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New poll: Colorado voters favor minimum wage hike and presidential primary
Colorado voters support increasing the minimum wage to $12 an hour and recreating a presidential election primary, according to a new public opinion poll, but appear skeptical of a state-run universal health care system and an effort to make it harder to amend the constitution.
443 points by The Denver Post | United States presidential primary United States Voting system Primary election Opinion poll Election Minimum wage Voting
NY restricts fees for workers given payroll cards
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials say new regulations require payroll card companies to eliminate fees for account maintenance, overdrafts, checking on balances and inactivity. The regulations, first proposed last year, also require the companies to provide access to at least one fee-less ATM near where employees live or ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Employment Payroll Minimum wage Payrolling New York Wage Wage labour
Government workers union backs Democrat in Northern Nevada congressional race
Chip Evans, the Democratic candidate in the 2nd Congressional District race in Northern Nevada, received the endorsement of the American Federation of Government Employees on Thursday.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Nevada President of the United States Minimum wage Federal government of the United States Republic Employment Wage
Atlanta looking at ways to increase minimum wage for city workers

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Primary survey: Dean-Bailey faces challenge by former rep Cady for House seat
Harriet E. CadyParty: RepublicanAge: 73 Town of residence: DeerfieldOccupation: real estate brokerIncumbent? No, served from 2002-2006Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? No at this time, N.H. has other pressing needs. Providing more state money for higher education? Need to look at how...
3 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage Law New Hampshire Higher education Employment Legal and medical status of cannabis United States Constitution Commuter rail
Primary survey: Chichester, Pembroke has four-way GOP race for three House seats
Peter Gagyi Party: Republican Age: 64 Town of residence: Pembroke Occupation: self-employed, tool and die maker Incumbent? No Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I don’t support commuter rail funding; it will require a huge amount of taxes to keep running.Providing more state money for high...
11 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Legal and medical status of cannabis State income tax Minimum wage Cannabis Sales taxes in the United States
Primary survey: Two-term Democratic state rep in Concord Ward 10 faces challenger
Christy Dolat Bartlett Party: Democrat Age: 65 Town of residence: Concord Occupation: retired Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Two terms Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I am leaning in favor but would like more information about the ongoing projected costs and benefits to the state.Provi...
7 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage Cannabis Rail transport New Hampshire Legality of cannabis by country Democracy Tetrahydrocannabinol Legal and medical status of cannabis
Primary survey: UNH student joins four-way race for GOP nod for House seats
Jim NasserParty: RepublicanAge: 22Town: NottinghamOccupation: student attending UNH – graduating December 2016Incumbent? NoCommuter rail funding? It is a potentially good idea for the future, but for now it will cost millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and that is something we cannot afford.Provi...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Property Employment Tax United States Constitution Legalization Minimum wage Decriminalization New Hampshire
SEIU Local 1 beefs about ‘rampant wage theft’ at O’Hare
SEIU Local 1 and its City Council allies want the state and city to investigate “rampant wage theft” from hundreds of employees at O'Hare and Midway.
174 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Wage Minimum wage Employment Rahm Emanuel Chicago Midway International Airport Airport Democratic Party
Primary survey: Goddard joins incumbent Democrats in four-way race for Hopkinton, Ward 5 seats
Denis Goddard Party: Democrat Age: 46 Town of residence: Hopkinton Occupation: director of software engineering Incumbent? No Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? No Providing more state money for higher education? No Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes Reauthorizing Medicai...
3 points by Concord Monitor | Economics Legal and medical status of cannabis Minimum wage Gun politics
Primary survey: Three Republicans vie for chance to face House incumbents
Joseph M. AlibrandiParty: Republican Age: 54Town: Hillsboro Occupation: scientist/ product development engineer Incumbent? No, first time running for any office. Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I do not support taxpayers funding the commuter rail. I am for creating jobs in N.H. and this...
9 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage Decriminalization Cannabis United States Constitution Legalization Legal and medical status of cannabis Legality of cannabis by country Education
Primary survey: 3 GOP House incumbents face two challengers in Weare, Deering
Gary HopperParty: RepublicanAge: 59Town of residence: WeareOccupation: grandfatherIncumbent? If so, how many terms? 6+Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? NoProviding more state money for higher education? NoPro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? YesReauthorizing Medicaid expansion...
