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Tesla CEO: We'll Investigate $5 an Hour Labor Claims

Newspaper says foreign workers were brought in on the cheap

(Newser) - An article in Sunday's San Jose Mercury News exposed a troubling narrative about Tesla's plant in Fremont, Calif., claiming that about 140 workers from Eastern Europe were imported by a subcontractor to build a paint shop for the Model 3 sedan—for $5 an hour. Per the Guardian ... More »

Meet the $100K-a-Year Garbage Collectors

It turns out the industry pays pretty well and wages are rising

(Newser) - No one wants to be a doctor in New Zealand for $267,000 a year , but getting paid $100,000 to sift through giant rats, dead animals, and even human body parts is right up Noel Molina and Tony Sankar's alley. Both men made six figures as NYC garbage... More »

Yelp Worker: I Had to Live on Rice and Water

Talia Jane says she got fired for complaining about wages

(Newser) - A Yelp employee who complained about having to live in near-poverty conditions has a new problem—she needs a job. Talia Jane wrote an open letter to CEO Jeremy Stoppelman on Friday seeking higher compensation and detailing her struggles to afford food, rent, and transportation in San Francisco, and got... 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 »

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 »

Obama Wants 5M More Americans to Get Overtime

His proposal would more than double current salary threshold to $50,440

(Newser) - "Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve." Those are President Obama's words in a Huffington Post op-ed about a proposal he predicts would help up to 5 million workers in 2016: increasing the overtime salary threshold from $23,660... More »

Entrepreneur Reads Study, Will Pay All Workers $70K

Dan Price wants his employees to be as happy as possible

(Newser) - A number of studies have been done to determine exactly how much income we need to reach our happiness peak, and Dan Price read one that pegged the magic number at about $70,000 per year. But Price, the owner of a credit-card payment processing company, didn't just read... More »

Farmworkers Strike, Putting Harvest at Risk

They want better wages, overtime, benefits—and no more abuse of women workers

(Newser) - Cops are scuffling with laborers, protesters have blocked highways, and more than 200 arrests have been made in Mexico this week as farmworkers strike for better wages and working conditions, the Los Angeles Times reports. The strike, which started Tuesday in Baja California, is happening at the peak of harvest... More »

Walmart Workers: We Need More Hours, Too

Retailer's employees say they often can't get hours they need to stay afloat

(Newser) - Last week Walmart announced it'll raise wages for 40% of its US workforce. But for many employees, low pay isn't the only issue: They also can't get the hours they need to make a decent living, the New York Times reports. Part-time workers complain that when they... More »

What You Earn for Life Likely Set Before You're 30: Report

Federal Reserve Bank of NY says bulk of earnings growth happens in one's 20s

(Newser) - Those who like predicting how much they'll have by the time they retire may want to peruse the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's latest research. The bank's report , which analyzed the careers of 5 million workers over four decades, found that it's the first 10... More »

Fast-Food Workers Plot New Strike, Civil Disobedience

Many ready 'to do whatever it takes' for $15-an-hour wage

(Newser) - As fast-food workers battle for a $15-an-hour wage, they're getting ready to strike this week—and get arrested if they have to. McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's employees are among those planning a protest on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports, and the effort will include broad civil... More »

'Wage Theft' Lawsuits Are on the Rise

Workers say they're not getting their wages

(Newser) - More US workers are joining wage-theft lawsuits that accuse their bosses of failing to pay their proper hours or wages, the New York Times reports. "Sometimes I’d work 60, even 90 days in a row," said a Mexican immigrant who joined a lawsuit against the Schneider trucking... More »

High-Tech Workers Make How Much?

In San Mateo County, Calif., they averaged $291K

(Newser) - Want to earn coin? Try being a high-tech worker in San Francisco. Their average salary leaped nearly 19% last year to $156,518, topping all cities nationwide in that job sector, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Now consider San Mateo County (which includes part of San Francisco), where last year'... More »

When Did Americans Stop Dreaming of Leisure Time?

In the 1950s, we thought we'd have 30-hour workweeks by now: Matt Novak

(Newser) - "Tell your children not to be surprised if the year 2000 finds 35 or even a 20-hour work week fixed by law." That prediction was made by the AP in 1950. In 1967, Walter Cronkite predicted we'd also be enjoying month-long vacations by the year 2000. Today,... More »

Biggest Fast-Food Strikes Yet Coming Thursday

One-day strikes, protests planned in 200 cities

(Newser) - Want a Big Mac ? Don't plan to buy it on Thursday: The fast - food strikes are coming back. Organizers who want to see workers paid $15 per hour are planning strikes in 100 cities across the US Thursday, plus protests in 100 other cities. The latest move... More »

People Who Have Sex 4 Times Weekly Earn More

And those who have no sex earn the least: study

(Newser) - Have an active sex life? You're probably earning more money than people who think beds are for sleeping, according to a new study . A close look at 7,500 people in Greece, aged 26 to 50, shows that those having sex at least four times a week earn 5%... More »

How Aussie McDonald's Pays $15 an Hour

And what we can learn from it: Jordan Weissmann

(Newser) - Stateside McDonald's workers want their pay hiked to $15 an hour —which should sound pretty familiar to Australians working at the same restaurant. The Aussie minimum wage is $14.50, and plenty of McDonald's staffers make more than that. On top of that, they've just scored... More »

Like It or Not, We Need Unions Again

Henry Blodget's not a fan of organized labor, but companies aren't doing what's right

(Newser) - Henry Blodget has always hated labor unions. They "create an 'us versus them' culture," drive jobs overseas, overpay their leaders, and often uncouple performance from compensation. "But we've now developed a bigger problem," he writes at Business Insider , namely the worst inequality since the... More »

McDonald's Worker Sues: Payment Method 'Unfair'

Forced to use fee-laden debit card

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman who says a McDonald's franchise told her she could only be paid via a fee-laden debit card has launched a class-action suit. Single mother Natalie Gunshannon says she went to a lawyer after the restaurant refused to pay her by check or direct deposit, insisting that... More »

22 Years Later, Waiters Still Work for $2.13 a Hour

Legislation could raise minimum, used in 13 states, this year

(Newser) - Many waiters are still waiting for their minimum wage to rise—which it hasn't in more than two decades. The federal minimum for servers is set at $2.13 an hour, though if they don't make at least the regular minimum of $7.25 when tips are added... More »

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