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    Activists with Our Revolution hold $15 minimum wage signs outside the Capitol complex on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, to call on Congress to pass the $15 federal minimum wage hike proposed as part of the Covid relief bill.Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images After legislative setbacks, Democrats appear to have scrapped plans to add a $15 federal minimum wage to the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill being weighed in Washington. That means the current national wage floor — $7.25 an hour, or about $15,000 a year before tax — will likely remain in place for the short term. The current minimum wage doesn't cover the cost of living for full-time workers in any U.S. state, according to cost-of-living data published by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards Twenty-one states used the federal minimum as of January this year, according to the...
    Savannah Rychcik February 26, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is announcing a plan requiring large corporations to pay their employees at least $15 per hour. Hawley’s legislation targets companies with revenues of $1 billion or more and requires the minimum wage for billion-dollar corporations to be indexed to the federal median wage after 2025. “For decades, the wages of everyday, working Americans have remained stagnate while monopoly corporations have consolidated industry after industry, securing record profits for CEOs and investment bankers,” Hawley said in a statement. He continued, “Mega-corporations can afford to pay their workers $15 an hour, and it’s long past time they do so, but this should not come at the expense of small businesses already struggling to make it.” Hawley noted employees at small businesses would benefit from his previously introduce Blue Collar Bonus. The legislation would give small business workers making below the...
    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.), Chairman of the Budget Committee, speaks during a U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing regarding wages at large corporations on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 25, 2021.Stefani Reynolds | Reuters Top Democrats are drafting new plans that would penalize big corporations that pay their employees less than $15 an hour after a Senate official ruled Thursday that the party could not include a wage increase in its $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. Democrats led by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., vowed to pursue amendments to the existing relief package that would punish corporations that pay workers below a certain hourly rate. Sanders was quick to rebuke the decision of Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonough, who determined Thursday evening that a proposed $15 minimum wage provision did not meet strict budgetary standards imposed under the budget reconciliation process. "I strongly disagree with tonight's decision by the Senate...
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    NYC to allow Central Park ice rinks to stay open for rest of season Facebook will restore news in Australia after talks with the government © Gravity Payments KEY WORDS Load Error He’s not buying what America’s billionaires are selling. The CEO known for increasing his employees’ base pay to $70,000 says wealthy people donating their money and getting rewarded with “glowing articles, a hospital named after you and a massive tax write-off” amount to “one of capitalism’s biggest PR scams.” Dan Price, the CEO of the credit-card processing company Gravity Payments, slammed America’s elites on Twitter charging that the average billionaire donates a smaller share of their money to charity each year than the average non-billionaire. As evidence, Price cited a recent ranking of the biggest charitable contributions of 2020, which included deep-pocketed donors such as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Critics of wealth inequality have pointed out...
    An activist wears a "Fight For $15" T-shirt at a news conference prior to a vote on the Raise the Wage Act, July 18, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol.Alex Wong | Getty Images A $15 minimum wage could become a reality in the U.S. While millions would get a pay boost from a higher national wage floor, it would still fall short of paying many workers a "living wage" — the salary a person or family needs to cover their basic expenses. That's especially true for families, largely due to higher living costs like childcare, relative to single adults. Even with a raise to $15 per hour, a typical family of four couldn't afford the basics in any U.S. state, according to a CNBC analysis of cost-of-living data assembled by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (This example assumes two kids and two adults working full-time for minimum pay.)...
    Mother and son from Iowa arrested in Capitol riot, FBI says 2 dead after military jet crashes near airport in Alabama Walmart has joined a growing list of retailers boosting employees’ wages to $15 an hour, but unlike rivals such as Target Amazon and Costco all of which now offer base pay of $15 an hour for all employees, the nation’s largest private employer will keep its starting wages at $11 an hour. © Getty Images The pay raise at Walmart means that some 730,000 hourly workers will receive at least $15 an hour once the change goes into effect, Doug McMillon, Walmart’s CEO said Thursday. That amounts to half of the company’s hourly employee workforce.  Load Error “I’ve been working at Walmart for 11 years and only make $11.85, and most of us cashiers along with hundreds of thousands of others are once again left out of...
    Supreme Court justices have ruled against Uber and said their 60,000 drivers should be classed as workers in a landmark decision for the gig economy. Seven justices ruled on the latest round of a long-running fight between the taxi firm's operating companies and its paid-for motorists on Friday, after a hearing in July. The transport giant, who said those doing its jobs were contractors not workers, appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds of the case. But today they lost their last roll of the dice as justices threw out their appeal in a ruling will have massive implications for the estimated 5.5million people working in the UK gig economy.  Mark Cairns, an Uber driver in London for five years, said in a statement: 'It's been a long time coming but I'm delighted that we've finally got the victory we deserve. 'Being an Uber driver can be stressful....