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Primary survey: Franklin Ward 3, Northfield sees three-way race for two House seats
Deborah H. Wheeler Party: Democrat Age: 72 Town of residence: Northfield Occupation: retired Incumbent? Yes. Three terms; running for my fourth.Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? Yes Providing more state money for higher education? Yes Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I wou...
7 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage New Hampshire Disability Cannabis Drug addiction Addiction Merrimack County New Hampshire Funding
Union alleges widespread wage theft at O'Hare airport
A union trying to organize the janitors, baggage handlers, security officers and other low-wage workers at O'Hare International Airport said it filed 80 wage theft complaints Wednesday with the city and state, accusing airport contractors of stiffing workers on their paychecks. Calling the complaints...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago World's busiest airports by passenger traffic O'Hare International Airport United Airlines Minimum wage Blue Line Employment Wage
Pugh vetoes bill that would raise Baltimore minimum wage
Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed legislation Friday that would have raised the minimum wage in Baltimore to $15 by 2022, leaving the measure's future in question.The council — which next meets on April 3 — would need 12 of its 15 members to vote to overturn the veto. On Friday, the 12-member coalition...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Minimum wage Veto Wage City council Councillor Municipality Baltimore Employment
Colorado unemployment rate unchanged at 2.9 percent in February
Colorado's unemployment rate stayed at dot-com boom lows in February as the state added a modest number of jobs, according to a report Friday from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
-1 points by The Denver Post | Employment Jobless recovery Economics Unemployment Minimum wage United States Household Discouraged worker
Dollars and sense: Tracking contracts of Bears' free-agent signings
With free agency rolling, here is a dollars and sense breakdown of the contracts for the players the Chicago Bears have signed. Check back as it will be updated as more information becomes available. Mark Sanchez Overview: $2 million, one-year contract, $1 million guaranteed 2017: $1 million base...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | 2010s Years in the future Salary Wage Guaranteed minimum income Minimum wage
Businesses balk at Baltimore's minimum wage bill
Russ Causey chose Baltimore nearly 20 years ago to start a customer service call center serving colleges, but the CEO said Tuesday he has started working with an office leasing broker to prepare to leave. A $15 minimum-wage mandate passed by the City Council on Monday will put his CMD Outsourcing...
238 points by Baltimore Sun | Minimum wage Wage Employment Supply and demand Working class Salary Laborer Employment compensation
D.C. minimum wage hike to result in job losses, higher pay going to outside workers: review
D.C. residents stand to lose thousands of jobs over the next decade as a result of hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to the first comprehensive review of the law's potential economic impact since its passage. The city's chief financial officer said in a blog post this ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Minimum wage Wage Employment Unemployment Labor economics Macroeconomics Basic income Employment compensation
State Sen. Michael Roberson gazes into the mirror, mirror
My God, it’s happened again!
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Tom DeLay United States Senate Tax Majority leader Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Democracy Minimum wage
LETTER: Am I living in California?
No, it’s the Nevada Legislature just warming up.
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Editorial: Make wrongly accused whole in jobless fiasco
Victims of unemployment agency computer foul-up had assets seized, forced to repay money they didn’t owe        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Tax refund Unemployment Tax Taxation in the United States Minimum wage Party leaders of the United States Senate Credit card United States
Tuxedoed Trudeau gives ironic but inspiring speech at elite banquet
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an elite audience in Hamburg that it is time to “get real” about rising inequality which is causing anger among the middle class, urging businesses to “pay your taxes” and “pay a living wage.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Editorial: Puzder was right on minimum wage
Labor secretary nominee may be withdrawing but he was correct to oppose forced federal increases to wages        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Minimum wage Small business Wage Employment Business Minimum wage in the United States Working class Supply and demand
Proposal to increase Nevada minimum wage packs hearing rooms across state
Business owners and low-wage workers jammed a hearing rooms in both ends of the state Wednesday to face off “over a bill to raise the minimum wage in Nevada.
13 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nevada Employment Las Vegas metropolitan area Carson City Nevada Wage Minimum wage Las Vegas Nevada Nevada Assembly
Trump labor secretary pick Puzder withdraws after abuse reports
Puzder will officially withdrew as Labor nominee Wednesday, according to reports.
