Biden Supports LA Mayor Garcetti's Minimum Wage Increase; Walmart Will End Healthcare for 30,000 Employees; Amazon Warehouse Workers' Lawsuits Taken-up by Supreme Court

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden joined Los Angeles politicians in support of Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan to raise the minimum wage. He called a minimum wage hike the building block of a stronger economy, and the "bare minimum that we should be doing to re-establish economic growth in this country."
Biden backs Garcetti plan to boost minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017 - LA Times

Walmart should take that advice and provide better wages for their workers, but instead they've decided to no longer provide health insurance for their part-time employees. The company will terminate healthcare insurance for associates who work less than 30 hours a week. It's estimated that about 30,000 workers will be affected by the healthcare termination on January 1.
Walmart to End Health Coverage for 30,000 Part-Time Workers - New York Times

Amazon warehouse workers are taking their case to the Supreme Court. Warehouse workers employed at Amazon from across the country have sued the company for not paying them during a mandatory, sometimes 20 minutes or more, screening for stolen goods before workers end their shift. A major legal question being debated in this case is whether or not these workers should be paid during the theft search.
Amazon Warehouse Workers Head To Supreme Court Over Unpaid Theft Screenings - Huffington Post

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