    UBER drivers will be entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay after winning a “historic” court battle.  Supreme Court justices today ruled that the ride-hailing app must classify its drivers as “workers” rather than contractors following a lengthy legal battle.  3Uber drivers are seen celebrating the decision outside the Supreme Court earlier todayCredit: PA:Press Association 3Driver Yaseen Aslam, pictured, brought the case to the Silicon Valley firmCredit: PA:Press Association Uber drivers had previously been treated as self-employed, meaning that in law they were only afforded minimal protections. The Silicon Valley-based firm appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds of the fight, but justices today dismissed the appeal. A law firm enlisted by the GMB union to represent Uber drivers said they will now be entitled to compensation for lost pay and minimum wage.  'FOUR-YEAR BATTLE' Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said: “This has been a gruelling four-year...
    New York : In some states, if an employee does not earn enough in tips to meet the minimum wage, the employer has to make up the difference. Photo: KENA BETANCUR / . / . An increase in minimum wage of up to $ 15 per hour it could provoke a new wave of layoffs in the restaurant sector and maybe even a price increase, according to the opinion of some members of the restaurant sector. Today, waiters in a state like Indiana earn $ 2.13 per hour, which is more than $ 5 less than the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25, because waiters’ pay also includes tips. If an employee does not earn enough in tips to meet the minimum wage, the employer has to make up the difference. Those who oppose a higher minimum wage They fear the tax break for restaurants...
    Walmart — the nation's largest private employer — is hiking pay for 425,000 workers, or nearly a third of its U.S. workforce of 1.5 million.  Store workers tasked in digital and stocking positions that proved particularly crucial during the pandemic will earn more starting March 13, with their starting hourly rates going to $13 to $19 based on location and market, the retailer said. That includes employees who fetch items from store shelves for online orders to be picked up or delivered, workers "central" to fourth-quarter sales of just under $100 billion, Walmart U.S. Chief Executive John Furner wrote Thursday in a post to employees.  The retailer's starting minimum pay remains $11 an hour, but the increase will bring Walmart's average pay overall to more than $15 an hour, up from more than $14 an hour.  The retailer's increase comes as the White House and Congress weigh hiking the federal...
    Thousands of turtles have been rescued from freezing waters in Texas Gamestop stock hearings: Maxine Waters is doing a deep dive into the mess, with multiple hearings Walmart, America's largest private employer, will raise wages for 425,000 US workers -- more than a fourth of its workforce -- to at least $13 an hour. © Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images An employee gathers shopping carts at Walmart, July 22, 2020 in Burbank, California. - The country's most populous state reported a record 12,807 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Starting March 13, hourly workers stocking shelves and fulfilling customers' home delivery and curbside pickup orders in stores will receive a starting rate of $13 to $19 an hour, based on the store's location and market, Walmart US CEO John Furner said in note to Walmart workers Thursday. Last year, the company raised wages for...
    A worker is seen wearing a mask while organizing merchandise at a Walmart store, in North Brunswick, New Jersey, July 20, 2020.Eduardo Munoz | Reuters Walmart announced Thursday it will raise pay for workers to an average above $15 an hour, giving a boost to 425,000 employees. Walmart said its minimum starting wage for workers will remain at $11 an hour. Its U.S. workforce numbers about 1.5 million people, making it the nation's largest private employer. The big-box retailer made the announcement as it reported holiday-quarter earnings that fell short of Wall Street's expectations, weighed down by Covid-related expenses and heightened investments in e-commerce. Walmart also cautioned that it expects its sales growth to moderate this year. Walmart shares were down nearly 5% in premarket trading. Beginning March 13, the company said, pay for store workers in digital and stocking positions will go up to $13 to $19 an hour,...
    New York (CNN Business)Walmart, America's largest private employer, will raise wages for 425,000 US workers -- more than a fourth of its workforce -- to at least $13 an hour.Starting March 13, hourly workers stocking shelves and fulfilling customers' home delivery and curbside pickup orders in stores will receive a starting rate of $13 to $19 an hour, based on the store's location and market, Walmart (WMT) US CEO John Furner said in note to Walmart workers Thursday. Last year, the company raised wages for 165,000 store workers in management roles to a starting rate of $18 an hour.This is one of the fastest growing jobs at WalmartWalmart said that the latest pay bumps will bring its average hourly wage to above $15 an hour. But Walmart will maintain its $11 minimum wage.In recent years, many rival retailers and restaurant chains have moved to a $15 an hour minimum wage....
