103 results for tag: minimum wage


Seattle Mayor Unveils Plan for Ride-Hailing Minimum Wage

By Justin Steale Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan last week unveiled legislation she said would guarantee ride-hailing drivers are paid at least the city's minimum wage plus reasonable expenses. Durkan said she intends to transmit the legislation to the Seattle City Council this week. A study by James Parrott of The New School and Michael Reich of the University of California, Berkeley found that ride-hailing drivers in Seattle make $9.73 an hour after expenses, which is below the city's minimum wage for large ($16.39 an hour) and small ($15.75 or $13.50 an hour depending on tips and benefits) employers. Using that study, Durkan said Seattle will ...

Joe Biden wants a $15 minimum wage – will the coronavirus pandemic make that more likely?

By Elisabeth Buchwald July 25, 2020 A $15-an-hour federal minimum wage has long been on many Democratic lawmakers’ wish lists. They could have the chance to cross that goal off their lists come November with former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump in several recent polls. Even before the pandemic, in Biden’s first official campaign speech, he promised to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour if elected president. The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009, which comes out to roughly $15,000 a year for someone working 40 hours a week. The conversation around increasing the minimum wage has ...

It’s been a record 11 years since the last increase in U.S. minimum wage

By Aimee Picchi July 24, 2020 It's been 11 years since the last federal minimum wage hike, the longest span the baseline wage has gone without an increase since it began in 1938. Since the last federal minimum wage hike — to $7.25 an hour, starting July 24, 2009 — the cost of living has increased 20%, while the price of essentials such as housing and health care have increased even faster. That left many low-wage workers with little financial flexibility or savings as pandemic hit the nation this year and swiftly resulted in a recession and double-digit unemployment. The average rent back in 2009 was about $1,132, adjusted for ...

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...