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  • A higher minimum wage doesn't reduce poverty, says… the federal government (Duh)

    12/31/2015 7:30:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot ^ | December 31, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    We reach the end of the year with yet another tale of crazy, one percenter wingnuts trying to claim that jacking up the minimum wage won’t do much to alleviate the issues facing the poorest Americans who the Democrats are seeking to help. This time the hateful claims are coming from… a study published by the federal government. Increasing the minimum wage is an inefficient way to reduce poverty, according to a Fed research paper that comes amid a national clamor to hike pay for workers at the low end of the salary scale.David Neumark, visiting scholar at the San...
  • Obama: Customers will accept paying more for higher minimum wage

    10/07/2015 4:40:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 95 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/7/15 | Sean Higgins
    President Obama said Wednesday that consumers would be OK paying higher prices if they knew it was the result of an increase in the national minimum wage. He argued that there was therefore no practical reason for anyone to oppose a hike. "I think that most of us are price-sensitive. We're not looking to over-pay. On the other hand, I'll bet that a lot of folks here, if they go to a restaurant, and they know that the people working there are making a living wage, the fact that they may be paying an extra dollar for a burger, would...
  • Irvine (CA) repeals living wage ordinance

    05/27/2015 4:58:11 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 4 replies
    OC Register ^ | 5/27/2015 | SARAH de CRESCENZO
    IRVINE The City Council late Tuesday voted 4-1 to repeal the citys living wage ordinance, which requires some contractors that do business with Irvine to pay its employees a slightly higher rate than the states $9 per hour minimum. The ordinance has been in place since 2007 when a 3-2 vote signed into law the requirement that companies that have contracts with the city worth at least $100,000 in a 12-month period pay more per hour.
  • Easy free solution to Baltimore's 8%+ and 37%+ unemployment rates:Increase their minimum wage

    05/01/2015 6:46:57 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 19 replies
    SOL (reference links in body) | 5/1/2015 | sickoflibs
    Some fun relevant facts: Maryland's unemployment rate is ~ 5.5% Baltimore unemployment rate is ~ 8.2 % Baltimore unemployment rate for young black men is ~ 37% %Source CNN Money Maryland's minimum wage is $8.25 per hour Baltimore's minimum (called living) wage is much higher : ~ $11.50 per hour.source baltimorebrew .com Yep, almost $12 per hour. Recall how we are lectured that outlawing these low paying entry level jobs will create better paying jobs, because they all get a raise which they spend. Yep, no HS degree, no work experience, probably an arrest record (try looting businesses) . Sure...
  • (Socialist) Councilmember Sawant tells judge shell represent herself at trial

    02/28/2015 4:54:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 2/19/15 | Natasha Chen
    SEATAC, Wash. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant told a SeaTac municipal court judge Thursday that she will represent herself in an upcoming trial for disorderly conduct prompted by her arrest in November during a protest. On Nov. 19, Sawant and three others were arrested for not leaving a roadway during a protest against big airlines for not paying their workers a living wage. Of those arrested, Sawant, Socrates Bravo and John Helmiere appeared together before a judge for a pretrial hearing. A judge exonerated their bail amounts.
  • When Leftwing Economists Gruber and Krugman Practiced Economics

    02/05/2015 7:37:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | February 5, 2015 | Larry Elder
    resident Barack Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for a minimum-wage hike and for government-mandated paid family and medical leave. "We are the only advanced country on Earth," said the President, "that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers." On the minimum wage, Obama issued this challenge: "And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it. If not, vote to give millions of the...
  • Would You Like Fries With Your Unemployment Check? 2 Comments

    09/08/2014 5:26:09 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 8, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Minimum Wage: Fast-food workers engage in a nationwide "Fight for 15" while ignoring the economic reality of higher prices, fewer jobs and the sawing off of that first rung on the economic ladder of success. In a scene repeated in various cities across the country last Thursday, roughly 50 people were arrested as they protested in front of two Chicago-area fast-food restaurants as part of the push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage for fast-food workers, what they call a "living wage." These protests, organized by the infamous purple shirts of the Service Employees International Union, simply ignore economic reality. It...
  • McDonalds Replacing Cashiers With Machines?

