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The question is who is better off, Mr. Mayor?
New York Daily News

September 16, 2012 - Mayor Bloomberg, always the optimist, thinks that New York is better off today than it was four years ago. Read more.

Bloomberg Doubles Down Against Living Wages
Courthouse News Service

September 7, 2012 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg sued the City Council to try to stop a "Living Wage Law," that construction and building service workers be paid prevailing wages. Read more.

Council OKs Budget, Overrides Bloomberg Veto

June 29, 2012 - The City Council approved an on-time, balanced budget of $68.5 billion on Thursday – and flexed its legislative muscle in overriding the mayor’s veto of two laws aimed at low-wage workers and the city’s banking sector. Read more.

City Council Approves Budget, Overrides Bloomberg's Living Wage Veto
NY1 News

June 29, 2012 - The City Council approved both a $68.5 billion budget for the next fiscal year and an override of Mayor Bloomberg's veto of the living wage Thursday. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report. Read more.

Living Wage Advocates Celebrate Mayoral Override Vote (and Supreme Court Decision!!)

June 29, 2012 - “Yes! Yes! Yes! Come, come, ready?” Councilwoman Tish James hurriedly exclaimed when we started to ask her about today’s Supreme Court ruling on health care reform before a rally celebrating the vote on living wage legislation coming later today Read more.

City Council votes to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of New York City living wage bill
New York Daily News

June 29, 2012 - The Council voted 46-5 for the measure, which would boost pay to $11.50 an hour, or $10 with benefits, for workers at companies that receive $1 million or more in city subsidies. Read more.

NY City Council Overrides Mayor Mike's Veto On Wage Hikes
International Business Times

June 29, 2012 - As expected, the New York City Council voted Thursday evening to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a measure that would raise the minimum wage of employees of some companies that receive public subsidies to $11.50 an hour, or $10 an hour with ben Read more.

NYC Council votes to override living wage veto
The Wall Street Journal

June 29, 2012 - NEW YORK — The New York City Council has voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a living wage bill. Read more.

City Council overrides Bloomberg's living wage veto
ABC News

June 29, 2012 - NEW YORK -- The New York City Council voted Thursday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a living wage bill. Read more.

City Council Overrides Mayor Bloomberg’s “Living Wage” Veto
New York Press

June 29, 2012 - At a press conference on the steps of City Hall this morning, advocates for the “living wage” bill celebrated the New York City Council’s expected override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the legislation this afternoon. Read more.

Mike Wage Veto Nixed
New York Post

June 29, 2012 - The City Council last night overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a “living-wage bill” that mandates private companies taking taxpayer subsidies to increase workers’ salaries. Read more.

City Council Set To Override Bloomberg's Veto On Living Wage Bill
The Village Voice

June 28, 2012 - Nearly 100 New Yorkers from coalitions across the city stood on the steps of City Hall this afternoon to claim victory for the Living Wage Bill. Read more.

Living Wage Bill is still living, thanks to City Council’s expected override of Bloomberg veto
New York Daily News

June 28, 2012 - Activists supporting the bill plan rally outside City Hall Thursday, while inside, City Council is expected to override the Mayor's veto Read more.

More Tough Words For Bloomberg At Living Wage Rally
City & State

June 28, 2012 - At a press conference on the steps of City Hall this morning, advocates for the “living wage” bill celebrated the New York City Council’s expected override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the legislation this afternoon. Read more.

Why Michael Bloomberg Vetoed the Living Wage
The Guardian

June 9, 2012 - New York's mayor enjoys a reputation as a liberal centrist, but his record shows the iron fist of a free-market fundamentalist Read more.

As Promised, Bloomberg Vetos "Living Wage" Bill
New York Daily News

June 1, 2012 - As vowed, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the controversial “living wage” bill, slamming it as a measure that will cripple local businesses. Read more.

University of Virginia: Living Wage Campaign Begins Hunger Strike
NBC 29

February 18, 2012 - A campaign calling for higher pay for some of the University of Virginia's lowest paid employees is ramping up their demands. Read more.

North Ayrshire, Scotland: Union and Councillors Launch Living Wage Fight for School Cleaners
The Irvine Herald

February 17, 2012 - A TRADE union is calling on a schools cleaning contractor to pay their workers the same wage as North Ayrshire Council. Read more.

