National News

CEOs to Workers: More for me, less for you

Op-ed by Holly Sklar
McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Jul 22 2011

Big company CEOs got a 23 percent raise last year and corporate profits are at record highs. But the minimum wage has less buying power now than in 1956 – the year Elvis Presley first topped the charts, videotape was breakthrough technology and the Dow closed above 500 for the very first time.

The Economic Power of and Popular Support for Raising the Minimum Wage

By Lake Research Partners
Jun 7 2011
The public overwhelmingly supports raising the minimum wage and that support is reinforced in the current weak recovery. The public intuitively understands the minimum wage and consistently strongly approves of efforts to raise it by large margins. That support is noticeably deep and broad; in an era where many issues are highly polarized and vigorously debated by different demographic and partisan contingents, raising the minimum wage stands out as one of the most broadly embraced economic policies, with high levels of support across all partisan and demographic groups, bridging the gaps of age, race, education, and income.

Raising Minimum Wage Does Not Increase Unemployment

Jun 1 2011
Read the Research Summaries by the National Employment Law Project or the Full Studies by Arindrajit Dube, William Lester and Michael Reich and by Sylvia Allegretto, Arindrajit Dube and Michael Reich.

A Minimum Wage Increase

New York Times, Mar 27 2011
As the nation grapples with a jobs crisis and unemployment hovers near 9 percent, it is easy for policy makers to forget the plight of those who work but earn very little. There are about 4.4 million workers earning the minimum wage or less, according to government statistics. This amounts to about 6 percent of workers paid by the hour. They need a raise.

The Impact of City-Specific Minimum Wage Standards

By Center for Economic and Policy Research
Mar 22 2011

Washington, DC – City minimum wages don't hurt the employment prospects of low-wage workers, according to a new report released today by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) that analyzes the wage and employment effects of the first three city-specific minimum wages in the U.S.

Bills could increase wages for local tipped workers

By Andrew Damstedt
The Sentinel (Maryland), Mar 16 2011
A job creator or a job killer is the debate circling two bills that would raise the minimum wage.

A bill backed by Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Fort Washington, in Congress would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, while a bill facing debate in Annapolis would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees and the regular minimum wage.

The bill before the General Assembly would increase Maryland’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.75 per hour by 2013. Tipped employees would see their minimum wage rise to $6.19 in July from $3.63.

2/14 - National Day of Action in Support of Restaurant Workers

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Feb 5 2011
The federal tipped minimum wage continues to be atrociously low at $2.13/hour. For twenty years now, tipped workers in the restaurant industry and elsewhere have toiled for a miserable wage, in part due to the fact that restaurant workers have not had a voice. But that is all about to change! The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) is now in seven states and growing every day - just a few weeks ago Katie Couric mentioned ROC-United on the air on CBS News.

Faith Leader Signatories By State - List In Formation

Jan 4 2011


Reverend Michelle Freeman Owens, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL

Rabbi Jonathan Miller, Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El, Birmingham, AL

Rev. Jon Shannon Webster, Pastor/Head of Staff, First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, ALStue

John Czachurski, Student Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church

Rev. Fred Hammond, Consulting Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa, Northport, AL

Why Were Minimum Wage Laws Established?

By Jerrie Lynn South-DeRose
eHow, Nov 20 2010

Labor Unions and Fair Pay

Good Effects of Minimum Wage

By Joe McIndoe
eHow, Nov 13 2010

The federal minimum wage presently stands at $7.25 an hour.

The minimum wage is sometimes a source of controversy, and remains a part of public discourse. The federal government raised the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour in 2009, though other states have raised the minimum wage even higher. While the minimum wage has its drawbacks, it offers a number of benefits, too.

Benefits For Vulnerable People

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