    08/09/2014 6:33:37 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 117 replies
    Copyright 2008-2014, Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:45pm | Kemberlee Kaye
    McDonalds employees who picketed for a better living wage (whatever that means) may come to regret that decision.... a McDonalds in Illinois replaced their cashiers with machines. The machines appear to be the cousins of the ones found in grocery stores, big box stores, and CVS that allow customers to complete transactions... This is all basic economics, really. As costs of labor increase the added cost must be offset. In order to satisfy operating costs, produce a product consumers want to purchase, and still turn a profit, its perfectly reasonable for a company like McDonalds to look for cost-cutting alternatives.......
  • What Cliven Bundy Knows About The Negro

    04/27/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Slate ^ | April 27, 2014 | By Jamelle Bouie
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is still a cause clbre for the right-wing, drawing praise from Tea Party activists, Republican politicians, and conservative media outlets. Kevin Williamson of National Review called him a dissident like Mohandas Gandhi or Henry David Thoreau, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller hailed him as a patriot, and Sean Hannity has praised him as somebody thats willing to fight. This was bad enough as an instance of conservative recklessness when Bundy was just a lawless rancher backed by armed militamen. Its even worse now that we know that Bundy is full of racist bones. Here he is, as...
  • If Walmart Paid Its Employees a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up? (video)

    04/09/2014 11:56:04 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 4, 2014 | Slate .Video
    In the series "The Secret Life of a Food Stamp," Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. What's more, the wages of many workers at these stores are so low that the workers themselves qualify for food stampswhich the employees then often spend at those big-box stores...
  • As politicians, bishops take sides, minimum wage raise winners, losers uncertain

    02/11/2014 1:57:54 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 2/11/14 | Maria Wiering
    Laura Bailey said she used to make $60,000 a year in a government job. Now the 45-year-old makes about $15,600 working fulltime at a fast-food restaurant. A tragic series of events job loss, her husbands death, a serious illness sent the mother of two spiraling from a comfortable life in Crownsville to homelessness and joblessness. After countless attempts to find clerical work, Bailey took a position in the Arundel Mills outlet mall for $7.80 an hour. In her off-hours, shes been an advocate for raising the $7.25 minimum hourly wage, a proposal gaining momentum in the Maryland General...
  • Five takeaways from the bishops new statement on poverty

    01/20/2014 2:04:50 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 33 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/20/14 | Maria Wiering
    Marylands Catholic bishops released a joint statement Jan. 20 urging fair treatment of workers. The statement coincides with Poverty Awareness Month and the states legislative session, where increasing the minimum wage and mandating paid sick leave for low-wage workers are already in the spotlight. The bishops make clear they want Maryland to enact legislation promoting just compensation and a healthy work environment. While we hope one day the issue of raising the minimum wage will be addressed at the federal level, we cannot afford to wait in Maryland, they stated. Titled The Dignity of Work, the one-page statement was released...
  • In the real world, no liberal has ever bought a McDonalds franchise and paid the workers $15/hour

    08/02/2013 3:18:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 2, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog In the real world, no liberal has ever bought a McDonald’s franchise and paid the workers $15 an hour Recently, Huffington Post published an article about how easy it would supposedly be for McDonald’s to pay its’ employees $15 an hour. Soon afterward, they took the original article down, and replaced it with this article, which admits that the original article had been wrong.But I knew they were wrong before they admitted it. Having read the original article, one thing I noticed was that it wrongly assumed that the demand for McDonald’s food would not go...
  • McBudget an insult to those living in poverty

