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$13.50 Minimum Wage Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot in Washington State!

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By |July 6th, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on $13.50 Minimum Wage Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot in Washington State!

US News: Increasing the minimum wage for the lowest-paid workers will benefit America’s very poor – and very wealthy.

“Higher wages provide the fuel to drive our economy. It’s a simple equation: Higher wages equal increased consumer spending, which makes business grow. The economics of the last 40 years has largely benefited the 1 percent, leaving the middle class and the poor behind. It’s in everyone’s interest to stop this trend.”

 

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By |July 6th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on US News: Increasing the minimum wage for the lowest-paid workers will benefit America’s very poor – and very wealthy.

DNC Platform Draft to Include a $15 Minimum Wage

“Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage. No one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union.”

 

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By |July 6th, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on DNC Platform Draft to Include a $15 Minimum Wage

ThinkProgress: The Conservative Backlash Against Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Victories Sweeping The Nation

“Nineteen states have passed laws blocking local governments from raising the minimum wage above the state level. Some laws, such as Colorado’s, enacted in 1999, have been in place for a long time. However, 11 out of the 19 laws have been enacted since 2013. (There is also some question whether Pennsylvania’s vaguely worded law actually bans localities from raising the minimum wage.) These laws range geographically from coast to coast, but 13 out of the 19 preemption laws were signed into law by a Republican governor.

On top of this, 15 states have banned localities from establishing paid sick leave requirements, including 14 of the states that have also blocked higher minimum wage laws at the local level. Preemption laws against paid sick leave have sharply increased in recent years, as 12 of the 15 states passed their laws in the last three years. At least 12 were signed by a Republican governor, while in Missouri, one of the states to pass a preemption law against cities raising the minimum wage and enacting increased benefits, the law only passed after the legislature overrode the vetoof Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.”

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By |June 20th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on ThinkProgress: The Conservative Backlash Against Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Victories Sweeping The Nation

EPI: Baltimore’s Minimum Wage Proposal Would Benefit 98,000

“Our analysis describes the demographics of these workers in great detail. I will simply note here that among the workers who would benefit from the higher minimum wage in Baltimore:

The overwhelming majority are adults—only 4.3 percent are teens;
The majority (55 percent) are women;
The majority (54.2 percent) are black, and more than two-thirds (68.4 percent) are people of color;
More than a quarter (28 percent) are parents;
Nearly three-quarters work full time;
The largest concentrations of affected workers work in accommodation and food service, retail, office support, residential and child care, ambulatory care, hospitals, and other services such as janitorial and personal care services; and
The majority are city residents. Roughly 44 percent of the city’s total workforce lives within Baltimore, yet more than 60 percent of the beneficiaries of the proposal live in Baltimore—meaning that city residents will disproportionately benefit from the higher minimum wage. In fact, resident workers are more than twice as likely as commuters to be affected by the proposal: 37.8 percent of Baltimore resident workers will get a raise, compared with 18.7 percent of commuters.

These estimates account for the increases in the state minimum wage that will raise the prevailing state minimum wage to $10.10 by 2018. They also include workers in tipped occupations who will be affected by the proposed increase in the tipped minimum wage through 2020. We do not incorporate any effects for tipped workers in later years.”

 

More at: http://www.epi.org/publication/a-15-baltimore-city-minimum-wage/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=a2d9b51854-EPI_News_06_17_20166_17_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-a2d9b51854-58319305

By |June 20th, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on EPI: Baltimore’s Minimum Wage Proposal Would Benefit 98,000

Washington Post: DC lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage, joining N.Y., Calif.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved a plan to ratchet up the city’s hourly minimum wage to $15 on Tuesday, and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser pledged to sign the measure into law, likely lifting low-income pay rates in the District to among the highest in the nation within four years.

The vote marked a victory for local and national unions, which targeted the nation’s capital more than a year ago for a symbolic victory in the “Fight for $15” campaign.

A final vote is required later this month, but that appeared to be a formality.

The District’s hourly minimum, now $10.50, would rise to $15 by 2020. After that, annual increases would be automatic and tied to inflation, as unions have wanted. But to assuage the District’s powerful restaurant-industry lobby, D.C. lawmakers have demanded that tipped workers’ pay rise by a smaller amount.

 

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By |June 7th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on Washington Post: DC lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage, joining N.Y., Calif.