    Noam Galai/Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.For many restaurant workers, the trade off for hours of grueling work serving food and dealing with demoralizing customers, not to mention the threat of stray COVID-19 germs from maskless patrons, is an hourly wage as low as $2.13. That’s because some states allow employers to pay tipped workers a subminimum wage (also called a tipped minimum wage), assuming they can make up the rest of their pay in tips. In practice, this policy has caused tipped restaurant workers to be twice as likely as the general workforce to live in poverty.  Seven states have already abandoned the tipped minimum wage. Now, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats have signaled they’re ready to ditch this policy nationwide: As part of the $1.9...
    More On: minimum wage Biden’s push to increase federal minimum wage would cost over 1.5M jobs: CBO Democrats’ $15 minimum wage would drive a nail in the economy’s coffin Biden partisan ‘relief’ push puts Democrats’ desires ahead of the nation’s needs Biden ready to ram through $1.9T stimulus plan without GOP A case out of California shows the perils of politicians’ ordering raises for private-sector workers — and thereby killing their jobs. The City Council of Long Beach recently passed a law ordering grocery-store companies with over 300 employees nationwide to pay local workers an extra $4 per hour for at least the next few months. The “hero pay” mandate was supposed to reward brave grocery employees risking infection to work through the pandemic — but Long Beach didn’t actually pay for the bonus itself, so it wound up costing 200 heroes their jobs. Kroger, the nation’s largest operator...
    Hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would lift pay for millions of impoverished American families and add to the nation's red ink and the number of unemployed, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.  The federal deficit would increase by about $54 billion over 10 years under a Democratic proposal to gradually lift the federal minimum wage from to $15. That's largely due to the higher wages paid to workers, such as those caring for the elderly, that would contribute to an increase in federal spending, according to a report released Monday by the nonpartisan federal agency. Democrats are pushing to include the higher minimum wage as part of their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. The current baseline wage of $7.25 has not budged in nearly 12 years, the longest span without a raise since the U.S. adopted a federal minimum wage in 1938.  The high number of low-wage...
    . On February 8, 2021 at 1:46 pm. France Media Agency After months of mobilizing some staff to organize this election, nearly 6,000 people are being invited to mail their bulletins by March 6. The count is expected to begin on March 30, and will last for several days. If a majority of Bessemer warehouse workers vote in favor of unionization, they will automatically be represented by the RWDSU supply union, but will not become full members until the newcomer is approved. Company agreement, negotiation between the union and the company. Amazon is the second largest employer in the United States with 800,000 people, mostly workers and technicians in its logistics centers. So far, attempts to arrange in warehouses have failed. The warehouse organizing committee held a rally last weekend to persuade employees to join the RWDSU....
    People gather together to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers wages to a $15 minimum wage as well as demanding the right to a union on May 23, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Joe Raedle | Getty Images Millions of workers in the U.S. could be in for a pay raise as Democrats move to pass a $15 federal minimum wage without Republican support. Both President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan and the recently reintroduced Raise the Wage Act would gradually lift the federal minimum wage to $15 from $7.25, where it's been since 2009. The Raise the Wage Act offers the following timeline: The federal minimum wage would jump to $9.50 this year and reach $15 an hour by 2025. After that, it would be indexed to median wages. The jump would give nearly 32 million American workers a raise, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning research...
    The federal minimum wage hasn’t gone up since 2009, staying stuck at $7.25 an hour. Democrats haven’t had the power to change that since January 2011, but now they do—and they plan to. Congressional Democrats are introducing the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which would bring the minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the Raise the Wage Act would raise pay for 32 million workers and chip away at racial and gender pay gaps, with 23% of the people seeing their pay go up being Black or Latina women. Three in five workers with below-poverty incomes would also get a raise. Under the legislation, the minimum wage would hit $15 in 2025, and then—and don’t undersell how exciting this part is—be indexed to median wage growth so that the minimum wage would not get stuck for another 12 years because Republicans regain the...