    07/28/2013 7:52:27 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 55 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 27, 2013 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    A few words about the McBudget. Perhaps youve heard of it. As fast food workers around the country protest for higher wages, we learn that McDonalds offers advice to help them live on the wages they make which, while not technically bupkes, do amount to a paycheck you can pretty much have the driver cash for you on the bus ride home. In December, for example, Bloomberg profiled a Chicago man who, after 20 years with the burger giant, earns $8.25 an hour and doesnt get 40 hours a week. This, as McDonalds CEO Don Thompson pulled down, according...
  • Washington's War On Wal-Mart Will Only Hurt The Poor

    07/10/2013 4:44:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Editorial
    Leadership: If Washington, D.C.'s local politicians have their way, three new Wal-Marts planned for the troubled city will not be built. Oh boy! Just what the capital's struggling residents need: fewer jobs and higher prices. ngaclThe extraordinarily unwise politicians who run the nation's capital have decided to pass a law that would require so-called "big box" retailers Wal-Mart, in other words to pay their workers a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour. Wal-Mart employees nationwide average just under $9 an hour. Wal-Mart is already building three stores in D.C., and has plans for three more. But...
  • Social Justice According to Pius XI

    01/01/2013 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    hprweb ^ | DECEMBER 26, 2012 | THOMAS STORCK
    The term “social justice”… is the key term and concept of Catholic social teaching … with all the other aspects of the Church’s social doctrine—the principle of subsidiarity, the just wage or the right to private property—are related to, and rely, on the existence of social justice. The term “social justice,” though common enough today, is little understood by most of those who use it—whether they consider themselves friends and practitioners of social justice, or they regard it as a suspect term of probably socialist origin. But the term does have a precise meaning. That meaning and the significance of...
  • Can Increasing the Minimum Wage Boost GDP?

    12/07/2011 8:08:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 7, 2011 | Political Calculations
    Does increasing the minimum wage increase GDP? Bloggingstocks' Joseph Lazaro outlined the theory that it might back on 1 August 2009, shortly after the U.S. federal minimum wage reached its current level of $7.25 per hour (emphasis ours): ... the U.S. Federal Reserve will be monitoring prices and costs to see if the higher minimum wage is creating inflation havoc at a time when U.S. businesses least need another concern to deal with. Businesses have enough to worry about; and some are struggling just to maintain operations for another quarter or two -- the recession has been that damaging. But...
  • Chicago considers requiring 'Living wage' for retailers at airports

    10/06/2011 8:58:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Oct 6, 2011 | Fran Spielman
    Chicago considers requiring 'Living wage' for retailers at airports Posted: October 6th, 2011 10:10 AM CDT FRAN SPIELMAN. City Hall Reporter. fspielman@suntimes.comChicago Sun-Times O'Hare and Midway Airport retailers would be required to pay their 1,500 employees a "living wage" of $11.18-an-hour - even if it means raising the sky-high prices they charge their captive audience of air travelers - under a plan that's gaining political steam. During a rally before Wednesday's City Council meeting, 18 aldermen stood shoulder-to-shoulder with members of Unite Here Local 1 to support an ordinance timed to coincide with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's concession makeover at both...
  • The Conscience of Kansas- 50 most Dangerous Liberals

    01/31/2011 2:10:57 PM PST · by 1pitech · 6 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 01-28-11 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this epsiode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program I do follow up on the Pima County Sheriff recall election. I give the list of the 50 most dangerous liberals as listed by I talk in detail about the Living Wage Proposal for the city of Manhattan Kansas and why it is a bad idea and so much more. We invite you to listen and comment!
  • Economics 101: Minimum Wage and Living Wage

    08/18/2010 2:15:36 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Rancor News ^ | June 20th, 2010 | Tyson Bam
    Economics 101: Minimum Wage and Living Wage Being the kind compassionate souls we Americans are, we often get tricked into believing things because we want them to be true. Wages, jobs, and poverty are often passionately debated and exceptionally prone to hopeful misinformation and logical fallacies. Minimum wage and the idea of a living wage are examples of just that. They sound good and helpful but in practice they do more bad than good. They displace jobs and discourage hiring, cause increases in price levels, and they don't help the majority actually raise their quality of life. If this all...
  • Plan to Seek Use of U.S. Contracts as a Wage Lever

