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Living Wage National News

University of Virginia: Living Wage Campaign Begins Hunger Strike
NBC 29

February 18, 2012 - A campaign calling for higher pay for some of the University of Virginia's lowest paid employees is ramping up their demands. Read more.

Santa Monica, CA: Living Wage Sets Precedent for Hotels
Santa Monica Daily Press

February 17, 2012 - CITY HALL — After long negotiations, the Planning Commission secured a living wage provision for a new luxury hotel, one that potentially sets a precedent for future hotel development in the city. Read more.

Virginia: County Manager Wants Increase in ‘Living Wage’ Rate
Sun Gazette

February 16, 2012 - County Manager Barbara Donnellan has proposed a 3-percent rise in the minimum hourly rate paid under the county government’s “living wage” ordinance. Read more.

Virginia: UVA Living Wage Campaign Holds Protest, Lists Demands
NBC 29

February 8, 2012 - Students and faculty are teaming up with the living wage campaign to sent a strong message to University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan. Supporters rallied and listed their demands in front of the president's office at Madison Hall on grounds Wedne Read more.

Memphis, TN: Rally for a Living Wage Continues
The Daily Helmsman

February 8, 2012 - Jean Rimmer fought back tears as she spoke of the conflict between work and family life that she encounters while working multiple jobs, one of which is a University of Memphis custodian Read more.

Chicago: Airport Dismissals Renew Calls For Living Wage Ordinance
Progress Illinois

February 3, 2012 - The dismissal of 12 airport bookstore employees at O'Hare Airport has renewed the push for a "Stable Jobs, Stable Airports" living wage ordinance. Read more.

Virginia: Student Activists Seek Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

February 2, 2012 - Students and community leaders spoke yesterday afternoon at a rally on the Rotunda steps to celebrate “The Real Legacy of Martin Luther King” and emphasize the importance of continuing King’s fight against economic injustice. Read more.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland: President Urgo, Let’s Make a Campus Living Wage a Reality
The Point News

January 31, 2012 - We were happy to read your recent all-campus email describing your anticipation for the semester ahead. We too feel an exhilarating mix of trepidation for the future and enthusiasm for the potential held in the present. Read more.

Illinois: Faith Leaders Call On Springfield To Raise The Minimum Wage
Progress Illinois

January 31, 2012 - Illinois faith leaders are headed to Springfield this morning to call on legislators to raise the minimum wage. The religious leaders and members of the Raise Illinois coalition boarded an Amtrak train today to go to the state capitol to hold a press conf Read more.

Connecticut: House Dems Want To Raise The Minimum Wage; Malloy Unconvinced
CT News

January 31, 2012 - House Speaker Chris Donovan and Democratic lawmakers want to raise the minimum wage by $1.50 per hour over the next two years, then index it to rise with the cost of living. Read more.

Cambridge, Mass.: It’s Time to Occupy for the Minimum Wage
The Journal-Standard

January 29, 2012 - The Occupy Wall Street movement has brought the growing issue of income inequality to the forefront of public discourse in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. Nevertheless, many are still wondering what specific changes the movement is demand Read more.

Santa Fe, N.M., to Have Nation's Highest Minimum Wage

January 27, 2012 - (Reuters) - When Santa Fe's minimum wage rises to $10.29 an hour on March 1, the New Mexico capital will have the highest local wage requirement in the country, according to the National Employment Law Project. Read more.

Santa Monica, CA: Hotel Stalled Over Living Wage Concerns
Santa Monica Daily Press

January 27, 2012 - The Planning Commission stalled a development agreement for a new hotel Wednesday night amid concerns that the public had not yet had a chance to review information about a controversial living wage provision that became available just before the hearing. Read more.

Muncie, IN: A Living Wage?
The Star Press

January 27, 2012 - Caterpillar Inc. owns and operates Progress Rail in Muncie, which builds diesel and electric locomotives. Read more.

Giving Workers a Good Tip and a Living Wage
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

January 25, 2012 - Imagine your wages frozen for two decades at $2.13 per hour. No, I am not talking about a Third World sweatshop. The kid who put your groceries in the car, the waitress who served you dinner at your favorite restaurant last week, the guy or girl who vacuu Read more.

House Committee Passes Bill That Would Raise Hawaii Minimum Wage to $8.14 Next Year
The Republic

January 24, 2012 - HONOLULU — A bill moving through the state Legislature could increase Hawaii's minimum wage for the first time since 2007, but opinions are mixed as to whether elevating the wage floor would help or hinder Hawaii's economic recovery. Read more.

Initiative Seeks to Boost San Jose Minimum Wage to $10
Mercury News

January 23, 2012 - San Jose State University students have parlayed a class assignment on social justice into a potential ballot measure that could affect tens of thousands of San Jose workers, by raising the minimum wage 25 percent to $10 an hour. Read more.

Advocates Debate Merits of Minimum Wage Increase

January 21, 2012 - A reignited push to increase New York's minimum wage is already being met with resistance from business groups, who say a raise could mean less jobs for state residents. Read more.

New York: Let our politicians try living on minimum wages
Steuben Courier

January 21, 2012 - Those people who run these Govt. programs like Dept. of Social Services fail to tell you that there is an application process. If you qualify you are put on a budget which is guideline approved by Govt. Read more.

N. Jersey Democrat wants to raise minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, among nation's highest

January 20, 2012 - While Gov. Christie is pitching tax cuts for all in 2012, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex) wants to give a boost to the 40,000 New Jerseyans who make the $7.25 hourly minimum wage. Read more.

Santa Fe Increases Living Wage to $10.29 an Hour

January 19, 2012 - Santa Fe city officials announced its minimum wage will increase to $10.29 per hour on March 1. Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign cancels protest after cuts prevented
Daily Northwestern

January 17, 2012 - Instead of marching from Pick-Staiger Hall to Sodexo's food services office as originally scheduled on Monday afternoon, members of the Living Wage Campaign met to discuss their most recent success and to plan for the upcoming quarter. Read more.

NJ: Is it time to raise the minimum wage?
Asbury Park Press

January 11, 2012 - Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said Monday that one of her top legislative priorities this year will be raising New Jersey’s minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour — the lowest allowable by federal law — to $8.50 an hour. It’s long overdue. Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign Plans Protest Over Reduced Worker Hours
Daily Northwestern

January 10, 2012 - Members of the Living Wage Campaign filled a Kresge classroom Monday night in an "emergency meeting" to discuss reduced hours for some dining hall workers. Read more.

Mobilize to Support Longshore Workers! Defend Living Wage Jobs in Longview, Washington
Socialist Alternative

January 9, 2012 - Longview, Washington has become ground zero for one of the most important battles in both the labor and Occupy movements. In this small town on the southwestern coast of Washington, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is engaged in a cr Read more.

Houston, TX: Want to stimulate the economy? Raise the minimum wage
Your Houston News

January 6, 2012 - The minimum wage has been around since the 1890s when New Zealand enacted the first law. The minimum wage became law in the United States in 1938, when Americans recognized the need to provide an incentive for the unemployed to seek work and lift themselv Read more.

San Francisco's Minimum Wage Is Now the Nation's Highest
San Francisco Weekly

January 4, 2012 - As of January 1, 2011, San Francisco's minimum wage went up from $9.92 to $10.24, which now makes it the nation's highest. California state's federal minimum wage is $8 -- that means San Franciscans are paid 28 percent more than minimum-wage workers in ot Read more.

Why Government Is Not a Business
Frying Pan News

January 4, 2012 - In a recent blog post on the “value” of running government like a business, I had some fun pretending to agree with the mantra that government decisions are best made with a “business orientation.” Read more.

