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Panel hears emotional appeals on wage law : The Boston Globe

They came with placards, matching T-shirts, and personal stories of hardship in an effort to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers into giving minimum-wage earners a pay increase.

Opponents also came, armed with employment data, shrinking teen jobs numbers, and an impassioned plea to lawmakers to go easy on Massachusetts businesses.

In a show that the minimum wage debate is building up steam in the Bay State, lawmakers held their first public hearing on the matter Tuesday, drawing impassioned testimony from activists, government officials, and businesses.

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Nader: Rising Wages Equals Rising Prosperity (Video)

Ralph Nader joins “The McGraw Show” to discuss raising the minimum wage.

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Minimum Wage Saw Little Growth Over The Last 50 Years As Productivity Surged : Huffington Post

Minimum wage workers haven’t seen their pay go up much in the past 50 years, but that doesn’t mean they’re less valuable to their employers.

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Costco CEO Craig Jelinek Leads the Cheapest, Happiest Company in the World : Businessweek

Joe Carcello has a great job. The 59-year-old has an annual salary of $52,700, gets five weeks of vacation a year, and is looking forward to retiring on the sizable nest egg in his 401(k), which his employer augments with matching funds. After 26 years at his company, he’s not worried about layoffs. In 2009, as the recession deepened, his bosses handed out raises. “I’m just grateful to come here to work every day,” he says.

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Time for a Raise in the Minimum Wage : Truthdig

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is rapidly approaching, commemorating the historic Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington.

But 45 years ago, 1968, the year of his assassination, King was waging the Poor People’s Campaign to eradicate poverty. He addressed the congregation at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., saying: “We are challenged to rid our nation and the world of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, poverty spreads its nagging, prehensile tentacles into hamlets and villages all over our world. Two-thirds of the people of the world go to bed hungry tonight. They are ill-housed; they are ill-nourished; they are shabbily clad. I’ve seen it in Latin America; I’ve seen it in Africa; I’ve seen this poverty in Asia.”

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Minimum Wage Increase is a No-Brainer : Policymic

In 2008, after being elected to his first term in the White House, President Obama promised to raise the minimum wage to $9.50/hr by 2011. Nearly five years later and almost a half year into his second term, he now only hopes to raise it to $9.00/hr by 2015. The federal minimum wage currently sits at $7.25/hr which is just over $15,000 a year. As has been the case with so many hopes left unfulfilled, it seems President Obama missed his opportunity to deliver the change he promised when he had the chance and now his goals seem fleeting and unattainable due to the intransigence of Republicans in congress. To me, it seems that raising the minimum wage is a no-brainer and the fact that it hasn’t been raised is a testament to the abysmal state of affairs in Washington today.

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