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  • How U.S. Minimum Wage Compares To Salaries In Europe

    02/02/2011 1:59:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/02/2011 | Kamelia Angelova
    The European Commission reported the monthly minimum wages for European countries for 2011, and we calculated how the U.S. compares to European salaries. Turns out we are nestled right between Greece and Spain.
  • Low education levels holding Nevada's economy back, official says

    01/07/2011 11:31:56 AM PST · by redreno · 34 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 | 11:01 a.m. | By Buck Wargo
    Nevada’s higher education levels are holding the region back from diversifying its economy and the city has become a modern-day version of Pittsburgh or Detroit, which once relied on one sector for its growth to its detriment, the director of a UNLV-based think tank said today. Robert Lang, the director of Brookings Mountain West, outlined the problems Nevada faces as he kicked off a day-long conference at UNLV on how to diversify the economy. Lang said the state has touted itself for its favorable business climate but said that’s meaningless without having a skilled and educated workforce that makes companies...
  • Ore. minimum wage goes up Jan. 1; Wash. already highest in U.S.

    12/30/2010 8:29:08 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 13 replies · 14+ views
    KATU ^ | 12/28/10 | KATU News and KATU.com Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. – On Jan. 1 the minimum wage throughout Oregon state goes up by a dime, to $8.50 an hour. This cements Oregon and Washington's positions as the two highest-paid states for minimum-wage workers in the U.S. Washington comes in first, at $8.55. Except for the past two years, Washington state's rate has risen steadily since voters passed Initiative 688 in 1998, which matched wage increases to inflation. Oregon comes in second. Federal minimum wage is $7.25. ...
  • Members of Congress Vote for Higher Minimum Wage While Offering Unpaid Internships

    11/08/2010 6:32:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/8/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    In 2007, both of Michigan's senators and seven of the House of Representative members currently serving voted to raise the federal minimum wage. However, all nine of these elected officials offer unpaid internships for their congressional offices. This information comes on the heels of an Obama administration announcement this past spring that the Department of Labor would begin cracking down on unpaid internships offered by private businesses. The department seeks to eliminate unpaid internships for nearly all for-profit companies. Some believe this is a sign of hypocrisy by these members of congress and that there is value in unpaid internships....
  • Members of Congress Vote for Higher Minimum Wage While Offering Unpaid Internships

    11/06/2010 8:10:06 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    In 2007, both of Michigan's senators and seven of the House of Representative members currently serving voted to raise the federal minimum wage. However, all nine of these elected officials offer unpaid internships for their congressional offices. This information comes on the heels of an Obama administration announcement this past spring that the Department of Labor would begin cracking down on unpaid internships offered by private businesses. The department seeks to eliminate unpaid internships for nearly all for-profit companies. Some believe this is a sign of hypocrisy by these members of congress and that there is value in unpaid internships....
  • Members of Congress Vote for Higher Minimum Wage While Offering Unpaid Internships

    11/06/2010 2:10:52 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    In 2007, both of Michigan's senators and seven of the House of Representative members currently serving voted to raise the federal minimum wage. However, all nine of these elected officials offer unpaid internships for their congressional offices. This information comes on the heels of an Obama administration announcement this past spring that the Department of Labor would begin cracking down on unpaid internships offered by private businesses. The department seeks to eliminate unpaid internships for nearly all for-profit companies. Some believe this is a sign of hypocrisy by these members of congress and that there is value in unpaid internships....
  • Health Care and Hamburgers

    10/15/2010 5:23:00 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 15, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The easiest way to discuss the inherent flaw in raising the minimum wage is to consider the hamburger shop that can afford to pay $30 in salary, total, for one hour of operation. At $5 per hour, the owner can hire six employees. If he must pay $6/hour, he can only employ five, and make them work faster. If he is forced to pay $10/hour, he must seriously overwork just three employees. Eventually, service will suffer, and the shop will go out of business, putting them all out of work. We cannot know, from the outside, how many employees are...
  • (Minimum Wage Enforcement) Efforts Meant to Help Workers Batter South Africa’s Poor

    09/27/2010 3:09:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 26, 2010 | CELIA W. DUGGER
    NEWCASTLE, South Africa — The sheriff arrived at the factory here to shut it down, part of a national enforcement drive against clothing manufacturers who violate the minimum wage. But women working on the factory floor — the supposed beneficiaries of the crackdown — clambered atop cutting tables and ironing boards to raise anguished cries against it. “Why? Why?” shouted Nokuthula Masango, 25, after the authorities carted away bolts of gaily colored fabric. She made just $36 a week, $21 less than the minimum wage, but needed the meager pay to help support a large extended family that includes her...
  • 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...
  • Many Teen Workers Are Going Jobless This Summer

    07/21/2010 7:11:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    CNBC ^ | 21 Jul 2010 | : Joseph Pisani
    Several factors have aligned to hurt what was once a vibrant and reliable labor market, experts say. In some cases, unemployed older Americans or illegal immigrants have taken the jobs, while an increase in the minimum wage has made it too expensive for some employers to hire teens. Small says that among a group of 25 friends, only one has found consistent work for the summer... In construction and landscaping, illegal immigrants have pushed teens out of jobs, “It’s too expensive for us to hire teens that don’t have experience,” said Karin Devencenzi... also blames the minimum wage. At $8.40...
  • Schwarzenegger fights union involvement in minimum wage case

