Target Follows Suit and Increases Minimum Wages

It was reported this week by the Wall Street Journal that retailing giant Target would also be increasing the minimum wages paid to their lowest paid earners to $9/hour effective April.  Target is not specifically matching the increases that Wal-Mart, the Minnesota-based Target’s major competitor announced recently.  Wal-Mart last month announced wage increases to $9…

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Florida County Passes Wage Theft Ordinance

Florida’s Osceola County, which includes the cities of Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Buenaventura Lakes, has passed an ordinance that provides for recovery of wage theft and underpayment of wages claims to be resolved without going through Florida courts.  The ordinance, approved on a 4 -1 vote, is based on a similar one in Miami-Dade County,…

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Maine Considers Host of Minimum Wage Bills

An array of bills seeking to increase the minimum wage in the state of Maine are under consideration by the legislature in the capital of Augusta.  The minimum wage battle is shaping up as a classic one in light of the fact that the recently re-elected popular republican Governor Paul LePage is advocating right to…

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Styrofoam Ban Pushed in Maine

Minimum wages are not the only issues being considered in the state of Maine as the Environment and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing earlier this week on a bill that will ban the use of Styrofoam food and beverage containers in the state.  Lincolnville democratic representative Christine Burstein filed the legislation which was the…

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Other Big Box Retailers Look To Raise Minimums

Fresh on the heels of Wal-Mart announcing that they will increase their minimum wages across the company, we noted that others, including TJX Companies and Kohls have said they are looking at theirs and will be increasing them across their footprint as well.  Although one would hope this will stem the tide and allow the…

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Wal-Mart Hikes Wage Minimums

 Often painted as a poster child for low wages and poor employee benefits, Arkansas based Wal-Mart has announced that it will increase minimum wages within the company to $9/hour beginning in April.  The company, the world’s largest retailer, had been targeted for protests over its pay scale and employee benefits for the past several years. …

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Now, On The Other Hand

What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent.  In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019…

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More on Minimum Wage

In the same vein, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be pushing to increase the (recently increased) minimum wage for New York City to $11.50 and the rest of the state to $10.50/hour by the end of next year.  The minimum in New York was just raised in 2013 from $7.25 to $8.75 and will…

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More Minimum Wage

On another subject that seems to have no end, the state of New Mexico is now looking at increasing the minimum wage in the new legislative session as two legislative proposals have been filed, seemingly with the approval of Republican Governor Suzanne Martinez.  One proposal would see the minimum raised to $8.30 per hour and…

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Fight For 15 “Fast Food Workers” Confess

With a  transparency that would make Obama Care architect and MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber cringe, protesters who were supposed to be striking fast food workers upset about the inadequacy of their minimum wage,  a number of the protesters honestly explained that they were not workers as advertised but rather pawns of SEIU’s national…

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