    VIDEO1:2801:28What $15 an hour minimum wage means for Main StreetPower Lunch While small business owners are cheering President Joe Biden's plans to direct more aid to a Main Street that has been ravaged by the pandemic, they're also debating another of his pledges — hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Workers' rights groups are cheering the move, but advocates for America's smallest businesses are warning such an increase could stall an already challenging economic recovery on the road back to stability from the health crisis. Biden's plans would more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which has not moved since 2009, despite repeated efforts by Democrats to increase pay for low-wage workers. A 2019 report from the Congressional Budget Office projected that hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour gradually by 2025 would increase pay for 17 million workers but...
    VIDEO4:1404:14TGI Fridays CEO on stimulus and raising the minimum wageSquawk on the Street TGI Fridays CEO Ray Blanchette said that President Joe Biden's proposal to eliminate the tipped minimum wage would likely result in fewer hours for the chain's waitstaff and higher menu prices. Biden has proposed raising the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 and eliminating tip credits, a change that would primarily affect the restaurant industry. The changes would mean that employers would have to pay every worker at least $15 an hour, even if they receive tips. In 43 states, employers can pay their workers as little as $2.13 an hour as long as that hourly wage and tips add up to the locality's pay floor. Otherwise, the employer has to make up the difference. The tipped minimum wage was last raised in 1991. TGI Fridays already pays most of its kitchen employees more than...
    President-elect Joe Biden's proposal to more than double the federal minimum wage would provide an urgently pay hike to millions of low-income workers and help stem inequality in the U.S., economists and labor advocates said. In detailing his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal on Thursday, Mr. Biden called for raising the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, saying, "No one working 40 hours a week should still be below the poverty line." A fatter paycheck could help many Americans regain their financial footing during the ongoing recovery, including "essential" workers such as grocery clerks and home health aides whose jobs have put them on the front lines of a pandemic yet whose earnings are among the lowest. "Every worker should be paid a $15 minimum wage, and essential front-line workers need hazard pay for the enormous health and safety risks they face during this pandemic," Marc Perrone, international president...
    London (CNN Business)Britain's largest supermarket chain Tesco underpaid almost 80,000 of its workers, the UK government has revealed, as it "named and shamed" dozens of companies for not paying the minimum wage.A total of 139 companies failed to pay £6.7 million ($9.1 million) to thousands of workers the government said Thursday. The cases were investigated between 2016 and 2018.The current minimum wage in the United Kingdom is £8.72 ($11.91) for workers aged 25 and over. Tesco (TSCDF), which has more than 3,700 stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland and nearly 7,000 stores worldwide, was by far the worst offender. The retailer did not pay 78,199 workers the minimum wage, according to the list, owing them more than £5 million ($6.8 million). The supermarket chain said it is "extremely disappointed and surprised to have been included in this list," saying it identified its failure to pay minimum wage in 2017...
    Workers in 20 states will get a pay hike on January 1 when the minimum wage increases, thanks to cost-of-living adjustments and other scheduled increases. Later in the year, another four states and Washington, D.C. will raise their baseline pay, which means that low-wage workers in almost half the nation could see higher pay next year.  The pay hikes come as the federal minimum wage, which hasn't seen an increase for more than 11 years, remains mired at $7.25 an hour — the longest span the baseline wage has gone without an increase since it began in 1938. At the same time, workers across the nation are struggling amid an economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to spread unabated. A higher minimum wage could help those workers regain their financial footing, especially so-called essential workers such as grocery clerks and home health aides, whose jobs have helped...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Three workers’ rights bills passed as part of the so-called “grand bargain” on Beacon Hill in 2018 go into effect with the new year. Starting Friday, January 1, 2021, the minimum wage across Massachusetts will increase from $12.75 per hour to $13.50 per hour. That will increase to $15 per hour by 2023. All workers will also have access to 12 weeks of paid family leave and 20 weeks of paid medical leave. Time-and-a-half pay for Sundays will continue to be phased out with the rate dropping from 1.3 to 1.2 percent in 2021. Lawmakers voted to phase out this pay as the state’s minimum wage increases.
    People gather together to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers wages to a $15 minimum wage as well as demanding the right to a union on May 23, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Joe Raedle | Getty Images The move toward a $15 minimum wage gained more ground in 2020 through the electoral victory of President-elect Joe Biden and yet another state voting in favor of an eventual $15 pay floor. Next year, half of U.S. states will raise their minimum wage, up from 21 in 2020. All but five of those states — Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Virginia — will hike their hourly minimum on Friday. And the federal minimum wage, which hasn't recorded an increase in more than a decade, could finally get a boost, affecting millions of workers ranging from restaurant cooks to janitors. Biden has pledged to boost it to $15 an hour and eliminate...