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Anger over Andrew Puzder, Trump's labour secretary pick
Fast-food mogul Andrew Puzder's nomination has led to nationwide protests and accusations of discrimination.
129 points by Al Jazeera English | Employment Labour relations Minimum wage Organizational studies and human resource management Hardee's Wage CKE Restaurants Overtime
3 things to watch for on Legislative Session Day 10 — VIDEO
It’s Day 10 of the 2017 Legislative Session. Lawmakers have now introduced over 400 bills. They’re voting bills out of committee and even giving bills floor votes.
9 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Minimum wage Individualized Education Program High school diploma Diploma Voting Elections Employment High school
Editorial: Right-to-work is a race to the bottom
New Hampshire’s unemployment rate last month was 2.5 percent. The state sorely needs more workers, especially employees with skills that are in demand. But the cost of living here is high and wages relatively low. The state’s default minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, the federal minimum, is by far the...
304 points by Concord Monitor | Employment Collective bargaining Minimum wage United States Organizational studies and human resource management
De Blasio’s ‘jobs plan’ is a laughable con
Mayor de Blasio must’ve thought he was doing stand-up comedy Monday night at the Apollo — because his vow to create 100,000 jobs was a real knee-slapper. Hizzoner was focusing his State of the City speech on Gotham’s “affordability crisis.” He said “half of the equation” is jobs. Yes, jobs are key. But the idea...
121 points by New York Post | Employment Minimum wage Wage Comedy Wage labour Job Basic income Leave
Service employees union denounces Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in political ad
The Service Employees International Union District 1199 took aim at Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's record this week in a new political ad set to air on several local radio stations. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Service Employees International Union District 1199 on Monday released a radio ad blaming Mayor Frank Jackson and his administration for the city's poverty, homicide rate and neighborhood deterioration. The minute-long commercial, titled "The failed leadership of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson," features a conversation between a man and a woman about Jackson's policies. (Listen to the radio ad in the Soundcloud player at the bottom of this post.) Here's the transcript: Man: Uh-oh. Looks like Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson made the news again. Woman: That's usually bad news for Cleveland families. Hasn't he failed us enough? Like when Mayor Jackson shut down the buses on Public Square. Man: Putting RTA funding at risk. Woman: And the homicide rate continues to climb. It's the worst in 10 years. Man: How about the staggering number of Cleveland families struggling to make ends meet on poverty wages? Woman: And the children. Half of Cleveland kids are living below the poverty rate. Man: All of this while Cleveland politicians beg their Republican cronies in Columbus to stop our city from voting on the minimum wage. Woman: And how about this? After Mayor Jackson lavishly hosted Donald Trump and the RNC, our neighborhoods are still falling apart. And grocery stores are now closing. Mayor Jackson's list of failures just goes on and on. Voiceover: Stop this insanity. Call the Jackson accountability hotline at 216-512-1740. Let's work together to build a better future for our neighborhoods and our families. Paid for by SEIU District 1199. Becky Williams, president. Anthony Caldwell, director of public affairs for District 1199, said in a written statement that the city "needs a leader who has the ability to successfully address these difficult issues and will work with community leaders to build a better future for our families." He said the anti-Jackson ad is set to air on stations WTAM 1100AM, WNWV 107.3, WENZ 107.9 and WERE 1490AM. District 1199, which represents nearly 30,000 health care and social service workers in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, found itself at odds with Jackson when the union backed a ballot initiative to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Jackson opposed the measure, arguing that raising wages in Cleveland alone would undermine the city's economic recovery and drive business from the city. Petitioners eventually withdrew the proposal after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that prohibited municipalities from raising the minimum wage beyond the state's rate. Last month the union endorsed City Councilman Jeffrey Johnson in his bid to unseat Jackson, citing Johnson's support of the minimum wage initiative. Jackson could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The mayor announced at a news conference earlier this month that he would be seeking an unprecedented fourth four-year term in November. In his announcement, he emphasized that he is a lifelong resident of Cleveland's Central neighborhood and that he lives with the same daily challenges that his constituents face. If re-elected, Jackson said, he would continue marching ahead with the key initiatives of his administration -- improving the school district, reforming the police department, and ensuring that residents share in the city's prosperity. The recent passage of a city income tax increase, which is expected to draw an extra $80 million into the general fund annually, gives the city greater capacity to improve services across departments, he said. As a result, the city expects to hire as many as 350 new employees this year, including police officers, firefighters and housing inspectors. Click here to read about the issues framing the 2017 mayoral race.
