Tag: minimum wage

It’s Time to Put an End to Exploitative Tipped Wages

August 23, 2017

Although the restaurant industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, individuals who earn “tipped wages” remain particularly disenfranchised. The National Restaurant Association touts the false notion that “tip-earning employees can be among a restaurant’s highest earners.” In fact, industry wages are extremely low. People working… Read More»

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Atlanta Fought for $15 and Won

June 26, 2017

People working for the city of Atlanta received welcome news as the City Council unanimously passed a budget raising their wages. Starting on July 1, 2017, base pay for city employees will rise from $10.10 to $13 an hour. Even better news? By mid-2019, all city employees will earn a… Read More»

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New $15 ‘Raise the Wage Act’ Aims to Give People a Fair Return on Their Work

May 25, 2017

Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D. Va.), and Keith Ellison (D. Minn.), along with their colleagues, introduced legislation to boost the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The “Raise the Wage Act” would gradually increase the minimum wage from current floor of… Read More»

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Voters in Four States Elect to Boost Wages and Working Conditions

November 10, 2016

Amidst a general election that is sure to be discussed, analyzed and hypothesized about for weeks, if not months to come, one aspect you could easily overlook is some resoundingly good news. Voters made their voices heard on policies that directly benefit working people’s ability to provide for their families.… Read More»

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How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America

July 11, 2016

Tamara Draut, the Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos, published her latest book, “Sleeping Giant: How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America,” this spring. Draut delves into not just the struggles facing working families, but the incredible power and potential of our new working class to change our… Read More»

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The Secret Recipe for McDonald’s Rising Profits? Better Wages.

April 28, 2016

Last week, McDonald’s announced its earnings and profit numbers for the first quarter of 2016. The company reported $5.9 billion in gross sales and $1.1 billion in net income—a 35 percent increase from the first quarter of 2015. So what’s behind McDonald’s recent success? Some chalked the spike up to… Read More»

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We All Subsidize McDonald’s Low Wages. Here’s How to Change That.

April 13, 2016

Melissa Benjamin is a mom of two from Denver who has worked as a home-care provider for more than 16 years. Melissa has wanted to be a caretaker since she was young, as she watched her mother help rehabilitate her severely injured brother. “You know that feeling when you get… Read More»

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