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Joe Biden Mocks Minimum-Wage Doomsday Talk : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — In a speech Tuesday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Vice President Joe Biden mocked conservatives who’ve warned of dire economic consequences if Democrats manage to pass an increase to the minimum wage.

Flanked by a group of minimum-wage earners, Biden told a crowd at the White House that such doomsday talk is as old as the FLSA statute itself, which was enacted during the Great Depression in 1938 to establish minimum wage and overtime protections.

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Nader Urges President Obama to Sign Executive Order Guaranteeing Federal Contractors $10.70 Minimum Wage

Nader Says President Obama Should Be Ashamed that Federal Government, Through its Outsourced Corporate Contractors, is the Largest Single Employer of Low-Wage Workers in the United States

For more information contact:
Ralph Nader or Jeff Musto
202-387-8030
[email protected]

June 25, 2013

On the 75th anniversary of the first lasting federal minimum wage law, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Ralph Nader sent President Obama a letter urging him to sign an executive order guaranteeing federal employees – including those employed through contractors – a $10.70 minimum wage, which would catch them back up with 1968, adjusting for inflation.

There are 3.6 million Americans working for pay at or below the federal minimum wage. And thirty million low-wage workers are making less today, adjusted for inflation, than they did 45 years ago in 1968. Had the federal minimum wage simply kept pace with inflation since 1968, it would be $10.70 per hour today instead of the current $7.25.

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The Reality Of Who Actually Works For Minimum Wage Will Shock You : Upworthy

By Brandon Weber
If you add up the totals in these charts, 75% of minimum wage earners are adults. Let that sink in for a minute. 70% have at least a high school degree, and some have had at least a year or two of college.

Take a look at the size of the big blue slice in the first pie chart — that represents adult women who are working for minimum wage, almost half of the total. This is why raising the minimum wage would make a huge difference for tons of families, especially those in which women are the primary breadwinners or single moms.

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Americans Deserve a Big Raise–Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act : Huffington Post

By Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen

 

 

 

Business groups and their political allies have consistently attacked the idea of a minimum wage ever since President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed it during the Depression to help stimulate the economy. And today — the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which FDR signed on June 25, 1938 to establish the minimum wage as well as the 8-hour day, paid overtime and child labor protections — their contemporary counterparts are still at it.

 

A recent report by the National Employment Law Project and the Cry Wolf Project, Consider the Source: 100 years of Broken Record Opposition to the Minimum Wage, chronicles the history of unchanging sky-is-falling rhetoric by business interests opposed to minimum wage laws.

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Disabled workers paid just pennies an hour – and it’s legal : NBC News

One of the nation’s best-known charities is paying disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, thanks to a 75-year-old legal loophole that critics say needs to be closed.

Goodwill Industries, a multibillion-dollar company whose executives make six-figure salaries, is among the nonprofit groups permitted to pay thousands of disabled workers far less than minimum wage because of a federal law known as Section 14 (c). Labor Department records show that some Goodwill workers in Pennsylvania earned wages as low as 22, 38 and 41 cents per hour in 2011.

“If they really do pay the CEO of Goodwill three-quarters of a million dollars, they certainly can pay me more than they’re paying,” said Harold Leigland, who is legally blind and hangs clothes at a Goodwill in Great Falls, Montana for less than minimum wage.

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The minimum-wage stimulus : Reuters

By Felix Salmon

Nick Hanauer has a good idea today: raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The minimum-wage intervention would kill a lot of birds with one stone: it’s a win-win-win-win-win-win.

First of all, most simply and most cleanly, it would immediately raise the incomes of millions of cash-strapped Americans — precisely the people who most need to be earning more than they’re making right now. A whopping 51 million people would benefit directly, along with 30 million who would benefit indirectly: these are enormous numbers.

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