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Jul 23 2010

July 24 is the anniversary of last year’s raise in the federal minimum wage and no new increases are scheduled. The minimum wage is so low today at $7.25 an hour, says the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, that it’s lower...

David Goodman
Jul 23 2010 Religious Action Center RAC Blog
This Saturday, July 24th, has a dubious distinction among those of us fighting for economic justice: it will be the first time in three years that July 24th did not signify an increase in the federal minimum wage. In June 2007, ...
Rion Dennis
Jul 22 2010 Baltimore Sun
The current bill making its way through the Baltimore City Council to require retailers with gross sales over $10 million to pay their employees a living wage is an important piece of legislation which was unnecessarily maligned by columnist Marta...
Mar 11 2010
The Bureau of Labor Statistics International Labor Comparisons Program is proposed for elimination in the President's FY-2011 budget. For just $2 million annually and with 50 years of experience, the BLS International Labor Comparisons Program...
Steven Greenhouse
Feb 26 2010 New York Times
The Obama administration is planning to use the government’s enormous buying power to prod private companies to improve wages and benefits for millions of workers, according to White House officials...
Sam Hananel
Feb 26 2010 Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The White House is looking at a new policy that would give an advantage in bidding on government contracts to companies that offer a "living wage" and generous benefits.

But business groups opposing the idea maintain it would shut...

Jane Black
Feb 11 2010 Washington Post
Despite the recession, the restaurant industry is thriving. Many of its workers, however, are not.

A new report from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (...

Holly Sklar
Dec 24 2009 McClatchy Tribune News Service
The Scrooges of Wall Street were surprised a year ago by visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

The Ghost of Christmas Past took them back to 1973, when the poverty rate was the lowest on record. The Ghost showed...
Christine L. Owens and Tsedeye Gebreselassie
Dec 21 2009 Huffington Post

It wouldn't be the holidays if we didn't have grinches. In the spirit of the season, this week we saw calls to lower the federal minimum wage (yes, you read that correctly), thinly disguised as a way to help the economy. In this time of recession...

Ross Eisenbrey
Dec 17 2009 Huffington Post

It's entirely predictable that the right would take advantage of the recession to call for ending wage protections for American workers in the name of "job creation." That's what happened this week, when Washington Post editorial writer Charles...