David Mariscal: Low-wage workers reached peak purchasing power in 1968, when the minimum wage was the equivalent of $9.54 per hour in 2014 dollars. However, due to infrequent and inadequate congressional raises, these workers are worse off economically than they have been in years.
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.
Peter Dreier: More than 40% of California workers earn less than $15 dollars an hour. By putting more money in people’s pockets, the pay increase will improve the economy by increasing consumer spending in businesses throughout the state.
Mark Maier and Al Bevans: The mayor and Council must decide about the timing of the increases, future cost of living increases, monitoring its impact, and enforcing its provisions.
Joe Mathews: Silicon Valley, Martin Luther King Jr., and Milton Friedman make strange bedfellows, yet each has championed a guaranteed minimum income for all.
Peter Dreier: Despite overwhelming support, some City Council members are still on the fence, feeling pressure from the Chamber of Commerce.
March with Pasadena workers and their organizations to raise the wage to $15, abolish wage theft, and establish worker justice in our city.
Jack Rothman: The trickle down theory holds that when financial elites heap up profits, good stuff cascades down to poor folks at the bottom. What I’ve seen trickle down is meager jobs and hardly-livable housing. Mansions never seem to trickle down.
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.
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.
Dale Gronemeier: Morgan claims he was “set up” at a meeting held on Saturday. He is lying.
Ana Beatriz Cholo: For many universities and colleges, both public and private, it’s their most embarrassing secret — paying educated professionals minimum wage salaries with no benefits.
Let’s Raise The Wage: Los Angeles is standing up to raise the minimum wage. Rally: Friday, January 30th, at LA City Hall.
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.