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Chicago aldermen to propose raising minimum wage to $15 an hour

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A group of Chicago aldermen plan to introduce a proposal on Wednesday to boost the minimum wage in the nation’s third-largest city to $15 per hour, joining officials in other major U.S. cities who also are considering a hike. The group proposing the wage…

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie approves bill raising minimum hourly wage to $10.10 by 2018

By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) – Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie on Friday approved a gradual hike in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as Democrats seek to make raising pay for hourly workers an issue ahead of this year’s midterm congressional elections. The move makes Hawaii the…

Swiss voters reject proposal increasing minimum wage to highest in world

Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to create what would have been the world’s highest minimum wage after siding with the government and business leaders in a referendum. The plan, which would have pushed up the basic annual salary for a 35-hour week to £27,000, was rejected by 75% of…

Swiss vote on world’s highest minimum wage: $25 an hour

Swiss voters are to decide in a referendum on Sunday whether to bring in the world's highest minimum wage, offering each and every worker at least $25 an hour. Supporters say the move is justified by sky-high living costs in the Alpine nation, but surveys……

Fast food workers go on strike nationwide to protest lack of a decent wage

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. fast-food workers seeking higher wages are planning a strike on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants that they say make huge profits from paying them a pittance. The strike will be the latest in a series of protests over the past 18…

Senate Republicans block bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked one of President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities, a bill to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in five years. On a nearly party-line vote of 54-42, supporters fell short of the 60 votes that would…

Seattle mayor’s business-labor coalition can’t agree on $15 minimum wage

A coalition of business, labor, and nonprofit interests assembled by the mayor of Seattle has failed to agree on a proposal that, if adopted by lawmakers, would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, more than double the U.S. national rate. The issue has been hotly debated in…

Obama to campaign for minimum wage increase in face of Republican opposition

President Barack Obama will take his campaign to increase the minimum wage on the road in the coming week in an effort to build pressure on Republicans who oppose the raise. Obama will appear on Wednesday in New Bristol, Connecticut alongside four New England governors to make the case, the…

How a tiny airport town near Seattle led the new movement against low wages

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE Gavin Kelly, The Observer Until the turn of the year, few Americans had much reason to have heard of SeaTac, a small community just outside Seattle. Those aware of the town’s existence knew it as a place that exists to serve the city’s bustling Seattle–Tacoma international airport.…

Clothes retailer Gap Inc. will raise employees’ minimum wage to $10 by 2015

U.S. retailer Gap Inc. announced Wednesday that it will voluntarily boost the minimum wage of US employees to $9 an hour in 2014 and $10 an hour in 2015. Gap said the policy change will affect about 65,000 workers in the U.S. “Our analysis determined that by increasing hourly pay…

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