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Contact:  Rick Wilson
Director, West Virginia Economic Justice Project
American Friends Service Committee
P.O. Box 1964
Charleston, WV 25327
Phone: 304-529-3890  or cell 304 412-1924

Lawmakers: Federal minimum wage increase good for workers

By Greg Jordan
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Jul 21 2008
PRINCETON — In a time of rising gasoline and food prices, people who depend on the federal minimum wage can expect some relief starting Thursday.

In 2007, Congress approved and President Bush signed into law legislation to significantly increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years, said U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va, who co-sponsored the bill. During July 2007, the minimum wage grew from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour. This year it increases to $6.55 an hour on Thursday.

Editorial: Homelessness It's everybody's problem; we all need to find solutions

The Register-Herald, Mar 25 2008
There was a time when many Americans believed homeless people brought on their own troubles by substance abuse, poor money management and just plain laziness.

Now, most of us know better.

Some homelessness does result from those causes. However, there are now many other factors that can cause sober, hard-working, well-educated people to wind up on the streets.

Unemployment rate doesn't show economy's slide

By John David
Charleston Gazette, 10/29/07, Oct 29 2007

RECENTLY, it was reported that the unemployment rate in West Virginia dipped to 4 percent, the lowest on record.

Drive the W.Va. economy: Do you want to take the high road or the low road?

Op-ed by Rick Wilson
Sunday Gazette-Mail, Jul 8 2007
While visiting a large city recently, I overheard something that struck me as unintentionally funny.

An adult cautioned children playing outside by saying, “Look up and down before you cross the street.”

Later, I was told that kids there thought of streets as going up and down.

Minimum wage hike affects thousands in W.Va.

By Mannix Porterfield
Register-Herald, 7/7/07, Jul 7 2007

— Thousands of West Virginia’s least-paid workers can expect a salary increase late this month, the first one mandated by Congress in a decade.

Minimum-wage increase took 10 years, despite overwhelming public support

Op-ed by Rick Wilson
Charleston Gazette, Jun 17 2007

After more than 10 years of neglect - the longest period since we had one - Congress finally increased the federal minimum wage. According to Homer, that's how long the Trojan War lasted.

The minimum wage will increase in three steps from $5.15 per hour to $5.85 on July 24 this year to $6.55 at the same time in 2008 and $7.25 in 2009.

Employee Free Choice Act: Workers need a revitalized labor movement

Op-ed by John David
Charleston Gazette , Mar 13 2007

There has been considerable outcry about economic apartheid in the United States.

Surviving on $5.15 an hour

By Tim Harper
Toronto Star, Feb 5 2007

Minimum-wage workers in the U.S. today have less buying power than counterparts did 50 years ago

The last time the minimum wage was raised in Virginia, Khalil Shareef was a 12-year-old kid, perhaps heading down a path chosen by too many in his family.

Minimum wage hike means a fortune

By Tara Tuckwiller
Sunday Gazette-Mail , Jan 28 2007

If you work in West Virginia, you’re more likely to bring home minimum wage — or less — than in any other state except Oklahoma, which is tied for first.

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