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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Back $15 Hourly Wage

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Back $15 Hourly Wage

More than 600,000 people in the Los Angeles workforce will benefit from the city’s new $15 per hour minimum wage, which the City Council initially approved on May 19, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), a research and advocacy group that supports the decision. The 14-1 vote instructs the city attorney to prepare [...]
Facebook to Pay Minimum Wage of $15 to U.S. ContractorsNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees.  The world’s largest online social network is implementing a set of new standards for its U.S.-based contractors who do a “substantial amount of work” with Facebook. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced [...]
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Will NY See a $15 Hourly Wage? Gov. Cuomo Backs a HikeNEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a plan to get a minimum wage hike that doesn’t require legislative approval. Hourly workers across New York state, especially in the fast-food industry, and throughout the country endorsed the effort on Thursday, saying people will have a better standard of living if an increase occurs. [...]
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Income Inequality Is Served Daily in CongressWASHINGTON (AP) — Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It’s their life. Many of the Capitol’s food servers, who make the meals, bus the tables and run the cash registers in the restaurants and carryouts that serve lawmakers, earn less than $11 an hour. Some make nothing [...]
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For May Day, a Chicago Organizer Talks About DignityMillions of people will show their support on Friday for workers throughout the world, as communities come together to mark May Day. The day has ties to Chicago (see history box below). This year, economic inequality, poverty, immigrant rights and the campaign to end excessive force by police also will be part of May Day [...]
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Good Wages, Local Jobs to Be Part of San Diego Project  To passersby, the scene earlier this month in San Diego might have appeared as a run-of-the-mill groundbreaking ceremony held by developers. But, in a sense, behind the row of people standing with shovels on April 17 at this site was San Diego’s first community benefits agreement, which grassroots advocates point out will bring living [...]
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Union Wants Walmart to Rehire 2,200 WorkersNEW YORK (AP) — A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Walmart to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, arguing the [...]
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Fast-Food Workers Put Spotlight on ‘Fight for $15′ – AgainNEW YORK (AP) — The Fight for $15 campaign that began with fast-food workers expanded in size and scope Wednesday to include a range of workers who say their meager pay is a form of economic injustice. Organizers said demonstrations were planned for more than 230 U.S. cities and college campuses, as well as dozens [...]
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Labor Calls for McDonald’s to Raise Wages for All WorkersNEW YORK (AP) — A pay bump for workers at some McDonald’s restaurants isn’t likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues. McDonald’s said Wednesday it would raise wages for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, which represent only about 10 percent of more than 14,300 locations. It also said it would [...]
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Seattle Workers Just Received a Raise, Which Will Hit $15SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages. The fast-food workers who staged walk-outs to advance the idea, however, won’t be seeing anything close to [...]
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