SPRINGFIELD – A bill to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 by 2025 needs only Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature to become law, and his office said he stands ready to act in the coming days. “Today is a resounding victory for the 1.4 million Illinoisans who will soon get a hard-earned and well-deserved raise,” Pritzker said in a news release Thursday. “After nearly a decade of delay, I applaud the House and Senate for passing a living wage with the fierce urgency this moment requires.” The House galleries were filled with cheers from advocates – many of them currently making the minimum wage – as the final 69-47-1 favorable vote became official. Before the vote, Pritzker was on the House floor smiling and shaking the hands of Democratic lawmakers – even as Republican Minority Leader Jim Durkin was lamenting the lack of bipartisanship behind the effort in his floor speech. “This is not the way to start out the General … [Read more...] about Minimum wage increase heads to Illinois Gov. Pritzker’s desk
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J.B. Pritzker touted his plans to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour as the Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, and he won the election in a landslide. So we had to expect that a move to increase the minimum wage – currently at $8.25 an hour – would follow after Pritzker took office. But the plan passed Thursday by Senate Democrats on a 39-18 party-line vote does not seem in line with Pritzker’s inauguration day promise to listen to people from around the state on important issues. Unlike states such as New York, which also is on a path to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, Illinois’ minimum wage plan shows no consideration for differences between rural and urban economies. The proposal in Illinois calls for the minimum wage to increase to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2020, and $10 on July 1, 2020. It then would increase by $1 on Jan. 1 of each year until reaching $15 an hour in 2025. The measure likely will harm the very people it purports to … [Read more...] about Our view: Minimum wage increase should consider all voices
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
ALL workers received a pay boost when the National Living Wage was increased on April 1, 2018. But Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a further increase for some workers from 2019 - here's what you need to know. What is the National Living Wage and when was the 2018 increase? The National Living Wage is the amount of money all employees aged over 25 are legally entitled to. It used to be known as the National Minimum Wage, but it was re-branded in 2016. The National Living Wage increased from £7.50 to £7.83 for those aged 25 and over. The 33 pence-an-hour rise was introduced on Sunday April 1, 2018. From April 2019, the National Living Wage will increase by 38 pence-an-hour to £8.21. The compulsory National Living Wage was introduced in 2016. The first National Minimum Wage was set in 1998 by the Labour government. Before that, no official rate existed although trade unions battled hard to fight their workers' corner. In Budget 2018, Chancellor Hammond … [Read more...] about What is the National Living Wage 2019, how much is the UK minimum wage for 16, 18 and 25-year-olds and when did it increase?
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