Santa Monica, CA: Living Wage Sets Precedent for Hotels
Santa Monica Daily Press

February 17, 2012 - CITY HALL — After long negotiations, the Planning Commission secured a living wage provision for a new luxury hotel, one that potentially sets a precedent for future hotel development in the city. Read more.

Cleaners Strike to Demand the London Living Wage
Socialist Worker

February 16, 2012 - Cleaners formed a noisy and lively picket outside the new St Pancras International Station today, Thursday. Read more.

Virginia: County Manager Wants Increase in ‘Living Wage’ Rate
Sun Gazette

February 16, 2012 - County Manager Barbara Donnellan has proposed a 3-percent rise in the minimum hourly rate paid under the county government’s “living wage” ordinance. Read more.

Faith Community Sees Results on Living Wage
Odyssey Networks

February 15, 2012 - New York faith leaders gathered at a Harlem church on Wednesday to celebrate what they call a victory in their battle for "living wage" legislation. Odyssey Networks has been following this story since it emerged in May 2011 and had an inside track to the Read more.

Pass The Living Wage Bill
Downtown Express

February 15, 2012 - I write this with a heavy heart. As we all know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis fighting for economic justice when he was assassinated. He believed we could pull people out of poverty with a living wage and dignity. Read more.

Fair Wage Woes to Change in New York, Higher Pay Rate Coming
New York Amsterdam News

February 10, 2012 - Members of the City Council are being urged to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, which could give workers an hourly wage of $11.50. Read more.

England: A Living Wage Should Be the Only Wage
The Yorker

February 9, 2012 - The concept of a earning a wage to adequately support yourself and your family, enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and one not defined by the threat of poverty, is arguably an intrinsic want for every individual in Britain today. Read more.

Cambodia: Living Wage a ‘Human Right’
The Phnom Penh Post

February 9, 2012 - Panellists at the first “Permanent People’s Tribunal” on wages and conditions for Cambodian garment workers yesterday released their findings, declaring that a living wage for workers should be considered a “human right”. Read more.

Virginia: UVA Living Wage Campaign Holds Protest, Lists Demands
NBC 29

February 8, 2012 - Students and faculty are teaming up with the living wage campaign to sent a strong message to University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan. Supporters rallied and listed their demands in front of the president's office at Madison Hall on grounds Wedne Read more.

Memphis, TN: Rally for a Living Wage Continues
The Daily Helmsman

February 8, 2012 - Jean Rimmer fought back tears as she spoke of the conflict between work and family life that she encounters while working multiple jobs, one of which is a University of Memphis custodian Read more.

Cambridge, UK: Jesus College students vote to support a Living Wage

February 7, 2012 - This Monday, the Jesus College Student Union followed Emmanuel, in passing a motion calling for all college employees to be paid at least the living wage. Read more.

London: David Miliband Backs Bid for University 'Living Wage'
Cambridge News

February 7, 2012 - One of the architects of New Labour has thrown his weight behind a student campaign to give Cambridge University and college staff a ‘living wage’. Read more.

Everyday People: NYC’s Minimum Wage Earners
Metro Focus

February 6, 2012 - Last week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill that would raise New York’s minimum wage 17 percent, from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour. Read more.

Cambodia: Factory Workers Testify to Need for ‘Living Wage’
The Phnom Penh Post

February 6, 2012 - Garment and footwear workers began testifying yesterday at a “people’s tribunal” on working conditions and wages organised by a regional advocacy alliance that aims to establish a “living wage” for garment workers in Asia. Read more.

Scotland: Aberdeen MSP Welcomes Move Towards Living Wage

February 4, 2012 - Kevin Stewart, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central, has welcomed the introduction of the living wage of £7.20 per hour by Aberdeen City Council. Read more.

British Columbia: A Living Wage Within Reach
Parksville Qualicum Beach News

February 3, 2012 - The number of living wage employers is growing in B.C. and local proponents hope to bring it to District 69. Read more.

Chicago: Airport Dismissals Renew Calls For Living Wage Ordinance
Progress Illinois

February 3, 2012 - The dismissal of 12 airport bookstore employees at O'Hare Airport has renewed the push for a "Stable Jobs, Stable Airports" living wage ordinance. Read more.

