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NEWS
June 3, 2016
Norcross knows jobs U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.) has the right plan for our economy: more jobs and better wages. He knows how to create jobs because he's been doing it his whole career. Construction, manufacturing, health care, technology - he's had a hand in bringing it to South Jersey. And he knows that good jobs need good pay, since he's been an electrician. That's why he's been vocal about the need to raise the minimum wage, get equal pay for women, and raise incomes for seniors who worked all their lives for a good retirement.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Two years ago, fast-food worker Shymara Jones was a single mother, living with her mother, siblings, and son in a three-bedroom rowhouse on a worn-down block in the non-gentrified part of Grays Ferry, hard by warehouses and refineries. None of that has changed, but everything is different. Same small house, same small street, same Popeyes at Broad and Catharine Streets where Jones, 22, has worked since 2009. But in that time, Jones visited the Eiffel Tower. She met fast-food workers in Brussels, picketed corporate meetings in Chicago - twice - shook hands with politicians, led marches down Broad Street, and plans to rally outside the McDonald's annual meeting this week.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia companies that did not pay temporary workers the minimum wage agreed to pay $763,000 in back wages and damages to be distributed among 797 workers. Temporary workers who packaged jewelry at Stanley Creations Inc. in Melrose Park were paid $6 an hour in cash and were not paid overtime when they worked more than 40 hours, the U.S. Labor Department said Monday. Minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25 an hour. Asendia USA in Folcroft, part of a multinational Swiss and French direct mail and distribution company, paid overtime, but based the overtime on a base pay rate of $6.69 per hour, below minimum wage.
NEWS
April 21, 2016
By Dan White Pennsylvania, like most of the United States, has a problem. Paychecks have not come back from the Great Recession as strongly as they have following other downturns. American workers' wages and salaries took longer to regain their previous, inflation-adjusted peaks after the Great Recession than after any other recession since World War II. This is especially true in the commonwealth, where wages and salaries grew less than three-quarters of the national rate last year.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
It couldn't have been a nicer day for a protest Thursday, as activists - fast-food and home health workers seeking a raise, the Sierra Club, Temple students opposing a stadium, and community people against stop-and-frisk, - marched down Broad Street, banging drums, carrying banners, and shouting slogans. "This is what democracy looks like," hundreds yelled as they walked toward the day's largest rally, at Broad and Arch Streets. Police closed Broad Street. Among those leading the parade was Shymara Jones, 23, of Philadelphia, a Popeyes employee who has been pushing for a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers since the national movement kicked off in Philadelphia two years ago. She earns $8.25 an hour, up from $7.25, Pennsylvania's minimum wage, mirroring the national rate.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
ISSUE | MINIMUM WAGE A boost for Pa. The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry sheds crocodile tears for low-wage workers every time the minimum wage comes up ("Raises will cost jobs," Thursday). Studies have found that there is no negative impact on jobs following modest increases in the minimum wage; the Congressional Budget Office estimates a range of "a very slight reduction" to one million jobs lost nationally with a minimum-wage increase to $10.10 an hour. However, such an increase would mean: More than 1.2 million workers in Pennsylvania would receive raises; $1.9 billion in new wages would go into the state economy; $225 million in new revenues would be generated for the state budget, which is in great need of funds to support our schools and close massive deficits.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Even as the job market tightens and unemployment declines, the recent recession has yet another blow to deliver to the labor economy - one that may not be felt for several years. "We may not be able to provide a good number of jobs for highly skilled people," said economist Efua Afful at Moody's Analytics in West Chester. That is because research-and-development investment, which leads to innovation and employment for highly skilled workers, plummeted during the recession and has yet to rebound, she said.
NEWS
March 23, 2016
ISSUE | RIDE-SHARING Creative destruction Ride-sharing companies like Uber are similar to direct marketing companies like Avon. Their "representatives" (in this case drivers) are self-employed individuals who earn commissions based entirely on how many hours they freely choose to work; they are not employees. To talk about their having the right to join a union or be paid a minimum wage is absurd. Most drivers treat ride-sharing as part-time work to supplement their income and may also enjoy the social contact and fun of doing something entirely different.
NEWS
March 22, 2016
ISSUE | MINIMUM WAGE Increases are needed The Jewish Social Policy Action Network applauds Gov. Wolf for increasing the minimum wage of state workers and those on contract with the state to $10.15 an hour ("Wolf raises state workers' minimum wage," March 8). An across-the-board increase for all workers in the state would be even more laudable. Even $10.15 is inadequate. In a 40-hour workweek, gross salaries would top out at $406 a week. A 2014 survey by the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that minimum-wage workers in Pennsylvania (making $7.25 an hour)
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