What do teens think about changes being made to the minimum wage in California? “If this is the land of opportunity, then people should be able to survive off a full time job at minimum wage.” Youth reporters in Fresno give their opinion for a survey by The Know.Read More Youth weigh in on new minimum wage
While some complain that a minimum wage increase—now $15 an hour—leads to higher prices and hurts small businesses, advocates say wages are still not enough to offset the rising cost of living in Los Angeles. “The minimum wage in the city of L.A. was falling behind the increases in the cost of living for the city. You have rents […]Read More Is the minimum wage increase in Los Angeles enough for workers to live on?
A group called Raise the Wage rallied before City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage. Fast food workers were particularly vocal. “If I had a living wage I’d be able to take care of my family, pay the bills, and put food on the table. Currently I have to choose one.” See the video on Access Sacramento.Read More The fight for fifteen continues
Long Beach’s plan to study the local effects of raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would has residents divided. Many agree that the policy is needed, but small business owners say it will become harder for them to stay open. “Inflation has caused everything to go up except the wage.” In the video below, locals give their opinions to Voicewaves.Read More A demand for minimum wage increase in Long Beach
On April 15th, protesters gathered downtown as part of a nationwide movement to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour. Marching from Crocker Park to Sacramento City Hall, demonstrators vented their criticisms with phrases like, “McGreedy’s: I’m hatin’ it,” and “What’s disgusting? Union busting!” See photos and a video on Access Sacramento.Read More Hundreds in Sacramento join ‘Fight for $15’
Oakland now has the highest minimum wage in the nation, a source of pride for the city’s working people. While many young workers are making plans with what they will do with their new earnings, some businesses are trying to offset the increase in labor costs by cutting hours – or raising prices. “To raise wages we need […]Read More Oakland kids get a raise from new minimum wage
The busy ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are operated by many thousands of port workers and truck drivers, a large number of whom are misclassified under the tax code, say recent reports. This arrangement excludes many truckers from the protections of union membership, resulting in less pay for a substantial fraction of workers, […]Read More Wage thieves still at large, truckers say
As the struggle to increase the minimum wage intensifies across the country, a Sacramento workers-rights group promises a “major escalation” in the months ahead. The Fight for $15 campaign is sponsoring a rally on April 15th in the capital city as part of its efforts to unite an otherwise unorganized labor force. Despite considerable conservative […]Read More Upcoming rally to bring minimum wage fight to Sacramento.
Efforts to raise state and federal minimum wages made for a contentious battle in 2014. Supporters say Americans need more to support themselves and their families. Opposers say raising hourly rates will threaten businesses and reduce the number of active employees. What remains to be decided in the year to come? “As wages continue to fall behind living costs, growing frustrations have […]Read More Battle over minimum wage looms in 2015
Richmond’s minimum wage employees got a 10.6% raise January 1st when the city’s minimum wage jumps from $9 to $9.60 an hour. The ordinance includes further prospective increases over the next few years. “It’s very pricey to live in the Bay Area and imagine people who have to live here on $8 an hour.” The report is on Richmond Pulse.Read More A 10.6% wage hike for workers in Richmond