Ontario: A Living Wage
Seaway News

February 2, 2012 - Like already happening in many communities across Canada and the United States, we need to start having a dialogue about “why is it that people are doing what they should be doing by getting a job and working full-time, yet on pay day, they can’t even aff Read more.

New Zealand: $15 Minimum Wage Would Help Inequality, Stimulate Economy
Scoop Independent News

February 2, 2012 - $15 Minimum Wage Would Help Inequality, Stimulate Economy Read more.

National Staff Consulted on London Living Wage Deal
The Stage News

February 2, 2012 - Front of house and hospitality staff working at the National Theatre are being consulted on a new pay deal that would ensure they are all paid the London living wage. Read more.

Virginia: Student Activists Seek Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

February 2, 2012 - Students and community leaders spoke yesterday afternoon at a rally on the Rotunda steps to celebrate “The Real Legacy of Martin Luther King” and emphasize the importance of continuing King’s fight against economic injustice. Read more.

A Look at What Life Is Like on Minimum Wage

February 1, 2012 - Albany lawmakers are considering raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour making it the third highest rate in the country. Read more.

New Westminster, UK: Resident Says Living Wage Policy Violated
The Record

February 1, 2012 - A Royal City resident is questioning whether everyone working on the city's future civic centre is earning the living wage. Read more.

A Hike in the State’s Minimum Wage will Boost the Economy and Benefit Everyone
New York Daily News

February 1, 2012 - Over one million New Yorkers who barely survive now on minimum wage, could soon catch a breather. Read more.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland: President Urgo, Let’s Make a Campus Living Wage a Reality
The Point News

January 31, 2012 - We were happy to read your recent all-campus email describing your anticipation for the semester ahead. We too feel an exhilarating mix of trepidation for the future and enthusiasm for the potential held in the present. Read more.

Illinois: Faith Leaders Call On Springfield To Raise The Minimum Wage
Progress Illinois

January 31, 2012 - Illinois faith leaders are headed to Springfield this morning to call on legislators to raise the minimum wage. The religious leaders and members of the Raise Illinois coalition boarded an Amtrak train today to go to the state capitol to hold a press conf Read more.

Connecticut: House Dems Want To Raise The Minimum Wage; Malloy Unconvinced
CT News

January 31, 2012 - House Speaker Chris Donovan and Democratic lawmakers want to raise the minimum wage by $1.50 per hour over the next two years, then index it to rise with the cost of living. Read more.

Statement from Borough President Diaz RE: New York State Assembly Bill on Increased State Minimum Wage
Office of the Borough President

January 30, 2012 - “I strongly support Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Member Keith Wright and the entire New York State Assembly in their proposal to raise the State’s minimum wage to $ 8.50 an hour. If passed, this bill will represent a positive step towards changing the Read more.

New York State Democrats Will Propose Hike in State Minimum Wage to $8.50 an Hour
New York Daily News

January 29, 2012 - Assembly Democrats Monday will propose a hike in the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, the Daily News has learned. Read more.

With Focus on Income Inequality, Albany Bill Will Seek $8.50 Minimum Wage
New York Times

January 29, 2012 - The Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park is no more, but the focus it brought to income inequality is having an impact in Albany and beyond. Read more.

Cambridge, Mass.: It’s Time to Occupy for the Minimum Wage
The Journal-Standard

January 29, 2012 - The Occupy Wall Street movement has brought the growing issue of income inequality to the forefront of public discourse in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. Nevertheless, many are still wondering what specific changes the movement is demand Read more.

Cambridge, UK: Fighting for a Living Wage

January 28, 2012 - Almost all Cambridge colleges are not paying living wages to all of their staff, Freedom of Information requests have revealed. Read more.

Santa Fe, N.M., to Have Nation's Highest Minimum Wage

January 27, 2012 - (Reuters) - When Santa Fe's minimum wage rises to $10.29 an hour on March 1, the New Mexico capital will have the highest local wage requirement in the country, according to the National Employment Law Project. Read more.

London: Eurostar Cleaners Vote to Strike Over Pay
BBC News

January 27, 2012 - Workers who clean Eurostar trains and stations in the UK have voted to go on strike in a row over pay. Read more.

