Despite Historic Minimum Wage Increases, The South Still Trails Behind

By Rebekah Barber, Facing South. -

2022 marks 10 years since fast food workers in New York first went on strike to demand higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to unionize — sparking the Fight For $15 [...]

$15 Wage Becoming New Average In Some Industries

By Sharon Zhang, Truthout. -

New data show that, as wages have risen across much of the economy, the average pay for restaurant and supermarket workers has risen above $15 an hour for the first time, reports The Washington [...]

Workers Insist The $15 Minimum Wage Fight Isn’t Over

By Joe Maniscalco, DC Report. -

Women comprise the overwhelming majority of frontline workers who risk their lives and the lives of their families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But the Democrats who they helped retake [...]

Doing Too Little In This Crisis Will Come Back To Haunt The US Economy

By Thea M. Lee, Economic Policy Institute. -

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) is essential to a robust and equitable recovery. The risk of doing too little is far greater than the risk of doing too much, and the American Rescue [...]

Small Acts Can Become A Power No Government Can Suppress

By Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance. -

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was passed in the House this past week and now heads to the Senate, where it will no doubt be changed before it becomes law some time in mid-March. The current [...]

Democrats Torpedo $15 Minimum Wage Hike

By Marcus Day, WSWS. -

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party effectively ended efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of the COVID-19 stimulus package making its way [...]

It’s Time To Make Large Corporations Pay Living Wages

By Phil Mattera, DC Report. -

Landing a job in the ’80s with a large corporation was, even for blue-collar workers, a ticket to good wages, generous benefits and a secure retirement. Women and workers of color did not share [...]

The Fake Debate Over A Minimum Wage

By Richard D. Wolff, Counterpunch. -

Capitalism’s “conservative” defenders yet again oppose raising the minimum wage. They fought raising it in the past much as they tried to prevent the Fair Labor Standards Act (1938) that first [...]

Biden’s First Month Marked By Broken Promises

By Alan Macleod, Mintpress News. -

One month into his presidential career and Joe Biden has already left a trail of broken promises on progressive legislation. Yesterday, it was reported that the president held a closed-door [...]

Over 200 Small Business Restaurant Owners And Employers Endorse Raise The Wage Act

By Brett Wilkins, Commondreams. -

As the small restaurant sector reels from the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a report published Thursday by advocates for tipped workers and a $15 minimum wage revealed [...]

Red States Cut Worker Pay By $1.5 Billion

By Negin Owliaei, -

Last month, the House voted to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. If the Senate passes the bill, it would be the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade — far [...]

NYC’s $15 Minimum Wage Helped Restaurants Thrive

By Allana Akhtar, Business Insider. -

New York City restaurant workers saw their pay increase by 20% after a $15 minimum-wage hike, and a new report says business is booming despite warnings that the boost would devastate the city's [...]

CBO Report Shows Broad Benefits From Higher Minimum Wage

By Heidi Shierholz, -

This afternoon, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report assessing the economic impact of raising the minimum wage to $15 in 2025 in six steps (this is a similar policy to the Raise [...]

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

By Dave Jamieson, -

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 [...]