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Holly Sklar
Jul 24 2012 McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Time flies when you're moving backward. With the federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009, workers now have less buying power than they did in 1997 at the start of the longest period in history without a raise.
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Jul 23 2012 Institute for Public Accuracy

Excerpt: Ariel Jacobson is senior associate in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Economic Justice Program...

Jul 19 2012 National Employment Law Project
America’s low-wage economy is marked by two extremes. On the one hand, workers earning at or near the minimum wage are seeing the real value of their paychecks diminish steadily over time, as the cost of living increases while their wages remain...
Holly Sklar
Jun 4 2012 Distributed in Massachusetts by American Forum: Fall River Herald News, Taunton Daily Gazette, Sun Chronicle, Providence Journal, more

Massachusetts led the nation when it passed the first state minimum wage law a hundred years ago on June 4, 1912. Today, it is a laggard.

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By John Schmitt and Janelle Jones
Apr 30 2012 Center for Economic and Policy Research
Relative to any of the most common benchmarks – the cost of living, the wages of the average worker, or average productivity levels – the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is well below its historical value. These usual reference points...
John Schmitt
Mar 19 2012 Center for Economic and Policy Research
By all of the most commonly used benchmarks – inflation, average wages, and productivity – the minimum wage is now far below its historical level. By all of these reference points, the value of the minimum wage peaked in 1968.

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Patricia Smith
Feb 20 2012 New York Times Upfront
Excerpt: Holly Sklar of Let Justice Roll, a group working to raise the minimum wage, says that the decline in the value of those paychecks keeps the rest of the economy from flourishing.

"You can't really have a...
Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United
Feb 13 2012
New report shows that women who work in the industry face systematic discrimination, poverty wages, a lack of sick days, and five times more harassment than the general female workforce. One major cause of poverty for these working women is...
By Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) and Saru Jayaraman, co-founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Feb 13 2012 The Hill
Last year, restaurants welcomed and served more than 70 million Americans celebrating Valentine’s Day, the nation’s second most popular holiday for the industry. Unfortunately, under the federal minimum wage for tipped employers, millions of...
Courtney Dufford
Jan 29 2012 Journal Standard (IL)

The Occupy Wall Street movement has brought the growing issue of income inequality to the forefront of public discourse in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. Nevertheless, many are still wondering what specific changes the movement...