New York: People's State of the State calls for living wage, universal health care
Legislative Gazette

January 3, 2012 - The 22nd annual People's State of the State rally, sponsored by the Hunger Action Network of New York State, took place in Academy Park outside the Capitol on Jan. 3rd, with members of the New York State United Teachers, the Public Employee's Federation, Read more.

Raising Minimum Wage Significantly Would Boost Economy
Fire Dog Lake

January 3, 2012 - Contrary to the opinion that we’re headed for a consumer-led recovery in 2012, most economic analysts see little movement on consumer spending. Read more.

Florida minimum wage up 36 cents for 2012
Gainesville Sun

January 2, 2012 - Florida minimum-wage earners got a 36-cent raise Sunday when the 2012 rate increased from $7.31 to $7.67 an hour. Read more.

Colorado Minimum Wage Rises to $7.64
The Inquisitr

January 2, 2012 - The minimum wage has been raised to $7.64 in Colorado, a move that will be welcomed by some 74,000 minimum wage workers in the Centennial State. Read more.

Minimum wage in S.F. up to $10.24, highest in U.S.
San Francisco Chronicle

January 1, 2012 - San Francisco is known for its love-it-or-hate-it, cutting-edge firsts, and this one's no exception. Today it will be the first city in the nation where the minimum hourly wage will top $10. San Francisco Chronicle Read more.

Ohio: Minimum wage jumps to $7.70 an hour today
Sandusky Register

January 1, 2012 - Ohio's minimum wage increases 30 cents today, to $7.70 an hour. Read more.

San Francisco Becomes First in Nation with $10 Minimum Wage (and the Sky Isn't Going to Fall)

December 30, 2011 - On January 1, the minimum wage in San Francisco will cross the psychological threshold of $10 an hour. An automatic cost-of-living adjustment built into city law will raise the wage floor 3.2 percent, from its current $9.92 to $10.24. Read more.

The Working Poor and Livable Wage
Media Monitor Network

December 29, 2011 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the working poor as " people who has spent 27 weeks in the past year either working or looking for work whose income is below the poverty level." Read more.

S.F.'s Minimum Wage Will be Tops in U.S.
The Republic

December 28, 2011 - On Jan. 1 the city’s minimum wage will rise to $10.24 an hour. That’s the highest rate in the country and makes San Francisco the first place in the U.S. to mandate double-digit hourly wages for its lowest-paid workers. Read more.

Arizona Minimum Wage Increases

December 27, 2011 - TUCSON - According to the Industrial Commission of Arizona, minimum wagers will be getting a four percent minimum wage increase starting January 1st. Read more.

Minimum Wage Set to Increase in 8 States on New Year’s Day
International Business Times

December 23, 2011 - The holiday season brings good news to 1.4 million low-wage workers in eight states. On the first day of January, these workers will see their income getting a modest boost as a result of state laws that require the minimum wage to keep up with inflation. Read more.

San Francisco: The City With The Highest Minimum Wage

December 19, 2011 - San Francisco’s minimum wage rises to $10.24, making San Francisco the first city in America to have the highest minimum wage salary. This wage increase will begin on January 1, 2012, to start the New Year off with a higher salary for its employees. Read more.

San Francisco, California adopts landmark minimum wage of $10/hour
GMA News

December 16, 2011 - The city of San Francisco in California will usher in a landmark move with a $10 minimum wage starting January 1, 2012, making it the first city in the United States paying such amount, the Asian Journal said. Read more.

U.S. Mayors Decry Rise in Poverty, Homelessness

December 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON — US mayors sounded an alarm Thursday over deepening economic woes after a survey of 29 cities from Los Angeles to Washington showed worrying rises in homelessness and poverty-related food aid. Read more.

Census Shows 1 in 2 People are Poor or Low-Income
USA Today

December 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON (AP) – Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans, almost 1 in 2, have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. Read more.

Massachusetts: Northampton group pushing a living wage

December 13, 2011 - NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Living on minimum wage can be difficult, that's why one group in Northampton is pushing a living wage. Read more.

Nashville, TN: Haslam opposed to anti-living wage bill
The Tennessean

December 12, 2011 - Gov. Bill Haslam says he won’t support a bill barring cities from imposing a living wage requirement on contractors, even though he signed a similar bill earlier this year that barred cities from requiring them to follow local nondiscrimination rules. Read more.

In San Francisco, Minimum Wage Hits $10

December 12, 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO - David Frias works two minimum-wage jobs to squeak by in one of the most expensive cities in America. Read more.

Nashville, TN: Gazillionaire Governor Opposes Living Wages, But Also Law to Prohibit Them
Nashville Scene

December 12, 2011 - While making it clear he’s against living wage laws, Gov. Bill Haslam today also said he’s not in favor of prohibiting city or county governments from adopting them. Read more.

California: SF to be first city in US history to set minimum wage over $10
San Francisco Chronicle

December 6, 2011 - January 1 means many new things for many people across the country, but for San Franciscans making minimum wage, this date has historical resonance. For on January 1, San Francisco will be the first city in American history to offer a minimum wage over $1 Read more.

Tennessee: GOP may block 'living wage'
The Tennessean

December 4, 2011 - Months after they prevented Nashville from requiring city contractors to sign a nondiscrimination pledge, Republican state lawmakers are now moving to put more limits on cities’ ability to insist that businesses meet certain standards in how they treat th Read more.

Study: New York State's Higher-Paying Jobs Vanishing
Times Union

November 29, 2011 - ALBANY — Higher-wage jobs have been disappearing in New York since the start of the recession, a new report says, while low-wage industries have grown. Read more.

Santa Fe, New Mexico: City officials miss 'living wage' hike
The New Mexican

November 29, 2011 - Santa Fe city workers who are struggling away at minimum-wage jobs could have earned a few cents more per hour this year if officials had paid attention to their own rules. Read more.

Chicago: Airport Workers Say Pay Is Illegally Low
Huffington Post

November 23, 2011 - Even though the airlines describe this as a free service, Burke's employer has her working partly for tips, which is why her base pay is a low $6.50 an hour, somewhat like a restaurant server's, rather than the typical Illinois minimum wage of $8.25. Read more.

Tennessee: Vanderbilt Raises Base Pay for Workers After 'Living Wage' Campaign Draws National Attention
The Republic

November 23, 2011 - Tennessee: Vanderbilt Raises Base Pay for Workers After 'Living Wage' Campaign Draws National Attention Read more.

Virginia: Living Wage Campaign rallies
The Cavalier Daily

November 11, 2011 - Board of Visitors meeting prompts demonstration in support of higher salary for University employees Read more.

Virginia: UVA Living Wage Campaign Lies Down to Stand Up for Higher Pay
NBC 29

November 10, 2011 - The University of Virginia's Living Wage Campaign has a few words for the board of visitors. They want the board to recognize and approve higher wages for the university's lowest paid employees. Read more.

Virginia: Waging peace
The Cavalier Daily

November 9, 2011 - Tomorrow, the Board of Visitors will be meeting to continue its stewardship of our University. With this comes the duty to make sure that the University operates in a manner that is consistent with the core values of our community. Read more.

Chicago: Living Wages At Airports Good For Local Economy (VIDEO)
Progress Illinois

November 2, 2011 - Chicago aldermen pushing for the Stable Jobs, Stable Airports ordinance received a boost yesterday when an independent study was released showing that millions of extra dollars can be added to the local economy through increased workers’ wages. The study Read more.

Closing Living Wage Loophole Would Mean Millions For Chicago: Study
NBC Chicago

November 1, 2011 - A new study by professors at the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University finds that closing the "living wage loophole" at O’Hare and Midway airports would result in at least $6 million more a year in economic activity in Chicago. Read more.

