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This Restaurant Pays A $15 Hourly Wage With Health Insurance, A Retirement Plan And Paid Leave

By Bryce Covert   Jen Piallat, the owner of Zazie in San Francisco, knows what it’s like to work in the American restaurant industry. “I worked on the restaurant floor for 30 years before I owned my own,” she said. … Continue reading

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L.A. Becomes the Largest City to Boost Minimum Wage

By Bourree Lam Tuesday’s vote to raise Los Angeles’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 is being called “the most significant victory so far” in the push to increase the minimum wage nationally. The City Council passed the … Continue reading

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How Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 Changed These Workers’ Lives

By Dave Jamieson In late 2013, voters in this airport town outside Seattle narrowly approved a groundbreaking measure setting a minimum wage of $15 per hour for certain workers. When the new law went into effect last year, Sammi Babakrkhil … Continue reading

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‘This is a new low even for Walmart,’ say fired workers

By Chris Isidore and Katie Lobosco Walmart (WMT) unexpectedly closed five stores last week for what it said were severe plumbing problems. That put 2,200 people out of work. But the United Food and Commercial Workers union filed an injunction with the … Continue reading

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For U.S. Women, Inequality Takes Many Forms

By Ariel Smilowitz The gender wage gap is a complex problem, and we’ll need to address factors like race and region to solve it. Although we are only a few months into 2015, it has already proven to be a … Continue reading

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By One Measure, Wages for Most U.S. Workers Peaked in 1972

By Jeffrey Sparshott By one measure, wages for most U.S. workers peaked more than four decades ago. Adjusted for inflation, average weekly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees–the bulk of the workforce–topped out in October 1972, according to the Labor … Continue reading

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People Who Work For Tips Are Twice As Likely To Live In Poverty

By Bryce Covert People who work for tips are far more likely to live in poverty, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute EPI. The poverty rate for workers who don’t make tips is 6.5 percent, but … Continue reading

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Minimum wage fight erupts: Landmark $15/hr. wage sparks legal showdown

By Josh Eidelson Following a county judge’s ruling dramatically narrowing the scope of an airport town’s landmark $15 wage law, labor groups plan to take their case to the Washington state Supreme Court. “The legal issue in front of the … Continue reading

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Income Inequality Is Hurting The Economy, 3 Dozen Economists Say

By Christopher S. Rugaber The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn’t bad just for individuals. It’s hurting the U.S. economy. So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated … Continue reading

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Jobs That Pay Less Than $15 An Hour Are Replacing Higher Wage Work

By Bryce Covert A growing share of the country’s jobs pay less than $15 an hour, replacing higher wage jobs, according to a new report from the Alliance for a Just Society. The number of jobs in occupations that pay … Continue reading

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