The Fight for a Living Wage isn't Over!

Friday, October 3, 2014

The fight for a living wage is becoming closer to a reality! This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order raising wages to $13.13 an hour for over 18,000 New Yorkers!

Will de Blasio’s big raise for low-wage workers encourage other cities to follow suit? - Washington Post

But the fight for $15 continues after a year of local leaders took action to raise wages across the country. Seattle lead the way by raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour during a wave of activism, and then not long after the LA City Council voted to raise wages for workers at large hotels to $15.37 an hour.

The War Over Wages, City by City - Huffington Post

I'm sure Uber Drivers wish it were like old times when they made a living wage. It's a hard life for Uber drivers who have seen their fares plummet, and in-turn their wages. Drivers for the company say that when they were first hired they saw 80 percent profit, making a living wage of close to $20 an hour. But now many drivers say they are barely making minimum wage. That's why Uber drivers in LA, Seattle and NYC are organizing to form unions.

Is Uber’s Business Model Screwing Its Workers? - Bill Moyers

 

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