    02/26/2010 5:07:36 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies · 1,733+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2010 | Steven Greenhouse
    The Obama administration is planning to use the governments enormous buying power to prod private companies to improve wages and benefits for millions of workers, according to White House officials and several interest groups briefed on the plan. By altering how it awards $500 billion in contracts each year, the government would disqualify more companies with labor, environmental or other violations and give an edge to companies that offer better levels of pay, health coverage, pensions and other benefits, the officials said. Because nearly one in four workers is employed by companies that have contracts with the federal government, administration...
  • Minimum Wage Laws Hurt the Poor and Help the Unions

    12/17/2008 9:21:43 PM PST · by Bodhi1 · 7 replies · 511+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 12-17-08 | Duane Lester
    Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent. - Jim Quinn It was January of 2007 when the House passes the first minimum wage increase in a decade. Senate Republicans added a ton of tax breaks to small businesses to the minimum wage increase before passing it in February. They bickered back and forth for a month or three, then finally attached the bill to a war spending bill and Bush signed it into law. I was against it, saying first of all it was unConstitutional. I also said it would cost jobs, because businesses could either raise...
  • Living wage crimps Oakland restaurant plan

    11/30/2008 10:20:49 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 11 replies · 1,701+ views
    San Francisco Business Times ^ | November 28, 2008 | Sarah Duxbury
    The Fox Theater restaurant is proving a hard hole to fill. Dozens of restaurateurs have toured the 3,000-square-foot space, and no fewer than eight have said they cant make a project pencil out at that site due to Oaklands living wage requirement. The Fox holes fortunes could be turning, however. Business proposals from restaurateurs were due Nov. 17, and three were submitted. Phil Tagami, whose firm, California Capital Group, has managed the Fox rebirth, said that two other parties unaware of the formal proposal process expressed interest in the site, despite the wage requirements. He declined to say who submitted...
  • 'Living wage' for LAX hotel staffs blocked

    05/05/2007 7:31:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies · 1,385+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 5, 2007 | Joe Mathews and Steve Hymon
    A judge Friday delivered a stinging rebuke to Los Angeles' labor and political leadership, barring the city from enforcing a ballyhooed new ordinance that would have extended the city's "living wage" protections to workers at hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. The eight-page order by Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe went far beyond merely blocking a law that had been considered a point of pride for the city's powerful labor interests. As a practical matter, Yaffe dealt a political defeat to the City Council, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the union that championed the law. During a yearlong political and...
  • LA judge delays living wage law enactment after hotels' challenge

    03/01/2007 9:24:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 700+ views
    Los Angeles (AP) -- A Superior Court judge blocked a new law extending the city's "living wage" law to workers at airport-area hotels from taking effect until May at the earliest. Wednesday's ruling came in response to a challenge filed by seven of the 12 hotels that would be required to pay all workers $10.64 an hour including health benefits under a law signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
  • (Los Angeles City) Council OKs revised 'living wage' law for hotel workers near LAX

    02/22/2007 12:01:31 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies · 302+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/22/2007 | Joe Mathews
    The higher pay level will apply to workers at inns near the airport. An appeal is promised. The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval Wednesday to an ordinance that will for the first time extend the city's "living wage" requirement of $10.64 an hour to workers at a dozen hotels on the Century Boulevard corridor near LAX the first time the protection has been applied to businesses that do not contract directly with the city. LA Times requires excerption.
  • Living Wage vs. Minimum Wage

    02/15/2007 10:16:06 AM PST · by hophead · 25 replies · 1,022+ views
    discoverthenetworks ^ | Moving Ideas Network
    Living Wage vs. Minimum Wage (November 1, 2006): With all of the debate recently over raising the minimum wage, more needs to be said about requiring employers to pay a living wage. A living wage is considered to be a rate of pay for a 40-hour week that allows the wage earner to afford housing, food, utilities, transport, health care and a certain amount of recreation."
  • Pillow-mint politics (Editorial)

