February 6, 2016 |
TRENTON - New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is proposing to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, following cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles that have made similar increases. The move in New Jersey comes after voters in 2013 approved a ballot initiative that raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, tied to increases in the cost of living. The current minimum wage is $8.38 an hour. "We set a floor, not a ceiling," Prieto (D., Hudson) said at a Statehouse news conference Thursday, joined by lawmakers and advocates such as New Jersey Working Families.
January 17, 2016
In the Region Gaming take hits Pa. high Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania rebounded last year to $3.17 billion, topping the 2012 record of $3.16 billion, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Friday. The upbeat report followed the opening last month of SugarHouse Casino's expanded gaming floor and as the partnership between Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. are gearing up to start construction on Philadelphia's second casino, Live! Philadelphia, in the stadium district of South Philadelphia.
January 17, 2016
Wawa Inc., of Media, will raise the minimum hourly wage it pays store workers to $10. The move comes amidst a tightening labor market, where there is now competition for workers at all levels, including low-wage workers, economist Joel Naroff told members of the MidAtlantic Employers' Association Friday. Also raising its minimum wage is Sheetz Inc., the Altoona-based convenience store chain. The company, with $6.9 billion in revenue and 17,000 employees, said Wednesday it would spend $5 million to increase wages.
January 3, 2016 |
A fee on shopping bags. Security cameras outside every bar. A ban on cigarette sales at city pharmacies. All were proposed by Philadelphia City Council members last year, but none saw a Council vote. Two were shelved without a hearing. Dozens of bills face the same fate each year. And every four years, at the end of a term, all that leftover legislation is gathered, stamped lapsed, and buried. But this graveyard of bills, which this week will get an influx of new markers, may not be a final resting place for every proposal.
November 26, 2015 |
As travelers pass through airports on their way to visit their families this Thanksgiving, they should take note of the people pushing grandma's wheelchair, loading dad's golf clubs, or quietly mopping the terminal. These are some of the people who have been bypassed by a recovering economy. They suffer disproportionately from stagnant wages that have about 5 percent less buying power than they did five years ago. They are struggling to feed and shelter their families on wages that put them at or near the poverty line.
November 16, 2015 |
Rain spits down, clouds obscure William Penn atop City Hall, and on this damp fall day no one is sure where Katie McGinty is supposed to go. Labor unions, liberal activists, and fast-food workers plan to rally to boost the minimum wage to $15, and McGinty, running for the U.S. Senate, is eager to add her voice to the cause. But the event is off to a choppy start. It's running late. When a crowd of purple-clad SEIU workers finally arrives, McGinty greets them with a smile locked in place, teeth showing.
November 12, 2015 |
Holding a microphone, Shymara Jones, a fast-food worker at Popeyes, had a message for the politicians. "We have to make sure our state representatives are talking about $15 an hour," Jones, 22, of Philadelphia, said at a rainy rally outside City Hall. "This is what they need to be talking about 24/7 if they want our vote. " Dubbing it a fast-food "strike," more than 100 restaurant workers in Philadelphia and many more around the nation on Tuesday held rallies, protests, and marches, seeking a $15-an-hour minimum wage, a union, and political power.
November 6, 2015 |
Tens of thousands of times a week, according to one study, employers steal money from low-wage workers in Philadelphia. They fail to compensate them for overtime, pay them less than the minimum wage, undercount their hours, withhold their tips, or don't pay them at all. A Temple University study estimated that there are about 90,000 incidents of wage theft in the city every week, costing victims $51 to $87. That's less money for rent, food, and...
October 13, 2015 |
Correction: Quotes attributed to Kati Sipp in the original version were actually from Kate Goodman, an organizer for 15Now. Safiyyah Cotton earns a lousy $7.50 an hour working at a McDonald's in North Philadelphia. Chump change. Yeah, I know it's McDonald's. But it's not as if Cotton is some teenager still living at home with parents who pay for everything. She's a 22-year-old single mother taking care of both herself and her young son. And get this: She usually only works about 20 hours a week.
October 12, 2015
ISSUE | MINIMUM WAGE We need $15 an hour As a fast-food worker, I wake up each day with thoughts I'm sure many other underpaid workers share: "Can I pay the electricity bill this month?" and "Will there be enough food?" Because of this low-wage crisis, hundreds of Philadelphia workers like me told their stories about what it's like to survive on less than $15 an hour at a session of the "people's wage board" last week. The wage board was organized by the Fight For $15 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh fast-food workers, along with community partners and allies.