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What Everyone Should Know About the Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage. Alan Simpson Slams 'Hypocrite' Companies For Making Billions While Opposing $15 Min. Wage. <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options!

Alan Simpson Slams 'Hypocrite' Companies For Making Billions While Opposing $15 Min. Wage

</a> Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) called out wealthy companies and conservative leaders as hypocrites over the weekend for refusing to support a $15 minimum wage even though corporations showed billions in profits each year. Speaking to KULR in an interview that aired on Sunday, Simpson said that he had learned from visiting college campuses that young Americans were not interested in voting on traditional Republican social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. "They're very serious people and they don't care about the social issues," he noted. Untitled. There’s a lot more going on in this election than the presidential race between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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Borne out of the dedication and hard work of activists, ballot initiatives give citizens the opportunity to vote directly on legislation and constitutional amendments at the state and local level, sometimes even bypassing the legislature. This year, People’s Action affiliates in four states have seen their hard work pay off by successfully getting initiatives to increase the minimum wage on the ballot. U.S. Fought To Lower Minimum Wage In Haiti So Hanes And Levis Would Stay Cheap.

California voters will have a chance to raise minimum wage to $15. California’s minimum wage is $10 an hour, well ahead of the $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage, but well behind the cost of living in much of this very expensive state—we’re still talking about less than $21,000 for a year of full-time work.

California voters will have a chance to raise minimum wage to $15

California voters will have a chance to to improve on that come November, since a measure gradually raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has qualified for the ballot: The California Secretary of State's office said supporters of the measure, pushed by Labor group coalition Lift Up California, had gathered more than the 400,000 signatures needed to have the Fair Wage Act of 2016 placed on the ballot. [...] California lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage, the highest in the US. California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to the nation as it struggles with a growing gap between rich and poor.

California lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage, the highest in the US

The legislation now goes to Governor Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law after previously working out the plan with labor unions. The state of New York was considering a similar move. Brown was traveling out of state until Friday evening and wasn’t expected to sign the bill immediately. Democrats who control both legislative chambers in California hailed the increase as a boon to more than 2 million of state’s poorest workers. Republicans, however, echoed fears from business owners and economists that the annual increases – eventually tied to inflation – will compound California’s image as hostile to business. The assembly passed SB3 with a 48 to 26 vote. The increases would start with a boost from $10 to $10.50 on 1 January. Fb518f3647002218a7 a6m6ilt1w. Oregon grapples with consequences of landmark minimum wage law. On any given street in central Portland, small quirky shops offer something for everyone – craft beer, cupcakes, vintage frocks, crafting, perhaps?

Oregon grapples with consequences of landmark minimum wage law

For Portlanders, it’s what gives the city its anti-establishment, anti-franchise identity. It’s proved fertile comedic territory for the Portlandia TV series, but it’s also given small business owners a true sense of pride in their grassroots capitalism. Now some are worried about the future. Fb518f3647002218a7 a6m6ilt1w. Alabama Republicans block Birmingham minimum wage increase, the ALEC way. Republicans just keep showing exactly how committed they are to their famous love of local control: not at all.

Alabama Republicans block Birmingham minimum wage increase, the ALEC way

At least not when it comes to cities and towns that want to help workers by passing laws like minimum wage increases. Birmingham, Alabama, is the latest victim of a minimum wage pre-emption law: Alabama’s governor and legislature Thursday blocked Birmingham’s attempts to raise the city’s minimum wage as they swiftly approved legislation to strip cities of their ability to set hourly pay requirements. The Alabama senate passed the legislation on a 23-11 vote that largely broke along party lines.

Governor Robert Bentley signed the bill into law about an hour later. Alabama Republicans aren’t alone. Oregon governor signs landmark tiered minimum wage increase into law. Oregon’s governor on Wednesday signed trailblazing legislation that will raise the minimum wage to nearly $15 in six years, and do so through a three-tiered system that has not been tried anywhere else in the country.

Oregon governor signs landmark tiered minimum wage increase into law

“I’m proud to sign into law my top priority of the 2016 Legislative session – raising the minimum wage,” Governor Kate Brown said in a statement. She said the new law “is a path forward – so working families can catch up, and businesses have time to plan for the increase”. President Obama said Congress needs to follow Oregon’s example and raise the federal minimum wage, now at $7.25 an hour. “I commend the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown for taking action to raise their state’s minimum wage,” Obama said in a statement. The president said 18 states and the District of Columbia have acted since he first called on Congress to increase the federal standard in 2013. The Oregon increases over six years surpass those adopted by any other state so far. Alabama passes law banning cities and towns from increasing minimum wage. Alabama’s governor and legislature Thursday blocked Birmingham’s attempts to raise the city’s minimum wage as they swiftly approved legislation to strip cities of their ability to set hourly pay requirements.

Alabama passes law banning cities and towns from increasing minimum wage

The Alabama senate passed the legislation on a 23-11 vote that largely broke along party lines. Governor Robert Bentley signed the bill into law about an hour later. Minimum Wage Is Not a Livable Wage. Donald Trump is no stranger to inflammatory remarks, but one statement really struck home for me.

