Latest Minimum wage News

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...

Big tech or big labor? 2020 Democrats line up with unions

Sep. 1, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of miles from the union halls of Pennsylvania and Michigan, organized labor is flexing its muscles in a pitched battle with Big Tech. And the Democratic Party's 2020 class isn't being shy about picking sides. In a rare injection of presidential politics into a state...

Sanders calls on McConnell to end obstructionism

Aug. 25, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday branded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as an obstructionist for blocking Democratic efforts to reduce gun violence, bolster election security and raise the federal minimum wage. In a speech to cheering supporters in...

The Latest: Sanders campaigns in McConnell's home state

Aug. 25, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' visit to Kentucky (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has traveled to Mitch McConnell's home state to brand the Senate Republican leader as an obstructionist for blocking...

DOJ: Immigration facility shouldn't have to pay minimum wage

Aug. 23, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Trump administration is opposing Washington state's effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration detention center pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in...