When New York moved in 2015 to boost its minimum wage to $15 an hour, then-Vice President Joe Biden stopped by a labor rally in Manhattan to celebrate. "You're going to make every single governor in every single state in America look at themselves," Biden predicted, congratulating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "It's going to have a profound impact."But on the cusp of the 2016 campaign season, Biden stopped short of calling for a national $15 minimum. Months later, Hillary Clinton would face criticism for backing a mere $12 in hourly base pay."I am sure a lot of people are very surprised to learn that you supported raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour," Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, remarked at a 2016 debate with Clinton.But there was little surprise Monday when former Vice President Joe Biden became the latest presidential candidate to demand a $15 federal minimum wage, at a Pittsburgh kickoff rally hosted by an influential local labor … [Read more...] about In a bid for union votes, 2020 hopefuls rally around $15 minimum wage
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Uber drivers in the US will stage a shutdown for 12 hours to protest against poor working conditions and low wages as the company goes public in May. Drivers will log off the app in seven cities starting at noon on 8 May, the day Uber is expected to make its IPO. Drivers in San Francisco will also protest in front of the Uber headquarters. The action is backed by driver collectives including Gig Workers Rising in northern California, Rideshare Drivers United in Los Angeles and Chicago Rideshare Advocates. “Uber’s much-anticipated IPO will put millions into the pockets of executives, but the drivers who are the core of the service of the company will get nothing,” Shona Clarkson, an organizer with Gig Workers Rising, said. “Uber is paying drivers poverty wages and continues to slash wages while executives make millions.” Drivers for Uber and Lyft, the Uber rival that went public in March, make a median wage of as little as $8.55 an hour before taxes, below … [Read more...] about Uber drivers plan shutdown over ‘poverty wages’ as company goes public
New Jersey became the latest state on Monday to boost its hourly minimum wage to $15 after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a measure phasing in the higher rate over five years. Murphy signed the bill alongside Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and Democratic legislative leaders at a raucous event in Elizabeth where advocates cheered, "Ready for 15," carried banners with their union affiliation and applauded loudly once the bill was signed. "It is a great day to make some history for New Jersey's working families," Murphy said. "And that's just what we're going to do. We've talked long enough about putting New Jersey on a responsible path to $15 an hour minimum wage. Today we start our way on this path."New Jersey joins California, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia in phasing in the higher rate. The $15 wage is a prominent policy goal of left-leaning groups, as well as the fulfillment of a key campaign promise by Murphy.The governor, Senate President Steve Sweeney … [Read more...] about New Jersey becomes 4th state to increase minimum wage to $15
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At Granny Shaffer’s restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item. A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a three-piece fried chicken dinner will go up 20 cents, to $8.78. The reason: Missouri’s minimum wage is rising. Wiggins said the price hikes are necessary to help offset an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 in additional annual pay to his staff as a result of a new minimum wage law taking effect Tuesday. “For us it’s very simple. There’s no big pot of money out there to get the money out of” for the required pay raises, Wiggins said. New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities around the start of the new year, affecting millions of workers. The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California … [Read more...] about Prices rise as the minimum wage increases in several states
Janna Herron USA TODAY Published 7:44 AM EST Dec 27, 2018 Starting on New Year’s Eve day, Rosa Rivera will make $15 an hour at her McDonald’s job in Manhattan, doubling what she earned just five years ago at the same location. The milestone comes after she and fellow workers advocated tirelessly – sometimes going on strike – for a higher minimum wage since 2012 in the city and state. For Rivera, a 53-year-old Bronx resident who lives with her adult son, that means she no longer needs to prioritize which bills to pay and which to skip to get by. “Before it was difficult. $7.50 wasn’t enough,” Rivera said through an Spanish interpreter. “The difference with $15 is I will be able to pay my rent and bills on time. I can pay for transportation easily and I may have a little bit more to save.” Besides New York, workers in up to 21 other states and the District of Columbia will receive higher minimum wages next year, according to … [Read more...] about Minimum wage 2019: Which states are increasing next year?