L.A.’s Minimum Wage Hike: A Teaching Moment for Those Trying to Help the Underprivileged

A lightly annotated story from today’s L.A. Times from the frontline of the politically connected trying to claim special exemptions from L.A’s forthcoming minimum wage hike, which highlights not the corruption of the politically connected seeking special favors but the logic that should lead to a universal exemption, i.e., abandoning the prospective minimum wage hike.

It begins with a discussion of […]

Study Finds Minority Retail Workers Get Lower Pay

African-American and Latino retail industry employees earn lower wages than their white colleagues

African-American and Latino retail industry employees earn lower wages than their white colleagues, according to a new study.

The report, released on Tuesday by public policy group Demos and the NAACP, found that retailers pay black and Hispanic full-time salespeople about 75% of what they pay white workers in […]

Walmart Promises $10 Minimum Wage by 2016

Walmart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.

The moves mark the next wave of wage hikes by the nation’s largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level […]

Labor Claims Victory as Facebook Hikes Contractor Wages

Facebook will ensure that employees who work for its contractors — including security guards and food-service workers on its Menlo Park, California campus — will receive an hourly wage of at least $15, the company announced earlier this week. Contractors and vendors who do “a substantial amount of work” with Facebook in the United States will also be expected […]

Emeryville Votes for The Highest Minimum Wage in The Country

The Emeryville City Council voted Tuesday night to raise the city’s minimum wage to nearly $16 per hour by 2019, the highest specified level in the country. The vote came despite concerns from some small business owners that they won’t be able to compete with neighboring businesses in other cities.

The ordinance will go into effect on July 1 when small […]

An App To Solve Key Contributor to Income Gap

Income volatility has been called America’s “hidden inequality.” The economists Karen Dynan, Douglas Elmendorf and Daniel Sichel estimated in a Brookings Institution paper that American household incomes became 30 percent more volatile between the early 1970s and the late 2000s, and that in recent years, more than one in 10 American households took in half the annual income that they […]