    02/01/2007 1:32:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 339+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 1, 2007 | Editorial
    The City Council deciding how much LAX-area hotel workers should be paid? Welcome to Los Angeles. February 1, 2007 LET'S TEST YOUR knowledge of how Los Angeles works. Here's the problem: Employees of a dozen or so hotels near Los Angeles International Airport want to be paid more. The hotels, however, don't want to pay their workers more. Normally this would be for the workers and the hotels to work out. But this is L.A., remember. So the City Council, at the behest of organized labor, extended its "living wage" law which applied to employees of companies with city...
  • CA: Villaraigosa extends living-wage law - LAX hotels ready to battle pay ordinance

    11/28/2006 10:05:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 688+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 11/28/06 | Rick Orlov
    Setting up what could be a costly battle with the business community, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a measure Monday extending Los Angeles' living-wage law to firms with no direct ties to city contracts. Flanked by more than three dozen workers from hotels along the Century Boulevard corridor leading to LAX, Villaraigosa told a City Hall news conference he hopes business leaders will reconsider their plan to launch a referendum challenging the law. "These hotels are doing quite well because of the airport and what we have done to promote tourism," Villaraigosa said. "I would hope we can continue to work...
  • Annexation, (living) wage fill (Memphis) council plate

    11/21/2006 4:53:02 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 11 replies · 506+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/21/06 | Jacinthia Jones
    Issues promise hubbub with protesters, proponents, prayer vigil Memphis City Hall could logjam this afternoon when dozens of annexation protesters are expected to converge with dozens of living wage supporters. Council members are scheduled to take a final vote today on whether to annex a 6.3-square-mile section of Southeast Shelby County as well as a 2.7-square-mile area between Interstate 40 and Shelby Farms known as Bridgewater. Roughly 36,000 people live in the combined area. "Our objective is to fill the (council) chambers," said Rufus Washington, president of the Southeast Shelby County Coalition that is leading protest efforts for the southeast...
  • Why the living wage is an inefficient welfare system

    11/01/2006 9:30:17 AM PST · by tang0r · 3 replies · 533+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 11/1/2006 | Thomas Hutchinson
    When the first living wage was implemented in Baltimore in 1994, many people believed it to be a necessary and drastic increase of the minimum wage. While the existing minimum wage was set in place to prevent companies from abusing their workers with excessively low wages, the living wage was a minimum wage increase intended to help those working at minimum wage jobs earn enough income to provide for basic household needs. Supporters of the policy undoubtedly think the living wage helps out their fellow citizens, but unfortunately fail to realize the unintended economic destruction that would ensue if the...
  • Wal-Mart takes aim for (Chicago) South Side Supercenters (INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST)

    10/15/2006 10:19:53 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 27 replies · 948+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 15, 2006 | DAVE NEWBART Staff Reporter
    With the "big box'' ordinance defeated, Wal-Mart is targeting the South Side as the home for its newest stores in the city, city officials confirmed Saturday. The retailer has met with city planning officials, several aldermen and community groups on the South Side and could propose new Supercenters soon, said officials. A published report claims the Arkansas-based company has gone as far as to present the city with a list of five potential sites for its new stores: 47th and State; 63rd and Halsted; 63rd and State; 83rd and Stewart, and 111th near the Bishop Ford Freeway. The City Council...
  • Chicago's Mayor Plans to Veto Wage Law Aimed at Big Retailers

    09/11/2006 11:12:26 AM PDT · by laissez- faire · 7 replies · 464+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/11/06 | Kris Hudson
    Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley intends to use the first veto of his 17-year tenure to reject a living-wage ordinance aimed at forcing big-box retailers to pay wages of $10 an hour and health benefits equivalent to $3 an hour by 2010. Mr. Daley needs to convince only two aldermen to reverse course on the ordinance to ensure the veto isn't overridden. The aldermen voted 35-14 on July 26 to pass the ordinance. "I understand and share a desire to ensure that everyone who works in the city of Chicago earns a decent wage," the mayor wrote to the aldermen...
  • Kudos to council on living wages (Memphis)

