Latest Minimum wage News

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest

Nov. 6, 2019 10:46 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president sent a bill to Congress on Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage, one of a series of measures to try to contain nearly three weeks of anti-government protests over inequality in one of Latin America's richest countries. President Sebastian Piñera signed...

Lyft, Uber will ask California voters to block employee law

Oct. 29, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some of the country's largest ride-sharing companies proposed a California law on Tuesday that would let them continue to treat drivers as independent contractors while also guaranteeing them a minimum wage and money for health insurance. The state Legislature enacted legislation...

Teachers who don't flee Venezuela get side gigs to survive

Oct. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Daixy Aguero holds her chin up when students wander by and are surprised to find their teacher selling makeup at a weekend Caracas street market. Aguero says it's the only way she can make ends meet on a teacher's pay in Venezuela. Some 40 percent of Venezuela's teachers have left...

Venezuela boosts worker pay again amid hyperinflation

Oct. 14, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela announced a dramatic hike to the minimum wage Monday in a move that critics expect will do little to alleviate widespread suffering in the crisis-torn country. The monthly package of pay and bonuses workers will soon bring home equals roughly $15 monthly, socialist party...

Judge won't dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees

Oct. 9, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's effort to force a privately run immigration jail to pay its detainees minimum wage for work they perform can continue after all, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan in Tacoma said last month that he intended to dismiss the case, and he invited...

EU jobs chief nominee: no plan for common minimum wage

Oct. 1, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The official set to become the European Union's employment chief has no plan to create a minimum wage that would apply in every country of the 28-nation bloc. Laying out his priorities during a hearing by European lawmakers, Nicolas Schmit said Tuesday he will fight for the implementation...

Judge plans to dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees

Sep. 24, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge who previously ruled that Washington state could pursue its claim that immigration detainees must be paid minimum wage for work at a privately run, for-profit immigration jail said Tuesday he intends to reverse himself at the urging of the Trump administration. U.S. District...

Cambodia gives garment workers 4.4% minimum wage hike

Sep. 20, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's government announced Friday that it is raising the minimum wage for the garment industry, the country's biggest export earner, whose workers make up a powerful political bloc. The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training said starting in January, the minimum wage...