The Metro Council of Louisville voted Thursday to raise the city’s minimum wage, increasing it above the federally mandated $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour by 2017.
The American Legislative Exchange Council laid out its blueprint for 2015 at its annual meeting in early December, making public a plan that includes attacks on labor unions, paid sick leave, and minimum wage increases that have proven popular across the political spectrum.
More than 300,000 wage and salary workers in California and New York are victims of wage theft, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Labor.
A New York grand jury failed to indict the officers involved in Eric Garner’s death, while the Roberts Court heard arguments in two big cases for equality advocates.
The Chicago City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by the middle of 2019. In Chicago and the rest of Illinois, the minimum wage stands at $8.25, a number similar to that of many other states in the country.
Walmart, for the second consecutive year, is holding a holiday food drive for its own employees. The retail giant has decided once again that instead of raising the wages of its 2.1 million employees, it will ask workers with a bit more disposable income to donate food to their associates with less.
The holiday rush, expected to be a boon, exacerbates not so rosy conditions facing the majority of the nation’s 7.8 million retail sales workers and cashiers year-round.
Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Harry Reid all won re-election to their leadership positions. But Elizabeth Warren’s inclusion in Democratic leadership could signal more progressive priorities.
Monday was the first day for Texas lawmakers to begin filing legislation for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 15, and the hundreds of proposed bills ranged from the expected—including minimum wage raises and marriage equality efforts from Democrats—to the fringe, including one Republican’s crusade against Daylight Saving Time.
While the country watched voters in state after state elect Republicans on Tuesday, voters in many of those states also approved increases to the minimum wage that the newly elected senators or governors vehemently opposed as harmful to businesses’ bottom line.