Report prepared for the Seattle Income Inequality Advisory Committee,
Michael Reich- UC Berkeley Professor of Economics and Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley
Ken Jacobs- UC Berkeley, Chair, Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Annette Bernhardt- UC Berkeley Visiting Professor of Sociology and Visiting Researcher, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Paul Sonn, Brennan Center: The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law unites thinkers and advocates in pursuit of a vision of inclusive and effective democracy. Our mission is to develop and implement an innovative, nonpartisan agenda of scholarship, public education, and legal action that promotes equality and human dignity, while safeguarding fundamental freedoms.
David Card and Alan B. Krueger- Department of Economics, Princeton University Princeton, NJ; Published in The American Economic Review, Vol. 84, No. 4. (Sep., 1994), pp. 772-793.
A bill that would end sub-minimum wage for employees who receive tips and raise the overall minimum wage to $12 an hour was introduced this week in Harrisburg.
Two area state senators are making a push to increase the minimum wage, including for employees who receive tips.
State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) this week introduced legislation that would end sub-minimum wages for tip earners and raise the overall minimum wage to $12 an hour.
Current Pennsylvania law permits employers to use tips against all but $2.83 of the current $7.25 minimum wage. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13, and has not changed for more than 20 years.
In addition to an increase, the bill would tie the minimum wage to annual inflation, a practice currently done in 11 states, according to information from Stack and Leach.
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via NY Daily News:
She asked for paper – but all they offered was plastic.
A Pennsylvania woman is now suing the McDonald’s franchise that refused to pay her by check and instead insisted on employees using payroll debit cards.
“I’m looking for the pay I am owed and for them to understand there has to be an option,” Natalie Gunshannon, 27, told the Citizen’s Voice newspaper.
Gunshannon worked less than a month at the Shavertown McDonald’s location when she learned that the franchise required employees to accept payment on a J.P. Morgan Chase payroll card. But the card, she contends, imposes fees on virtually every transaction, creating a monetary and physical barrier to her hard-earned cash. Among the costs, according to her lawsuit: $1.50 for an ATM withdrawal, $5 for over-the-counter cash withdrawals and $1 to check the balance. There’s even a charge to pay a bill online or if the card is lost or stolen.
Gunshannon is one of several plaintiffs in the class action, filed last week, against Albert and Carol Mueller, the owners of 15 McDonald’s stores in Pennsylvania.
Such a payment option has been embraced by large corporations like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Lowe’s Cos. Inc., The Home Depot and FedEx Corp.