Illinois Senate backs $15 hourly minimum wage within 6 years

U.S. 02/07/19, 18:06

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour within six years, quickly advancing a top campaign promise of the newly elected Democratic governor in a major industrial state that hasn't raised the pay floor in nearly a decade.Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who in his ...

Mexican president unleashes labor unrest at border plants

Business 02/01/19, 13:50

A mass strike at 48 "maquiladora," or manufacturer, plants in Mexico's border city of Matamoros is heading for victory, bringing pay raises for laborers who make less than $1 an hour, or about 100 pesos a day, assembling auto components and TV sets for export to the United States — ...

Illinois business groups pitch geography-based minimum wage

Business 01/30/19, 18:38

Business advocates now resigned to the likelihood that Illinois will soon adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage urged legislators Wednesday to make it a tiered approach based on geography, arguing there are vast cost-of-living differences between Chicago and more rural areas downstate.While Illinois' statewide minimum wage has remained at $8.25 an ...

Cup of joe and side of confusion over $15 wage at NJ diner

U.S. 01/29/19, 13:41

A New Jersey diner owner nearly spoiled a visit to an eatery by Gov. Phil Murphy and the state's legislative leaders to tout their $15 minimum wage deal when he initially said he opposed it.Teddy Lutas owns the Ocean Bay Diner and hosted the Democratic leaders Tuesday as they prepare ...

APNewsBreak: Au pairs win $65.5 million deal in Denver suit

U.S. 01/09/19, 17:08

Young people from around the world who provided low-cost child care for American families will share in a proposed $65.5 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by a dozen former au pairs against the companies that bring the workers to the United States.Nearly 100,000 au pairs, mostly women, who worked ...

Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities

U.S. 12/30/18, 13:32

At Granny Shaffer's restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item. A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a three-piece fried chicken dinner will go up 20 cents, to $8.78. ...

As ball drops, minimum-wage workers in NYC will see pay rise

New York 12/26/18, 09:57

The new year is bringing new wages to New York. The minimum wage is going up around the state on Dec. 31.The highest wages will be in New York City, where fast-food workers and employees of businesses with 11 or more people will see their minimum hourly pay go up ...

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

U.S. 12/14/18, 15:51

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise Michigan's minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers, finalizing an unprecedented Republican-backed legislative maneuver that opponents blasted as shameful.To prevent minimum wage and earned sick time initiatives from going to voters last month, ...

Michigan House OKs gutting minimum wage, paid sick time laws

Business 12/04/18, 19:27

The Republican-led Michigan House on Tuesday passed bills that would delay a minimum wage hike and scale back paid sick leave requirements, an unprecedented lame-duck strategy that was endorsed legally by the state's conservative attorney general despite criticism that it is unconstitutional.The fast-tracked legislation, which drew protesters to the Capitol, ...

Michigan Senate votes to gut minimum wage, sick leave laws

Business 11/28/18, 19:41

Michigan's Republican-led Senate passed bills Wednesday that would substantially scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that a business lobby criticized as too burdensome, setting up expected lawsuits if GOP Gov. Rick Snyder signs them into law before making way for a Democrat in January.The Senate voted ...

German finance minister advocates steep rise in minimum wage

Business 10/31/18, 04:51

Germany's finance minister is advocating a steep increase in the country's minimum wage as his struggling center-left party tries to reverse a slump in its popularity.Germany has had a national minimum wage since 2015, when it was introduced at the insistence of the Social Democrats, Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition ...

Ballot initiatives buck legislatures in GOP-leaning states

Politics 10/24/18, 22:50

Marijuana legalization. An increase in the minimum wage. Expansion of Medicaid. Come Election Day, voters in a batch of Republican-dominated states will weigh in on these and other liberal or centrist proposals that reached the ballot after bypassing state legislatures. Pushed forward via signature-gathering campaigns, these measures offer a chance for ...

Amazon’s $15 an hour a win? Not so, some veteran workers say

U.S. 10/04/18, 13:40

Amazon's announcement that it would raise its hourly minimum wage to $15 has been seen as a win for workers. But some longtime employees say they are losing out.Those who already made $15 will get an extra dollar an hour when the change is made next month, but they will ...

Ripple effect? Amazon’s $15 wage may help lift pay elsewhere

Business 10/02/18, 17:47

After years of sluggish pay gains, the economy may be starting to work for America's low-wage workers.Amazon's announcement Tuesday that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour will intensify pressure on other companies to lift their pay levels as well. Among the most likely to do so: ...

Amazon raising minimum wage for US workers to $15 per hour

U.S. 10/02/18, 06:29

Amazon is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month.The company said Tuesday that the wage hike will benefit more than 350,000 workers, which includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions. It includes Whole Foods employees. Amazon's hourly operations and customer service employees, ...

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