Minimum Wage

Contrary to popular belief, teens represent less than 12% of the low-wage work force. Over 60% of low-wage workers are between the ages of 25 and 65. Warren Buffet said, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." The articles on this page address this issue.

The Wage War’s Two Fronts

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*+-Peter Dreier: This upsurge in the wage wars hasn’t come about all of a sudden. It is the result of years of both changing conditions, effective grassroots organizing, and changing public views about the poor.

Penalizing Tipped Workers

Penalizing Tipped Workers

*+-Bobbi Murray: A passage embedded in the bill that could undo local minimum wage ordinances previously approved by voters in Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco and San Jose.

Wage Theft Confidential: How Your Earnings Are Stolen

How Wages Are Stolen

*+-Bobbi Murray: Every week Los Angeles workers get held up for $26.2 million through unpaid overtime, being pressured to work through unpaid breaks or off the clock; some employees are simply shortchanged on their hours or pay.

Why Hasn’t Minimum Wage Raise Happened Yet?

Los Angeles Minimum Wage

*+-Rosemary Jenkins: It is just counterintuitive that our economy can grow if people have no money to spend! Earn more, spend more–on housing, cars, food, clothing, all of which then generates more jobs at the retail level, manufacturing, construction, and so forth.

War Over Wages, City by City

War Over Wages, City by City

*+-Peter Dreier: This upsurge in government-mandated wage hikes hasn’t come about suddenly. It is the result of years of both changing conditions, effective grassroots organizing, and changing public views about the poor.

L.A. to Weigh Citywide Wage Hike

Raising LA Minimum Wage

*+-Bobbi Murray: The Los Angeles City Council is expected to soon take up an introductory motion that would raise compensation for more than half a million employees throughout the city now laboring at California’s minimum $9 hourly standard.

Raising Most People’s Wages

Raising Most Wages

*+-Robert Reich: The real job creators are members of America’s vast middle class and the poor, whose purchases cause businesses to expand and invest.