Chicago: Mayoral aide opposes ‘living wage’ rule for airport concession workers
Chicago Sun-Times

October 26, 2011 - O’Hare and Midway Airport retailers should not be required to pay their 1,500 employees a “living wage” of $11.18-an-hour, a top mayoral aide said Wednesday, arguing that the free market should determine wages. Read more.

Hudson County, NJ: Contractors for county jobs may have to pay workers for benefits
The Jersey Journal

October 26, 2011 - Contractors working for Hudson County will have to pay part-time workers an hourly wage of at least $10.88 plus an hourly stipend of $2.39 for health and medical benefits, according to an ordinance up for adoption Thursday. Read more.

Top Earners Doubled Share of Nation’s Income, Study Finds
New York Times

October 25, 2011 - WASHINGTON — The top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation’s income over the last three decades, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, in a new report likely to figure prominently in the escalating political fight over h Read more.

Chicago: Airport Workers To Make Another Call For Stable Jobs, Living Wage
Progress Illinois

October 25, 2011 - With turnover of airport concession contractors on the horizon, employees’ concern for their jobs and wages prompted Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) to sponsor a new ordinance earlier this month aiming to ensure fair living wages and job security. Read more.

Wisconsin: Lawmakers Get Public Input on Need for Living-wage Jobs

October 25, 2011 - While Governor Walker continues pushing job creation in the state, a jobs forum with state lawmakers in Oshkosh brought out an emotional call to action from the public. Read more.

New Poll Finds a Deep Distrust of Government
New York Times

October 25, 2011 - With Election Day just over a year away, a deep sense of economic anxiety and doubt about the future hangs over the nation, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with Americans’ distrust of government at its highest level ever. Read more.

Washington: Mid-Columbia cost of living rising faster than state average
Tri-City Herald

October 24, 2011 - The cost of living in Benton and Franklin counties has gone up faster than the state average in the past two years. Read more.

Iowa: All lazy slackers should get health care, retirement and a living wage
News Sentinel

October 21, 2011 - Iowa: All lazy slackers should get health care, retirement and a living wage Read more.

Labor Advocates Call for a Living Wage for Logan Airport Contract Workers at East Boston Speakout
Open Media Boston

October 20, 2011 - Nearly 100 people crowded into East Boston’s Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Tuesday night, lending their voices to the growing cacophony of the underemployed, disenfranchised, uninsured and overworked who say they are part of the 99 percent. Read more.

Washington: Wages, Health Care Inspires March
Columbia Basin Herald

October 18, 2011 - MOSES LAKE - Seventeen people marched on Saturday calling for a variety of issues, including living wages, health care for everyone and removing corporate money from politics. Read more.

Wisconsin Catholics Urged to Promote Life and Living Wage
Catholic News Agency

October 16, 2011 - Madison, Wis., Oct 16, 2011 / 06:29 pm (CNA).- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference has backed measures to raise workers' minimum wage and to ban the sale of fetal body parts, describing both as efforts to protect human dignity. Read more.

Maryland: Temps Paid Below Living Wage Violates City Policy
Greenbelt Patch

October 12, 2011 - City Council will drop temporary employment contractor. Read more.

Chicago: Airport Workers Make Plea For Living Wage
Progress Illinois

October 7, 2011 - Chicago airport workers face difficult times ahead with new contract negotiations for concession and passenger service employees up in the air. Midway and O'Hare International Airports serve millions of people each year, generating billions of dollars for Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign plans its next move
The Daily Northwestern

October 7, 2011 - Northwestern's Living Wage Campaign's next project will be to bring the ‘real food movement,' which is intended to provide more healthful and environmentally conscious options, the group announced at a forum Thursday. Read more.

Wisconsin: Fox Cities LIFE Study shows community needs more living-wage jobs, has strong arts and culture presence
The Post-Crescent

October 7, 2011 - At its best, the Fox Valley is driven by an economy as diverse as its people, offering recreation and cultural opportunities at every turn. On the flipside, a new comprehensive study released today reveals growing communities grappling with a stagnant job Read more.

Chicago: Plan to require airport concessionaires pay living wage gains steam
Chicago Sun-Times

October 5, 2011 - O’Hare and Midway Airport retailers would be required to pay their 1,500 employees a “living wage” of $11.18-an-hour — even if it means raising the sky-high prices they charge their captive audience of air travelers — under a plan that’s gaining political Read more.

Poverty affects 46 million Americans
USA Today

September 30, 2011 - The recession that led to an explosion in poverty began in December 2007 and ended — officially, anyway — in June 2009. It not only made the poor poorer, it snagged those who thought they had worked themselves out of poverty and blindsided those who never Read more.

Brooklyn, NY: Farmworkers demand living wage
Workers World

September 29, 2011 - “No more slaves! Pay a living wage!” demanded a strong and spirited Brooklyn, N.Y., rally at the entrance of a Trader Joe’s grocery store on Sept. 24. Some protesters wore hats shaped like a tomato. Read more.

Arizona: Group protests 'low wage' jobs at Phoenix airport
ABC 15

September 26, 2011 - PHOENIX - Dozens of workers protested outside Sky Harbor Airport Monday saying they are being forced to live in poverty. Read more.

Baltimore: Poverty Rate in Inner City Rises 20% Percent in One Year

September 26, 2011 - Is the subject “increase in poverty” discussed when lawmakers talk about furloughs, unemployment extensions,wage freezes, foreclosures, or jobs for inner city residents? Read more.

L.A.'s Living Wage Ordinance isn't a Job Killer
Los Angeles Times

September 21, 2011 - As the bidding for LAX food concessions shows, businesses and good wages and benefits for workers can coexist. Read more.

Census finds more people than ever living in poverty
Chicago Tribune

September 14, 2011 - Illinois slightly better than national average at 14 percent; assistance programs stretched to the limit Read more.

Business must earn subsidies, Cuomo aide says
Crains New York

September 14, 2011 - The state is moving away from awarding grants and tax breaks to companies before they deliver on their job-growth promises, Empire State Development Corp. President Kenneth Adams says. Read more.

America's labor market: Good job, bad job
The Economist

September 14, 2011 - WITH unemployment stubbornly high and an August jobs report showing no net job creation, some people might argue that American workers should be happy with whatever employment they can get. Read more.

NELP Statement on 2010 Poverty and Income Data
MMD Newswire

September 13, 2011 - NELP Statement on 2010 Poverty and Income Data Read more.

Taos, New Mexico: Paying dispatchers a living wage
The Taos News

September 8, 2011 - Same old. There go the big boys making their big decisions using the tax payer's money to feel like they are actually doing something. Read more.

Hudson County, NJ: Freeholders moving to extend coverage under 'living wage' ordinance to vendors' part-time workers
The Jersey Journal

September 7, 2011 - Hudson County freeholders intend to update the county’s living-wage ordinance to make it apply to part-time workers who work for vendors doing business with the county. Read more.

Indianapolis, IN: As Hotels Outsource Jobs, Workers Lose Hold On Living Wage
Huffington Post

August 24, 2011 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Maria Fajardo has been working as a housekeeper and janitor in Indianapolis hotels since 1987. The job has changed a lot in 24 years, but not for the better. The work is much more difficult than it used to be, and the pay comparatively muc Read more.

Baltimore - What America needs: Jobs that pay a living wage
The Baltimore Sun

August 24, 2011 - Recently, Dan Rodricks took on the Republicans in Congress who want to pay down the federal budget deficit by raising taxes on the middle class and the poor ("Tax the poor, protect the rich," Aug. 21). Read more.

Asheville, NC: Working it
Mountain Xpress

August 23, 2011 - Living wages are good for business Read more.

Miami Security Officers Defend City's Living Wage Ordinance, Strike Against Kent Security

August 19, 2011 - Security officers in Miami say they've been underpaid for two years by Kent Security, and they've had enough. On Wednesday, dozens of officers who protect public sites at the City of Miami and the Miami Parking Authority went on strike to protest what the Read more.