    07/14/2010 9:40:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    sacbee ^ | July 14, 2010 | Jon Ortiz
    Attorneys for the Schwarzenegger administration on Tuesday filed a brief in Sacramento Superior Court that argues state employee unions shouldn't be allowed to enter the minimum wage fight between the governor and State Controller John Chiang. As reported here, California Association of Professional Scientists and Professional Engineers in California Government on Monday filed a motion to be a party in the minimum wage litigation flying back and forth the last week or so. SEIU Local 1000 and CCPOA have done the same. All the unions are siding with Chiang. A hearing is set for Friday at 11 a.m. The administration's...
  • Old technology stymies Calif. gov's pay-cut order [state's computers "can't restate paychecks"]

    07/04/2010 3:07:11 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 27 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 07/03/10 | Cathy Bussewitz
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the technology of the future, feared by humans. As governor, he's being foiled by the technology of the past. For the second time in two years, Schwarzenegger has ordered most state workers' pay cut to the federal minimum wage because lawmakers missed their deadline to fix the state's $19 billion budget deficit. The Legislature's failure to act has left the state without a spending plan as the new fiscal year begins. A state appellate court ruled in Schwarzenegger's favor Friday, but the state controller, who issues state paychecks, says he can't...
  • Our Problems Not in the Atmosphere, But On the Earth

    07/05/2010 7:42:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2010 | Star Parker
    A delegation of 20 black mayors representing the National Conference of Black Mayors arrived in Washington, DC to lobby congress to pass legislation to promote “clean energy.” According to the delegation’s press release, they want “a national plan to move their cities to become more energy efficient, reduce pollution and create new clean energy jobs and businesses.” But is black unemployment twice the national unemployment rate because of carbon emissions? Are the budgets of state and local governments running in the red because of the kind of energy Americans burn? One visit that the delegation of black mayors did not...
  • Court backs Schwarzenegger wage order

    07/02/2010 12:23:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/2/10 | Jon Ortiz
    The 3rd District Court of Appeal has upheld a two-year-old ruling allowing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to reduce state workers to minimum wage in the absence of a budget. The court, agreeing with a Sacramento Superior Court ruling, said State Controller John Chiang overstepped his authority by refusing to issue minimum-wage paychecks to state workers during the 2008 budget impasse. The decision, published just moments ago, comes the day after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Department of Personnel Administration gave Chiang the same pay reduction instructions the controller rejected two years ago. Chiang's office has not said whether it will appeal to the...
  • Schwarzenegger Orders Minimum Wage for State Workers

    07/01/2010 5:15:46 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | July 1, 2010 | Jon Ortiz
    The Schwarzenegger administration today ordered State Controller John Chiang to reduce state worker pay for July to the federal minimum allowed by law -- $7.25 an hour for most state workers. The instructions from the Department of Personnel Administration exclude roughly 37,000 state workers in six bargaining units that recently came to tentative labor agreements with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Why don't we raise the minimum wage to $100 an hour?

    06/29/2010 11:49:18 AM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 33 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | 6/29/2010 | Victor Joecks
    Because of a 2006 constitutional amendment, Nevada's minimum-wage will increase by 70 cents an hour on July 1.Nevada's hourly minimum wage is set to jump 70 cents, or 9.3 percent, on Thursday, from $7.55 to $8.25 for workers who don't receive health benefits through their employer. For workers with company-sponsored health insurance, the minimum will rise 10.7 percent, from $6.55 to $7.25. Credit the increases to a referendum Nevada's voters passed in 2006. The law pushed the Silver State's minimum wage for uninsured workers $1 per hour higher than the federal rate, and required Nevada's base wage to rise every...
  • Memo: Schwarzenegger ready to slash workers to minimum wage ('threats' of more furlough days too)

    06/23/2010 6:24:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/23/10 | Shane Goldmacher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to cut the pay of state workers to minimum wage if a timely budget accord is not reached, according to a memo sent Wednesday from the director of the governor's Department of Personnel Administration to state agency and department heads. The memo, written by DPA director Debbie Endsley, also warned that Schwarzenegger could order more controversial furloughs, even though the state's final scheduled furlough day for tens of thousands of employees was last Friday. "The Governor retains the right and authority to order furloughs if necessary to address a fiscal and cash crisis," Endsley wrote. The...
  • State Workers Face Minimum Wage

    06/12/2010 1:57:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies · 629+ views
    california report ^ | Full episode for Jun 11-13, 2010 | Rachael Myrow
    While the state's political attention was focused on this week's election, the days have been ticking away toward the deadline for a new state budget. State workers have been watching that story closely because if lawmakers don't get a budget passed by July 1, the Schwarzenegger administration is threatening to drop state employees to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour until a budget is passed
  • CALIFORNIA: Controller suggests feds help fight off minimum wage for state workers

    06/10/2010 8:43:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 95+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/10/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Hoping to head off an order to drastically reduce state worker pay if budget talks stall, Controller John Chiang's office sent a message to employee unions this week suggesting they reach out to a friend – U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Although the three-page plain-paper memo acquired by The Bee is unsigned, the controller's office confirmed that Chiang Chief of Staff Collin Wong-Martinusen wrote the document circulated to labor leaders on Monday. "Seek Solis' immediate intervention on an unprecedented pay practice that, if allowed to proceed in California could become the new norm for all state and municipal governments that...
  • CHART OF THE DAY: Remember When Teenagers Used To Work Over Summer Vacations?

    06/06/2010 10:56:02 AM PDT · by tje · 22 replies · 571+ views
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 1, 2010, 3:42 PM | Vince Veneziani and Kamelia Angelova
    Like a rite of passage, when June begins and May ends, it's time for teenagers to get out of school and look for a summer job. Be it pizza place or camp or McDonalds, a job is key in both learning experience and cash reserves. But this year, the job market for teens will become more congested and competitive. EconomPic points out that this could be the worst summer for jobs for teenagers since the Great Depression: "...while the unemployment rate among 16-17 year olds is 29.1% (from a 1980's peak of 27.1%), that rate is missing the fact that...