    NBCs Steve Kornacki thrilled with new beat: Analyzing NFL playoff scenarios instead of elections Throw Out Your Old Mix Tapes, Because Weve Gathered the Best Love Songs of All Time Starbucks reveals plans for $15 minimum wage across America, following workers demands for higher pay © Starbucks Starbucks is aiming for a $15 minimum wage in the US. Starbucks Starbucks is aiming to raise its minimum pay for all workers across the US to $15 per hour over the next three years, CEO Kevin Johnson told The Wall Street Journal.  Johnson wrote in an open letter that more than 30% of US workers currently make $15 or more per hour, and that Starbucks is on the path to have every worker make that much in "the coming two to three years."  The coffee giant is raising all US workers' pay by at least 10% in 2020.  Some employees...
    A wage ordinance approved by Portland voters on Nov. 3 could dramatically increase pay during the COVID-19 pandemic, a move that businesses say will cause more of them to curtail operations or shut down entirely. “The immediate concern is whether the hazard pay provision takes effect this December or January 2022,” David Clough, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Maine, told The Center Square by email. “The impact of the hazard pay provision taking effect next month will be catastrophic in the midst of the current public health emergency that is expected to last into 2021,” Clough said. “Labor costs will rise sharply.” Small businesses will face difficult choices about whether to raise prices, lay off workers, reduce overall hours or shut down, Clough said. “With employers, employees and customers struggling to manage the extraordinary financial impacts of the pandemic, small businesses...
    Fauci would take a vaccine. Would you take a vaccine for Fauci? With US pullout, Afghanistan faces messy free-for-all for influence Starbucks raises wages for its baristas as restaurant industry braces for minimum wage hike Starbucks baristas will receive higher wages of at least 10% starting Dec. 14. The coffee chain is already known for giving its workers more generous benefits and pay than other retailers and restaurant chains. Florida recently voted to increase its wage floor over the next six years until it reaches $15 an hour. © Provided by CNBC A worker stands inside Starbucks in midtown during the coronavirus pandemic on May 20, 2020 in New York City. Starbucks is raising hourly wages for its baristas as the restaurant industry braces for a higher minimum wage when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Load Error Starting Dec. 14, baristas, shift supervisors and cafe attendants will...
    FDA approves first home COVID test: Heres why most Americans wont get it before next spring Trump is out of view but still governing, firing Starbucks is giving every barista in the US a raise, but some workers demand more as $15 minimum wage looms © Provided by Business Insider Starbucks is raising workers' pay. Starbucks Starbucks is giving all US employees a pay raise of at least 10%, according to an internal memo viewed by Business Insider.  "This announcement is the next phase of its commitment to ensuring the well-being of partners with one of the most significant investments to hourly pay in the U.S. in the history of the company," Starbucks representative Reggie Borges said.  However, some employees say that pay bumps are not enough, as they demand a $15 minimum wage across the US.  President-elect Joe Biden has said it is necessary to raise the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Metropolitan Airport Commission is expected to approve Monday a minimum wage increase of $15 an hour for workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Currently, the minimum wage at the Twin Cities airport is $11 an hour. For years, workers have pushed alongside union leadership to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. According to the plan that’s expected to be approved, the wage increase will be phased in over the next year and a half. Glen Brown, who is Black and works at the airport, said Monday that the increase would not only be an economic boost to workers, but also a step toward addressing racial disparities in Minnesota. Under the first phase of the plan, workers will see a pay increase starting in January, when pay will be bumped to $13 an hour. Six months later, pay will be increased to $14...
    U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on October 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images It appears unemployed workers won't get another boost in their weekly benefits any time soon, after President Donald Trump pulled officials out of negotiations on a fifth round of coronavirus relief Tuesday. The move abruptly dashed hopes of a deal on items such as enhanced unemployment benefits after weeks of talks between the White House and top congressional Democrats seemed to be bearing some fruit. Absent more aid, jobless Americans will be living off their current allotment of benefits from the state or federal government. In some cases, that amounts to just $5 a week.VIDEO4:0504:05Here's how the stimulus stalemate could create economic falloutThe ExchangeEven that money will disappear by the end of the year for millions of workers without more legislation — leaving them...
