minimum wage

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Michael Meeropol: Opponents Of Raising The Minimum Wage Seek To Muddy The Waters With Name-Calling

Have you ever heard of the Employment Policies Institute?   It’s one of those so-called “research” organizations that are actually public relations fronts for some special interest groups.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Congressional Corner With Peter Welch

    President Obama has been flexing his executive muscle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock Congress’ inaction has forced the president’s hand on issues like the minimum wage.

North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Labor Advocates Push For passage Of Paid Time Off And Minimum Wage Bills

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

A number of labor advocates were at the statehouse in Montpelier Tuesday to call on legislators to pass bills that would raise the state’s minimum wage to a livable wage and guarantee paid sick days for all employees.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

2/19/14 Panel


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and commentator and activist, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine Uprising
Min. Wage Results
Newark Airport
Spanish Siesta Future?
NJ Road Salt

New York News
3:22 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Caucus Leader Backs Minimum Wage Hike For Cities In New York

Assemblyman Karim Camara

The idea of allowing cities to set their own minimum wage has support from the head of New York’s black and Hispanic caucus, but the plan faces obstacles elsewhere.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

POTUS' Call For $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Sparks Debate

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

On the same day he delivered his State of The Union address this week, President Barack Obama announced that he was increasing the minimum wage for federal contractor workers to $10.10 per hour. There’s mixed reaction to the idea...

The federal minimum wages stands at $7.25 an hour. Many agree that raising the minimum wage re-adjusts it to 1960s levels; for example, the $1.60 minimum wage of 1968 was worth more than $10.50 in 2013 dollars. 

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Silver: Minimum Wage Hike Not Enough

Speaker Silver

New York’s minimum is now $8 an hour, after a new law that takes effect today. It’s part of a phased-in increase that will result in a $9 an hour rate for the state’s lowest income earners by 2016.  But a leading lawmaker says the hike should be phased in faster, and advocates for the poor say tip earners, like wait staff, should also be included.

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North Country News
10:15 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

VT Minimum Wage To Increase By 13 Cents Jan. 1

Vermont's lowest paid workers are going to be getting a 13 cents per hour raise.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Sanders Sponsoring Minimum Wage Hike

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is sponsoring legislation to increase the federal minimum wage.

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New England News
3:22 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mass. Legislative Commitee Will Hold Hearing On Raising Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $8 per hour, the rate was set in 2008 and does not adjust for inflation.

The federal rate is currently $7.75, but President Obama has requested that Congress raise the rate to $9 per hour and index the rate to inflation.

The bill, filed by Democratic State Senator Marc Pacheco of Taunton, would seek to raise the Bay State’s minimum wage to $11 dollars over three years. Pacheco said that although the $3 increase may seem dramatic, the amount more accurately reflects the value of the minimum wage in 1968 adjusted for inflation.

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