Latest Minimum wage News

$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

May. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour. That near-unanimity reflects the success of an unorthodox campaign by the...

Elder care homes rake in profits as workers earn a pittance

May. 19, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

She alights from a black Ferrari convertible, her Christian Louboutin stilettos glinting in the sunlight. The lid of her black lacquer grand piano is propped open in the living room of her plush Beverly Hills home. "I own a chain of elderly care facilities," she says into the camera on Bravo's reality television...

Germany to introduce minimum wage for apprentices

May. 15, 2019 6:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is introducing a minimum wage for apprentices, a move likely to raise the income of tens of thousands of young people. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet on Wednesday approved draft legislation that will see minimum pay for apprentices of 515 euros ($578) per month introduced next...

May Day around the globe: Workers demand rights, respect

May. 1, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Higher salaries, better working conditions, maternity leave, minimum wage and an end to discrimination against temporary or foreign workers: These were among the concerns as hundreds of thousands of union members and labor activists rallied around the world to mark May Day. The tradition of...

Democratic presidential candidates pledge to bolster unions

Apr. 27, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Half a dozen Democratic presidential candidates declared unions to be a lifeline for the American middle class and pledged Saturday to strengthen workers' rights to strike and organize and to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. But while the candidates decried the erosion of...

The Latest: Warren faults Democrats' attention toward unions

Apr. 27, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic campaign for president (all times local): 6 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren says Democrats have not paid enough attention to organized labor. The U.S. senator from Massachusetts was among 2020 hopefuls attending a union forum Saturday in...

Hickenlooper proposing staggered federal minimum wage hikes

Apr. 26, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is proposing a $15 federal minimum wage — with a twist. Rather than unilaterally hiking the wage to $15, the former Colorado governor proposes phasing in the increases depending on an area's cost of living. The most expensive...

Bank of America raising hourly minimum wage to $20

Apr. 9, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America plans to raise its starting pay to $20 an hour over a two-year period, the bank said Tuesday, starting with a hike next month. The company, with more than 200,000 workers, said it is raising its minimum hourly wage to $17 on May 1 and will continue to increase pay until it...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 5, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week, which included April Fool's Day. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: __ CLAIM: Minimum wage of $19 at LaGuardia...

Target raises its minimum hourly wage to $13 from $12

Apr. 4, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is raising the minimum hourly wage for its workers for the third time in less than two years. The discounter said Thursday it plans to raise the hourly starting wage to $13 from $12 in June. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced in 2017 a plan to raise its starting hourly wages...