Miami Officials Investigating Whether Kent Security Broke Living Wage Law

August 17, 2011 - Officials in Miami, Florida say they are investigating Kent Security, a private security firm that has been paid more than $358,000 this year in a taxpayer-funded contract. According to The Miami Herald, the city's procurement director, Kenneth Robertson, Read more.

Pelosi Says Demand Creates Jobs At Speakout For Good Jobs Event
Campaign For America's Future

August 17, 2011 - Pelosi Says Demand Creates Jobs At Speakout For Good Jobs Event Dave Johnson Read more.

San Francisco: IWW Couriers Union Demands Living Wage for Workers at Speedway Delivery and Messenger Service
Infoshop News

August 17, 2011 - San Francisco: IWW Couriers Union Demands Living Wage for Workers at Speedway Delivery and Messenger Service Read more.

Miami: City probing whether security contractor broke living-wage law
The Miami Herald

August 16, 2011 - A dozen security guards say their employer, a city contractor, isn’t paying the wage required by Miami’s living-wage law. Read more.

Long Island, NY: Nassau hikes living wage
Long Island Business News

August 3, 2011 - Nassau County on Monday hiked its living wage, the minimum pay for workers in contracts with the county of more than $25,000, to $14.61 and $12.90 an hour with benefits. Read more.

San Francisco: Supervisors pass ordinance to strengthen living wage law

August 2, 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to strengthen the city's living wage law. Read more.

Wisconsin: Minimum wage laws serve a purpose
New Richmond News

July 8, 2011 - I read an interesting article in the Star-Tribune by Amity Shlaes of Bloomberg News. Ms. Shlaes blames the high rate of teenage unemployment on minimum wage rates, which according to her and other right leaning pundits, are much too high. Read more.

Illinois: Raise the Minimum Wage?
Gaper's Block

July 5, 2011 - Illinois is tied for the third highest minimum wage in the country, only outdone by Oregon and Washington, despite that advocates are calling for an increase is a stagnant economy. Read more.

Illinoisans Call for Minimum Wage Increase
In These Times

July 1, 2011 - CHICAGO—Among various policies that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has touted as proving he fought for the common man was a 2006 bill that raised the state minimum wage automatically each year through 2010. Read more.

San Jose, CA: New Living Wage Kicks in for SJ Companies

July 1, 2011 - SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose's new living wage kicks in Friday for companies that contract with the city. Read more.

Ventura, CA: County Board OKs Living-Wage Increase; Foy dissents
Ventura County Star

June 28, 2011 - The minimum wage paid by Ventura County government will be increased by 50 cents, to $10 an hour plus benefits, in July. Read more.

Missouri: 'Livable' wage goal worthy of achieving

June 11, 2011 - Why are we so obsessed with the minimum wage? We must have a minimum wage, but by any rational standard it should also be a "livable" wage. Read more.

New Haven, CT: Aldermen Hike “Living Wage”
New Haven Independent

June 8, 2011 - It wasn’t the law he initially hoped to pass, but Alderman Mike Jones succeeded in raising the city’s living wage up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Read more.

Minimum Wage Increase Would Help Sluggish Economy, Say Experts
Huffington Post

June 7, 2011 - WASHINGTON -- A group of economists made the case on Tuesday for raising the federal and state minimum wages across the country as a way to boost the stagnant economy and improve the standard of living among low-wage earners. Read more.

New Study: You Can't Live on Minimum Wage
Detroit Free Press

May 31, 2011 - Cameo Thomas of Jackson works two jobs as a nursing home aide to support her 4-year-old twin sons. One job pays $9.50 an hour, the other $13.05. Sometimes she works 60 hours a week to make ends meet -- hard physical labor, most of it on her feet. Read more.

Michigan Families Need 3 Times Minimum Wage to Thrive
Associated Press

May 31, 2011 - LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan families are finding it harder to earn enough to support themselves, and new jobs being created over the next seven years aren't expected to help. Read more.

Seton Hall's Micah Institute Holds Annual Summit on "Living Wage"
Seton Halls News

May 23, 2011 - “There is something very unappealing, if not outright immoral, when a business argues that it cannot afford to pay a living wage to its workers.” Read more.

Sacramento, CA: Three reasons people who work for a living should support unions
The Sacramento Bee

May 23, 2011 - The current assault on collective bargaining rights shows that ideology and smash-mouth politics can triumph over economic reality. Read more.

Cape Cod, Mass.: A Living Wage, Less Spent on Defense
Cape Cod Times

May 19, 2011 - If I remember correctly, a living wage in 1954 was $1 per hour, or $40 per week. I do know that a monthly mortgage payment for a 12-room, two-family house in Boston was $33. Read more.

Increasing the Minimum Wage is Smart for Families and the Economy
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 18, 2011 - Since the most recent increase in the federal minimum wage (from $6.55 to $7.25) nearly two years ago, inflation has been eating away at its buying power. The federal minimum wage was at its highest mark in 1968, worth more than 15 percent more than it is Read more.

Illinois - Living Wage Campaign: Schapiro and Sunshine hypocritical on wages
North By Northwestern

May 17, 2011 - Illinois - Living Wage Campaign: Schapiro and Sunshine hypocritical on wages Read more.

Ann Arbor increases 'living wage' requirement for companies doing business with the city

May 16, 2011 - Contractors and vendors doing business with the City of Ann Arbor, as of May 1, now must pay higher wages to ensure their employees are making a decent living. Read more.

Hackney Council and Tesco blasted as Mayor Boris raises London Living Wage to £8.30 per hour
Hackney Citizen

May 9, 2011 - Hackney Council and Tesco blasted as Mayor Boris raises London Living Wage to £8.30 per hour Read more.

Ohio: Living Wage Hard to Find
The Mansfield News Journal

May 9, 2011 - Eight of the 10 largest occupations in Ohio do not pay enough for an adult with a young child to live without public assistance, according to a report released Friday. Read more.

Oklahoma: Students for a Democratic Society vocal for change on campus
The Oklahoma Daily

May 9, 2011 - Students for a Democratic Society vocal for change on campus Read more.

Illinois: Faculty Senate Resolves to Support Living Wage, Due Process for Protess
North By Northwestern

May 9, 2011 - The Northwestern Faculty Senate passed three resolutions May 4 — one to voice its concern for the possible violation of Medill professor David Protess’s due process rights, and the second and third to support the Living Wage Campaign’s efforts, according Read more.

Ithaca, NY: Tompkins Living Wage Rises to $11.67 Per Hour
The Ithaca Journal

May 6, 2011 - The hourly pay required for a "living wage" in Tompkins County has increased to $11.67, according to a study by Alternatives Federal Credit Union released Friday. Read more.

Baltimore: One Year Later, Clarke Fights for Living Wage
The Afro-American Newspapers

May 5, 2011 - It’s been one year since Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, D-14, first introduced a bill that would have required major retailers to pay employees a living wage. Read more.

Santa Monica, CA: City Council Adds Same-Sex Equality Ordinance To Living Wage Law
The LookOut News

April 28, 2011 - April 28, 2011 -- The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a motion requiring contractors doing business with the city to provide the same benefits to same-sex couples as to heterosexual couples. Read more.

University of Virginia Living Wage Campaign refutes pay increase
Charlottesville News & Arts

April 26, 2011 - 286 University employees make $11.44/hour or less Read more.

(Video) Minimum Wage vs A Living Wage: Which One Can You Survive On?
All Voices

April 22, 2011 - The global economy is suffering and the U.S., despite the title of 'best and riches country in the world," is no exception. Ours continue to be sluggish and guess who's feeling the hurt most? Read more.

