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Coming Soon: Wendy's Self-Serve Kiosks

Thanks to minimum wage increases

(Newser) - By the end of the year, Wendy's plans to have self-service kiosks available in all of its US restaurant locations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The fast food chain made the decision after New York and California passed legislation that will eventually raise minimum wage to $15 per hour... More »

New York Announces $15 Minimum Wage

But they'll have to wait awhile for it upstate

(Newser) - Thursday was a great day for low-wage workers on both coasts: Just hours after California lawmakers approved a statewide minimum wage of $15 for 2022 , New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the minimum would hit $15 in his state sooner—at least in parts of it. The budget deal... More »

Calif. Lawmakers OK Highest Minimum Wage

Workers will get $15 an hour by 2022

(Newser) - California lawmakers have approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022, the AP reports. The legislation passed Thursday now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law after previously working out the plan with labor unions... More »

Calif. Reaches Deal for $15 Minimum Wage

Nation-leading wage could be in place by 2022

(Newser) - California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far. "Everyone's been operating in good faith and we hope to get... More »

CEO Upped Salaries to $70K. But Were His Reasons Pure?

Karen Weise of Bloomberg Businessweek takes a hard look at Dan Price

(Newser) - This spring, Seattle-based Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price became an instant sensation when he announced that he would be cutting his roughly $1 million salary to ensure that all 120 of his employees would be paid a minimum salary of $70,000. "It’s not about making money; it’... More »

Workers Plan Strikes at 7 Busy US Airports

'We don't receive enough money to pay the rent'

(Newser) - Tired of being underpaid and threatened by their employers, more than 2,000 baggage handlers, cleaners, and wheelchair attendants at seven of the busiest airports in the US will go on strike Wednesday night, the Washington Post reports. "We don't receive enough money to pay the rent,"... More »

Papa John's Franchisee Gets Jail for Dodging Overtime

NYC owner also to cough up more than $500K in back pay, damages, penalties

(Newser) - A Papa John's owner tried to make a buck off his employees' backs, and now he's paying big time. Abdul Jamil Khokhar, who owns nine of the chain's restaurants in the NYC area along with BMY Foods, has pleaded guilty to not paying the correct minimum wage... More »

Americans Are Making Less Money Under Obama

And why that might not actually help any of the GOP presidential candidates

(Newser) - Politico has an interesting article on what it's calling "the Democrats' wage problem," a major takeaway of which is that the average American income has actually gone down during Obama's years as president. The median household income in 2014 was more than $1,600 lower... More »

The 'Million Student March' Is Happening

Protesters want free tuition, student debt forgiveness, and more

(Newser) - Across the country Thursday, students will be walking out of classrooms as part of the "Million Student March." The demonstrations were planned as a protest against student loan debt, with students calling for not only tuition-free education at public colleges and forgiveness of student loans, but also for... More »

First Major Restaurant Chain Tests No Tipping

Joe's Crab Shack is testing policy to stave turnover, aid service

(Newser) - Put away the calculator and enjoy dessert: There's no more tipping at Joe's Crab Shack, the first national full-service chain restaurant to test a no-tipping policy, Consumerist reports. In a conference call last week, Ray Blanchette, CEO of parent company Ignite Restaurant Group, told investors that 18 of... More »

Florida Lawmakers to Live on $17 a Day

But only for a week as part of 'Minimum Wage Challenge'

(Newser) - At least 18 Florida lawmakers say they'll take the "Minimum Wage Challenge" this week to show the need for a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. From Monday to Friday, each of the lawmakers, who are mostly Democrats, will live on just $17 a day—the remains... More »

Why an NYC Restaurant Pays Servers $25 an Hour

And why some restaurants are abandoning tipping

(Newser) - With many big cities upping the minimum wage, restaurant owners have to contend with higher labor costs—which has led some to abandon the practice of tipping in favor of raising menu prices or adding a mandatory service fee. At Dirt Candy, a Manhattan eatery, a 20% administrative fee is... More »

In Conn. Nail Salon Raid, Only 2 Were Legal

Sweep finds 23 salons violating wage and hour laws

(Newser) - Nearly two dozen nail salons were shut down in Connecticut—at least temporarily—after a random sweep by the Department of Labor earlier this month. Inspired by New York state's response to a New York Times investigation into nail salons , and after complaints, officials randomly investigated 25 salons from... More »

'Chalk One Up for the 99%-ers' in NY

Fast-food workers win 'Fight for $15'

(Newser) - They fought for $15—and they won. In what advocates say is a huge victory for the "99%-ers," New York state's wage board has recommended that the minimum wage for fast-food workers be gradually hiked to $15 from the current $8.75 over the next few years,... More »

CEO Behind $70K Minimum Salary Is Sued by Brother

Complaint is about 'aggregation of events'

(Newser) - The feel-good story about a CEO who is taking a pay cut so he can pay all his workers at least $70,000 a year just hit a sour note. He's getting sued by his brother, reports the Seattle Times . Lucas Price, a co-founder of Gravity Payments, filed the... More »

Ex-Obama Spokesman Gibbs Is Now a Fast-Food Honcho

He'll run global communications for McDonald's

(Newser) - From the White House to the ... golden arches? Former Obama spokesman and adviser Robert Gibbs is now in charge of global communications for McDonald's, reports Politico . CEO Steve Easterbook explains that Gibbs, who left the White House in 2011, brings “experience and outside perspective to McDonald’s as... More »

Los Angeles Raising Minimum Wage to $15

LA is the biggest city in the US to do so

(Newser) - The push for a higher minimum wage just got a major boost courtesy of Los Angeles. The city council has approved raising it to $15 an hour by 2020, reports the Los Angeles Times . Under the plan, the rate will rise from $9 to $10.50 in July 2016, then... More »

How Nail Salon Workers Are Really Treated (It Isn't Pretty)

Manicurists are often underpaid and treated badly, even abused: 'NYT' report

(Newser) - The good news for manicure-seekers: The number of nail salons, particularly in the New York City area, has been growing rapidly. The not-so-good news: The employees who buff, shape, and polish are often severely underpaid (if they're paid at all), exploited as immigrants, and sometimes even abused, per a... More »

Low Wages Cost Taxpayers $153B a Year

About half of public assistance goes to working households

(Newser) - The Fight for $15 is planning a big day for Tax Day , and ahead of that comes a study that gives credence to its premise that minimum wage isn't enough to live on: A UC Berkeley study out today pegs the cost of low wages at $153 billion a... More »

McDonald's to Raise Pay 10% for Workers

But move doesn't affect most stores, those owned by franchisees

(Newser) - It's good news for McDonald's workers in the US, or at least for the ones who happen to work in restaurants owned by the chain instead of by a franchisee: The Wall Street Journal reports that starting on July 1, the company will pay its workers at least... More »

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