49 points by The Plain Dealer | Minimum wage Frank G. Jackson Municipality Employment Wage Mayor Initiative Poverty
Tinley Park opts out of new Cook County rules
Tinley Park has become the latest community to opt out of new Cook County laws boosting employees' minimum wage and providing paid sick leave. In an ordinance approved unanimously at Tuesday's Village Board meeting, the village requires Tinley Park private sector employers to abide by state and...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Cook County Illinois Minimum wage Employment Chicago Employment compensation Chicago metropolitan area Wage Will County Illinois
Mihalopoulos: Airport workers wish they could have detained Rahm
The politically powerful service employees’ union is taunting Emanuel to show he cares as much about the airport workers as he does for the detainees.
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Manhattan eatery dishes up ‘daily harassment’: lawsuit
A French bistro on Restaurant Row should have stuck to its pommes frites and steak au poivre instead of serving its workers heaping helpings of insults and stiffing them on pay, a lawsuit filed by the employees claims. The owners of Le Rivage, a stalwart on W. 46th St., failed to pay servers minimum wage...
19 points by New York Post | Restaurant Menu Abuse Lunch Bullying Restaurants French fries Minimum wage
3 things to watch for on Legislative Session Day 3
It’s the third day of the 2017 Legislative Session. Committees are just about in full swing and Democrats’ liberal agenda is on full display, including yesterday’s introduction of a massive minimum wage increase. Here’s what to watch for today:
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Nevada lawmakers seek to increase hourly minimum wage to $11
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Democratic state lawmakers are proposing Nevada workers earning the hourly minimum wage get a raise each of the next five years. Senate Bill 106 would increase the wage floor by 75 cents each year until employers who offer health insurance pay workers at least $11 ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Nevada United States Senate Las Vegas metropolitan area Minimum wage Legislatures Carson City Nevada Employment United States
Number of open jobs in US largely unchanged, report says
The number of open jobs was mostly unchanged in December from the previous month, leaving openings at a healthy level. The Labor Department said Tuesday job openings were flat at 5.5 million in December. Total hiring rose slightly to 5.25 million, while the number of people quitting fell.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Employment Unemployment Minimum wage Labour economics Wage labour Wage Wage slavery Termination of employment
Lawmakers push proposal to raise minimum wage in Nevada
Nevada’s minimum wage would increase 75 cents per hour in each of the next five years under a bill introduced Tuesday in the state Senate.
255 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Constitution United States Senate Minimum wage Employment United States Congress United States Referendum Legislatures
Former Hardee's employee: Andrew Puzder will be a disaster for workers.
In 1984, I was hired as a cashier at Hardee's in Columbia, S.C., making $4.25 an hour. By 2005, 21 years later, my pay was at only $8 an hour. That's a $3.75 raise for a lifetime of work. Adjusted for inflation, it's only a 2-cent raise. Andrew Puzder, the chief executive since 2000 of CKE — which...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Hardee's CKE Restaurants Wage Working class Carl's Jr. Hamburger Minimum wage Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Trump's labor nominee hired housekeeper in US illegally
WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed a housekeeper who was in the U.S. illegally, putting him again at odds with President Donald Trump's push to keep jobs in American hands.Puzder said in a statement that he and his wife were unaware the housekeeper was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. during the years they employed her.
