other traditionally low-wage industries. "Singling out fast food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory, harms New York workers,...
  • MARK LEVIN : NUMBERS YOU HEAR ON IMMIGRATION ARE A LIE

    07/14/2015 5:31:57 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 14,2015 | by TONY LEE
    Trump is resonating with Americans, especially the so-called silent majority, by speaking bluntly about illegal immigration, and Levin also had some politically incorrect points to make on the subject. While listening to Breitbart News Sunday, Levin said he was particularly bothered by the claimmade by politicians on both sides of the aislethat there are so many so-called jobs that Americans will not do. Levin mentioned that, according to the Census, 73% of janitors are American citizens, as are 51% of maids and housekeepers, 58%of taxi drivers, 64% of landscapers, 66% of construction workers, and 72% of bellhops, porters, and concierges....
  • What Your Boss Really Means By "No One Is Getting A Raise."

    07/07/2015 5:08:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/07/2015 | Simon Constable
    We are now half way through the calendar year, and for many that means mid-year performance reviews. Or even worse, for some with odd fiscal years, it can be time for talks about money. Both inside and outside of those meetings what you have been told can be confusing. You need to understand what your boss really means, not just what is said. Believe me, Ive spent enough time in corporate America, and enough time in human resource jobs, to know the difference. This stuff applies whether you work for a massive multinational like Google , or General Motors GM...
  • McDonalds Announces Its Answer to $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Touch-Screen Cashiers

    06/16/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 73 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    This is exactly what the left pushed for Fast food chains were never meant to be a place for someone to raise a family of 6, they were to be part time positions with some full-time advancements. Mostly the fast food restaurants were for school aged kids to learn how to interact with people, with a job, to offer spending money, and to begin responsibility learning for their future.
  • Remember what Obama, Pelosi & the DNC said about Gap agreeing to #RaiseTheWage?

    06/15/2015 7:15:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    ...Not all that long ago, Gap, Inc. was among the retailers the White House praised for participating in their #RaiseTheWage push:...Obama even visited a Gap store in March of last year to thank them for doing as Democrats instructed.....Lets check out how thats coming along just over a year later:
  • What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage in Michigan

    06/09/2015 8:05:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/5/2015 | Jack McHugh
    As part of the negotiations to get Proposal 1 on the May 5 ballot, Gov. Rick Snyder reportedly promised to veto a potential repeal of the state's prevailing wage law. This law prohibits awarding government construction contracts to the lowest bidder, unless the contractor pays the equivalent of union wages that often exceed market rates. Studies have shown that this adds hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the cost of government infrastructure projects, including school construction and road repairs. Snyder has not denied those reports, and even though voters turned down the proposed sales tax hike in May, there...
  • Vague Scope of Fast Food Wage Board Suits Union Interests the Most

    06/08/2015 9:33:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Ashley Pratte
    As New York Governor Anthony Cuomo fast-tracks his arbitrary wage increase targeting the state’s fast food industry, scarce attention has been given to the actual language in the proposal. Cuomo, of course, hastily created the Fast Food Wage Board soon after an error-ridden op-ed appeared in the New York Times. The non-legislative board held its first meeting last week as it determines an "adequate" wage for fast food workers in the Empire State. Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino, who is overseeing the three-member kangaroo court, set forth a definition to guide its efforts. Musolino has said that “fast food chains”...
  • Obama set to use sneaky administrative maneuver to force huge wage increase

    06/08/2015 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/15 | Dan Calabrese
    The overlord of overtime. Obama set to use sneaky administrative maneuver to force huge wage increaseHis cheerleaders at the worst web site in the world call it the most ambitious government intervention on wages in a decade, and since this is the Obama Administration were talking about, you surely wont be surprised to know its happening without any involvement from Congress. Barack Obama isnt going to get Congress to pass a statutory increase in the minimum wage, but hes very skilled at finding ways to push executive authority to the legal limit - or beyond - to accomplish goals he...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Pending $15 minimum wage forces Seattle pizza shop to close

    05/22/2015 8:37:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    KPLC ^ | April 29, 2015
    A pizza shop owner in Seattle says the city's new minimum wage law is forcing her to close her doors. The new law says businesses have six years to phase into giving employees $15 an hour. Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise when Seattle's minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month. I definitely recognize that having more money is important, especially in a city as expensive as this one, he said. He'll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza,...
  • The Living Wage Diaspora

    05/22/2015 8:46:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 22, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Believe it or not there is actual evidence that illegal immigration does depress wages for the native-born but you are not likely to hear about it in the multitude of classes that touch on various diasporas. In studies at meat-packing plants, when illegal immigrants are taken out, wages went up, Professor Philip Cafaro pointed out in a panel discussion at the National Press Club last Thursday sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Cafaro teaches philosophy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He has amassed a multitude of research on the subject, much of it on display in...
  • The low-wage recovery is a myth

