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.
With would-be politicians concentrating their efforts on expensive Spanish-language advertising, lukewarm get-out-the-vote efforts, or voter suppression laws, neither party actually did any impactful outreach to overcome the very deep disillusionment Latinos feel.
“What I’m not going to do is just wait” on immigration reform, Obama said in his first press conference after a devastating midterm election night for Democrats.
Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota will decide ballot measures, also known as initiatives or issues, on Election Day to increase those states’ minimum wage.
The unemployment rate in September was the lowest it has been in six years, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but wages still aren’t going up and some vulnerable populations still have high unemployment rates.