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Illinois business leaders renew debate over minimum wage during COVID-19

By OurQuadCities April 14, 2020 Many business leaders are hoping to bring back employees they were forced to lay off after the stay-at-home order ends. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce believes the July increase would make it much harder to afford those employees. According to Todd Maisch, CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the increase will put a strain on employers. “We need to not be talking about increasing their costs. We need to be talking about decreasing their costs, and what we can do to allow them to get reopened, and rehire their employees.” Right now, Illinois is set to increase the minimum wage by 75 cents. ...

COVID-19: Gombe govt suspends N30,000 minimum wage

By Tribune Online March 28, 2020 The Gombe State government has suspended payment of the N30,000 minimum wage following dwindling finances due to the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. The State Deputy Governor, Mr Manassah Jatau, said at a press briefing on Saturday in Gombe, that the decision was taken after consultation with the standing committee on minimum wage and relevant stakeholders. According to him, the new minimum wage suspension is with effect from March 2020. “The minimum wage increment and its consequential adjustments adopted by the state has been suspended until when the economy of the state improves. Read ...

A low-wage worker turns to minimum-wage activism after a life in poverty

By Eli Saslow Mar 9, 2020 She had been riding the city bus almost every day for the past decade without paying much attention to the people around her. Sara Fearrington, 43, was usually isolated in the fog of her own problems, commuting between working double shifts at Waffle House and parenting at home, but now she walked with uncertainty into Durham’s bus station late one afternoon holding a clipboard and studying the crowd of tired faces. “Hi there,” she said to a man wearing a neon yellow vest and hauling a large toolbox. “Are you interested in joining a movement for -” but he was already past her. She looked down the walkway ...

Economy strong, yet millions of Americans have more than one job

By Michael E. Kanell February 17, 2020 In the pre-dawn, long before getting to her job as a Marietta teacher, Emily Willard, 28, hits the gym. A couple of times a week – as well as some weekends and school holidays – she’s at Total Row in Buckhead, getting a bit of a workout, sure, but that’s not why she’s there. She’s a trainer, leading a group of early morning rowers in their huffing and puffing so she can pick up some extra coin. “It is nice to have money on the side,” Willard said. In Atlanta and nationally, the unemployment rate is plumbing historic lows. Most people looking for a job can find one. But for some, one job ...

State-required minimum wage in Westchester going up

By Peter Katz December 6, 2019 The minimum wage required to be paid under New York state law by businesses in Westchester goes up to $13 per hour as planned on Dec. 31, as a Dec. 4 report by the Division of the Budget found that scheduled minimum wage increases have not negatively impacted the state’s economy. Annual reports on the impact on the economy of increasing the minimum hourly wage were mandated when the $15 minimum wage law was put into effect. The increase from the current $12 per hour to $13 in Westchester is part of a schedule that phases-in increases on a regional basis. Outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester, ...