    05/21/2015 7:43:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/21/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    Guess what? This isnt a low-wage job recovery. Listen to the media, and you might think that the only kind of jobs being created are in fast-food restaurants and retail chains. It turns out that this is wildly misleading and that the economys employment profile the split between high- and low-paying jobs hasnt changed much since the recession or, indeed, the turn of the century. Put differently, the share of high-wage jobs is just below one-third of all employment, roughly where it was in 2000 and 2007 the last year before the financial crisis. Similarly, the share...
  • Here's How Much Michigan 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District

    05/19/2015 5:24:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/13/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Michigans prevailing wage law costs residents more than $224 million each year, according to the Anderson Economic Group. Now theres a website that brings the impact of that even closer to home. Created by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Michigan, the new site, www.TimeForRepeal.com/waste-calculator/, lets people learn the cost of prevailing wage mandates for individual school districts. ABC of Michigan, which represents commercial, governmental and industrial construction industries, has consistently advocated for eliminating the states prevailing wage law, which essentially requires construction firms doing work for the government to pay union scale wages and follow union work rules....
  • We Might Be Better Off if Professionals Paid More for Manicuresand Other Low-Wage Services

    05/13/2015 6:26:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/12/2015 | Reihan Salam
    There are millions of low-wage immigrant workers across the United States who make life easier for professionals in various ways. These immigrants prepare and serve meals, clean homes and offices, care for children and aging parents and grandparents, drive passengers to and fro, and, among many other things, clean, trim, and paint nails. Over the past few days, Sarah Maslin Nirs two-part report in the New York Times on labor conditions in Americas burgeoning manicure industry has attracted a great deal of attention, and for good reason. Nirs work is a powerful reminder that low-wage immigrant workers arent always treated...
  • Boyz II Men co-founder launches campaign to help homeless Capitol worker

    05/04/2015 6:08:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/27/15 | Dana Bash
    ...After seeing CNN's story Friday on Charles Gladden -- a man who works in the Senate cafeteria but lives on the streets -- Nathan Morris, the co-founder of musical group Boyz II Men, started an online call to arms to help. Using a crowd-funding site "Go Fund Me," Morris urged people to make a donation to help Gladden find housing.... ...Gladden, 63, makes about $11 an hour, and takes home about $360 a week. But he said he gives a lot of it to his children and grandchildren, who have their own financial troubles. "I take care of them," he...
  • Jobs elusive for 40% of area poor: Survey respondents still struggling

    05/03/2015 1:41:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Local ^ | May 3, 2015 | Sherry Slater
    A survey targeting local low-income families has found that 40 percent of respondents felt they have very little or no job security, according to results being released this week. That kind of instability makes it challenging to commit to car loans, apartment leases and tuition payments steps often necessary to improving a familys economic standing. Of those participating in the survey, more than 1 in 2 has received free groceries or meals and about 1 in 4 has needed help with housing, utilities or health care. The 502 responses reflect the experiences of those who continue to struggle in...
  • Congress: Middle class incomes drop as immigration surges

    04/23/2015 2:23:07 PM PDT · by xzins · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 23, 2015 | PAUL BEDARD
    Wages of America's middle class have dropped below 1970s levels as immigration has surged 325 percent, according to a new congressional report that questions claims that native Americans are economically helped by greater immigration. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service report studied immigration and middle class income from 1945-2013 and found that as immigration slowed between 1945 and 1970, American incomes increased. But when immigration expanded, the incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans went flat and then dropped beginning in 2000. In the report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the CRS reported that the foreign-born population of the United...
  • Scott Walker: Immigration policy should protect American wages as well as the border

    04/10/2015 1:40:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Ever since Scott Walker began engaging on the national stage, he’s been dogged by questions about his policies on immigration. The Wisconsin governor admits that his position has changed from a few years ago, a change he attributes to having more opportunity to study the issue now that the cycle of elections in Wisconsin has finally played all the way out. Still, Walker has had some trouble defining the issue in a way that makes him stand out from the field.Did he succeed last night? In an interview with Sean Hannity, Walker said that immigration policy should have as...
  • Five Reasons Why Prospects for Jobs, Wage Gains Are Dimming

    04/02/2015 9:56:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/02/2015 | Prof. Peter Morici
    Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 247,000 jobs in March down from 295,000 in February and 324,000 during the fourth quarter. Wages, for all but the most skilled professionals, continue to advance only slowly, and going forward good paying jobs and pay raises will likely be even scarcer for struggling middle and working class Americans. The headline unemployment rate is down to 5.5 percent, from the recession high of 10, largely because fewer adults are participating in the labor force—for example, the 7 million men ages 25 to 55 that neither have a job nor...
  • Hotel employee tells newspaper how hard it is to live on minimum wage, then manager fires her