    09/03/2006 4:21:58 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 51 replies · 873+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | September 3, 2006 | Wendi Thomas
    Praise, when warranted, should be given out as liberally as criticism. The Memphis City Council deserves a hearty handshake for being a leader statewide on the living wage issue. As early as this month, the council could decide to require companies that receive tax breaks or do business with the city to pay their employees a living wage, defined as $10.21 an hour with benefits or $12.56 without. A yea vote would make the council the first elected body in the state to do so. On Tuesday, a council committee will discuss instituting a living wage for the city's part-time...
  • Council eyes expanding living wage (Memphis Utopian Dreams)

    08/14/2006 5:06:09 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 23 replies · 650+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/14/06 | Jacinthia Jones
    Considering part-timers, workers at companies getting tax breaks. The Memphis City Council is exploring whether to force companies that do business with the city to pay their employees a "living wage." A living wage, which has become a national issue, is considered to be $10 an hour with benefits and $12 without. The council previously approved living wages for all full-time city employees that became effective July 1. Under that provision, about 200 city workers received pay increases, including some who had been paid the current minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. Now council members are looking into whether they...
  • Advice to well-dressed politician: Read the label (Illegal Alien Living Wage Bill - MONT Co. MD.)

    08/07/2006 12:03:52 PM PDT · by JZelle · 20 replies · 671+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8-7-06 | Metro
    Bill of rights Several Montgomery County Council candidates last week rallied behind a "bill of rights" proposal that would create a living wage for immigrant and illegal alien domestic workers in the county. Democratic contenders Duchy Trachtenberg, Cary Lamari and Valerie Ervin were among the candidates who attended a press conference Tuesday to present a George Washington University study on the abuses of domestic workers -- nannies and housekeepers who are the female equivalent of predominantly male day laborers.
  • Retailers could outfox big-box wage ordinance (Chicago)

    07/27/2006 2:31:59 PM PDT · by Jean S · 89 replies · 2,408+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | 7/27/06 | Editorial
    Chicago aldermen bucked Mayor Daley on Wednesday, voting by a remarkable veto-proof majority to require big-box retailers to pay their workers at least $13 an hour in wages and benefits by 2010. Wal-Mart and other big stores had warned they would seriously reconsider plans to expand or locate in Chicago -- a threat the majority of aldermen didn't take seriously. For Chicago's sake and that of the city's unemployed poor, they'd better be right. The proposal applies to any stores with more than 90,000 square feet of space that are owned by companies that have at least $1 billion in...
  • Council defies Daley, OKs 'living wage'

    07/27/2006 6:53:01 AM PDT · by Jean S · 31 replies · 873+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 7/27/06 | FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    Defying Mayor Daley and challenging Wal-Mart and Target to follow through on their threats, a bitterly divided City Council voted Wednesday to require Chicago's big-box retailers to pay employees a "living wage" of at least $10 an hour and $3 in benefits by 2010. The 35-14, veto-proof vote is an overwhelming victory for organized labor and the latest in a string of legislative defeats for a corruption-weakened Daley. "They're afraid of candidates running against them. That's what it is. That was the real issue," Daley said, denying that the vote was a sign of his diminishing grip on a Council...
  • Toward a Living Wage

    05/01/2006 5:55:54 PM PDT · by jbamb · 2 replies · 140+ views
    Part-Time Pundit ^ | 5/1/06 | John Bambenek
    After attending the annual ISI Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, one of the things I thought about was a living wage. Since the topic was Friedman it did come up that he wasn't a fan of welfare programs. The argument by many of the participants was that the best way to lift people out of poverty and provide a living wage was a robust economy. Basically trickle down economics. Even Thomas Woods' talk which had a religious character had this general idea. In fact, when he was asked to reconcile St. Peter's teaching on obedience to the government with disagreement on...
  • 17 U.Va. Students Arrested After Sit-In(for a living wage for workers)

