Latest Minimum wage News

Evers wants to raise state workers' minimum wage to $15

Nov. 8, 2019 5:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is proposing raising state employees' minimum wage to $15. Evers' administration quietly released its 2019-21 state employee compensation plan Friday. It calls for raising all permanent state workers' minimum wage to $15 an hour beginning June 7, 2020. It...

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...

Effort to raise Florida minimum wage passes signature hurdle

Oct. 29, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A petition drive to ask voters to gradually increase Florida's minimum wage to $15 an hour has enough signatures to make the November 2020 ballot. The Department of State website shows the ballot has gathered slightly more than the 766,200 registered voter signatures needed to get...

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...

Pennsylvania governor's OT expansion rule heads to a vote

Oct. 17, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is scaling back a proposal to extend overtime pay eligibility to thousands of workers in Pennsylvania, and his administration on Thursday put it on a path to a vote within weeks over the protests of business groups. Wolf's administration submitted its proposed...

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...

Maryland businesses eye minimum wage increase on horizon

Oct. 5, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Maryland will raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour at the beginning of the year, leaving some local businesses trying to figure out how the change will affect them. The Maryland General Assembly approved the increase, which will eventually raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an...

Hot Springs will pay panhandlers minimum wage for work

Oct. 3, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Six months after a judge struck down a Hot Springs ordinance that would have restricted panhandling, the city is rolling out a new program that will offer work to the homeless and panhandlers. The Hope Works Initiative announced Tuesday will pay participants minimum wage to pick up...