MINIMUM WAGE

City Council

Business owners applaud Burien City Council’s minimum wage increase; opponents call it ‘an embarrassment’ | #citycouncil

At its Mar. 18, 2024 meeting, the Burien City Council passed one of the highest minimum wage ordinances in the nation, bringing it more in line with its larger neighbors while providing flexibility for small businesses. The city’s wage ordinance passed at last Monday’s council meeting by a 4-1-2 vote, with councilmembers Hugo Garcia and […]

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Alaska

Two more Alaska ballot measures pass legal muster, but another is disqualified • Alaska Beacon | #alaska | #politics

Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom on Friday approved two ballot measures and disqualified a third from advancing into the signature-gathering phase. The approved measures would impose new financial restrictions on political campaigns and grant an array of rights to workers, including mandatory sick leave, a higher minimum wage and the ability to opt out from […]

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Alaska

Minimum wage hike petition has enough signature to be on fall ballot in Alaska | #alaska | #politics

A ballot initiative to increase Alaska’s minimum wage has enough signatures to be included on the November ballot. As seen at the Division of Elections, the group needed 26,705, and submitted 31,719 qualified signatures. The signatures were spread out between a majority of House districts, as required. The exceptions were House Districts 37-40 and House […]

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Alaska

Alaska advocates submit petition signatures to put minimum wage increase on ballot | #alaska | #politics

Supporters of a ballot initiative that would increase the minimum wage increase, mandate paid sick leave and provide other worker protections submitted more than 40,000 petition signatures to the Alaska Division of Elections on Tuesday, bringing their cause one step closer to a decision by voters. The group, called Better Jobs for Alaska, brought boxes […]

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Arkansas

Arkansas has one of the ‘most severe’ workforce shortages, according to analysis

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas has one of the most severe workforce shortages in the country. Michael Pakko, the chief economist at the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said unemployment in Arkansas is at a historic all-time low of 3.1 percent […]

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Mayor

Mayor Johnson agrees to compromise on raising pay for tipped workers

CHICAGO (CBS) — In a compromise with Mayor Brandon Johnson, the Illinois Restaurant Association has agreed to a plan to phase out the lower minimum wage for tipped workers over the next five years. The City Council Workforce Development Committee originally had been set to vote Wednesday on a plan to eliminate the lower minimum […]

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Mayor

Toronto Mayor’s Race: Why There Are 102 Candidates

When Toronto voters enter the polling booth to elect a new mayor on Monday, they will have to scan a roster of 102 candidates on a ballot three columns wide and 34 rows deep.  The list includes a handful of frontrunners, but also a host of nontraditional candidates, including an up-and-coming comedian, a teenager, and one well-known climate activist […]

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City Council

Philly City Council Looks to Set Own Minimum Wage Separate From PA – NBC10 Philadelphia | #citycouncil

During Thursday night’s City Council meeting councilmembers introduced legislation that could allow Philadelphia to set its own minimum wage. The bill notes that, back in 2019, Philadelphians “overwhelmingly supported a $15 per hour minimum wage for City workers and contractors by 2025.” It was introduced by Democratic councilmembers Jim Harrity, at-large, and Michael Driscoll, District […]

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City Council

Fort Collins City Council votes against minimum wage increase | #citycouncil

Fort Collins won’t see an increase in its minimum wage — for now. The Fort Collins City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone adopting its own minimum wage and resume discussion in 6 months, meaning it would keep the state’s minimum wage in the meantime. Mayor Pro Tem Emily Francis felt that the City Council […]

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