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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…

CBO report: Minimum wage hikes would kill 500,000 jobs but lift 900,000 out of poverty

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Raising the U.S. minimum wage would lead to the loss of about half a million jobs by late 2016 while lifting almost a million Americans out of poverty, the Congressional Budget Office forecast in a report on Tuesday that reignited debate over one of…

CEO tells Daily Show ‘mentally retarded’ could work for $2: ‘You’re worth what you’re worth’

Would increasing the minimum wage leave the most vulnerable workers with fewer jobs? Financial commentator Peter Schiff thinks so. The investment broker and talk radio host told Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee that lifting the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, as President Barack Obama announced he would do by…

Will California’s $10-per-hour minimum wage push other states to act?

Will California’s $10-per-hour minimum wage push other states to act? (via The Christian Science Monitor) California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill to raise California’s minimum wage. The new law raises the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, from the current minimum of $8 an hour.(Nick…

California raises minimum wage to $10 an hour

Millions of California workers can expect a little extra in their paychecks next year, after the state legislature raised the minimum wage Friday to $10 an hour, an increase to be phased in over three years. The minimum wage will increase in two separate increments of $1, first in July…

CA Gov. Jerry Brown to support minimum wage hike to $10 an hour

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he will he’ll back legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour, Sarah Hashim-Waris reports.  …

U.S. fast-food worker protests growing over ‘starvation’ wages

by Edward Helmore, The Observer McDonald’s in New York’s Times Square, in midsummer. The fast food store heaves with native New Yorkers and tourists, including a table of Filipino nuns and a troupe of burlesque actors. The staff, remarkably unstressed, offer only accommodating smiles. But behind the scenes the atmosphere…

Rep. Keith Ellison: Taxpayers ‘are subsidizing’ fast food corporations’ minimum wage business model

“We Can’t Survive on $7.25″ (via Moyers & Company) Fast food workers in seven U.S. cities are walking off the job this week in what organizers say is the largest strike in the industry’s history. The wave of protests began Monday in New York City, where workers earning as little…

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