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House Approves New Minimum Wage

Democrats win a mostly symbolic legislative victory

(Newser) - The House has struck again: A day after addressing two hot-button issues , the legislative body voted Thursday to increase the US minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The 231-199 vote fell mostly on party lines and showed that centrist and liberal Democrats can still compromise, the Hill reports. Liberals won... More »

Hollywood Stars Fight for Waitresses—Who Push Back

At least that's what the New York Times is finding

(Newser) - Hollywood A-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Poehler are bent on saving New York waitresses—but the response thus far isn't exactly positive, the New York Times reports. The celebs are among 16 actresses who wrote New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging him to raise servers' lower minimum... More »

Workers Get Good News Across 20 States

For millions, a pay hike is coming

(Newser) - At Granny Shaffer's restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10, or 20 cents added to each item. A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a three-piece fried chicken dinner will go up 20... More »

Minimum Wage in New York to Increase in New Year

In NYC, workers will make at least $15

(Newser) - The lowest-paid workers in New York state will have something to look forward to in the new year: a higher minimum wage, with the biggest boost coming to employees in New York City, who will make at least $15 per hour, per the AP . For workers struggling in this expensive... More »

Bernie Sanders Goes After the 'Wealthiest Family in America'

Senator rolls out the Stop WALMART Act

(Newser) - The bigger they come, the harder Bernie Sanders will go after them, apparently. The senator from Vermont, whose recent campaign to improve conditions for Amazon workers led to the company raising its minimum wage to $15 , now has Walmart in his sights, CNN reports. The independent senator, who calls the... More »

Some Workers Not Happy After Amazon's Big Move on Wages

Because Amazon is also ending stock option, bonus programs

(Newser) - Amazon is being widely praised for its decision to raise its minimum wage for all its workers to $15 per hour, but as the New York Times reports, many Amazon warehouse workers across the country are actually "fuming." In addition to raising wages, Amazon will stop giving out... More »

Amazon Makes a Big Move on Minimum Wage

Raises it to $15 for all workers, will push for hike in federal minimum

(Newser) - Amazon is raising its minimum wage for all employees to $15, a bump that could have implications throughout the US workforce. The raise, effective at the start of next month, will cover 250,000 workers and 100,000 seasonal employees, reports the Wall Street Journal . The company has been under... More »

Target Gets More, Better Applicants, Raises Pay Again

It saw a bigger, better pool of candidates after raising pay to $11 per hour, now will go to $12

(Newser) - Target is raising its minimum starting pay for workers for the second time in less than a year after seeing a bigger and better pool of candidates, the AP reports. The Minneapolis retailer, which hiked starting pay to $11 an hour last fall, said all workers this spring will receive... More »

Target Raising Minimum Wage to $11 an Hour

Pledges to hit $15 per hour by 2020

(Newser) - Starting next month, Target will be raising its minimum wage from $10 to $11 per hour; eventually, all US stores will have an $11 minimum wage. In announcing the move Monday, Target also committed to raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020, CNBC reports. CNBC notes that... More »

Thousands in St. Louis Likely to See Wage Drop With New Law

Missouri makes city's new higher minimum wage illegal

(Newser) - Thousands of workers in St. Louis will likely see smaller paychecks starting Monday, when a new Missouri law takes effect barring local government from enacting minimum wages different than the state minimum, the AP reports. The law is drawing protests in St. Louis and in Kansas City, where a recent... More »

Did Seattle's Higher Minimum Wage Backfire?

New study suggests low-income earners have actually lost money

(Newser) - Seattle has been gradually increasing its minimum wage, with the city planning to make it $15 by 2021. (It's currently $13 for most businesses.) While advocates may be thrilled, a new study out of the University of Washington suggests that the rising minimum might actually be harming low-income... More »

Phone Sex Worker Sues Firm for 'Draconian' Pay Setup

Tele Pay USA is accused of paying its workers less than minimum-wage mandate

(Newser) - Want to be your own boss? Make your own hours? Not get properly paid according to the Fair Labor Standards Act? While the first two perks of working as a "phone actor" for Tele Pay USA's "adult and psychic hotlines" are listed on the company's website... More »

Disney Characters Had to Pay for Costumes, Problematically

Florida theme park wasn't paying all workers minimum wage

(Newser) - Disney World hasn't been paying all its employees minimum wage, an investigation by the US Department of Labor has found. Theme park employees who play Mickey and other Disney characters saw a "uniform or 'costume' expense" deducted from their paychecks, causing some of those workers' hourly rates... More »

Ohio Just Used Bestiality to Fight a Higher Minimum Wage

We're pretty sure 'Schoolhouse Rock' never covered this

(Newser) - It is currently legal to have sex with an animal in nine states, but it seems Ohio may want off that list. The Guardian reports Ohio's state legislature passed a bill this week that would outlaw bestiality and the selling of animals for sex. Gov. John Kasich has 10... More »

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 »

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