Port Drivers and NFL Cheerleaders Unlawfully Classified as "Independent Contractors"; Hawaii Raises Minimum wage to $10.10

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Port truck drivers are on a 48 hour strike protesting  the sweatshop conditions  at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Miguel Tigre drives truck and takes home about $32,000 each year. He owes $30,000 to the IRS, and another $10,000 to credit card companies. “I can go to my bank and say how much money I have, and I'm broke. But I don't cry, I got to keep doing what I'm doing," Tigre said. Port drivers are on strike to change the unlawful practice of classifying port drivers as "independent contractors" instead of employees, making it impossible to unionize and bargain for better pay and conditions.  

Trucking used to be a ticket to the middle class. Now it’s just another low-wage job -  Washington Post

Port drivers aren't the only workers suffering from misclassification, NFL cheerleaders from the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills are speaking out and have filed lawsuits alleging wage theft and intrusive and belittling conditions. With the NFL making large sums of money each year it's crazy to hear NFL cheerleaders have poor working conditions.  

Pity the cheerleaders. Really.  - Washington Post

And for the good news, and even better news for Hawaiians! The State of Hawaii is the third state to raise its minimum wage to $10.10! Currently, Hawaii’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but within the next four years will raise to $10.10 an hour. Tipped workers will also benefit! Hawaiian businesses will be required to pay a minimum of $10.10 an hour to any tipped worker making less than $17.10 an hour.

Hawaii set to become third state to hike minimum wage to $10.10 - MSNBC




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