    “Advertising Fairtrade is like advertising ‘We almost pay minimum wage,’” says Philip Goodlaxson, owner of Corvus Coffee. “It’s not a huge thing to be proud of.” Corvus doesn’t sell coffee beans certified as Fairtrade because Goodlaxson doesn’t think the certification gives farmers the financial support and product recognition they deserve. Still, anything that gets consumers thinking about the story and the people behind their cup of coffee is important —  no ifs, ands or buts, he continues. Fairtrade certification implies that standards are in place to protect workers and the environment while producing quality products. The certification evolved during the second half of the 20th century, and while its intentions were just, some, like Goodlaxson, question whether the label still protects and compensates to the extent they claim. Goodlaxson has found his alternative by working directly with small-lot coffee farmers and by paying them a premium price to ensure a...
    Starting next month, Hobby Lobby will raise its minimum wage for full-time workers to $17 an hour, executives with the arts-and-crafts retailer said Tuesday, citing the difficulty of working during the coronavirus pandemic.  The hourly wage hike will make Hobby Lobby, which has more than 43,000 employees and 900 stores around the U.S., among the highest-paying U.S. retailers. Amazon, Costco and Target offer baseline pay of $15, while Walmart offers at least $12.   "Because this year has presented so many challenges to our employees, we are very happy that we are able to provide pay increases to thousands of our associates before the Christmas season," CEO David Green said in a statement. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Part-time workers at Hobby, who earn $11 per hour, will not qualify for the new base pay. The company did not disclose how many employees will earn $17 per...
    Hobby Lobby is raising the minimum wage for its full-time workers to $17 an hour ahead of the holiday season. The arts-and-crafts chain will implement the permanent raise Oct. 1, making it the latest big retailer to increase staffers’ pay amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Oklahoma-based company said it last hiked its minimum full-time wage to $15 an hour in 2014. “Because this year has presented so many challenges to our employees, we are very happy that we are able to provide pay increases to thousands of our associates before the Christmas season,” Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green said in a Monday statement announcing the change. The raise will come about three months after Target increased its starting wage to $15 an hour in an effort to support its workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Other retail giants such as Walmart and Amazon have temporarily hiked hourly wages and...
    Trump claimed it would be "a very positive statement." But the promised announcement never surfaced. The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment. According to a Pew Research survey conducted in June 2019, 67% of Americans favored raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The minimum wage, which has not increased since 2009, currently stands at $7.25 per hour. Trump has taken a variety of contradictory positions on the minimum wage in the past. During the 2016 election, he said that he was both against any federal minimum wage and also in favor of a $10 federal minimum wage. In 2019, he told Telemundo that he was open to a minimum wage higher than $15 per hour just days after he threatened to veto a bipartisan House-passed bill doing just that. Now, with the national economy sagging, Americans are becoming increasingly anxious about job issues, including...
    ALAMEDA (KPIX) – Some Bay Area workers will see a bump in their next paycheck due to a scheduled increase in the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage will certainly help a lot of people, but during this pandemic some struggling business owners in Alameda say the timing is a bit awkward. As more and more people are out of work, looking for jobs due to the pandemic, the minimum wage in Alameda has increased from $13.50 to $15.00 dollars an hour. But the coronavirus has hurt businesses, too and some may be closing for good. The mayor of Alameda, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, supports the wage hike, and said she understands times are tough. “What we have to always balance is the need of the businesses, but also the needs of our workers to be able to pay their rent, be able to put food on the table,”...
    Low-paid workers in the U.S. have particularly felt the economic sting from the coronavirus pandemic since they tend to work in "front-line" jobs, such as in restaurants and stores. But some employees are getting a financial lift as three states and 18 cities and counties around the country move to raise their minimum wages. Illinois, Nevada and Oregon raised the baseline level of pay starting Wednesday, as did cities including Portland, Oregon, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and several other California municipalities. The boost could help families that are struggling with the impact of the pandemic-related recession and boost local economies, according to Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. The increases, which were scheduled before the pandemic shuttered much of the economy in March, aren't without controversy. Some businesses and anti-wage increase groups are now advocating for a halt in minimum wage hikes. Maryland's Chamber of Commerce...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Starting July 1, the minimum wage in Chicago will rise to at least $13.50 per hour, while most of the rest of Illinois will see the minimum wage go up to $10. Many employees in Chicago also will see further protections, including a new “fair workweek ordinance” requiring some employers to post work schedules two weeks in advance, and protection against retaliation for staying home while sick from COVID-19. On Wednesday, the city’s minimum wage will rise from $13 per hour to $13.50 for businesses with 4 to 20 employees, and to $14 per hour for businesses with 21 or more workers. The city’s minimum wage ordinance will increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour on July 1, 2021, except for businesses with fewer than 20 workers, who will get until 2023 to bring their minimum wage to $15. Meantime, also on Wednesday, the city’s subminimum...
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