    03/31/2015 11:23:05 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 36 replies
    National Post ^ | March 31, 2015 | Chico Harlan, Washington Post
    Shanna Tippen was another hourly worker at the bottom of the nations economy, looking forward to a 25-cent bump in the Arkansas minimum wage that would make it easier for her to buy diapers for her grandson. When I wrote about her in the Post last month, she said the minimum wage hike would bring her a bit of financial relief, but it wouldnt lift her above the poverty line. She called me the other day to say she didnt get to enjoy the 25-cent hike for long. After the story came out, she says she was fired from her...
  • Why There Is No Wage Growth In America

    03/28/2015 10:42:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/28/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past 2 years the Obama administration has been desperate to boost minimum wages, usually over tedious bickering with republicans and corporations who have resisted such an increase, with neither party realizing that such a measure would not do much to actually boost aggregate spending. Instead, what Obama should have been focusing on was to limit the maximum number of hours worked per week, because as the following chart shows, the reason why weekly pay is rising and aggregate earnings is not due to an increase in hourly wages but because Americans are simply working longer hours every...
  • The Mystery Of America's Missing Wage Growth Has Been Solved

    03/11/2015 9:06:28 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 3/11/2015 | Tyler Durden
    ...the next time anyone asks why there is no broad-based pick up in consumer retail spending across the entire population, just show them the above charts.
  • Record setting number of women not in the labor force

    03/06/2015 1:45:11 PM PST · by xzins · 22 replies
    Young Cons ^ | 6 Mar 15 | Michael Cantrell
    Leftists love to constantly spout off about the war on women by conservatives and Republicans. Because, you know, we hate women if we believe they shouldnt murder their unborn children or something. They also claim women are discriminated against in the workplace by making less money than men, again spewing nonsense and incomplete facts in order to persuade women to vote Democrat. The only problem is, if you look at the statistics involving women in the workforce, you start to see its really the loony left that has a war on women. From CNS News: A record 56,023,000 women, age...
  • Albertans make too much money, some economists say

    03/05/2015 3:19:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    CBC News ^ | Mar 05, 2015 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015 5:00 AM ET | Tracy Johnson
    Alberta wages almost 25% higher than Canadian average Economists, politicians and business leaders seek ways to bring wages down Springtime is typically oilpatch bonus season. As the grass turns green, car dealerships and upscale stores tend to get busier. This year is different. Bonuses if they exist at all are expected to be small. Wages have been frozen. Oilpatch workers are happy to have a job at all. And that's the private sector. Public sector workers, like teachers and nurses, are on high alert as the provincial government makes increasingly loud noises about reopening their contracts to cut...
  • Walmart Recent Wage Increase a Free Market Success

    02/20/2015 1:39:45 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-20-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Yesterday, Walmart announced that, beginning in April of this year, the company will raise the pay of all its employees to at least $9 an hour. In 2016, the companys minimum pay rate will again jump to $10. This move will affect approximately 500,000 Walmart employees and, along with several other changes such as increased training and scheduling options, is estimated to cost the company $1 billion. Walmarts pay increase follows a number of businesses, including Aetna, Ikea and Gap Inc., that have announced an internal company minimum wage higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. While some...
  • When Leftwing Economists Gruber and Krugman Practiced Economics

    02/05/2015 7:37:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | Larry Elder
    resident Barack Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for a minimum-wage hike and for government-mandated paid family and medical leave. "We are the only advanced country on Earth," said the President, "that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers." On the minimum wage, Obama issued this challenge: "And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it. If not, vote to give millions of the...
  • Indian employees likely to see a 11.3 percent wage hike this year

    01/28/2015 7:25:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Forbes India ^ | January 28, 2015 | Debojyoti Ghosh
    W orking professionals across sectors might not have much to cheer this year as salary increases likely to see a marginal rise compared with last years pay hikes in India. According to a study released today by global management consultancy Hay Group, employees across job roles can expect an average of 11.3 percent wage hike in 2015 led by FMCG and chemical industry. Last year, the actual average salary increase was recorded at 10.9 percent across industries, the report noted. The study that we have conducted predicts that the pay raise in 2015 will remain in double digits. At this...
  • Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

    01/28/2015 6:51:27 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/26/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigans prevailing wage law sets an arbitrary mandate for what public entities (like schools) have to pay for construction projects. Top Republicans in Lansing rightly want to eliminate these mandates, as the Mackinac Center has recommended for years. This is estimated to save taxpayers more than $200 million per year. Democrats disagree with the proposed changes. "It's extremely disappointing that the first priority of Republicans is to lower wages and have people work for less," said House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills. "It's just another example of Republicans' relentless push for cheap labor." But if government can set an...
  • Solving the Puzzle of Stagnant Wages

    01/26/2015 6:43:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 25, 2014 | Edward P. Lazear
    The elation over wage increases in private business reported in last months job report has been replaced by disappointment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Jan. 16 that average hourly earnings fell five cents in December, eating up most of the six-cent increase in November. Between 2010 and 2014, the average real wage fell 1.1%, a poor showing after rising 3.4% between 2006 and 2010. What accounts for this performance? There are basically two ways that the average economywide wage can fall. There might be a shift in employment away from high-paying to lower-paying industries; in other words, the...