    04/18/2006 9:05:55 AM PDT · by John Geyer · 47 replies · 916+ views
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Seventeen student protesters were arrested Saturday at the University of Virginia on the fourth day of a sit-in seeking raises for the school's lowest paid workers. The protesters are calling for a "living wage" of $10.72 an hour for 800 to 1,000 workers at the school. Last month, the university raised its minimum wage by 49 cents to $9.37 an hour. The students were taken into custody without incident and were transported to the city jail to be booked on trespassing charges, activist Amy Kniss said. University President John T. Casteen III met with the protesters...
  • Seventeen students arrested in UVa sit-in (Living Wage Protest)

    04/16/2006 4:10:43 AM PDT · by csvset · 31 replies · 588+ views
    Daily Progress ^ | April 16, 2006 | Melanie Mayhew
    Seventeen University of Virginia students staging a sit-in at the schools administrative headquarters were arrested Saturday evening on day four of a standoff between students and administrators squabbling over giving all UVa employees a living wage of $10.72 an hour. Many of the handcuffed students were carried out of Madison Hall into waiting paddy wagons at 7 p.m. At least one of the students was screaming, and many were crying, according to witnesses. The student protesters had been squatting in the building to force the university into increasing its lowest pay rate, which currently stands at $9.37 per hour. President...
  • `Living Wage' Laws Called Successful

    04/10/2006 12:19:51 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 10 replies · 511+ views
    MANCHESTER -- Mayors of two Connecticut cities that have "living wage" ordinances, which require businesses contracting with municipalities to guarantee certain pay levels to workers, say the predictions of doomsayers have not occurred and life for those at the lower end of the economic scale has gotten better. New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said he was skeptical when talk of the ordinance first came to his city in the mid-1990s, but in the years since it passed in 1997, the city has not lost businesses and workers are getting more money to live on. Mayor Eddie M. Perez's view...
  • Long Island Living Wage Legislation/Socialism

    12/06/2005 6:46:29 AM PST · by AmericaUnite · 84 replies · 1,003+ views
    News 12 Long Island ^ | 12-6-05 | News12
    Nassau County Lawmakers Weigh in on Living Wage Legislation (12/05/05) MINEOLA - Nassau County lawmakers are weighing in on whether the county can afford a new law that requires certain agencies and companies to pay their employees a living wage. The proposed legislation calls for agencies that contract with the county to pay their employees at least $9.50 an hour starting in 2007 and $12.50 an hour by 2010. An independent budget review says that would cost the county $1.5 million in the first year and up to $7 million when fully implemented. The state panel monitoring Nassau's finances is...
  • It's time for justice for janitors--Give workers here a living wage

    10/25/2005 4:34:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 53 replies · 940+ views
    Capital Times ^ | October 25, 2005 | Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice
    We have all heard about sweatshops that pay poverty wages and subject workers to inhumane conditions. We worry that the clothing from our favorite store has been sewn by teenagers locked in factories in China or that the Sulawesi coffee at our local roaster has been picked by workers earning pennies a day. But we really don't need to look so far to see this pattern play out. It happens right here in Madison - one need look no farther than the commercial cleaning industry. It used to be that janitors worked directly for the companies or owners where they...
  • Mayor wins re-election, living wage fails (Albuquerque)

    10/05/2005 12:33:23 AM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 5 replies · 438+ views
    KRQE News 13 ^ | October 5, 2005
    ALBUQUERQUE -- Mayor Chavez has been re-elected as Mayor of Albuquerque with 47% of the vote, avoiding a run-off election. KRQE News 13 has called the Living Wage issue as having failed with 50.88% against and 3 precincts remaining.
  • 'Living Wage' Law

