Tag: Minimum Wage

As Push for Higher Minimum Wages Grows, New York Offers a Test Case

RIPLEY, N.Y. — Meeder’s, a cozy diner nestled in New York’s southwest corner, has seen its labor bill skyrocket in recent years amid steady increases in the state’s minimum wage. To cover the costs, its owners have lifted menu prices and bought new equipment, including a mixer that allows them to churn out their 26 […]

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Push to Raise Minimum Wage Goes Local, at Airports and Hotels

Labor unions and community groups are pursuing an increasingly successful strategy to force employers to pay their workers more: minimum wages for specific occupations and industries. The effort has resulted in several noteworthy victories recently — mandatory pay of up to $20 an hour for hotel workers in Oakland, and raises for airport employees in […]

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Disabled Workers Are Done Putting Up with Three Cents an Hour

On a workshop floor in suburban Minnesota, Alexander Williamson packs earplugs into boxes. He’s held a variety of different jobs over the years: folding balloons, assembling medical supplies, delivering newspapers. But because Williamson is autistic, uses hearing aids, and deals with hemihypertrophy (one of his legs is longer than the other), he is paid a […]

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The G.M. Strike Was the Best and the Worst of the Labor Movement

United Automobile Workers leaders voted Thursday on a tentative agreement to end a monthlong walkout by 50,000 workers at General Motors over wages, health insurance premiums and the use of temporary and “tiered” contracts. The accord includes raises and a large ratification bonus and gives temps a path to permanent status — but it also […]

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The Upheaval in the American Workplace

BEATEN DOWN, WORKED UPBy Steven Greenhouse There’s an enormous upheaval in the American workplace right now, and those who tell you they know how the next decade will pan out — for good or ill — don’t know their history. That’s one of the main lessons of “Beaten Down, Worked Up,” the engrossing, character-driven, panoramic […]

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Uber Says It Is Not Subject to California Gig-Worker Law

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber pushed back on Wednesday against a newly passed California bill that effectively requires companies to reclassify their contract workers as employees, in a sign of the emerging resistance that the measure is prompting across the gig economy. Tony West, Uber’s chief legal officer, said in a news conference that the ride-hailing […]

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California Bill Makes App-Based Companies Treat Workers as Employees

SACRAMENTO — California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure. The bill passed in a 29 […]

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California Passes Landmark Bill to Remake Gig Economy

SACRAMENTO — California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure. The bill passed in a 29 […]

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Reviving the American Working Class

Here’s one question that ought to be put to the Democratic candidates at their next debate in September: How would you improve the life of the average home health care worker? The iconic American worker of the 20th century — a man making cars in a Detroit factory — remains the focus of political debate […]

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Yes, America Is Rigged Against Workers

The United States is the only advanced industrial nation that doesn’t have national laws guaranteeing paid maternity leave. It is also the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee workers any vacation, paid or unpaid, and the only highly developed country (other than South Korea) that doesn’t guarantee paid sick days. In contrast, the European Union’s […]

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Lessons From Hector Figueroa, Labor Visionary

The mourners came from every corner of the city, thousands filing beneath the soaring vault of Riverside Church to honor Hector Figueroa, among the country’s most dynamic and influential labor leaders. Mr. Figueroa, president of 32BJ S.E.I.U., a New York local of the Service Employees International Union, died of a heart attack on July 11 […]

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My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman

I had just started my lunch shift when the phone pinged: Uber Eats, pickup at Cocina del Sur on West 38th Street in Manhattan, five blocks away. Great! I pedaled down West 40th into congealing crosstown traffic. Seconds later my phone ponged — different sound. Postmates, another delivery app: Pick up two orders at Shake […]

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House to Vote on Raising Federal Minimum Wage to $15

WASHINGTON — The House is expected on Thursday to pass a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, delivering a long-sought victory to liberals and putting the Democratic Party’s official imprimatur on the so-called Fight for $15, which many Democratic presidential candidates have embraced. The bill would more […]

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Why Isn’t Trump Trying to Win the Center?

What is President Trump going to do to win the voters who rejected him in 2016? It’s a serious question. Roughly 137 million people voted in the last presidential election. Most of them — about 74 million people, or 54 percent of all ballots cast — did not vote for Trump. His self-proclaimed “massive landslide” […]

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Moderates Have the Better Story

American progressives have a story to tell, and they are not afraid to tell it. In this story global capitalism is a war zone. Free trade is a racket. Big business and big pharma are rapacious villains that crush the common man. In this context you need a government prepared for war. You need a […]

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Trump’s War on Worker Rights

President Trump ran for office as a champion of American workers and a friend of labor unions, but his administration has systematically favored employers at the expense of workers. In recent months, the administration has moved to tighten qualifications for who must be paid the minimum wage and who must be paid overtime. It is […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Went Back to Bartending. Slogans Were Served.

Officially, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s one-hour return to her bartending days was about a push to raise pay for tipped-wage workers. But as she fielded orders from behind the bar of a restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, other concerns intruded. One woman handed her a card, thanking her for her support of the Muslim community and […]

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