The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal to raise the sprawling city’s minimum wage to $15.25 an hour, joining a handful of cities across the country taking steps to ensure the financial stability of some of their lowest-income residents.
Seattle’s minimum wage law went into effect on Wednesday, at a time when its most vocal proponent is facing fierce competition for her seat on the city council.
The 43-page ruling rejects every constitutional challenge brought against Seattle’s $15 an hour minimum wage law.
New York tipped workers will soon see a substantial wage increase, but the increase is not nearly enough to raise more workers out of poverty, to compensate their labor fairly, and to reduce the pressure to tolerate hostile work environments or else lose out on tips.
The lawsuit seeks to block a Seattle ordinance that boosts the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
For Walmart workers like Fatmata Jabbie, a refugee from Saudi Arabia with two young children and a third on the way, a slightly higher hourly wage doesn’t do her much good if she can’t get enough hours.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) at Tuesday’s State of the City address pledged to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.
“It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us,” Obama said Tuesday night.
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.