Oregon Minimum Wage Increases in 2015

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene residents say they’re excited for Oregon’s minimum wage to increase later this week. The state’s minimum wage will rise 15 cents from $9.10 an hour to $9.25 an hour on Thursday. It’s all because of annual adjustments required by state law. Residents say they hope this increase will help boost the … Continue reading »

Fast Food Protesters in Street

NEW YORK (CNN) — Fast food workers are staging another round of protests across the country Thursday. Workers from coast to coast are walking off the job and rallying for $15 minimum wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. Strikers began to gather in more than 100 cities early Thursday morning, affecting … Continue reading »

Fast-Food Workers to Strike Thursday

(CNN) — Get ready for possibly long lines and delays at your favorite fast-food spots on Thursday. Thousands of fast food workers from McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell are now threatening nationwide walkouts, massive protests, and even civil disobedience this week in their fight for higher wages. It’s the latest in the two-year fight to … Continue reading »

Minimum Wage Hike Approved in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Supporters of a minimum wage hike in San Diego packed city hall Monday night. Council members bypassed the voters and approved minimum wage increase starting at $9.75 next year to $11.50 by 2017 including five earned sick days. “Not making enough money working both jobs, I’m struggling and I have to live … Continue reading »

Businesses React to Seattle Minimum Wage

EUGENE, Ore. — Seattle’s minimum wage is on the rise. Soon, it will be the highest in the country at $15 an hour. Small businesses in Eugene are split when it comes to the minimum wage debate. Some say they would be willing to pay their employees more of a livable wage, but others say … Continue reading »

Minimum Wage Hike in Seattle

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council voted 9-0 Monday to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour. The decision makes Seattle the first major city in the country to take such an action. “It’s a historic moment. It’s been a tough discussion on all sides. It’s been tough on the council … Continue reading »

Fast Food Workers Strike

EUGENE, Ore. — Members of local labor unions joined a global fast food workers strike Thursday. They rallied outside the McDonald’s on Broadway during the lunch hour, calling for higher wages and the right to unionize. Fast food workers in Eugene make $9.10 an hour. For the past year and a half, they’ve been fighting … Continue reading »

260K College Grads in Minimum Wage Jobs

(CNN) — Having a college degree doesn’t guarantee you a high-paying job. About 260,000 graduates made at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics–that’s the lowest number since 2008. The worst year was 2010 when the number skyrocketed to 327,000. Experts blame the post-recession … Continue reading »

President to Increase Minimum Wage

EUGENE, Ore. — The economy was one of the issues President Barack Obama talked about Tuesday night in his State of the Union Address, specifically, raising the minimum wage for some workers and trying to bridge the gap between how much men and women make. In his speech, the President talked about how upward mobility … Continue reading »

President Issues Executive Order

EUGENE, Ore. — Just hours before his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama says he’s plans to increase the minimum wage for new federal contract workers. The President’s attempts to increase the nation’s minimum wage through legislation have stalled in Congress and according to his Chief of Staff, he doesn’t want to wait … Continue reading »

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