March 14, 2013
IT REALLY angers me that there is still hunger in America, knowing that we are more than capable of feeding each and every citizen - but don't. As far as I'm concerned, access to healthy food should be an inalienable right. Don't you agree? Sadly, every day in these United States, 50 million people, including one in four children, are food insecure, which basically means that they're hungry and not sure when or from where their next meal is coming. The recent documentary "A Place at the Table" removes the veil on this hidden-in-plain-sight national disgrace.
March 4, 2013 |
President Obama has renewed talk of a higher minimum wage - he proposes $9 per hour instead of the current $7.25 federal minimum. Is it a good idea? These sites delve into the debate. States can set their own minimum wages, and most do, although if the state rate differs from the federal rate, the higher rate is the one that usually applies. The U.S. Department of Labor hosts an interactive map that shows the minimum wage in each state. New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for example, hold to the federal $7.25-per-hour rate.
February 25, 2013 |
Design-development assistance, press-release writing, pattern-making, phone-answering, even studio-cleaning. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required for this internship at the Flotsam+Jetsam Design Studio in Fishtown. "An organized individual is essential. Efficient sewing ability is required," the posting on Craigslist said. "There will be a sewing test during the interview. " Compensation: "Non-pay. " At a Center City law practice, there's no coffee-fetching for the qualifying intern.
February 22, 2013 |
Maybe it's the U.S. Labor Department investigation into pay violations at Chickie's & Pete's. Or maybe it's the string of class-action lawsuits piling up in federal court against the chain of popular sports bars - suits alleging tip-skimming that could yield several million dollars in damages. Or maybe it's simply an employer tacking up new personnel policies and sending out several-thousand-dollar employee-refund checks to fix mistakes in the payroll system. Whatever the motive, Chickie's & Pete's owners are hustling to contain the fallout from recent lawsuits that have more than 60 former and current employees as plaintiffs.
February 20, 2013 |
ALTHOUGH SOME SEE President Obama's proposal to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour as a way to help people make ends meet, others see it as a way for people to lose jobs. Anthony Liuzzo, professor of business and economics at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., said many people who now make the minimum wage may find themselves unemployed if the wage is increased. "I think it will hurt the exact people it was intended to help," he said. "An employer will look hard at whether they can afford it. People who make the minimum wage will simply be terminated rather than get the higher salaries, especially young people.
February 16, 2013 |
TRENTON - New Jersey voters will get the last word on whether to increase the state's minimum wage $1 to $8.25. The Assembly gave final approval Thursday to a resolution putting the increase on the ballot in November and tying automatic annual adjustments to the Consumer Price Index. The Senate approved the resolution previously, so Thursday's vote ensured the question's place on the ballot in a gubernatorial election year. Gov. Christie vetoed legislation last month that would have increased the wage to $8.50 per hour and provided automatic yearly increases.
February 15, 2013 |
Making the sell for his State of the Union proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, President Obama is dispatching his acting Labor Secretary to Philadelphia on Thursday. Seth D. Harris, who took over for outgoing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, will visit the offices of the AFL-CIO in Philadelphia to hear from area labor leaders and minimum-wage workers. Harris' visit comes on the same day that the New Jersey Assembly considers whether to put a minimum-wage question on the ballot in November.
January 31, 2013
A quarter? Really? That's all Gov. Christie has offered the working poor: a 25-cent-an-hour increase in New Jersey's minimum wage, followed by three more quarters over three years, eventually raising the rate from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour. That's chump change for people who haven't had a raise since 2005. The cost of living in New Jersey is 27.6 percent higher than the national average, according to a 2008 report by the New Jersey Minimum Wage Advisory Commission. But the Garden State is not one of the 19 states where the minimum wage exceeds the federal rate of $7.25 an hour.
January 29, 2013 |
TRENTON - Voters will likely decide this fall whether to raise the state minimum wage after Gov. Christie rejected a bill that would have bumped the rate to $8.50 within weeks. In an alternate proposal that accompanied his conditional veto, Christie said Monday that he was willing to raise the hourly wage by $1, but only if it's phased in over two years. That would increase the current rate of $7.25, the federally mandated minimum, to $8.25 by March 2015. The Democratic bill, which would have increased the rate $1.25 on March 1 and allowed automatic cost-of-living adjustments thereafter would "jeopardize the economic recovery we all seek," he said.
January 29, 2013 |
TRENTON - Voters will likely decide this fall whether to raise the state minimum wage after Gov. Christie rejected a bill that would have bumped the rate to $8.50 within weeks. In an alternate proposal that accompanied his conditional veto, Christie said Monday that he was willing to raise the hourly wage by $1, but only if it was phased in over two years. That would increase the current rate of $7.25, the federally mandated minimum, to $8.25 by March 2015. The Democratic bill, which would have increased the rate by $1.25 on March 1 and would have allowed automatic cost-of-living adjustments thereafter, would "jeopardize the economic recovery we all seek," he said.