Latest Minimum wage News

Higher wages, sick pay now attached to state's incentives

Oct. 21, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a stalemate with lawmakers over raising the minimum wage or requiring companies to have paid sick leave, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday he will impose those requirements on companies getting loans, grants or tax breaks from the state. The minimum...

Auburn University boosting minimum wage for employees

Oct. 19, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University will increase its minimum wage to $14.50 an hour for full-time workers and says the change will affect more than 200 employees. The increase, which takes effect Jan. 1, was meant to ensure that the university's minimum pay exceeds...

Wage theft hits immigrants — hard

Oct. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production. When she asked for a raise, a supervisor denied...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 13, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

Scranton Times-Tribune. Oct. 12, 2021. Editorial: No Nobel for ignoble legislators It usually doesn’t require the award of a Nobel Prize to demonstrate how wrong-headed Pennsylvania state legislators can be in crafting public policy based on their...

3 US-based economists win Nobel for research on wages, jobs

Oct. 11, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for pioneering research that transformed widely held ideas about the labor force, showing how an increase in the minimum wage doesn’t hinder hiring and immigrants don't lower pay for native-born workers. Two...

Judge sides with Flagstaff over state in minimum wage fight

Oct. 11, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has blocked Arizona from collecting $1.1 million from the city of Flagstaff to compensate for its minimum wage that is higher than the state's rate, ruling that the state missed a deadline for the assessment and was stretching a law targeting higher voter-approved...

New Orleans city workers to get $15 per hour starting Jan. 1

Oct. 07, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a $15-per-hour minimum wage for city workers, starting Jan. 1. “Our work is not done, but this is a big win," Councilmember Jared C. Brossett, who proposed the increase in July,...

Judge weighs law that hits Flagstaff for higher minimum wage

Oct. 04, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Phoenix on Monday was weighing whether the Legislature's decision to charge the city of Flagstaff $1.1 million this year because city voters raised its minimum wage is legal. The city wants Maricopa County Judge James Smith to declare that the...

Washington state minimum wage to be $14.49 next year

Oct. 01, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s minimum hourly wage will rise to $14.49 next year, up from the current $13.69. The Seattle Times reports the increase was announced Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industries. Under state law, the...

Workers at call centers with federal contract win higher pay

Sep. 28, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Federal contract workers at call centers in nine states, including Mississippi, won pay increases that bring the minimum wage for all of its workers above $15 per hour. The Communications Workers of America, in a news release Tuesday, said the...