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Wage Increase in Long Beach to Benefit 54K Workers

Wage Increase in Long Beach to Benefit 54K Workers

So can a vote to increase the minimum wage truly help people in a historic era of inequality?  Well, working families and wage increase supporters in Southern California pointed to the Jan. 20 vote by the Long Beach City Council which boosted hourly pay to $13 by 2019 and included a path to $15 as […]

Denial of Paid Bathroom Breaks Prompts $1.7M in Back Wages

Denial of Paid Bathroom Breaks Prompts $1.7M in Back Wages

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania company that publishes business newsletters will pay about $1.75 million to thousands of minimum wage employees who had to clock out while going on short breaks, including for the bathroom.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a federal judge has given the U.S. Department of Labor and the Malvern-based company, American […]

Silicon Valley City Backs $15 Hourly Wage

Silicon Valley City Backs $15 Hourly Wage

Mountain View, California – a major city in Silicon Valley and home to Google – is embracing a new minimum wage that labor advocates and hourly workers across the country have dubbed the “Fight for $15.” The City Council gave final approval on Nov. 10 to an ordinance that calls for a $15 per hour […]

Florida Berry Pickers Are Left Out of Talks Affecting Their Lives

Florida Berry Pickers Are Left Out of Talks Affecting Their Lives

When black bears in Florida began foraging for food in people’s backyards, the state responded by banning the harvest of small orange, green and dark-blue saw palmetto berries the bears feed on in the wild. The reasoning? Preserving more of the bears’ food in their habitats would make them less likely to encroach on suburbia. […]

Oregon City Approves $15 Hourly Wage for Its Employees

Oregon City Approves $15 Hourly Wage for Its Employees

Milwaukie, Oregon became the latest city to raise its minimum wage, when the City Council voted unanimously Oct. 20, to pay its municipal employees at least $15 an hour.  The small city of about 20,000 residents sits less than 10 miles south of Portland and joins Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, which already voted […]

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