Virginia: University Protest Targets Salaries
The Cavalier Daily

April 21, 2011 - Living Wage Campaign culminates Day of Action on Madison Hall, Rotunda steps Read more.

Virginia: Five WM Students Charged for Sit-In, Vow to Continue Fight
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

April 21, 2011 - Campus police at the College of William and Mary charged five students with trespassing early Thursday, after the students had spent 16 hours sitting in protest at the office of President Taylor Reveley. Read more.

Williamsburg, VA: Living Wage Action Day Planned
The Virginia Gazette

April 19, 2011 - This Wednesday at noon hundreds of students, workers, professors and community members plan to meet at the Brafferton outside President Taylor Reveley’s office to demonstrate for living wages for college workers. Read more.

Crosby: A Positive Vision for New Haven
Yale Daily News

April 18, 2011 - In his column Monday (“Taking our alderman to task,” April 18), Nathaniel Zelinsky took a misguided stand against the living wage proposal which recently passed out of committee, accusing Ward 1 Alderman Mike Jones ’11 of putting some putative desire to b Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign Kicks Off Weekend Conference with Keynote Speaker
The Daily Northwestern

April 15, 2011 - According to Barbara Ehrenreich, low-wage workers are America's major philanthropists. Read more.

Virginia: Waging the Expectations
The Cavalier Daily

April 15, 2011 - On Inauguration Day, a revitalized Living Wage campaign reflects on its history and seeks progress with a new administration Read more.

New Haven, CT: On 2nd Try, Living Wage Gets The OK
New Haven Independent

April 14, 2011 - It’s back, but you might not recognize it: A bill meant to raise minimum wage on city-contracted jobs has moved forward, in a scaled-down form. Read more.

Pay Up: University of Memphis Workers Demand a Living Wage
Memphis Flyer

April 14, 2011 - "What do we want? Living wage! When do we want it? Now!" Those were the cries of a group of University of Memphis workers and students crowded near the University Center last Friday. Read more.

New Haven, CT: Living Wage Moves Ahead
Yale Daily News

April 14, 2011 - Ward 1 Alderman Michael Jones’ ’11 proposal to expand the city’s living wage law has taken a big step forward. Read more.

Asheville, NC: "Thank you, City Council, for expanding living wage"
Mountain Xpress

April 12, 2011 - I commend the Asheville City Council members who voted to phase in an extension of the living-wage ordinance to include contract workers. Read more.

Memphis, TN: Groups to Continue Protests for Living Wage for UM employees
The Daily Helmsman

April 8, 2011 - During a rally protesting University of Memphis employee wages, a small group of protesters will deliver over 1,000 postcards from students, campus workers and community members to Shirley Raines' office today. Read more.

Texas: Call For Raises For Dallas Minimum Wage Sanitation Workers

April 5, 2011 - Dallas civil rights and union activists marked the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday evening with a rally for Dallas sanitation workers. KERA's BJ Austin reports. Read more.

Ithaca, NY: IC Workers All Deserve to be Paid Living Wage
The Ithaca Journal

March 31, 2011 - The Tompkins County Workers' Center (formerly Living Wage Coalition) has long worked on local issues that relate to the necessity of people earning a living wage for their work. Ithaca College, by the same token, has engaged deeply in sustainable practice Read more.

Vancouver, B.C.: Municipalities can Lead on Living Wage, say Councilors
The Tyee

March 25, 2011 - With basic living expenses on the rise in Metro Vancouver and across the province, two municipal councilors encouraged their peers to consider adopting living wage policies. Read more.

North Carolina: Asheville Expands 'Living Wage' Rules
Asheville Citizen Times

March 23, 2011 - Many contractors doing business with the city will now have to pay employees a “living wage,” making it one of only two cities in the state to set standards higher than the minimum wage for private businesses. Read more.

Wyoming Uses Tax Deal to Tie Former GM Stamping Plant to 'Living Wage' Jobs
The Grand Rapids Press

March 22, 2011 - WYOMING — A deal approved Monday would use future tax proceeds to reimburse redevelopers of the former General Motors plant on 36th Street SW, so long as the 90-acre site gets revived by manufacturers that provide “living wage” jobs. Read more.

Wisconsin: Don’t Allow Hard-Won Gains for Workers to be Rolled Back
InForum: The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead

March 19, 2011 - The real issue in the imbroglio in Wisconsin is the definition of a basic entitlement. Is an employer entitled to the labor he hires at whatever price the market sets, or is the worker entitled to a living wage? Read more.

Albany, NY: 'Living wage' Gets Lift in Overhaul
The Times Union

March 18, 2011 - Tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 30-day budget amendment is a clause that by some interpretations could greatly expand the number of counties where home care workers could be paid a "living wage," or pay floor set by local governments. Read more.

DC: Councilman Pushing for 'Living Wage' from Big Retailers
Washington Examiner

March 15, 2011 - A D.C. councilman is pushing for regulations that would require big box retailers like Walmart to pay their workers "living wages." Read more.

The American Dream is Impossible for Low-Wage Earners in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Patch

March 15, 2011 - Not only are Santa Cruz workers not always getting minimum wage, but even those who are being paid fairly can barely afford to live here. Read more.

New Bedford, Mass.: Union at City Hall rally: 'We need more money'
South Coast Today

March 5, 2011 - Citing paltry wages and the recent deaths of two human service workers in the state, the SEIU Local 509 staged a rally in front of City Hall late Friday morning. Union members called for higher pay and safer working conditions. Read more.

Chicago: Eateries At Midway Seek ‘Living Wages’
Southwest News Herald

March 4, 2011 - Concession stand workers at Midway Airport are seeking pay raises. Read more.

Virginia: Straight to the Point
The Cavalier Daily

March 2, 2011 - THE LIVING Wage Campaign at the University — represented in part by Workers and Students United — hosted a rally last week to raise awareness of its agenda and attempt to pressure school administrators to consent to instituting an artificial minimum wage Read more.

Bahamas: Defining a Living Wage is the Bare Minimum
The Tribune

March 1, 2011 - I would argue that a living wage could provide more insight to the challenges that the 'man on the street' faces, especially in these trying times. Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign to Host Conference in April Featuring Barbara Ehrenreich
The Daily Northwestern

February 28, 2011 - The Northwestern Living Wage Campaign will bring author Barbara Ehrenreich to campus in April to lead off a two-day conference discussing the validity and viability of implementing a living wage at NU. Read more.

Virginia: Students Rally for Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

February 28, 2011 - As the Board of Visitors convened Friday, more than 200 workers and University students assembled on the southern part of the Lawn, unfazed by the gusty winds, to march for a living wage. Read more.

Virginia: Wage Against the Machine
The Cavalier Daily

February 24, 2011 - OUR students, administrators, peer institutions and community all agree that paying workers a living wage is the right thing to do. Read more.

University of Virginia Living Wage: That'll be $11.44
Charlottesville News & Arts

February 22, 2011 - On the first day of spring semester, representatives of Students and Workers United for a Living Wage met with President Teresa Sullivan to discuss fair wages for all University employees. Read more.

Springfield, IL: Groups Seeks $10 an Hour Minimum Wage
The Herald Review

February 12, 2011 - Illinois’ minimum wage should be pushed above $10 an hour over the next few years and then tied to the cost of living, advocates said, launching a new campaign to increase a rate that’s already higher than that of its neighbors. Read more.

Living Wage Proposed for Airport Concession Workers
Chicago Tribune

February 9, 2011 - Airport concessions workers would be paid at least $11.03 an hour under a union-backed living wage proposal, which supporters acknowledge could raise the prices of food, drinks and other goods at O'Hare and Midway. Read more.

