minimum wage

Setting a new milestone in the fight for fair pay, the New York fast food wage board today recommended a wage increase in a series of steps to $15 an hour by 2018 in New York City and by 2021 in the rest of the state. The new wage will apply to fast food businesses with 30 or more locations. When...
07/22/2015
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Entire movements are based around these economic realities: the minimum wage is too low to live on. Eligibility for overtime pay must be broadened so that workers are fairly compensated for all of the time they work. Basic workplace standards need to be improved. But improved standards only lead to...
07/15/2015
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My new study out this week from Demos and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) looks at credit card debt in the Latino community. But it isn’t ultimately about credit cards at all. Instead, it’s a look at how our unemployment insurance system has failed to protect out-of-work Americans, how vast...
10/30/2014
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Employers should pay their workers enough to live on and support their families. My colleagues and I at Demos have joined our fellow advocates and researchers in making the point repeatedly: delving deeply into the cases of retail workers (in the industry generally  and at Walmart ...
07/07/2014
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Republicans didn't just respond to the State of the Union, they responded four times. The problem is that a lot of their talking points don't stack up with reality.  1) Taxes Are Too High on The Rich In fact, taxes have become less progressive since 1960: Since 2004 there has been a modest...
01/29/2014
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Sometimes in America, when low-paid workers stand up and speak out, even the President of the United States takes notice. This is one of those moments. This morning, the White House announced that President Obama will sign a “Good Jobs” Executive Order requiring government contractors to raise the...
01/28/2014
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One of the more concrete actions President Obama can take tomorrow is announcing an executive order to raise the wages of federal contractors. As my colleagues, Amy Traub and Robbie Hiltonsmith found the federal government is the nation’s leading low-wage employer, with nearly two million private...
01/27/2014
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Things we liked: Our own Matt Bruenig has been a big proponent of a Universal Basic Income, so we were happy to learn that the first ever experiment, in 1795, when swimmingly. Frances Coppola explains on Pieria how Speenhamland, England instituted what was essentially a basic income and the watched...
01/16/2014
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Today, 75 economists -- including 7 Nobel Laureates -- signed a letter advocating a higher minimum wage. They sum up what is now the consensus among economists: a modest boost to the minimum wage won’t have a significant effect on unemployment and may boost the local economy. But it strikes me...
01/14/2014
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Staging imaginary competitions between cities and their elected leaders certainly makes for catchy headlines: “Step Aside, New York City. Los Angeles's Populism Is for Real” asserts the title of Nancy L. Cohen’s recent piece in the New Republic. “Later this month,” Cohen explains, “two [Los Angeles...
01/14/2014
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