Minimum wage

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Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the […]

04/17/2014

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, right, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and others, urging approval for raising the minimum wage, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently […]

04/16/2014

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Michigan, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich., about his proposal to raise the national minimum wage. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In Michigan, Obama presses for higher minimum wage

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on Wednesday to praise the state’s ongoing effort to raise the minimum wage — and to […]

04/02/2014

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Biden says raising minimum wage ‘good for business’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that many restaurant owners support raising the tipped minimum wage for waiters and waitresses, calling the boost in pay “good for business overall.” Boosting the minimum […]

03/26/2014

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Obama to push minimum wage Wednesday in Conn.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to show momentum on a top legislative priority, President Barack Obama is appearing next week with Northeastern governors who back his push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an […]

03/01/2014

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Local politics affects senators on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mark Pryor is doing a delicate dance over congressional Democrats’ upcoming push to boost the federal minimum wage. The Democrat from Republican-leaning Arkansas says he’ll vote against the bill, but on […]

02/26/2014

A shopper leaves a Gap store in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

To raise or not to raise wages?

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap’s decision this week to raise the hourly wages of workers at its stores nationwide puts pressure on other major U.S. retailers to do the same. Following Gap’s announcement that it […]

02/20/2014

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Budget office: Wage hike would lift pay, cost jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 […]

02/18/2014

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LA council members want $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Three Los Angeles City Council members today called for raising the minimum wage to $15.37 an hour for about 11,000 hotel workers in the city. Council members Mike Bonin, Nury Martinez […]

02/18/2014

President Barack Obama winks as he is welcomed before speaking to the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Md., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama says immigration, minimum wage top agenda

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that top priorities for Congress should be increasing the minimum wage and overhauling the immigration system, while acknowledging that election year politics could complicate the effort. […]

02/14/2014

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Dems hope to force House vote on minimum wage hike

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a […]

02/13/2014

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Obama hiking minimum pay for new federal contracts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, the White House said Tuesday. The president will announce the […]

01/28/2014

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