Santa Monica, CA: Hotel Stalled Over Living Wage Concerns
Santa Monica Daily Press

January 27, 2012 - The Planning Commission stalled a development agreement for a new hotel Wednesday night amid concerns that the public had not yet had a chance to review information about a controversial living wage provision that became available just before the hearing. Read more.

Muncie, IN: A Living Wage?
The Star Press

January 27, 2012 - Caterpillar Inc. owns and operates Progress Rail in Muncie, which builds diesel and electric locomotives. Read more.

A Higher Minimum Wage in New York
New York Amsterdam News

January 26, 2012 - $7.25 per hour has been the minimum wage in New York since 2004. Over the past eight years, low-wage workers across the state have seen their cost of living increase and the price of basic necessities like food and shelter jump. However, wages have stagna Read more.

Thailand: TLSC Demands Wage Hike Nationwide
Bangkok Post

January 26, 2012 - The Thai Labour Solidarity Committee plans mass gatherings of workers throughout the country to pressure the government to immediately raise the daily minimum wage to 300 baht nationwide, TLSC chairman Chalee Loysoong said on Thursday. Read more.

Nova Scotia Boosts Minimum Wage by 1.5 Per Cent to $10.50 an Hour
The Canadian Press

January 25, 2012 - Nova Scotia Boosts Minimum Wage by 1.5 Per Cent to $10.50 an Hour Read more.

Giving Workers a Good Tip and a Living Wage
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

January 25, 2012 - Imagine your wages frozen for two decades at $2.13 per hour. No, I am not talking about a Third World sweatshop. The kid who put your groceries in the car, the waitress who served you dinner at your favorite restaurant last week, the guy or girl who vacuu Read more.

Windsor, Ontario: Let Employees Earn a Living Wage
The Windsor Star

January 25, 2012 - First and foremost, with respect to the so-called "bailout" that Chrysler received in 2008, let's understand and educate the public at large (something I assumed a newspaper would like to do). This was a high- interest loan, 12 per cent in fact, that our Read more.

House Committee Passes Bill That Would Raise Hawaii Minimum Wage to $8.14 Next Year
The Republic

January 24, 2012 - HONOLULU — A bill moving through the state Legislature could increase Hawaii's minimum wage for the first time since 2007, but opinions are mixed as to whether elevating the wage floor would help or hinder Hawaii's economic recovery. Read more.

Initiative Seeks to Boost San Jose Minimum Wage to $10
Mercury News

January 23, 2012 - San Jose State University students have parlayed a class assignment on social justice into a potential ballot measure that could affect tens of thousands of San Jose workers, by raising the minimum wage 25 percent to $10 an hour. Read more.

London: Organise! City cleaners fight for a living wage
Red Pepper

January 23, 2012 - The shimmering steel and glass of Canary Wharf bear testament to the financial centre's opulence. But while billions of pounds pour through its banks each day, it is also the workplace of some of the country's lowest paid workers – who are now demanding a Read more.

Advocates Debate Merits of Minimum Wage Increase

January 21, 2012 - A reignited push to increase New York's minimum wage is already being met with resistance from business groups, who say a raise could mean less jobs for state residents. Read more.

New York: Let our politicians try living on minimum wages
Steuben Courier

January 21, 2012 - Those people who run these Govt. programs like Dept. of Social Services fail to tell you that there is an application process. If you qualify you are put on a budget which is guideline approved by Govt. Read more.

Living Wage Is a Step in the Right Direction
The Huffington Post

January 20, 2012 - Last week, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced that a deal had been struck, amending New York City's living wage law to include more city residents. This is a meaningful step Read more.

N. Jersey Democrat wants to raise minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, among nation's highest

January 20, 2012 - While Gov. Christie is pitching tax cuts for all in 2012, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex) wants to give a boost to the 40,000 New Jerseyans who make the $7.25 hourly minimum wage. Read more.

Revised Living Wage Bill

January 20, 2012 - Letitia James, City Council Member from District 35 in Brooklyn, discusses the living wage bill, paid sick leave and other City Council issues. Read more.

Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, On the Living Wage Bill
The Village Voice

January 19, 2012 - Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, On the Living Wage Bill Read more.

Oxford, England: St John’s to Pay Living Wage
The Oxford Student

January 19, 2012 - St John’s College is set to raise the wages of scouts following a decision made in its governing body at the end of last term. Read more.

