About this campaign
Fast-food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. We work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation. Too many of us are forced to rely on public assistance to scrape by.
These are billion-dollar companies that can afford to pay their employees better. Low-wage jobs are the fastest growing jobs in the nation, and they need to pay more so that workers like us can make ends meet, and so that we can rebuild the middle class and get the economy working again.
Find a rally: http://events.lowpayisnotok.org/?utm_campaign=dec5&utm_medium=web&utm_source=lpinok
by KING 5 News and Associated Press
Posted on November 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM
SEATTLE – SeaTac is center stage in a national push for a $15 minimum wage.
Time to give D.C. workers a raise
By Ed Lazere and Elissa Silverman, Published: October 11
A $12.50-an-hour wage for large retailers was controversial among D.C. elected officials. But even some of the most vocal critics of that legislation agreed with supporters on one key point: The District’s minimum wage needs to be raised.
read the rest of this Op Ed at the WaPo
“Thousands of airport employees work for poverty wages: $7.25 an hour with no benefits. Despite the fact that the airport is a major economic engine that generates more than $14.4 billion in spending.
But thanks to City Council’s recent unanimous decision to place a “living wage” referendum on the Spring 2014 ballot, that may change. If it does, Johnson and thousands of other workers can breathe a little easier.
The legislation was passed by City Council after organizations like Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER), a faith-based community organization that works to be a “voice for justice in Philadelphia,” rallied to demand that profitable airline subcontractors and other subcontractors on city-funded projects pay a living wage. The “living wage” referendum, if passed by voters, would result in new, higher wage and benefit standards that would help lift thousands of Philadelphia workers out of poverty.”
A potential minimum-wage hike has moved closer to the top of the D.C. Council’s fall agenda as a regional effort to increase those wages has emerged.
excerpt from an editorial in the Springfield Oregon Register-Guard
“California’s bold move is helping to build momentum for higher base wages in other states across the country. In New Jersey, voters could make their state the fifth this year to boost its minimum wage if they approve a measure on Nov. 5 that increases the hourly rate by $1 to $8.25.
Prodded by organized labor and anti-poverty organizations, states as politically and geographically varied as Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts and South Dakota are pushing to put minimum wage hikes on state ballots in 2014. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are leading the way in Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
The raises that these lowest-paid workers receive result in increased consumer demand. Fast-food businesses that complain about minimum wage increases often fail to mention that their own businesses are among those that reap the greatest benefits.
In Oregon, minimum wage increases have been a welcome boost for the state’s economy and provided an increase in the wages and well-being of the state’s neediest citizens — tangible benefits achieved without any government spending.”
the rest of it:
Anchorage, Alaska — Sponsors of an initiative petition to increase Alaska’s minimum wage, are working to gather enough signatures by January to put the issue on the August 2014 ballot.
The bill would increase Alaska’s minimum wage to $9.75 by 2016 — two dollars more than the $7.75 that minimum wage workers currently earn.
“Zach Crago, the interim executive director for the South Dakota Democratic Party, said this morning that the petition drive to put a minimum-wage increase on the 2014 statewide ballot kicks off today at the State Fair in Huron and will ramp up on Labor Day in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.”
via Patch: http://gilroy.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/who-earns-minimum-wage-in-Gilroy
By David Mills
“They are in the public eye every day.
People see them while they’re shopping, when they’re eating in a restaurant, when they’re staying at a hotel.
Minimum wage earners are more common than many people might think.
There are 2.3 million Californians who work for minimum wage. There aren’t statistics readily available on how many people earn this basic salary at city or county levels.”
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