After the possibility of a minimum wage initiative on the ballot, Governor Jerry Brown successfully facilitated a minimum wage deal: Californians will earn $15 hourly in a slowly scaled minimum wage, changing the working landscape in the state forever. Here’s why it’s a good thing.
Nationwide, the push for a higher minimum wage is causing escalating traction: Minimum wages are creeping up across the country to reflect changes in cost of living, fundamental working rights, and the need to address a world in which people working full time cannot afford to support themselves and their families. Yet, to my disgust, […]
Each year, disability bloggers from all over the world gather for Blogging Against Disablism Day, which falls on 1 May. Astute readers will also note that 1 May is May Day, the international day of labour action. Since I take disability and labour alike very seriously, and there are numerous intersections between the two that […]
The escalating debate over minimum wage in this country is often framed in very simplistic liberal versus conservative terms, with the assumption that liberals support higher wages and conservatives do not. The truth, though, is a bit more complicated, for while many conservatives do resist a higher minimum wage, they shouldn’t, and not just because higher minimum […]
The last few years have been witness to an explosion of grassroots labour organising focused on improving conditions for retail, fast food, and other service workers. This is a huge step in a country where workers in general have to fight for every inch of respect they receive, and where unions are struggling against the […]
They’re all around you, often invisible. Not just the waiters and clerks and hotel desk workers, but the bussers and housekeepers, janitors and phone crews. They’re the people who make the world hum all around you, and they’re supposed to be as unobtrusive as possible while making your life as easy as possible. They are […]
Looking at Bureau of Labour Statistics from 2010, almost 6% of workers paid by the hour in the United States were making minimum wage. That’s a vast group who are cleaning our buildings, preparing our food, serving our ice cream, and clerking in our retail shops; notably, the service and hospitality industry is most likely […]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the minimum wage in the United States, which is seriously ridiculously low. And I thought, well, let’s turn lying in bed at night thinking about class war into a post, because that is how I roll. Federal minimum wage in the United States right now is $7.25/hour. Some […]