-2 points by Boston Herald | United States Senate Employment Minimum wage The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington Wage Donald Trump CKE Restaurants
Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder admits hiring undocumented worker
Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, putting him again at odds with President Donald Trump's push to keep jobs in American hands. WASHINGTON -- Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, putting him again at odds with President Donald Trump's push to keep jobs in American hands. Puzder's statement has the potential for complicating his confirmation. A spokesman says the fast food CEO remains committed to leading the Labor Department. Puzder said in a statement that he and his wife were unaware the housekeeper was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. during the years they employed her."When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status," Puzder said. "We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California." Puzder spokesman George Thompson said Tuesday that the fast food CEO remains committed to becoming secretary of labor and is working on divesting from his financial holdings. Puzder also has acknowledged that his company, CKE Restaurants, Inc., is outsourcing its technology help desk to a company in the Philippines, the type of practice Trump has derided. Democrats and their allies have piled on with unflattering stories from workers at Puzder's restaurants, and they question how well he can advocate for American workers given that he opposes a big hike in the minimum wage and other labor priorities. Puzder's confirmation has not gone smoothly. He has not submitted the required ethics and other documentation to the Senate, and the committee handling his confirmation has postponed and not rescheduled his hearing. "What we have heard is story after story about how he spent his career squeezing workers for profit, leaving many with lost wages, no financial security, and no retirement," said Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the Senate committee that will handle Puzder's confirmation hearing. "If Mr. Puzder ever does come before our committee, he's going to have a lot of explaining to do." Puzder is the second Trump pick whose nomination has faced questions over their hiring of household workers. Mick Mulvaney, Trump's pick to run the Cabinet-level White House budget office, had acknowledged that he failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household worker more than a decade ago. He's repaid the government, and those developments do not seem to be impeding his prospects for confirmation. Trump has blasted, threatened and tried to charm American companies that have moved jobs overseas or consider it, saying he's sticking up for American workers who aren't feeling the economic recovery and form his political base.
1 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Senate Employment Minimum wage Wage United States Donald Trump United States Department of Labor CKE Restaurants
Trump's pick for labor secretary hired undocumented worker
WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, putting him again at odds with President Donald Trump's push to keep jobs in American hands.Puzder's statement has the potential for complicating his confirmation. A spokesman says the fast food CEO remains committed to leading the Labor Department.Puzder said in a statement that he and his wife were unaware the housekeeper was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. during the years they employed her.
-2 points by Boston Herald | United States Senate Employment Minimum wage Wage Donald Trump United States Department of Labor CKE Restaurants United States
Job openings remain at mostly healthy level in December
The Labor Department says job openings were flat at 5.5 million in December        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Jobless recovery Employment Associated Press Copyright All rights reserved Labour economics Minimum wage Wage slavery
Trump’s labor secretary pick hired undocumented worker
Trump’s nominee for labor secretary said a housekeeper he had employed at his home was an undocumented worker        
-2 points by The Detroit News | United States Philippines Fast food Minimum wage Employment Donald Trump Wage Copyright
Trump pick to lead Department of Labor hired undocumented worker
Andrew Puzder said he and his wife employed a housekeeper for a few years and did not know she was not legally permitted to work in the United States.
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | United States Philippines Fast food Minimum wage Employment Donald Trump Wage California
Letter: Sununu’s salary
Sununu’s salaryI noticed our newly elected Republican governor has not accepted the salary of the two previous Democratic governors. Both were far less wealthy than he and his family, who own/operate Waterville Valley Ski Resort. Ahem!How does he stand on the $10 to $15 minimum wage? I’ll bet he is...
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Council members relaunch $15 minimum wage effort
BALTIMORE (AP) - City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young is joining a coalition of council members pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage in Baltimore. Media outlets report that legislation is expected to be introduced Monday evening. Maryland's current minimum wage is $8.75 and the city would follow the state's ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Minimum wage Employment Years in the future Municipality City council Wage Councillor Mayor
3 things to watch for on Legislative Session Day 1
Today is the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session. Democrats control the Assembly, 27-15, and the Senate, 12-9. Governor Brian Sandoval is a Republican, however, and Democrats need two-third majorities to pass any tax increases or override a gubernatorial veto.
6 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Senate United States Legislatures Republican Party Minimum wage Legislative Assembly Democratic Party President pro tempore of the United States Senate
Obama saw low-wage workers as struggling moms. Trump may see them as suburban teens
Ninth Circuit turns down Trump's request to immediately reinstate his travel ban Feb. 6, 2017, 5:13 a.m. This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: California appeals court rejects Trump's request to put travel ban back in effect Protests against Trump's executive...
20 points by Los Angeles Times | Employment President of the United States Barack Obama Minimum wage Wage Chief executive officer Democratic Party George W. Bush
Baltimore City Council members relaunch campaign for $15 minimum wage
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young is joining a coalition of council members pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage in Baltimore. Legislation is expected to be introduced at the council's Monday evening meeting. The bill would incrementally raise the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2022....
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Employment Minimum wage Wage The Bill Councillor Mayor Small business Woodentop