Aldermen Say Airport Workers Should Get ‘Living Wage’
Chicago Sun-Times

February 9, 2011 - The captive audience of consumers at O’Hare and Midway Airports has grown accustomed to paying higher prices. But they might want to hang onto their wallets. Read more.

Chicago: Concession Workers At Chicago's Airports Want To Keep Jobs, Earn A Living Wage
Progress Illinois

February 9, 2011 - With a massive bidding process for food and retail outlets at O'Hare and Midway now under way, concession workers don't want to be left behind. A new ordinance seeks to shore up their jobs and wages. Read more.

Chicago: Proposed City Law Would Protect Airport Restaurant Worker Jobs, Wages

February 8, 2011 - An ordinance could be headed to the City Council that would make it more expensive for companies to run restaurants at the city's airports. Read more.

Group Demands Wal-Mart Pay 'Living Wages' at D.C. Stores

February 7, 2011 - Some union members are demanding that Wal-Mart Inc. should make promises to workers when it comes to its D.C. locations. Read more.

Iowa:Waterloo Schools Support Staff Voices 'Living Wage' Concerns
Waterloo Daily Courier

January 30, 2011 - Waterloo Community Schools' support staff asked administrators for a raise Thursday that brings salaries "closer to a living wage." Read more.

Colorado: A Living Wage is in Order
The Aspen Times

January 28, 2011 - Together, all across America, labor and religious leaders are joining hands and asking for changes in the law. People for a Living Wage, a group of Aspen Skiing Co. employees, has pointed out that some of Skico's jobs pay less than $10 an hour. We may dis Read more.

Virginia: Living Wage Coalition Holds First Meeting of Semester
The Flat Hat

January 27, 2011 - At a meeting Monday in Washington Hall, the Living Wage Coalition discussed its plans for the new semester, one which it hopes will include a living wage for workers at the College of William and Mary. Read more.

Missouri: Panel Debates State's Minimum Wage Law
Columbia Daily Tribune

January 27, 2011 - JEFFERSON CITY — A renewed attempt yesterday to repeal automatic cost-of-living adjustments in Missouri’s minimum wage law became a debate over what is better for business — workers with more money to spend or lower entry-level wages. Read more.

University of Memphis Employees Hold Prayer Vigil for Pay Hikes

January 23, 2011 - The employees gathered Saturday at the school's Wesley Foundation for a prayer vigil seeking pay hikes for university employees. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that about 285 University of Memphis employees make less than $11.62 per hour — the amou Read more.

Maryland: Minimum Wage Of $10 Per Hour Pitched
The Dispatch

January 21, 2011 - A potential increase in Maryland’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $10 per hour by 2013 could have a devastating effect on small businesses around the state struggling to stay afloat in the current economy, according to the area’s represen Read more.

Florida: Groups Sue for Minimum Wage Increase
Highlands Today

January 19, 2011 - Finding fault with the cost of living calculation, two worker advocacy groups are suing Florida's labor agency, claiming the state failed to raise the minimum wage by 6 cents an hour this year to keep up with inflation. Read more.

Colorado: Skico Pay Violates Religious Teachings
The Aspen Times

January 19, 2011 - “Wealthy owners of the means of production and employers must never forget that both divine and human law forbid them to squeeze the poor and wretched for the sake of gain or to profit from the helplessness of others.” — Pope Leo XIII Read more.

ILLINOIS: ‘Make Job Creation Highest Priority’
The Beacon-News

January 10, 2011 - NORTH AURORA — Threatening snow and a bitter west wind didn’t stop about a dozen protesters from rallying in front of the Illinois Department of Employment Security Friday afternoon. Read more.

Living Wage Advocate: Laws Have Positive Impact
Workday Minnesota

December 16, 2010 - his study showed two positive effects from living wage ordinances, one for workers and one for businesses. The workers’ wages rose, and businesses saw their job turnover decline by 20%. Read more.

Report: Idaho Jobs Don't Pay a Living Wage
KTVB - Idaho's News Channel 7

December 12, 2010 - BOISE-- Just a week after the state announced the unemployment rate jumped three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.4 percent, a new report paints a bleak picture for Idaho jobs. Read more.

Report: Idaho Living Wage Jobs are Scarce
Idaho State Journal

December 9, 2010 - Despite widespread talk of economic recovery, jobs that pay enough to meet a family’s needs in Idaho are few and far between, according to a new report released today and prepared by the Alliance for a Just Society. Read more.

San Jose to Consider 'Living Wage' Changes at Mineta Airport
San Jose Mercury News

December 6, 2010 - Two years after requiring airport businesses to give their employees a "living wage" -- at the urging of labor leaders -- San Jose officials Tuesday will consider changes aimed at making it more palatable to airlines and other companies they desperately n Read more.

Santa Cruz: Council Majority Deflates Efforts to 'Reconsider' or 'Repeal' Living Wage Ordinance
Daily Sound

November 24, 2010 - Despite an effort by Santa Barbara City Councilman Dale Francisco to “reconsider” the city’s living wage, a majority of the council on Tuesday said the ordinance reflects the city’s values. Read more.

Santa Cruz: Home Care Workers Rally For Better Pay
Santa Cruz Patch

November 24, 2010 - More than 40 people gathered in the courtyard of City Hall to rally on the anniversary of the living wage ordinance. Read more.

Santa Barbara to Consider Expanding Living Wage Ordinance
Daily Sound

November 23, 2010 - Opponents may look to repeal local law at today's meeting Read more.

Baltimore: City Council Approves Walmart Proposal

November 22, 2010 - BALTIMORE -- Plans to build a 330,000-square-foot shopping center on landmark ground in north Baltimore can proceed, and so will efforts to impose a living wage. Read more.

Working Conditions at OU Less Than Ideal
The Oklahoma Daily

November 22, 2010 - This semester, I spent a significant amount of time trying to learn about the lives of workers at OU as a member of the student coalition behind the Living Wage for OU campaign. Read more.

Illinois: Last Summer, Living Wage Campaign Fought for Janitors’ Overtime Pay
North By Northwestern

November 21, 2010 - One year into its existence, and the Living Wage Campaign is still drawing attention. Read more.

Virginia: All Employees Deserve Higher Wages
The Flat Hat

November 18, 2010 - Living Wages. It’s a phrase that’s been loosely thrown around campus since the beginning of the school year. The aggressive, student-run Living Wage Coalition posted signs demanding “Living wages now!” and accused College of William and Mary President Tay Read more.

Virginia: Livable Wages: Labor Laws
The Cavalier Daily

November 16, 2010 - At the living wage rally last month, students protested what they called the unfairly low wages of many University workers. But not one of those workers joined the students and faculty members speaking at the event, and for the past few years, they have n Read more.

New Haven, CT: Living Wage Ordinance Stalled, Not Gone
Yale Daily News

November 12, 2010 - A proposal to expand New Haven’s living wage ordinance, co-sponsored by Ward 1 Alderman Mile Jones ’11, is stalled at the Board of Aldermen. Read more.

Virginia: W&M students Plan More Living Wage Events
The Virginia Gazette

November 11, 2010 - WILLIAMSBURG -- On Nov. 18, students, workers, faculty, and community members will gather on the Sadler Center Terrace for its own "Rally to Restore Sanity" at William & Mary. Read more.

Virginia: Livable Wages: Contract Workers
The Cavalier Daily

November 9, 2010 - The push for higher entry-level wages raises significant questions about the University’s system for contracted workers Read more.

Students Support Fair Wages By Buying Alta Gracia Clothes
Central Florida Future

November 7, 2010 - The next time you are about to buy a T-shirt, you may want to stop and consider the clothing label it was made by. Read more.

Virginia: Living Wage Coalition Sits Down With Reveley
The Flat Hat

November 5, 2010 - The Living Wage Coalition entered the office of College President Taylor Reveley today, presenting him with a children’s book comprised of stories from College housekeepers. Read more.

