minimum wage

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont House is going against the wishes of Governor Peter Shumlin by calling for an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting in January, rather than 2017.

Today is Equal Pay Day, the date in 2014 on which women catch up to men’s average 2013 wages. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand outlined her efforts to close the wage gap.

On Equal Pay Day Tuesday, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told reporters she will continue the fight to ensure women have a fair chance at earning financial security.


Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. But there’s debate over the timeframe for such an increase.

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.

    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.

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.

2/19/14 Panel

Feb 19, 2014


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

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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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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.