Latest Minimum wage News

Hiking minimum wage to $15 would boost millions, report says

Jul. 8, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would boost pay for as many as 27 million workers, but it could also cost as many as 1.3 million jobs by 2025, according to a report released Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That's the trade-off facing...

House OKs budget bill after stiff criticism by Democrats

Jun. 25, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives passed the main bill in a just-unveiled $34 billion compromise budget plan on Tuesday, despite hard criticism by rank-and-file Democrats that included a floor fight over whether they could criticize the package for lacking a minimum wage...

Judges question basis for Alabama minimum wage suit

Jun. 25, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Several federal appeals court judges appeared skeptical Tuesday of a lawsuit by fast-food workers and civil rights groups accusing Alabama lawmakers of racial discrimination for blocking a minimum-wage hike in the city of Birmingham. The plaintiffs accused the Legislature of targeting a...

The Latest: Judges question Alabama minimum wage suit

Jun. 25, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing over an Alabama minimum wage law that critics say is racially discriminatory (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Some federal appeals court judges appeared skeptical of a lawsuit that accuses Alabama lawmakers of racial discrimination for blocking the majority-black...

GOP lawmakers create hurdles for citizen ballot initiatives

Jun. 22, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas voters have been active in recent years, passing ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana, raised the minimum wage and expanded casino gambling. That hasn't gone over well with Republicans. Arkansas' GOP-dominated Legislature has taken steps this year that will...

Protesters want $15 an hour wage at University of Memphis

Jun. 14, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Around 200 people rallied at the University of Memphis for an increase in the minimum wage it pays fulltime workers. The Daily Memphian reports the school recently raised its minimum wage from $10.60 to $11.11 an hour. But advocates at the Thursday rally are pushing for U of M to pay...

Julian Castro joins McDonald's strikers in North Carolina

May. 23, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald's restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers' efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections. Nearly all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have expressed...

$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...