This Is The Longest The Federal Minimum Wage Has Ever Gone Without Being Raised

By Dave Jamieson, Huffpost.com -

Lawmakers set a new record Sunday by leaving the federal minimum wage untouched since July 24, 2009, the first year of former President Barack Obama’s first term. The rate hasn’t been increased [...]

Millions Of Workers Are Paid Less Than The ‘Average’ Minimum Wage

By Ben Zipperer and David Cooper, Economic Policy Institute -

After 10 years of inaction at the federal level, so much of the policy work being done to boost wages for low-wage workers is happening at the state and local level. Yet, it is important to [...]

Maryland Becomes Sixth State To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

By Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox.com -

Maryland just became the sixth state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. On Thursday, lawmakers managed to override Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a minimum wage bill. Maryland’s [...]

Illinois Workers Celebrate As ‘Life-Changing’ $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Signed Into Law

By Jessica Corbett, Commondreams.org -

"Fifteen dollars an hour will be life-changing for me. I can barely afford the basic needs for my two sons on my minimum-wage salary. Simple things like whether to buy school supplies for my [...]

I Was A Student Worker Fighting For A $15 Wage. Now, I’m Facing A Criminal Record.

By Ina Padua, Inthesetimes.com -

On Monday, February 4, I will have my day in court in New Brunswick, New Jersey. That’s not where I’d like to be spending my morning. I’d rather be at my office in DC working on getting back-pay [...]

Abolish Wage Slavery: Productivism As An Extractive Industry

By Scott Tucker, Counterpunch. -

The alienation of labor takes many forms, including the outright ownership of slaves. When big mills and factories were introduced under systems of waged labor, elements of judgment and craft [...]

Movement Victory: Over Five Million Workers Will Have Higher Pay On January 1

By David Cooper, Epi.org -

On January 1, 2019, 20 states will raise their minimum wages, lifting pay for 5.3 million workers across the country.1 The increases, which range from a $0.05 inflation adjustment in Alaska to a [...]

People Earning Minimum Wage Cannot Afford To Rent Anywhere In The US

By Laura Paddison, Huffingtonpost.com.mx -

The figures are from the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual Out Of Reach report, which documents the affordability of rental housing to low-income families across the U.S. NLIHC [...]

Teen Voices In The Fight To Raise The Minimum Wage In Massachusetts

By Jessicah Pierre, Inequality.org -

Norma Meza is an 18-year-old student at Charlestown High School in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Growing up, she watched her mother battle health issues such as kidney failure, lupus, and ulcers. [...]

Ethiopian Unions Pitch For Minimum Wage In Garment Sector

By Umer Beigh, Thedawn-news.org -

Unions in Ethiopia are attempting to mobilize textile and garment workers, who are facing a massive wage crisis – most of the workers are forced to work under twenty Ethiopian Birr (ETB) per day, [...]

‘We’ll Shut Down Economy’

By Naziziphiwo Buso, Heraldlive.co.za -

South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has threatened to shut down the economy if the proposed national minimum wage is implemented. Vavi was speaking [...]

Bold Increases In The Minimum Wage Should Be Evaluated For The Benefits Of Raising Low-Wage Workers’ Total Earnings

By David Cooper, Lawrence Mishel, and Ben Zipperer, Epi.org -

Workers today paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour are making 25 percent less than their counterparts made in 1968, despite the fact that the nation’s productivity has roughly doubled [...]

Massive Minimum Wage Study Finds Significant Gains For Low-Income Workers And Few Downsides

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet.org -

The study is indeed impressive. Census researchers Kevin Rinz and John Voorheis used data from the bureau's Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which surveys more than 75,000 households. The [...]

Massive Minimum Wage Study: Few Downsides, Gains For Low-Wage Workers

By Cody Fenwick, Alternet -

new study on the minimum wage confirms previous research that found the policy raises wages for low-income workers without reducing total employment. The paper may finally start to convince [...]

Labour Unions Protest Against Tim Hortons’ Reaction To New Minimum Wage

By Staff, Labour-reporter.com -

TORONTO (CP) — Protesters rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Ontario Wednesday to show support for employees after some franchisees made benefits and break cuts after a minimum wage [...]