Posts Tagged ‘minimum wage’

Dec
2016
20

ME Gov. Is Legitimately Telling Department of Labor Not to Enforce New Minimum Wage Law

ME Gov. Is Legitimately Telling Department of Labor Not to Enforce New Minimum Wage Law
  Back in November, Maine voters passed a referendum that would increase base wages for tipped workers to $5 per hour. Now, Republican Governor Paul LePage has ordered the state Department of Labor not to enforce the new law. Yes, actually: Maine’s new minimum wage law, which would bump the base pay for bartenders and [&hellip...
Jul
2016
29

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage

MISS THIS? Nearly 100K Ohioans Being Paid Below the Minimum Wage
  Ohio’s minimum wage for hourly workers is $8.10. That’s 85 cents more than the prevailing federal minimum wage. Why, then, are almost 100,000 Ohioans earning hourly wages equal to or below the federal level? Experts attribute the disparity to a variety of factors, including labor laws that allow employers in some cases to pay...
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Jul
2016
14

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation
  Blame Bush. Blame Bondi. Blame Florida’s spineless Republican party. It has been five years since the state of Florida held an employer responsible for violating the minimum wage. Florida, which hasn’t had a Department of Labor since Jeb Bush dismantled it in the early 2000s, relies on the office of their useless attorney...
Jul
2016
11

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)
  An important Massachusetts wage theft bill has experienced some high-profile support recently. The legislation (S 2207), which has been languishing in the State Senate Ways and Means Committee since April, is backed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and Auditor Suzanne Bump: Attorney General Maura Healey’s office...
Jun
2016
9

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances: “Ironic at Best, Hypocritical at Worst”

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances:
  In a recent op-ed for the Miami Herald, Secretary of Labor and potential vice presidential candidate Thomas Perez wrote about how cities in Florida have attempted to raise the minimum wage and fight wage theft only to have their efforts thwarted by Republicans in Tallahassee.  The problem is not limited to Florida as we [&hellip...
Apr
2016
6

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases
  A group of documents uncovered by The Center for Media and Democracy show that support for a minimum wage increase among Chamber of Commerce (CoC) members is actually very high despite the group’s staunch opposition to any attempt to raise it.  The data comes from a survey of 1,000 business executives conducted by Luntz [&hellip...
Apr
2016
1

Fight for 15 Lands Largest Victory Yet; CA One Step from $15 Minimum Wage by 2022

Fight for 15 Lands Largest Victory Yet; CA One Step from $15 Minimum Wage by 2022
  In California, lawmakers and labor unions have agreed on a plan to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest state mandate yet. The deal was announced on Monday by Governor Jerry Brown and could be voted on as early as next week. At a press conference announcing the deal, [&hellip...
Nov
2015
17

REPORT: 20% of MN’s Low-Wage Workers Suffer Job-Related Injuries, Six Times the National Avg.

REPORT: 20% of MN's Low-Wage Workers Suffer Job-Related Injuries, Six Times the National Avg.
  A new report from the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) finds that more than 80 percent of Twin Cities low-wage workers report having to work more than one job in order to make ends meet.  CTUL, a Minneapolis workers advocacy group, conducted a survey of 173 workers across a wide array of [&hellip...
Oct
2015
9

New Poll Shows Low-Wage Workers Could Sway 2016 Election, $15 Minimum Wage is Winning Issue

New Poll Shows Low-Wage Workers Could Sway 2016 Election, $15 Minimum Wage is Winning Issue
  A new poll conducted by YouGov and Harris Panel shows that low income, non-union workers would be more likely to vote in the presidential election if there was a candidate who promised a $15 minimum wage and a union for fast food workers.  The study was conducted on behalf of the National Employment Law [&hellip...
Oct
2015
8

Buffalo Wild Wings, Whose CEO Opposes Minimum Wage Raises, Loses $1.8M Lawsuit

Buffalo Wild Wings, Whose CEO Opposes Minimum Wage Raises, Loses $1.8M Lawsuit
  Diversified Restaurant Holdings, a company which owns a string of Buffalo Wild Wings, has agreed to a whopping $1.8 million settlement to close two lawsuits in Michigan and Illinois which.  The company filed a motion on September 30th in U.S. District Court asking a judge to approve the settlement which will affect over 1,000 [&hellip...
Sep
2015
21

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement
  At its last meeting, the Long Beach city council passed two measures aimed at helping the city’s workers. One creates a service, Long Beach First, to provide local workers to contractors and the other authorizes plans to spend $65,000 on a study of the possible effects of mandating a higher minimum wage.  The two-year [&hellip...
Sep
2015
17

Labor Champion Lorena Gonzalez Has Momentum for Proper NFL Cheerleader Treatment Growing

Labor Champion Lorena Gonzalez Has Momentum for Proper NFL Cheerleader Treatment Growing
  Prior to the San Diego Chargers season opener, California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez called on the team to begin paying its cheerleaders at least the minimum wage for the upcoming season.  Gonzalez, a long-time friend of labor and building trades union supporter, previously wrote a bill requiring professional sports teams to pay...