London: Supermarket Staff Live 'In Poverty'
The Independent

January 19, 2012 - Hundreds of thousands of workers at the big four grocers are not paid a living wage, claims study Read more.

Santa Fe Increases Living Wage to $10.29 an Hour

January 19, 2012 - Santa Fe city officials announced its minimum wage will increase to $10.29 per hour on March 1. Read more.

North Vancouver City Will Define its 'Living Wage'
North Shore News

January 18, 2012 - The City of North Vancouver will continue to explore the possibility of becoming a "living wage employer," despite both of the North Shore's other municipalities expressing no interest in the idea. Read more.

New Study Finds Bronx is Worst Borough for Retail Workers Stuck with Low Wages and no Benefits
New York Daily News

January 17, 2012 - Retail workers across New York are stuck with low wages, subpar benefits and erratic schedules, but Bronx workers have it the worst, a new study claims. Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign cancels protest after cuts prevented
Daily Northwestern

January 17, 2012 - Instead of marching from Pick-Staiger Hall to Sodexo's food services office as originally scheduled on Monday afternoon, members of the Living Wage Campaign met to discuss their most recent success and to plan for the upcoming quarter. Read more.

England: How to... pay the living wage in your borough
The Guardian

January 17, 2012 - Islington is one of England's most deprived boroughs, with a huge divide between rich and poor – but it has committed to paying and promoting the London living wage Read more.

Speaker Announces Living Wage Compromise
The Riverdale Press

January 13, 2012 - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Oliver Koppell and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced a compromise on living wage legislation on Jan. 13. Read more.

Statement from Borough President Diaz RE: Deal Struck on ‘Fair Wages for New Yorkers’ Act
Office of the Bronx Borough President

January 13, 2012 - “I am extremely happy that we have reached an agreement on the ‘Fair Wages for New Yorkers’ Act, and that this important bill will finally see a vote in the City Council. Read more.

Vancouver, BC: Wage War
The Vancouver Courier

January 13, 2012 - In May, the minimum wage in B.C. will climb from $9.50 to $10.25, the highest in the nation, sparking debate about its impact on individuals, businesses and the economy at large Read more.

Living Wage Advocate Say Bloomberg Minimum Wage Push Is Insufficent
Politicker NY

January 12, 2012 - If Mayor Bloomberg hoped that his announcement today that he was backing Shelly Silver’s push to raise the minimum wage would de-fang the coalition pushing a living wage for New York City, he was wrong. Read more.

Labor Looks to Shore Up Jewish Support for Living Wage Push
Politicker NY

January 12, 2012 - The Jewish Labor Committee, which is headed by Stuart Appelbaum, is hosting their annual dinner as labor makes their big push for living wage legislation. Mr. Appelbaum is also the President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Read more.

NJ: Is it time to raise the minimum wage?
Asbury Park Press

January 11, 2012 - Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said Monday that one of her top legislative priorities this year will be raising New Jersey’s minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour — the lowest allowable by federal law — to $8.50 an hour. It’s long overdue. Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign Plans Protest Over Reduced Worker Hours
Daily Northwestern

January 10, 2012 - Members of the Living Wage Campaign filled a Kresge classroom Monday night in an "emergency meeting" to discuss reduced hours for some dining hall workers. Read more.

Mobilize to Support Longshore Workers! Defend Living Wage Jobs in Longview, Washington
Socialist Alternative

January 9, 2012 - Longview, Washington has become ground zero for one of the most important battles in both the labor and Occupy movements. In this small town on the southwestern coast of Washington, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is engaged in a cr Read more.

London: Fair Pay Campaigners Ejected From Wharf
East London Times

January 7, 2012 - Trade unionists campaigning for a London living wage for cleaners at Canary Wharf have complained of a “disrepect of civil liberties” after being ejected from the Wharf as they distributed leaflets on Thursday. Read more.

Brooklyn Brewery President Says 'Everyone Wins' with a Living Wage Law
Capital New York

January 6, 2012 - Brooklyn Brewery president Steve Hindy today endorsed the "living wage" bill, saying that, "workers who benefit from this legislation will put their pay increase right back into the local economy." Read more.

Hindy Endorses ‘Living Wage’ Bill
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

January 6, 2012 - Steve Hindy, president of the Brooklyn Brewery, has endorsed the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, which establishes minimum salaries of at least $10 for businesses and developers receiving $1 million or more in discretionary subsidies from the city. Read more.

