May 15, 2014
THERE ARE many compelling arguments for and against raising the minimum wage. Those against say that it's a job-killer and will raise prices. Those for raising the wage say that a higher wage would lift many people over the poverty line, and that studies show no effective negative impact on job creation. Besides, the wage has long been stagnant; the minimum wage in 1968 would be $9.04 in today's dollars. For us, the most compelling argument for the impact of low wages is summed up in five words: Walmart workers on food stamps.
May 8, 2014 |
Mayor Nutter signed an executive order Tuesday requiring city contractors and the companies they subcontract with to pay a minimum wage of $10.88 per hour for city work for the rest of the year. Starting in January, the order said, that minimum will rise to $12 an hour and will be adjusted for inflation going forward. Nutter cited the State of the Union message in which President Obama urged mayors and governors not to wait for Congress to act on the minimum wage. "Today, I will in fact answer the president's call," Nutter said.
May 7, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER will sign an executive order today raising the city's minimum-wage requirements for contractors working on public projects and extending them to subcontractors, according to an administration memo obtained by the Daily News . "The Executive Order will raise the minimum wage required in City contracts and subcontracts, and implement annual adjustments for inflation," the memo said. "The Executive Order will also direct contracting departments and other agencies to implement the requirements as to subcontractors, consistent with recent legislative actions.
May 2, 2014 |
FOR A FEW hours yesterday, the ghost of Occupy Philadelphia returned to Center City. A passionate group of activists, some of whom camped out with Occupy two years ago, took up banners, signs and flags at 15th and Market, across from the now-closed Dilworth Plaza, to celebrate the May 1 International Workers Day, a national day of protest. Some wore masks - including one gentleman in a painted Guy Fawkes getup who declined to comment - while others looked as if they had just come from work.
April 21, 2014 |
CRYSTAL LOPEZ, a Dunkin' Donuts employee from Philadelphia, suffers from an eye disorder and says that she will lose her sight without the $100 bottle of eye drops she needs to maintain her vision. It's a purchase she says she struggles to make each month because she has been denied health insurance and can barely cover her bills on $7.25 an hour. Yesterday, she joined 50 students, activists and labor leaders who marched from Rittenhouse Square to Independence Hall to call for an increase in the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $15. "We're not lowlifes.
April 13, 2014 |
Low-wage workers at Philadelphia International Airport urged Philadelphia voters Friday to approve a question on the May 20 primary ballot that would increase the minimum wage for employees hired by airport subcontractors to $10.88 an hour. The workers, who earn an average of $7.85 an hour, rallied outside the airport's Terminal B carrying signs reading: "Don't leave us behind the Big Apple!" After a heated campaign by airport workers in New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently asked four airlines - American, Delta, JetBlue, and United - at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports to grant an immediate raise of $1 an hour for workers earning less than $9. The raise will be phased-in to $10.10 an hour.
March 29, 2014 |
Three weeks ago, President Obama and Connecticut Gov. Dannell P. Malloy ate lunch at Cafe Beauregard in New Britain, Conn. The restaurant became the setting Thursday night for the governor to sign a law lifting the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from $8.25. That will make the Nutmeg State the first to heed Obama's call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, up from the current national minimum of $7.25. "Increasing the minimum wage is not just good for workers, it's also good for business," Malloy said in a statement Wednesday.
March 26, 2014 |
TRENTON An Assembly panel advanced legislation Monday that would increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers who make most of their money in tips, despite objections from restaurant and beverage industry officials who feared a blow to businesses. The bill would allow employers to claim credits for tips paid to employees, and, in effect, raise hourly wages from $2.13 to $5.93 by late 2015. Supporters note that the wage has not increased in two decades, even as the cost of living has risen.
March 20, 2014
LAST WEEK, President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise regulations determining which workers qualify for federal overtime protections, a move that was presented as a way to increase income for some lower-wage workers. It's not. In reality, it's a matter of basic fairness. The issue begins with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which established the national minimum wage for most workers and guaranteed overtime pay for more than 40 hours of work a week. But the law also allowed overtime exemptions to be set by the Labor Department, based on the nature of the worker's duties and the worker's salary, the presumption being that higher salaries denoted higher-status administrative workers who did not need the same protections as lower-wage production workers (an arguable point)
March 20, 2014 |
Advocates for increasing the paychecks of low-wage workers held twin rallies in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. In Harrisburg, politicians, religious, community, and labor leaders gathered at the Capitol Media Center to announce a push to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 from the current $7.25. And in front of a North Philadelphia McDonald's, restaurant workers, activists, and labor officials met to urge the fast-food giant to pay its workers $15 an hour and to not interfere with their joining a union.