Workers see sluggish wage gains with fewer hours on the job

Feb 7, 2020
Average weekly earnings give a snapshot of how much workers are taking home in their paychecks.
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What does "tight labor market" mean? Opportunity!

May 3, 2019
Workers' bargaining power is greater.

New overtime proposal raises salary threshold to $35,000

Mar 25, 2019
Three years after a similar, failed Obama administration proposal, the Department of Labor has issued a new proposal that would allow most employees making $35,000 or less to qualify for overtime pay. This time, the proposal is not tied to…
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What happens when a company like Amazon raises wages everywhere?

Oct 2, 2018
It puts some pressure on firms that might not be ready to raise workers' pay, one economist says.
A worker packs cat food at the Amazon fulfillment center in May in Aurora, Colorado.
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Amazon ups wages for 350K, says it will advocate better pay

Oct 2, 2018
Employees at Whole Foods, which Amazon now owns, will get the same pay hike. Amazon's hourly operations and customer service employees, some who already make $15 per hour, will also see a wage increase.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a press conference in Santa Monica, California.
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Enforcing minimum wage is harder than you think

Feb 23, 2018
Victims of wage theft have few options, a Politico investigative reporter says.
Workers celebrate outside the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles on April 4, 2016, after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
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The financial reality facing America's 16 million retail workers

Jan 29, 2018
A lot of retail workers have to use credit cards and borrow money from family members to meet basic expenses.
A female Wal-Mart employee walks through a parking lot as she returns to work at a Wal-Mart store June 23, 2004 in St. Charles, Illinois.
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Workers who provide services to veterans and their families just took a pay cut

Apr 28, 2017
Government contract employees are on the losing end of a new federal contract.
About 400 people were affected by pay cuts at the Family Assistance Service Centers.
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