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Incomes for the 99 Percent Grow by 3 Percent to $47K

Incomes for the 99 Percent Grow by 3 Percent to $47K

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us.  Incomes for the bottom 99 percent of American families rose 3.3 percent last year to $47,213, the biggest annual gain in the past 15 years, according to data compiled by economist Emmanuel Saez and released Monday by the Washington [...]
5 Million Workers Could Earn Overtime Under Obama PlanWASHINGTON (AP) — They’re called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise. With those employees in mind, the Obama administration is proposing making up to 5 million more people eligible for [...]
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Domestic Workers Win Bill of Rights in Conn. and OregonHome caregivers, housekeepers and nannies in Connecticut and Oregon have won workplace protections, including safeguards from sexual harassment and overtime pay, following passage of bills approved by state lawmakers earlier this month. The timing couldn’t have been better. The bills received legislative approval just weeks before the world celebrates International Domestic Workers’ Day, which is [...]
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L.A. Passes $15 Minimum Wage, Helping 600,000 WorkersFirst, it was Seattle that made history in raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Then, San Francisco followed suit. Now, Los Angeles becomes the largest U.S. municipality to move to a $15 hourly wage and leads the way in putting a dent in income inequality for approximately 600,000 people in the city’s workforce. [...]
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More U.S. Jobs Mean Less Economic Security for ManyWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them. Pay growth, though improving, remains tepid. Many workers have few opportunities to advance. Others have taken temporary, part-time or freelance jobs, with little chance of [...]
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L.A. Inches Closer to $15 Wage, Sets Final Vote for June 10  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, but a second vote is required for final approval because the tally was not unanimous. Nonetheless, Council President Herb Wesson stressed to the cheering crowd that the outcome was all [...]
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Blacks and Latinos Earn Less in Retail Jobs, Study SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — African-American and Latino cashiers, salespeople and first-line managers are paid less, are less likely to be promoted off the floor and more likely to be poorer than their White counterparts in the retail industry, a new study showed Tuesday. The study, done by the NAACP and Demos, a public policy organization, found [...]
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Silicon Valley Tech Can Do Better With Hourly WagesWhen you think about it, most of us owe a debt of gratitude to Silicon Valley. Own a smartphone? Enjoy watching movies on your tablet? Got a favorite app? Find yourself trolling social media sites?  Many of these devices and experiences are made possible by the tech giants that call Silicon Valley home. The abilities [...]
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Walmart Raises Wages for 100,000 Managers and WorkersNEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments. The moves mark the next wave of pay raises by the nation’s largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, [...]
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On Why a Living Wage Matters – in L.A. and EverywhereTake a look at your bills, starting with essentials: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family just to get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have to do without to make ends meet? [...]
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