Most Americans favor a higher minimum wage

Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. All three were proposed by President Barack Obama during his recent State of the Union address as ways to increase protections for American workers. But the poll also […]

Democrats love to see minimum wage on ballots

Democrats love to see minimum wage on ballots

As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. Looking to […]

GOP derails minimum wage increase in Senate

Facing the threat of a GOP Senate takeover, Democrats are forcing votes

GOP derails minimum wage increase in Senate

Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major feature of this fall’s congressional elections. Facing the threat of a GOP Senate takeover, Democrats have forced votes on a procession of bills designed to […]

Senate set to kill minimum wage increase bill

Democrats plan to use the vote to show the GOP unwilling to protect struggling families

Senate set to kill minimum wage increase bill

Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage. Democrats, aware that the measure faces all but certain rejection Wednesday in the chamber they control, plan to use the vote to buttress their campaign theme […]

Senate nears election-year mininum wage vote

Whether they'll get an Election Day payoff is uncertain

Senate nears election-year mininum wage vote

Win or lose — and they’ll probably lose — Democrats hope this week’s Senate showdown over raising the federal minimum wage reaps them benefits in November’s congressional elections. Whether they’ll get an Election Day payoff is uncertain. In a Senate vote expected Wednesday, Republicans seem likely to block the Democratic measure, which would gradually raise […]

Raising wages would cost business $15 billion

Republicans oppose the measure because they say it would drive up business costs

Raising wages would cost business $15 billion

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday. The nonpartisan budget office’s estimate could be used as ammunition by Republicans, who largely oppose the measure because […]

Not everyone benefits from minimum wage increases

More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum

Not everyone benefits from minimum wage increases

Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, rooted in labor law history, run from some workers with disabilities to crews on fishing ships to casual […]

White House wants pay hikes for workers who get tips

If gratuities fall short, one in 10 workers earn less than the minimum wage

White House wants pay hikes for workers who get tips

The White House said on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for workers who receive tips would disproportionately benefit low-income women and help close the gender pay gap in which men earn higher pay than women. The federal minimum wage for workers who receive tips is $2.13 an hour – well below the minimum wage of […]

Obama stepping up pressure on minimum wage

The White House believes momentum for a higher minimum wage is building.

Obama stepping up pressure on minimum wage

Striving to show momentum on a top legislative priority, President Barack Obama is appearing next week with Northeastern governors who back his push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and will pledge to lift the earnings of the lowest-paid workers in their states to at least the same level. Obama planned […]

Balancing on a minimum-wage political tightrope

Local politics is complicating Democrats' push on what most of them consider a can't-miss campaign-year issue

Balancing on a minimum-wage political tightrope

Sen. Mark Pryor is doing a delicate dance over congressional Democrats’ upcoming push to boost the federal minimum wage. The Democrat from Republican-leaning Arkansas says he’ll vote against the bill, but on the key roll call may oppose GOP efforts to filibuster it to death. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, another red state where […]