minimum wage http://wrkf.org en For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle http://wrkf.org/post/tipped-workers-different-minimum-wage-battle The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been $2.13 since 1991. That pay rate tends to get lost in the larger debate over whether to raise the national minimum wage for nontipped workers, which is $7.25 an hour.<p>In theory, the money from tips should make up the difference in pay — and then some. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 28702 at http://wrkf.org For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle Minimum Wage Raise: Blocked For Now, May Live Again In Campaigns http://wrkf.org/post/minimum-wage-raise-blocked-now-may-live-again-campaigns Senate Republicans blocked a vote Wednesday on a bill to raise the nation's minimum wage. But don't expect that to be the end of the story.<p>For more than a year now, Democrats, including President Obama, have been pushing to boost the minimum wage. Their latest target is $10.10 an hour.<p>GOP critics argue that would depress hiring in an already weak job market.<p>But raising the wage is popular with voters, and Democrats plan to make the issue a rallying cry between now and the November elections. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 25959 at http://wrkf.org Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage http://wrkf.org/post/committee-says-no-higher-minimum-wage-0 <p>The House Labor Committee heard and rejected several bills Thursday, aimed at setting a state minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 25043 at http://wrkf.org Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs? http://wrkf.org/post/does-raising-minimum-wage-kill-jobs President Obama has called for increasing the minimum wage, saying it will help some of the poorest Americans. Opponents argue that a higher minimum wage will lead employers to cut jobs.<p>Figuring out the effect of raising the minimum wage is tough. Ideally you'd like to compare one universe where the minimum was raised against an alternate universe where it remained fixed.<p>Economist David Card found the next best thing. In 1992, New Jersey was about to raise its minimum wage. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:41:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 23416 at http://wrkf.org Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs? The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America http://wrkf.org/post/birth-minimum-wage-america In 1895, legislators in New York state decided to improve working conditions in what at the time could be a deadly profession: baking bread.<p>"Bakeries are actually extremely dangerous places to work," says Eric Rauchway, a historian at the University of California, Davis. "Because flour is such a fine particulate, if it gets to hang in the air it can catch fire and the whole room can go up in a sheet of flame."<p>New York passed a law called the Bakeshop Act. It didn't set a minimum wage — the minimum wage didn't exist yet in the U.S. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:39:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 21381 at http://wrkf.org The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America Minimum Wage Loses Ground Since Its Banner Year In 1968 http://wrkf.org/post/minimum-wage-loses-ground-its-banner-year-1968 This week, we've been looking back at the legacy of the "War on Poverty," launched by Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago. The arsenal included government programs such as Head Start, food stamps and a push to increase the nation's minimum wage.<p>"We must extend the coverage of our minimum wage laws to more than 2 million workers now lacking this basic protection of purchasing power," Johnson said.<p>Low-wage workers actually saw their purchasing power peak while Johnson was in office. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:09:28 +0000 Scott Horsley 21163 at http://wrkf.org Minimum Wage Loses Ground Since Its Banner Year In 1968 Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map http://wrkf.org/post/minimum-wage-fight-takes-shape-across-map You never know where you might find a volunteer with a clipboard looking for signatures trying to get a voter referendum on the local ballot – like Ed Flanagan in the town of North Pole, Alaska.<p>"I'm out in what's called the North Pole transfer station. This facility has about 50 metal dumpsters arranged in a fenced area. Folks back up and throw their household trash in there. This is a very busy place," he says.<p>There's no residential trash pick-up there so people have to haul their own. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:04:21 +0000 Don Gonyea 21162 at http://wrkf.org Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map Supporters Say Minimum Wage Hike Gaining Support http://wrkf.org/post/supporters-say-minimum-wage-hike-gaining-support On many economic issues, Americans are deeply divided. But when it comes to giving pay raises to minimum wage workers, voters overwhelmingly say: Do it.<p>That message jumped out Tuesday when more than 6 in 10 voters in New Jersey approved an increase in their state's minimum hourly wage. In January, the wage will rise to $8.25, well above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.<p>And in SeaTac, Wash., home to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, voters sent an even louder message to employers. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:03:05 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 18494 at http://wrkf.org Supporters Say Minimum Wage Hike Gaining Support