Minimum Wage Is Not a Livable Wage

During the presidential debate on November 10, Donald Trump claimed that current wages are “too high.” He repeated that claim the following day during the New England Council "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in Manchester, New Hampshire.Donald Trump has never struggled for money—he even talked recently about getting a “small loan” from his father to the tune of $1 million. Mr. How opponents of raising minimum wage pit workers against each another. When Jens Rushing overheard his co-workers complaining about New York’s “burger flippers” demanding $15 an hour, the Texas-based paramedic tapped out a Facebook post on his cellphone.

How opponents of raising minimum wage pit workers against each another

He never imagined that the post would go viral, but since he made his comments in July, it has been shared approximately 50,000 times and picked up on other platforms, like Tumblr and Imgur. In a few hundred words, Rushing got to the heart of the problem regarding the fight to increase the US minimum wage. The demand by the lowest-paid workers in the US that they be paid $15 an hour for their work – a fight backed by the union-led Fight for $15 movement – has triggered a new class war. Except this time, instead of cowering behind their golden gates, the rich – the owners, the CEOs, the investors – are standing on the sideline leaving the “working class” to fight among themselves. In his post, Rushing announced that like the New York fast-food workers he too was paid $15.

Movement Grows. With posters, banners and even a few musical instruments, striking food service workers demonstrate at the US Capitol in Washington, November 13, 2014. Hundreds of federal contract workers staged a one-day strike, hoping to press President Obama for executive orders that would give priority in federal contracts to companies that pay workers $15 an hour, offer health insurance and paid leave, or offer employees their own contracts. (Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) Advocacy groups in several states are driving forward paid family and medical leave legislation - policies that would help people care for their families and themselves without significant loss of income.

Most prominently, Washington, DC, is currently considering a policy that, if adopted, would be the most progressive paid family leave program in the United States. Approximately 18 jurisdictions are driving forward some type of paid family and medical leave legislation. The Fight for Paid Leave in Washington Rev. Fight for $15 meets resistance from group headed by former Walmart execs. I sometimes wonder how I get on mailing lists. One of them that I am on is from Worker Center Watch. I have written about them before. They are an anti-union front group—they claim they are fighting the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Our Walmart by exposing them.

According to The Nation :  Worker Center Watch was registered by the former head lobbyist for Walmart. I am not sure that Worker Center Watch has the best interests of minimum wage workers in mind. Here's One Paramedic's Epic Response To 'Burger Flippers' Winning $15 An Hour. Enter one such paramedic, who wanted to confront that whole line of thinking with his own take on it, and it’s pretty epic. You can view the text version, followed by the actual post: “Fast food workers in NY just won a $15/hr. wage.

I’m a paramedic. My job required a broad set of skills: interpersonal, medical, and technical skills, as well as the crucial skill of performing under pressure. I often make decisions on my own, in seconds, under chaotic circumstances, that impact people’s health and lives. Everyone Deserves A Living Wage. Originally published at Poor as Folk and reprinted with permission. The above response is perfect. The author is David Gerrold. As a writer, I appreciate grammar and spelling. As a human being, I recognize that because some people don’t speak or write with “perfect English” does not disqualify them from earning a living wage. Perhaps I am able to see this because I was raised by my Grandpa who had to drop out of school in the 6th grade to help support his Mom and six younger siblings after his father died.

Or because I have step-children who were raised in another country and speak English as a second language. How opponents of raising minimum wage pit workers against each another. Company Raises Its Minimum Wage To $15 So Employees Won't 'Worry About Making Ends Meet' Internet Truckstop Group, an Idaho-based company that owns a number of internet trucking logistic websites, is raising base pay for its employees to $15 an hour. The company has 250 full- and part-time employees, about 110 of whom will get a raise because of the increase. Most average $11 to $12 hours currently. CEO Scott Moscrip said the company, whose revenues have grown between 10 and 30 percent a year, was due for a pay increase. “We want our employees to be happy,” he told the Idaho Statesman. “We don’t want them to have to worry about making ends meet. It will also likely benefit the company. In Another Reversal, Federal Court Rules 2 Million Home Health Care Workers Do Qualify for Minimum Wage Law Guarantees.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Labor Department may indeed specify that home health care workers are entitled to the same minimum wage and overtime protection as most other workers. Home health care workers had been exempt from such protections since 1974, when it was found that they mostly provide “companionship” and as such were exempted from wage and hour laws.

President Barack Obama’s Labor Department proposed to change this in 2013, but was blocked by a trial-court judge who ruled the department didn’t have the authority to make the change. Kentucky Judge Upholds Louisville Minimum Wage Increase. Latest Seattle Jobs Numbers Disprove Fox's Minimum Wage Misinformation. Appeals court says yes to minimum wage and overtime for home healthcare workers. Marginalized Home Health-Care Workers Now Eligible for Minimum Wage, Overtime Guarantees. A federal appeals court ruled that home health care workers, most of whom are women and people of color, should qualify for minimum wage and overtime benefits. (Shutterstock) Opinion: $7.25 an hour is not a living wage. For the first time since the Great Depression, the U.S. Wash. Post Blames "Minimum-Wage Offensive" For "Robot-Powered Restaurants" Of The Future.