Closing The Wage Gap


On this Labor Day, advocating for just wages means fighting company theft

Sep 6, 2021 by Stephenie Overman, National Catholic Reporter Exactly what constitutes a just or living wage, one that enables workers to support themselves and their families in a way consistent with human dignity, may be open to debate. But one element — wage theft — is clear. It's the failure to pay workers what they are legally due — it is misclassifying workers, avoiding overtime pay or requiring employees to work "off the clock." Conversations on just wages and the economy should include such fundamentals, said Daniel Graff, director of the University ...

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Delaware General Assembly passes $15 minimum wage, sends bill to Gov. John Carney

By Sarah Gamard, Published: Jun. 17, 2021 Delaware's minimum wage is expected to go to $15 an hour by 2025 after being passed late Thursday by the General Assembly. The House voted 26-15 along party lines to pass Senate Bill 15 by Sen. Jack Walsh, D-Stanton. The Senate passed the bill along party lines in March, and now the bill heads to Gov. John Carney for his signature. Read more

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Lawmakers propose raising Wisconsin’s minimum wage to $15 an hour

By Juliana Tornabene, Published: Jun. 17, 2021 MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Two lawmakers from Madison have introduced legislation Thursday to raise the Wisconsin’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. State Sen. Melissa Agard (D-Madison) and State Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) introduced the legislation as a part of a broader package. It would initially raise the wage from $7.25 to $10.15 an hour, then it would rise to $15 a year later. Read more

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City of Wichita raises minimum wage for new employees to $15, plans to also raise it for current employees

By Eli Higgins for Kake May 27, 2021 Like most industries, the City of Wichita has found itself in a very competitive labor market during the pandemic, making it hard to find help. But after pledging a big change to its minimum wage, city leaders are hoping to fix that. "If you work for the city, and you show up every single day to help our city get better, then you deserve to not live in poverty," said Mayor Brandon Whipple. Higher minimum wage is something Whipple has long pushed for in his political career, and was again at the center of attention at the city's ...

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CT nursing home workers postpone planned strikes

By: Susan Haigh for The Bulletin May 14, 2021 Unionized nursing home workers agreed to postpone strikes planned for Friday at 26 facilities across Connecticut after Gov. Ned Lamont's administration reached an agreement with union leaders and nursing homes operators that includes $267 million in state funds to help pay for historic wage increases. The workers including nurses, nurses aides, housekeeping staff and laundry workers have threatened to walk out over what they call poverty-level wages and dangerously low staffing levels. Lamont announced during a COVID-19 ...

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