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 »

Merkley Campaigns to Raise Minimum Wage

EUGENE, Ore. — Senator Jeff Merkley is pushing legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. He wants to increase it by nearly $3 an hour. Right now the federal minimum wage is $7.25, but Merkley hopes Congress will pass legislation that would raise it to $10.10. If passed, it would raise Oregon’s minimum wage by … Continue reading »

Minimum Wage Increase In 2014

Eugene, Ore– When we ring in the New Year, about 100,000 Oregonians will see a boost in their paychecks. The state’s minimum wage is increasing 15 cents an hour to $9.10. The increase is to compensate for inflation. It’s a late holiday gift for thousands of workers. “I’m excited of course, a bigger paycheck is … Continue reading »

Minimum Wage Increasing to $9.10/hr

MEDFORD, Ore. — Minimum wage workers in Oregon are less than a week away to a raise thanks to the state. Beginning on January 1st, Oregon minimum wage will increase 15 cents per hour to $9.10. The changes is projected to impact nearly 100,000 Oregonians. The increase has opposition from business owners, but some workers … Continue reading »

Fast Food and Minimum Wage

Fast food workers across America protested on Thursday in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Although nobody in Eugene was protesting, plenty of customers and workers had opinions on the subject. One McDonalds customer thought the workers make an appropriate amount for their job, “if you’re working at a fast food … Continue reading »

Minimum Wage to Increase in January

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Labor and Industries commissioner Brad Avakian announced Tuesday that the state minimum wage will increase to $9.10 on January 1. That’s up $0.15 from this year. There are 98,000 workers in Oregon who make minimum wage. For an employee who works 30 hours a week, it comes out to an extra … Continue reading »

New Oregon Laws in 2013

SALEM, Ore. — The year 2013 kicks off a new year for all of us and also lays down some new laws. Some of those bring new perks, while others carry restrictions. These laws should come as no surprise; lawmakers gave approval earlier this year. Tuesday is the first day many will be enforced. Starting … Continue reading »

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Rises 15 Cents

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s lowest-paid workers will get a raise this new year starting Jan. 1, when a 15-cent increase to the state’s minimum wage takes effect. Starting Jan. 1, the increase from $8.80 to $8.95 per hour will mean an extra $312 a year for families with one full-time minimum wage worker. Oregon will … Continue reading »

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