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A $15 Hourly Wage Progresses in California and New York

A $15 Hourly Wage Progresses in California and New York

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. “How we support our workers and their [...]
Santa Fe Restaurant Workers Call for Unpaid Wages  Restaurant workers gathered outside two businesses and waved protest signs in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 17 to press their claims that they are owed a total of more than $150,000 in wages, according to the United Worker Center of New Mexico, which helped organize the events.  The protests involved dozens of workers [...]
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A $15 Minimum Wage Gains Support in L.A. CountyLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Tuesday became the latest area in the country to take a step toward lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour after officials were told it would either kill business or help lift bread-winners out of poverty. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to direct county lawyers to [...]
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Kansas City Confronts ‘Sin of Poverty Wages’ With VoteKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City’s minimum wage will rise to $13 an hour over about four and a half years under an ordinance that council members approved on July 16, although there are questions whether it could withstand a legal challenge. The ordinance, which makes the city the only one in Missouri to approve [...]
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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 [...]
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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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