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Fast-Food Chains Could Get Unions Thanks to Labor Ruling

Fast-Food Chains Could Get Unions Thanks to Labor Ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday. The ruling, which came from a case involving a waste management company and its [...]
Workers in Birmingham to Get $10.10 Minimum WageBirmingham, Alabama boosted its minimum wage to $10.10 per hour on Aug. 19, taking a major step to fight poverty and becoming the first city in the Deep South to successfully take up the issue. “This is not the first time that Birmingham has shaken and surprised the world,” said Scott Douglas, a wage increase [...]
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Domestic Workers Win Overtime and Wage Victory – AgainWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated Obama administration regulations that guarantee overtime and minimum wage protection to nearly 2 million home health care workers.  The ruling is a victory for worker advocacy groups and labor unions that have long sought higher wages for domestic workers who help the elderly and disabled [...]
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Will Lexington Be the Next to Raise the Minimum Wage?  As more local governments consider raising the minimum wage, supporters and opponents in Lexington-Fayette County in Kentucky and throughout the country will be paying particular attention to a discussion that starts on Thursday.  That is when the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council will start a formal conversation, as an entire body, about whether to [...]
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On the Minimum Wage: What if Employers Don’t Pay It?NEW YORK (AP) — As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don’t pay the legal minimum now and probably won’t pay the new, higher wages [...]
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Definition of ‘Employee’ Expands Under U.S. OpinionIt may become harder for businesses to classify workers as freelancers rather than employees following a Labor Department opinion issued last month.  The opinion written by David Weil, administrator of the department’s Wage and Hour Division, broadened the definition of what an employee is, and concluded that most workers are employees under the Fair Labor Standards [...]
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The $15 Hourly Wage Is a Success at Seattle RestaurantSEATTLE (AP) — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent [...]
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A $15 Hourly Wage Progresses in California and New YorkSAN 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 [...]
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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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