Wage Heat on Quinn
New York Post

January 6, 2012 - Pressure is mounting on City Council Speaker Christine Quinn — a 2013 mayoral hopeful — to take a stand on a living-wage bill that would mandate higher pay for employees of companies receiving major city subsidies. Read more.

Houston, TX: Want to stimulate the economy? Raise the minimum wage
Your Houston News

January 6, 2012 - The minimum wage has been around since the 1890s when New Zealand enacted the first law. The minimum wage became law in the United States in 1938, when Americans recognized the need to provide an incentive for the unemployed to seek work and lift themselv Read more.

San Francisco's Minimum Wage Is Now the Nation's Highest
San Francisco Weekly

January 4, 2012 - As of January 1, 2011, San Francisco's minimum wage went up from $9.92 to $10.24, which now makes it the nation's highest. California state's federal minimum wage is $8 -- that means San Franciscans are paid 28 percent more than minimum-wage workers in ot Read more.

Why Government Is Not a Business
Frying Pan News

January 4, 2012 - In a recent blog post on the “value” of running government like a business, I had some fun pretending to agree with the mantra that government decisions are best made with a “business orientation.” Read more.

With the New Year Comes Optimism and Hope for Better Days Ahead
New York Daily News

January 4, 2012 - A list of best wishes as 2012 rings in Read more.

The Living Wage Debate Continues…
WNY Media

January 3, 2012 - For Canal Side Community Alliance members, the idea that subsidized businesses should pay living wages continues to be an imperative. Read more.

New York: People's State of the State calls for living wage, universal health care
Legislative Gazette

January 3, 2012 - The 22nd annual People's State of the State rally, sponsored by the Hunger Action Network of New York State, took place in Academy Park outside the Capitol on Jan. 3rd, with members of the New York State United Teachers, the Public Employee's Federation, Read more.

Tasks for 2012
El Diario

January 3, 2012 - But there is lot more to do in 2012 to ensure that New Yorkers are receiving the services they need to succeed. Here are a few of the tasks: Read more.

Raising Minimum Wage Significantly Would Boost Economy
Fire Dog Lake

January 3, 2012 - Contrary to the opinion that we’re headed for a consumer-led recovery in 2012, most economic analysts see little movement on consumer spending. Read more.

Florida minimum wage up 36 cents for 2012
Gainesville Sun

January 2, 2012 - Florida minimum-wage earners got a 36-cent raise Sunday when the 2012 rate increased from $7.31 to $7.67 an hour. Read more.

Colorado Minimum Wage Rises to $7.64
The Inquisitr

January 2, 2012 - The minimum wage has been raised to $7.64 in Colorado, a move that will be welcomed by some 74,000 minimum wage workers in the Centennial State. Read more.

Action Alert Update: Close the Gender Wage Gap for Retail Workers in NYC
Paradigm Shift

January 2, 2012 - Action Alert Update: Close the Gender Wage Gap for Retail Workers in NYC Read more.

London: The penny finally drops. Pay people properly and you will get better results
The Independent

January 1, 2012 - A decade of hard graft by Living Wage campaigners has forced employers to recognise that higher salaries boost productivity Read more.

Minimum wage in S.F. up to $10.24, highest in U.S.
San Francisco Chronicle

January 1, 2012 - San Francisco is known for its love-it-or-hate-it, cutting-edge firsts, and this one's no exception. Today it will be the first city in the nation where the minimum hourly wage will top $10. San Francisco Chronicle Read more.

Ohio: Minimum wage jumps to $7.70 an hour today
Sandusky Register

January 1, 2012 - Ohio's minimum wage increases 30 cents today, to $7.70 an hour. Read more.

San Francisco Becomes First in Nation with $10 Minimum Wage (and the Sky Isn't Going to Fall)

December 30, 2011 - On January 1, the minimum wage in San Francisco will cross the psychological threshold of $10 an hour. An automatic cost-of-living adjustment built into city law will raise the wage floor 3.2 percent, from its current $9.92 to $10.24. Read more.

The Working Poor and Livable Wage
Media Monitor Network

December 29, 2011 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the working poor as " people who has spent 27 weeks in the past year either working or looking for work whose income is below the poverty level." Read more.

