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, Otherwords.org -

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, Epi.org -

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, 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 [...]