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
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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?
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement concerning the recent minimum wage increase in American Samoa: “The minimum wage law for American Samoa is separate and distinct from the base minimum wage law covering the rest of the United States. That design recognizes the historically unique and remote nature of these economies far apart from the mainland. This was done by Congress in order to protect the job base in American Samoa. “I continue to work hard to maintain a balanced policy that continues to recognize the fragile nature of the economy in American Samoa in order to protect current and future jobs here. “Historically, the federal minimum wage, established by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, has not been applied in American Samoa for many years. In 2007, Congress passed the Fair Minimum Wage Act with a $7.25 minimum wage and to incrementally raise minimum wages 50 cents per year every year in … [Read more...] about Amata: Compromise allowed for American Samoa’s minimum wage slowdown
New York City's taxi regulatory body is considering setting a wage floor for ride-hail drivers on platforms like Uber, Lyft, Juno and Via, equivalent to the city's minimum wage. If it succeeds, it would be the first such attempt in the country. The vast majority of drivers on these apps net less than $15 an hour, according to a report commissioned by the Taxi and Limousine Commission that was released Monday. About 40 percent earn so little they qualify for Medicaid, and 1 in 5 qualify for food stamps, the report found. That's worrisome considering the large number of people who drive for a ride-hail app. "App-based drivers work more hours annually than all the workers in New York City's major industries, including banking, publishing and hotels. Uber is the largest employer in New York City, larger than JP Morgan Chase," said James Parrott, a co-author of the report and Fiscal Policy Director of the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School. Uber, which is valued at $62 … [Read more...] about NYC considers a minimum wage for Uber, ride-hail drivers