Top 10 Stories of ‘11
The Riverdale Press

December 28, 2011 - Councilman Oliver Koppell’s controversial Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act never made it to the City Council floor for a vote this year, but there was still plenty of action. Read more.

CB1 Supports Living Wage
Our Town Downtown

December 28, 2011 - Last week, Community Board 1, serving Lower Manhattan, joined four other local community boards in supporting the Living Wage Bill, or Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

The State of the Council on 'Living Wage' Legislation
Capital New York

December 28, 2011 - The "living wage" bill currently being debated in the New York City Council may get a boost soon, according to sources who tell City & State that "one or more" City Council members are going to announce their support for the legislation "in the coming day Read more.

New York Times Backs Living Wage Bill
Norwood News

December 28, 2011 - In an editorial printed on Christmas day, the New York Times endorsed the controversial living wage bill that’s been lingering in the City Council for nearly two years–the second major endorsement the legislation’s received this month. Read more.

S.F.'s Minimum Wage Will be Tops in U.S.
The Republic

December 28, 2011 - On Jan. 1 the city’s minimum wage will rise to $10.24 an hour. That’s the highest rate in the country and makes San Francisco the first place in the U.S. to mandate double-digit hourly wages for its lowest-paid workers. Read more.

Statement from Borough President Diaz RE: The New York Times Endorsement of 'Living Wage'
Office of the Bronx Borough President

December 27, 2011 - Statement from Borough President Diaz RE: The New York Times Endorsement of 'Living Wage' Read more.

Mayor Gloomberg Opposes a Living Wage, Would Rather Pass the City’s Millions Out Unchecked
We Party Patriots

December 27, 2011 - Self-anointed King of the 1%, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is currently trying to defeat the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act” that is currently before City Council. Read more.

Arizona Minimum Wage Increases

December 27, 2011 - TUCSON - According to the Industrial Commission of Arizona, minimum wagers will be getting a four percent minimum wage increase starting January 1st. Read more.

A Living Wage, Long Overdue
New York Times

December 25, 2011 - New York City provides hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxpayer-financed subsidies to private developers. It is only right that the jobs created by those projects pay a decent wage. The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, widely known as the living- Read more.

Changes Give Living Wage Bill a Boost
New York Amsterdam News

December 23, 2011 - While the City Council continues to haggle over whether or not to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, also known as the living wage bill, a recent Quinnipiac University poll indicates that nearly 85 percent of Black voters believe that the bill is a Read more.

Minimum Wage Set to Increase in 8 States on New Year’s Day
International Business Times

December 23, 2011 - The holiday season brings good news to 1.4 million low-wage workers in eight states. On the first day of January, these workers will see their income getting a modest boost as a result of state laws that require the minimum wage to keep up with inflation. Read more.

China province raises minimum wage by 23%
BBC News

December 22, 2011 - Sichuan province in southwest China has increased the minimum wage sharply to try and attract workers amid a rapidly rising cost of living. Read more.

Scots firms may have to pay staff living wage if they take on Scottish Government contracts
Daily Record

December 21, 2011 - FIRMS taking on Scottish Government contracts could face requirements to pay their staff the living wage, if it is permissible under EU regulations. Read more.

UFT Urges City Council to Back Living Wage Bill

December 20, 2011 - United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew sent a letter to all 51 members of the City Council asking them to support the “Fair Wages For New Yorkers Act,” better known as the “Living Wage Bill.” Read more.

In Gilded City, Living Wage Proposal Still Stirs Fears
New York Times

December 20, 2011 - We begin downtown, where Goldman Sachs, that exemplar of 0.001 percent America, reaps a multimillion-dollar tax break for its office tower, a deal accompanied by a multimillion-dollar landscaping clause. (You expected Lloyd C. Blankfein to yank weeds, may Read more.

San Francisco: The City With The Highest Minimum Wage

December 19, 2011 - San Francisco’s minimum wage rises to $10.24, making San Francisco the first city in America to have the highest minimum wage salary. This wage increase will begin on January 1, 2012, to start the New Year off with a higher salary for its employees. Read more.

Canada: Minimum Wage Hike Key to Cutting Poverty
The Star

December 17, 2011 - Lilia Martinez is happy to clean offices, cook in a restaurant, look after children — you name it. Read more.

