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Seven States to Increase Minimum Wage on New Year’s Day; NELP: Raise will Help Thousands of Workers and Strengthen the Economy

National Employment Law Project, Dec 21 2010

Washington, DC – On January 1st, the minimum wage will increase in seven states, modestly boosting the incomes of approximately 647,000 minimum wage workers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Wright to head area church council

By Janette Boulay
Sun Chronicle, Jan 16 2010
Attleboro - Kathleen Wright will take over the reins of the Attleboro Area Council of Churches later this month. She was unanimously elected executive director earlier this month by the board of directors, filling the position held for the past 10 years by Dorothy Embree, who recently retired.

Cost of Living

KULR-8 TV, Oct 4 2007
BILLINGS - Montana's minimum wage workers will have a little extra pocket change at the start of the new year.
As of January 1st minimum wage earners will be paid an additional 10 cents for every hour worked. That increase will bring the minimum wage up to $6.25.
Montana Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly announced that with the cost of living on the rise, the increase in wages is necessary for low-pay workers.

Standing up for workers pays off for Montana

Op-ed by Steve Bullock
Billings Gazette, Sep 3 2007

This Labor Day has taken on special meaning for me. Last year I had the privilege of working as the director of Raise Montana, a coalition of groups that gathered the signatures and worked for passage of a ballot issue to increase Montana's minimum wage. The $1-an-hour raise, supported by 73 percent of Montana voters, went into effect this January, helping more than 20,000 Montana workers make ends meet.

Minimum Wage Hike Won't Go Far

By Ellen Simon
Associated Press, Nov 30 2006
Two months into her minimum wage job at Target Corp., Tara Dennis realized she and her three children would be better off if she was unemployed and on food stamps. So she quit.

"As a single mom, minimum wage isn't going to get me ahead. It's not even going to get me caught up," said Dennis, who lives in Missoula, Mont.

Business Leaders and minimum wage organizer on landslide victories

Nov 13 2006

Business leaders joined national Let Justice Roll campaign leaders and minimum wage ballot organizers from Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Ohio to analyze the historic minimum wage election victories and look ahead to future state campaigns and congressional legislation to raise the $5.15-an-hour federal minimum wage.

Landslide for Minimum Wage: what happened, what's next, analyzed in Nov. 9 teleconference

Nov 8 2006

Minimum wage hikes won in every state they were on the ballot, winning by a resounding 76 percent in Missouri, 73 percent in Montana, 69 percent in Nevada, 66 percent in Arizona, 56 percent in Ohio and 53 percent in Colorado (latest totals)

Values vote, minimum wage referenda analyzed in post-election teleconference

Nov 6 2006
State minimum wage ballot organizers (OH, MT, MO, AZ and CO); leaders of the national Let Justice Roll campaign; business leaders; and a low-wage worker will address the topics below and answer reporters' questions on a telephone press conference two days after the election:
  • What happened with state minimum wage referenda, and why?
  • How did the "values vote" impact the election?

Business owners, CEOs say higher minimum wage good for business

Oct 31 2006
Cleveland, OH -- Business owners, executives and venture capitalists around the nation -- including the states where minimum wage is on the ballot Nov. 7 -- are calling for a higher minimum wage to pay workers fairly, boost business and strengthen the economy.

The statement released today calls for raising the wage floor above $5.15 an hour, noting, "Minimum wage workers have less buying power than minimum wage workers had half a century ago.

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