Rally Seeks 'Living wage' of $11.44 and Up For All UVa Workers
The Daily Progress

October 26, 2010 - Members of the University of Virginia community packed the Newcomb Hall Ballroom on Monday night for a rally in support of a “living wage” for UVa workers. Read more.

Illinois: A Living Wage for Starving Artists
Forest Park Review

October 26, 2010 - This Saturday, Oct. 30, the American Artworks Gallery on Madison St. will hold its grand opening. In so doing, it will introduce a different kind of art gallery to Forest Park's main business district. Read more.

Virginia: Group Seeks Higher Wages
The Cavalier Daily

October 26, 2010 - Students and faculty members called upon University officials to raise wages for the University’s lowest paid workers at a rally in Newcomb Ballroom last night. Read more.

Oklahoma - OUR VIEW: Questions Surround Wage Hike for Employees
The Oklahoma Daily

October 19, 2010 - After Students for a Democratic Society launched a campaign on Monday raising awareness about OU employees who make below a living wage — and The Daily ran a news story and editorial covering the issue — university spokesman Chris Shilling announced that Read more.

Student Group Rallies for Higher Wages
The Oklahoma Daily

October 18, 2010 - An OU student organization launched a campaign today to raise awareness of OU workers making less than the living wage, calculated using Penn State University’s living wage calculator. Read more.

Charlottesville - UVA Living Wage Campaign to Host Rally, Release New Report

October 18, 2010 - The students at UVA are serious about getting the lowest-paid University employees a living wage. Read more.

Oklahoma - OUR VIEW: All OU Employees Deserve Living Wage, Good Conditions
The Oklahoma Daily

October 18, 2010 - Almost one in five Olympic site workers says he or she is being paid less than the Mayor's suggested £7.60-an-hour London living wage, official statistics show. Read more.

University of Virginia: A Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

October 14, 2010 - At a Sept. 22 public forum about living wage, Newcomb Hall’s South Meeting Room quieted as fourth-year College student Greg Casar read aloud a statement from an anonymous University employee. Read more.

Oklahoma: SDS to Launch Living Wage Campaign for OU Staff
The Undercurrent

October 9, 2010 - Members of Students for a Democratic Society have been reaching out to staff and asking them about their wages and working conditions at the University of Oklahoma. Read more.

Baltimore: Conaway Says Walmart Pushed Her on Living-Wage Issue
The Baltimore Sun

October 5, 2010 - A Baltimore City Councilwoman says she has backed out of talks with Walmart officials about worker pay at a proposed store in Remington after they asked her to withdraw her support for a bill that would require all major retailers to pay a "living wage." Read more.

Northwestern University: How badly do you want a Living Wage?

October 5, 2010 - The Living Wage Campaign has resurfaced in the news lately, from recent trainings to the NU administration's police-enforced refusal to allow students involved with the campaign to directly present petitions to the trustees. Read more.

VIRGINIA: Fighting for Workers' Rights
The Flat Hat

September 30, 2010 - Housekeepers and students won a major victory last week in their campaign for better working conditions and a living wage for College of William and Mary housekeepers. Read more.

University of Virginia: Living Wagers Hopeful New Administration Means Fair Wages

September 28, 2010 - Students want $11.44/hour for lowest paid employees Read more.

University of Georgia - Living Wage Slow to Progress: Workers Want More
The Red and Black

September 27, 2010 - Many of the low-wage workers at the University desire a change for better conditions, wages and benefits. Read more.

Census: 1 in 7 Americans Live in Poverty
Associated Press

September 16, 2010 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. Read more.

New Haven, CT: For a living wage
Yale Daily News

September 13, 2010 - Alderman Mike Jones ’11 is sponsoring legislation that would make New Haven more livable for those who work in its government and its businesses. Since last spring, he has been working to increase New Haven’s living wage and expand it to include more work Read more.

Jones ’11 Continues to Push Living Wage Hike
Yale Daily News

September 1, 2010 - It was standing-room only in the Aldermanic Chambers of New Haven City Hall Wednesday evening, as Yale community members and New Haven residents gathered to hear Ward 1 Alderman Mike Jones’ ’11 plan to raise the minimum wage for city employees and corpora Read more.

Living Wage Boost Sparks Debate
New Haven Independent

September 1, 2010 - City Hall dispatched department heads and teamed with business at a passionate five-and-a-half-hour hearing with dire new warnings to try to stop a proposed expansion of the New Haven’s living wage law, predicting skyrocketing costs and unforeseen lawsuit Read more.

Supporters Back Bump in New Haven's Living Wage
New Haven Register

September 1, 2010 - NEW HAVEN — A proposal to dramatically expand the city’s Living Wage Ordinance drew dozens of supporters to City Hall Tuesday night for a public hearing on the controversial matter. Read more.

Peoria, IL:PARC's Workers Vie for a 'Living Wage'
The Journal Star

August 30, 2010 - Joanne Holbrook, a single mom in Peoria, has to alternate which bills she skips paying for the month because she doesn't make enough money working with individuals with developmental disabilities at People Advocating for Respect and Consideration. ' Read more.

Time to Be Proud of What We Stand for
Huffington Post

August 25, 2010 - Good jobs, thriving communities, a healthy environment can all be achieved in this country if we raise our hands and admit that we really do care about the working poor, the homeless, the unemployed, the general middle income public; that we are ready, wi Read more.

Arena Could Be Win-Win If We Think Positive
Edmonton Journal

August 18, 2010 - How can the city create wider community benefit by financing the arena and approving the arena district? Read more.

King County, Union Agree on Wage Policy
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

August 17, 2010 - King County and a labor union representing public employees have agreed that workers will forgo cost-of-living wage increases in 2011. Read more.

Baltimore: A Compromise for Remington
Baltimore Sun

August 16, 2010 - Recent opinions expressed on the pages of The Baltimore Sun make it seem like the proposed 25th Street Station project in Remington is a done deal — and that the proposal as written is the only choice for Baltimore. Read more.

Is Any Job Better Than No Job?

August 9, 2010 - A front-page article in the Wall Street Journal presents a fascinating mystery: Despite persistent high unemployment, some employers are having a tough time filling jobs. Read more.

Living Wage Bill to Rise From The Grave?
The Baltimore Sun

August 9, 2010 - Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young signed a petition today asking the council to reconsider a living wage bill introduced by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. Read more.

President Obama Discusses Wages at AFL-CIO

August 5, 2010 - In his speech delivered to the AFL-CIO Executive Board on August 4, 2010, President Obama explains how providing living wages are important for the economy and for all working families Read more.

Living Wage Victory on Long Island
Labor Press

July 28, 2010 - On Monday July 26, 2010, every member of the Nassau County Legislature voted to protect a $1 Living Wage increase for thousands of low-income Long Island workers. Read more.

Will Nassau County Hit the Brakes on Living Wage?
Public News Service

July 26, 2010 - NEW YORK - The battle over the Living Wage Law is expected to heat up again today in Nassau County on Long Island. A special session of country lawmakers has been called to determine whether a one-dollar-an hour pay increase can be put on hold. Read more.

Living Wage Would Ease Economic Injustices
Baltimore Sun

July 26, 2010 - I have great respect for Jay Hancock and in the words of an old country western song was almost persuaded by his reasoning on why a living wage hourly salary for 3,000 Baltimoreans laboring at big box retailers is counterproductive to the local economy (" Read more.

Community Savings Signs Living Wage Agreement
National Union of Public and General Employees

July 23, 2010 - 'We believe that the Living Wage for Families Campaign will help reduce poverty and foster healthier communities.' - Bruce Cook. Read more.

