Last March, I wrote about two bills before the U.S. Congress – H.R. 1010 in the House and S. 460 in the Senate. Together, these bills are known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act, and if passed they would increase the minimum wage from its current $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the next two years. After [...]
Is this the sort of voice on the minimum wage that you’d like to hear coming from the U.S. Senate?
It’s the voice of Shenna Bellows, running for U.S. Senate in Maine against incumbent Republican politician Susan Collins.
S. 460 is a bill in the Senate that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 [...]
As Brendan Kiley notes, McDonalds has created a special budgeting guide for its employees. Here’s just one page from the guide:
Kiley has noticed that there isn’t any spot for food in McDonalds’ sample budget for its employees, that heat won’t be a necessity either, but that a second job will be necessary. Why? [...]
On average, CEOs of fast food restaurant chains make $25,000 every day. That’s more than twice what fast food workers who are given New York state’s minimum wage make in an entire year. In the same time that CEOs make $25,000, workers in their restaurants bring in just $56.
Fast Food Forward is paying attention. [...]
The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (H.R. 1010 in the House and S. 460 in the Senate) is a bill that would increase the minimum wage from its current $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the next two years. After that point, the minimum wage would automatically increase to keep pace with inflation — the tendency [...]
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for a restoration in the minimum wage and a change to make it keep pace with inflation:
“We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns [...]
On a protest to raise the $2.13 minimum wage in restaurants and on efforts to oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. [...]
When groups like Americans Elect refer to the “sensible center” while drawing up lists of names of acceptable presidential contenders — names like Evan Bayh, Erskine Bowles, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, David Walker and Michael Bloomberg — they’re appealing to the idea that these are typical people, reasonable, sensible people holding typical ideas, reasonable, sensible [...]
While people around the globe keep their eyes glued to the World Cup, the sweatshop production of soccer balls stays well hidden. The International Labor Rights Forum has issued a new report that lends us a peek. Heading to the countries where soccer balls are made, the ILRF found soccer ball stitchers forced to work [...]
For a month now, I’ve been evaluating the claim by CafePress that the Econscious brand t-shirts it sells are made produced by “sustainable organizations” in accordance with “fair trade practices.” In particular, I’m looking at production in one of the factories supplying shirts to Econscious — a factory in Lahore, Pakistan. Econscious executives have proclaimed [...]
Wages reported to be paid by a Lahore, Pakistan factory in 2007-2008 for a month of 48-hour work weeks making Econscious brand t-shirts: 4600 rupees a month (equivalent to US $77 a month)
Cost of a month’s rent for a family to live in a fly-infested Lahore, Pakistan slum with sewage running down the street, [...]