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What a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage could do

Feb 22, 2021
Raising the minimum from $7.25 to $15 per hour is part of the American Rescue Act, now making its way through Congress.
The bump up to a $15 hourly minimum wage would make a big difference for people of color in particular.
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How the end of slavery led to two different minimum wages

Feb 9, 2021
After the Civil War, companies didn’t want to reach into their own pockets to pay recently freed enslaved people.
The national tipped minimum wage is just $2.13 an hour. Companies have to kick in more if workers don't make at least $7.25 an hour when you add in their tips.
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$15 minimum wage would reduce poverty but cut jobs, CBO says

The CBO report says a $15 minimum wage would pull 900,000 people out of poverty but cost almost 1.5 million jobs.
Service industry workers listen to remarks and hold up signs during a rally at the National Mall on Jan. 26, 2021 in support of the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act, which includes a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers and is also included in President Biden's American Rescue Plan.
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Biden takes a step toward $15 federal minimum wage

Jan 22, 2021
This is a fraught time to tackle minimum wage increases. It would address long-term inequities but more businesses are in trouble now.
President Joe Biden signs an executive order as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on during an event on the economic crisis Friday.
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Minimum wage increases for workers in more than 20 states this year

Jan 1, 2021
This year especially, voters are sympathetic to minimum wage workers on the front lines during a pandemic, an economist says.
McDonald's restaurant employees rally for a $15 per hour wage in 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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Starbucks and Home Depot permanently raising wages

Nov 19, 2020
A growing number of people across the country and the political spectrum support raising the minimum wage. Is this a sign of a bigger shift?
Starbucks is boosting starting salaries to help attract and retain new employees.
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Florida voters approve $15-an-hour minimum wage

Nov 4, 2020
Hourly wages for some 2.5 million workers in the state will rise to $10 next year, then a dollar a year through 2026.
Voters cast their ballots at a fire station in Miami, Florida, on Nov. 3, 2020.
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Investigation finds rehab programs across the U.S. require unpaid labor from clients

Jul 8, 2020
At least 300 rehab facilities in 44 states required unpaid labor from participants, investigators found.
Investigators found rehab participants doing everything from picking cotton in Georgia to doing doing construction on high rises in the San Francisco Bay Area, all with no or little pay.
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Minimum wage rises for some despite business protests

Jul 3, 2020
Some businesses owners struggling with COVID-19 restrictions asked for the pay hike to be delayed.
Members of the Service Employees International Union call for an increased minimum wage.
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Why Target is raising its minimum wage to $15

Jun 17, 2020
The retail giant is boosting its minimum wage $2 per hour, accelerating planned increases. The move may reflect current crises in America as well as expectations of a strong economy.
A view of a Target store in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
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