Fast-food strikers plan escalation

May 13, 2014 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The call for higher wages and more rights for fast-food workers and others in traditionally low-wage jobs is culminating in a nationwide strike set for May 15, but the effort doesn’t stop there, according to an organization leading the strikes. The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) is trying to bring fast-food workers from around the world into the movement for higher wages and improved working conditions.

“Fast-food workers around the world face the same issues of precarious work, low wages, and fierce opposition to union organization,” the IUF posted on its website. “A handful of giant transnationals dominate the business, so it is only natural that workers and their unions are organizing internationally to change conditions for the millions of fast-food workers around the world.”

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Senate vote deals blow to $10.10 minimum wage effort

May 01, 2014 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The campaign to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour fell a step backward in a Senate vote on April 30—a vote that brought cheers from business interests concerned that the increase would be too onerous on employers and jeers from labor groups that claim the current $7.25 minimum is inadequate.

Sixty votes were needed to advance the minimum wage bill, but the vote was 54-42. The bill calls for gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over 30 months. Further increases would be tied to inflation.

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Hawaii minimum wage to increase to $10.10

by Paul Saito

The Hawaii Legislature has passed a bill that will increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, with hikes every year from 2015 to 2018. Senate Bill (SB) 2609 also will increase the state’s tip credit from 25 cents to 75 cents over the next two years. The bill will be sent to Governor Neil Abercrombie, who has supported the measure throughout the process and is expected to sign it into law.

SB 2609 will increase Hawaii’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over the next four years. On January 1, 2015, the minimum wage will increase to $7.75. The rate will rise to $8.50 on January 1, 2016, and $9.25 on January 1, 2017. Finally, on January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will rise to $10.10.

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Maryland Legislature passes bill to raise minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2018

by David M. Stevens

On the final day of its legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to dramatically raise the state’s minimum wage. The bill, which was supported by Governor Martin O’Malley and is expected to be signed into law, calls for a staggered increase in the minimum wage over a period of four years, with the final increase due to set the minimum wage at $10.10 effective July 1, 2018.

Employers will first feel the effect of the minimum wage increase on January 1, 2015, and the minimum wage will increase a total of five times under the following schedule:

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Connecticut’s minimum wage will jump to $10.10 per hour in 2017

by Jonathan C. Sterling

On March 27, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law that will increase Connecticut’s minimum wage in each of the next three years. The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 per hour in 2017.

You may remember that just last year, a law was passed to increase the minimum wage to $8.70 beginning January 1, 2014. The 2013 law also increased the minimum wage to $9 per hour beginning January 1, 2015.

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President Obama signs executive order raising federal contractor minimum wage to $10.10

January 28, 2014 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order raising the minimum wage federal contractors must pay to $10.10 an hour.

The White House released a fact sheet ahead of the January 28 State of the Union speech saying Obama would use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for those working on new federal contracts. The current federal minimum wage, in force since 2009, is $7.25 an hour.

The increase will cover employees such as janitors and construction workers as well as dishwashers and laundry workers on military bases. It will apply to contracts made after the effective date of the order, January 1, 2015.

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Washington, D.C., closer to $11.50-per-hour minimum wage

December 18, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The Washington, D.C., City Council on December 17 unanimously approved raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016. The minimum wage then would be indexed for inflation.

The current minimum wage for hourly workers in Washington, D.C., is $8.25 an hour, a dollar higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

The new D.C. measure phases in the increase, beginning with $9.50 in July 2014 and then moving to $10.15 in July 2015 and to $11.50 in July 2016, according to news reports.

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Highest minimum wage in nation likely for Washington, D.C.

December 04, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The final vote hasn’t come yet, but on December 3, the D.C. Council unanimously voted to raise the minimum wage in Washington, D.C., to $11.50 per hour by 2016, well above the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

Before the measure is finalized, the council must hold a final vote and send it to Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who has said he prefers a $10-an-hour minimum wage. Even if Gray vetoes the measure, the support it has in the council is likely to ensure an override. The final council vote is expected later this month.

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New Jersey vote puts minimum wage hikes in state constitution

November 07, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

by Tammy Binford

The ballot question making changes to New Jersey’s minimum wage was presented to voters in the November 5 election and passed easily, but many business leaders are uneasy about the change.

By a 60-40 percent vote, voters passed Public Question 2, which will raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour on January 1, 2014. In addition to the $1 increase, the ballot question will amend the New Jersey constitution to ensure that the state minimum wage will automatically rise with inflation.

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Governor signs bill raising California minimum wage

by Cathleen Yonahara

On September 25, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 10, which will raise the state minimum wage in stages to $10 per hour. Employers will be required to raise wages to $9 per hour by July 1, 2014, and to $10 per hour by January 1, 2016. The current minimum wage is $8 per hour.

This is the first minimum wage increase in California in five years. Some Bay Area cities and counties already have raised their minimum wages this year. San Francisco’s minimum wage is $10.55, and San Jose’s is $10.

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