26 results for tag: minimum wage increase

Gov. Wolf calls for minimum wage bump

By Brian Myszkowski July 24, 2020 Governor Tom Wolf is on a mission to raise the pay rate for Pennsylvania workers, calling attention to a minimum wage that has remained stagnant for 11 years as of Friday. Since July 24, 2009, the commonwealth’s wage floor has sat at $7.25 per hour, the result of an increase by the federal government. Wolf has called on the General Assembly to raise the minimum wage, highlighting the dire circumstances faced by those struggling to get by in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially essential and front-line workers. “Today is a sad reminder that across the state many workers are on the job and ...

Coronavirus: Alameda on track to boost minimum wage

By Peter Geharty April 22, 2020 The coronavirus may have closed businesses and left owners and workers feeling uneasy about their future, but those working in this city on minimum wage are still on track to get a raise. The minimum wage in Alameda, now $13.50 an hour, will jump to $15 an hour starting in July, despite the pandemic. The City Council decided unanimously Tuesday to go ahead with the raise, initially approved in October 2018. Under state law, businesses with at least 26 employees must pay at least $15 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2022. But officials in some cities, such as Alameda, wanted the increase to happen sooner, especi...

Quebec Minimum Wage Will Go Up On May 1

By Thomas MacDonald April 15, 2020 Minimum wage earners are about to get a little boost. In a press release Wednesday morning, the Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, confirmed that the Quebec minimum wage is still set to increase by 60 cents on May 1, for a total of $13.10/hour. Boulet hopes the announcement will "help mobilize workers, especially in the current context." He first announced the increase on December 18, 2019. "Our government is proud to be keeping its commitment to increase the minimum wage," he said Wednesday. "This is a concrete step toward Québec's economic recovery." Read More

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. ...

Unions welcome minimum wage increase

By Sarah Wood April 2, 2020 Unions have welcomed increases in the statutory minimum wage, which take effect from today (2nd April). Many workers on minimum wage are on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, including care staff looking after elderly and vulnerable people in very challenging circumstances, and supermarket staff on the shop floor and working in warehouses, as reported by Retail Gazette. The statutory rate for over-25s will go up from £8.21 per hour to £8.72, while the national minimum wage for 21-24 year olds will go up from £7.70 to £8.20 per hour. Read More