City Councilwoman Clarke Vows ’Round Two’ on Living Wage Bill
The Daily Record

July 23, 2010 - Baltimore’s living wage bill sputtered in committee Thursday night, but the councilwoman who pushed the measure said Friday she will fight on. Read more.

Council to Debate Plan to Pay Living Wage of $10.59 in City
The Baltimore Sun

July 22, 2010 - The Baltimore City Council is slated to hear testimony today on a controversial proposal to require large retailers in the city to pay employees a "living wage" — currently, $10.59 per hour. Read more.

UFCW Poll Finds Support for Living Wage
City Paper

July 21, 2010 - One day before a City Council subcommittee will meet to consider living-wage legislation governing large employers, a public opinion and strategy firm called Lake Research Partners has released a poll indicating that Baltimoreans support such legislation Read more.

Op-ed: 'Living wage' is Key For Baltimore's Economy
Baltimore Business Journal

July 21, 2010 - The Baltimore City Council is considering a new law to guarantee that the city’s major retailers, like Walmart and 7-Eleven, pay employees decent, living wages. Read more.

WeHo Raising Living Wage, Expanding Ordinance

July 19, 2010 - West Hollywood, California (July 19, 2010) - The consequences of local Unite Here 11 persuading the West Hollywood city council to impose a Living Wage codicil as part of the development agreement with the Sunset/Doheny Hotel developer Richard Weintraub a Read more.

The Fight Over Food Deserts - Corporate America Smacks its Way Down
Huffington Post

July 14, 2010 - This June the City of Chicago approved Wal-Mart's bid to open up dozens of new facilities, beginning with grocery stores in the city's chronically underserved South side. Read more.

Waterfront Project Hearing Turns Tense
The Buffalo News

July 13, 2010 - An hour delay and an oppressively stuffy Buffalo Common Council chamber Tuesday evening heated up an already-spirited public debate over how the city should proceed on its massive Canal Side development at Buffalo's Inner Harbor. Read more.

Poll: D.C. Wants to Make Big Box Stores Pay Up, Hire Local
Washington City Paper

July 13, 2010 - Call them prescient: A week after the news breaks that Wal-Mart has finally found a viable place to locate in the District, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has a poll out with evidence that D.C. residents support making big box stores pay a l Read more.

‘Living Wage’ Could Be Factor in Govt Contracts
Political Blog

July 12, 2010 - The White House is looking at a new policy that would give an advantage in bidding on government contracts to companies that offer generous benefits and good pay. Read more.

Chicago Airport Workers Seek Living Wage
Talking Union

July 12, 2010 - Some 2,500 people work at the retail shops and food outlets at O’Hare and Midway airports, and most of them do not make a living wage by the standard of the Chicago Jobs and Living Wage Ordinance ($11.03 an hour). Read more.

Baltimore 'Living Wage' Bill Draws City, Retailers to Clash
Baltimore Business Journal

July 9, 2010 - The city’s largest merchants would be forced to pay their workers at least $10.57 an hour, more than three bucks above what state law requires, under a bill pending before Baltimore City Council. Read more.

Wal-Mart Does Saul Alinsky
The Wall Street Journal

July 7, 2010 - The retailer brings hope and change to a struggling neighborhood. Read more.

The Economic Power of Obama's Pen
Los Angeles Times

July 6, 2010 - By requiring federal contractors to treat workers fairly, such as by paying them a living wage, the president could create far-reaching positive effects on the economy. Read more.

Wal-Mart Deal for Higher Wages in Chicago Highlights Need for Industry-Specific Wage Legislation
Progressive States Network

July 1, 2010 - For the first time in the nation, Wal-Mart has agreed to a higher wage standard at a new store to be built in Chicago, Illinois. The retail giant’s commitment was part of an agreement to assure City Council support for zoning approvals, on which the Counc Read more.

Basic Needs Too Costly For Many
Clarion Ledger

June 17, 2010 - "One thing we know: If women can't make a living wage, they can't support their families," said Carol Penick, executive director of the Women's Fund of Mississippi. Read more.

'Dozens' of Wal-Marts in Chicago?
Chicago Sun-Times

June 16, 2010 - City could get stores if Daley breaks logjam on living wage demand Read more.

Council Committee Approves living-Wage Plan for Lowest-Paid Metro Workers

June 14, 2010 - Metro government's lowest-paid employees stand to make an extra $3 an hour under a living-wage measure approved by a key Metro Council committee today after a noisy debate. Read more.

Living Wages Are Key to Poverty Eradication
Los Angeles Times

June 14, 2010 - The poor need not always be with us. That goal can be achieved if we ensure that workers are paid enough to feed their families. Read more.

Raising Wages Key to Sustained Economic Recovery

June 13, 2010 - Increasing workers’ wages to a living wage (now $11.35/hour for Buncombe County) provides just the sort of stimulus our local economy requires. Research demonstrates that workers who earn a living wage rely less on social services and public benefit progr Read more.

Miami Beach Makes Good on Living Wage Law
Miami Herald

June 11, 2010 - Miami Beach's lowest paid employees will see a pay raise nearly a decade in the making after elected officials voted to obey the city's own laws and increase its living wage. Read more.

Thanks To Walmart Business Model – We’re Becoming Part Time Workers with Government Benefits
On My Watch

June 6, 2010 - Having gutted so many small, rural communities of their local stores, Wal-Mart then moved to the burbs where they performed well and now they are into the final phase of their growth plan – the invasion of urban areas. Read more.

N.Y. Senate Passes Prevailing-Wage Bill for Utilities

June 3, 2010 - ALBANY — The state Senate passed a bill this week that would require public utility companies to pay prevailing wage for cleaners, security guards, doormen and other service workers, but opponents of the bill worry that the added cost may be passed along Read more.

For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection
New York Times

June 2, 2010 - In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care. Read more.

Miami Beach's `Living Wage' Due For First Hike Since 2001
Miami Herald

May 13, 2010 - Miami Beach's lowest paid workers are one step closer to a hard-fought raise. Read more.

Commission Votes To Increase Living Wage Rate

May 12, 2010 - Labor and Community Groups Rally for Living Wage and Good Jobs Read more.

'Major Retailers' Would Pay Employees City Living Wage Under Proposal
The Baltimore Sun

May 3, 2010 - Opponents of Remington Walmart had asked for living wage stipulation Read more.

Cheating U.S. Workers

April 12, 2010 - Hundreds of thousands of workers are being cheated by U.S. employers who blatantly violate the laws that are supposed to guarantee workers decent wages, hours and working conditions. Read more.

Plan to Seek Use of U.S. Contracts as a Wage Lever
New York Times

February 25, 2010 - The Obama administration is planning to use the government’s enormous buying power to prod private companies to improve wages and benefits for millions of workers, according to White House officials and several interest groups briefed on the plan. Read more.

China's Wage Rates for U.S. Workers
Counter Punch

February 4, 2010 - Optimism dominated Obama’s State of the Union address. He confidently stated that the financial system had stabilized, and economic growth had begun. Read more.

Solis Defends Labor Dept. Focus on Enforcement
Workforce Management

February 3, 2010 - Labor Secretary Hilda Solis defended her agency’s emphasis on enforcement against Republican charges that regulations hinder job creation at a Capitol Hill appearance on Wednesday, February 3. Read more.

America’s Low-Wage Future
Working-Class Perspectives

January 11, 2010 - British historian E.H. Carr once said something to the effect that while no serious scholar makes up the facts, they all choose which facts “to put on stage.” Read more.

Cities, Counties Take Back Corporate Tax Breaks
Associated Press

January 7, 2010 - Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal's a deal. Read more.

Good Jobs, Healthy Cities
The American Prospect

October 19, 2009 - Lately, more and more city governments, prodded by local activists, have been using their gatekeeper powers to successfully promote growth with equity, starting with wages. Read more.