    07/24/2005 11:55:37 AM PDT · by Maigrey · 6 replies · 253+ views
    The (Memphis) Commerical Appeal ^ | 24 July 2005 | Magan Howard
    Petitions push city for hourly minimum pay By Magen Howard July 24, 2005 Have your pen ready -- Memphis's living wage campaigners might be asking for your signature. Groups are going door to door about twice a month this summer to gather at least 3,000 signatures supporting a living wage ordinance. They will be submitted to the City Council in the fall. "Paycheck to paycheck, I'm barely making ends meet," said Percy Banks Jr., a Memphis City Schools warehouse worker who volunteered this month. "The living wage bill struck my interest." Banks wants to take the information to his union...
  • Living Wage' Likely to Be on Legislative Agenda

    11/19/2004 7:04:58 AM PST · by chambley1 · 13 replies · 847+ views
    Arlington, VA Sun Gazette ^ | 11/19/04 | SCOTT McCAFFREY
    Expect a 2005 General Assembly showdown over Arlington Countys so-called living wage ordinance. The County Boards draft 2005 legislative package, set to be adopted on Dec. 11, makes an explicit call for the General Assembly to leave the ordinance now 18 months old alone. But the General Assembly, which came close to nixing the living-wage rules during this years session, may again take up the matter after it convenes in January. In June 2003, County Board members voted 5-0 to establish a living-wage ordinance, joining a handful of Virginia localities that include Richmond, Charlottesville and Alexandria. Under the...
  • (NM) Tech company has moved to Arizona

    07/14/2004 9:16:30 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies · 726+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook ^ | Monday, July 12, 2004 | ABQ Journal
    After years of constant turnover, Optical Insights had had enough of the "Santa Fe Shuffle." Citing increasing difficulty hiring, training and retaining good employees in the City Different, the optical instrument firm closed its doors June 25 and moved to Tucson. Observant readers may have noticed the firm, which in 2003 appeared in the top position on the Flying 40, an annual list of the state's fastest-growing tech companies, wasn't on this year's list at all. "We struggled for many years dealing with the work-force issues in Santa Fe, and it got to a point where we couldn't find a...
  • Why the war against Wal-Mart?

    03/30/2004 10:55:58 AM PST · by Mike Bates · 135 replies · 1,761+ views
    Oak Lawn (IL) Reporter ^ | 4/1/04 | Michael M. Bates
    Chicago aldermen are taking a break from whatever it is they usually do to save the citys populace from a fate thats apparently at least as bad as death. Theyre fighting to keep Wal-Mart from defiling the toddlin town. Aiding them in this valiant struggle are labor unions. The president of the Chicago Federation of Labor outlined a terrifying scenario for the Chicago Sun-Times: "Once this first Wal-Mart comes, youll see two more pop up quick and, within a year, you'll probably see 10 of em. This is Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of labor." What he should...
  • CA: Thanks for nothing

    02/29/2004 9:58:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 212+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2/29/04 | Gary M. Galles - Pepperdine University
    <p>By increasing its minimum wage from $6.75 to $8.50, San Francisco has implemented its latest attempt to legislate help for the poor through price controls. Unfortunately, minimum wages hurt the poor and other disfavored groups rather than helping them.</p> <p>Support for a higher minimum wage comes from the idea that the poor will gain because it will make low-skilled workers more willing to work and increase their earnings. However, while a higher minimum wage increases how much workers are willing to work, it reduces how many workers employers are willing to hire. With fewer job openings, the increased willingness to seek work becomes irrelevant, and there are fewer workers rather than more workers hired. And those who lose their jobs because of a higher minimum wage have their incomes decimated, which is an unusual way to help them. That was clearly illustrated long ago when a South African minimum-wage law portrayed as intended to help blacks led to widespread increases in black unemployment as employers hired whites instead at the same wage. It is also why the other Pacific Rim states, with the three highest minimum wages in the nation, are all among the five worst in unemployment rates.</p>