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Churches push for $10 minimum wage by 2010

By Lindsay Perna
USA Today/Religion News Service, Jul 29 2009
WASHINGTON — Religious leaders and advocates, not satisfied with the 70-cent rise in the federal minimum wage that went into effect on Friday, are calling on congressional leaders to hike it up to $10 by 2010.

Even after the increase to $7.25 an hour, more than 600 interfaith leaders across the nation have signed a letter sponsored by a non-profit coalition whose aim is to raise the federal and state minimum wage to a "living wage."

Minimum wage increase leaves much room for improvement

By Charles Hallman
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Jul 29 2009
On July 24, the federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. Most of the 10 occupations projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to have the largest employment growth during 2006-2016 will have disproportionately high numbers of minimum wage workers. Will the new increase provide a decent income for these workers?

Will minimum wage raise help?

By John Krerowicz
Kenosha News, Jul 24 2009
Some fear move will prolong recession

Today’s federal minimum wage increase is an unwanted visitor, according to restaurant owner Ken Anderson.

“This is one of the worst times it could possibly come,” said Anderson of Andy’s Drive-in, 2929 Roosevelt Road. “It might mean I’m not going to hire or not be as willing to hire.”

The federal minimum wage rises 70 cents, to $7.25 per hour from $6.55 for those 18 and older in non-agricultural jobs.

Relief for Workers at Bottom: Minimum Wage Goes Up

By Scott Mayerowitz
ABC News, Jul 24 2009

Workers in 38 States Will See Higher Paychecks Starting Today

Isaiah Reed barely gets by, working about 20 hours a week on the grill at a Nashville, Tenn., Wendy's. His salary: just $7 an hour. That's $560 a month, if he gets all of his hours. Reed rides the bus to work, has a roommate and is on food stamps but still struggles to pay the bills.

Fox News Fearmongers About Minimum Wage Increase

By Pat Garofalo
Think Progress: The Wonk Room, Jul 24 2009
Today, Fox News ran a segment on today’s minimum wage increase — which raises the minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour — accompanied by a chyron stating “How The Hike Will Hurt.”

While not as egregious as Fox News, most media outlets today are presenting the minimum wage hike in a he said/she said manner, with workers happy to see an increase pitted against claims that the increase will re

Group wants minimum wage at $10 an hour

WKRN 2, Jul 24 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On the day the federal minimum wage increased from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour, one Nashville group says it should be $10 an hour.

The group Let Justice Roll rallied Friday at Legislative Plaza to make its point about pay.

Stimulus in federal wage hike

Bemidji Pioneer (MN), Jul 24 2009
An economic stimulus of a different sort takes effect today, as the federal minimum wage rises from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour. The move will create an extra $5.5 billion in consumer spending over the next year, Obama administration officials say.

Congress for decades has argued over the merits of raising the minimum wage, proponents calling the move necessary to more closer reach a living wage, and opponents saying the hike will cause the loss of jobs especially in small businesses unable to afford the higher wages.

A Step on the Path to Justice

Op-ed by Ken Brooker-Langston
Baltimore Sun, Jul 24 2009

Today, the minimum wage rises to $7.25 an hour, boosting more than 2 million hardworking employees one step up the ladder of economic opportunity.

Minimum wage hike kicks in, re-igniting debate

By Michael E. Kanell
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jul 24 2009
Extra 70 cents will put squeeze on employers 
at wrong time, some critics say

The much-debated increase in the minimum wage takes effect today, putting a bit more money in the pockets of low-paid workers but adding to employers’ costs at a time when many are struggling.

In the last of three annual boosts mandated by Congress in 2007, the minimum for most workers today rises 70 cents to $7.25 an hour. The increases were the first since 1997.

Minimum Wage Rises to $7.25

Democracy Now, Jul 24 2009

And a rise in the minimum wage takes effect today, increasing to $7.25 an hour from $6.55 an hour. The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign says today’s rate is still lower than the 1956 minimum wage of $7.93 in real terms. The group is calling for a $10 minimum wage to surpass the highest level of purchasing power of $9.92 cents, adjusted for inflation, seen in 1968.

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