San Francisco, California adopts landmark minimum wage of $10/hour
GMA News

December 16, 2011 - The city of San Francisco in California will usher in a landmark move with a $10 minimum wage starting January 1, 2012, making it the first city in the United States paying such amount, the Asian Journal said. Read more.

Living Wage Act Inspires Fierce Debate
The Uptowner

December 16, 2011 - On a cold afternoon, a crowd of Living Wage NYC Coalition supporters lined up outside the downtown Emigrant Savings Bank Building, picket signs in hand, to enter a City Council hearing on the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

Living Wage Takes Center stage

December 15, 2011 - IF you think New York City is where its happening, think again, one of the most expensive cities in America San Fransico has become one of the first cities in the nation to bring the minimum wage to top $10. Back in 2003 a proposition was assessed that re Read more.

U.S. Mayors Decry Rise in Poverty, Homelessness

December 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON — US mayors sounded an alarm Thursday over deepening economic woes after a survey of 29 cities from Los Angeles to Washington showed worrying rises in homelessness and poverty-related food aid. Read more.

Census Shows 1 in 2 People are Poor or Low-Income
USA Today

December 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON (AP) – Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans, almost 1 in 2, have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. Read more.

Bloomberg Knocked for Protest Raid
The Wall Street Journal

December 15, 2011 - 74% of city voters said they thought it was a good idea to mandate higher wages for projects that receive taxpayer subsidies. Among Republicans, support was 56%, and among Democrats it was 83%. Read more.

Lobbying Lew Fidler on Living Wage
The Brooklyn Politics Blog

December 15, 2011 - New York Communities for Change is specifically targeting Councilman Lew Fidler’s vote as they push for the City Council to pass the Living Wage Bill. Read more.

Estonian Employers Agree With Unions on Minimum-Wage Increase
Bloomberg Business Week

December 15, 2011 - Estonian employers and trade unions reached a preliminary agreement on raising the minimum monthly wage by 4.3 percent from January, citing the higher cost of living and a government plan to raise pensions. Read more.

Diaz Celebrates New Living Wage Poll
Bronx Press Politics

December 14, 2011 - City residents are overwhelmingly in favor of a living wage bill, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found. This comes as good news for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., one of the leading supporters of a living wage. Read more.

Big Support for Living Wage, New Poll Finds–UPDATE
Politicker NY

December 14, 2011 - A new poll out today by Quinnipiac University finds overwhelming support for a living wage in New York City. Read more.

Living Wage Popular Among New Yorkers
The Epoch Times

December 14, 2011 - Almost three-quarters of respondents say the living wage proposal before the city council is a “good idea” in a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Read more.

Living Wage Tops CB4Topics
Chelsea Now

December 14, 2011 - Members of Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4) gathered on December 7 at Roosevelt Hospital for a full board meeting, and public hearings on issues including the NYC Living Wage Campaign and a parking garage project. Read more.

New York voters overwhelmingly approve of living wage bill : poll
New York Daily News

December 14, 2011 - City voters are overwhelmingly in favor of the city’s living wage bill, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found. Read more.

Report: States Spend Billions on Economic Development Subsidies that Don't Require Job Creation or Decent Wages
Good Jobs First

December 14, 2011 - Report: States Spend Billions on Economic Development Subsidies that Don't Require Job Creation or Decent Wages Read more.

74 Percent Support Increase in Living Wage: Poll
New York Post

December 14, 2011 - The living wage is living large in a new poll. Read more.

Borough President Diaz Applauds New Poll on Living Wage
Office of the Bronx Borough President

December 14, 2011 - Voters across party lines support a “living wage,” 74-19, According to Quinnipiac Poll Read more.

Living-Wage Bill Intact
Crain's New York

December 14, 2011 - Despite a tabloid report that the living-wage bill has been watered down, no changes have been made, a spokesman for the Living Wage NYC coalition said. “The Daily News story was inaccurate,” he said. Read more.

Bloomberg Mishandled Occupy Wall Street, Says Majority Of Voters In Survey

December 14, 2011 - A Quinnipiac University poll released today found that NYC voters disapprove of the way Mayor Bloomberg has handled the Occupy Wall Street protests, by a margin of 51 - 42 percent. About 50 percent of voters approve of the way the NYPD has handled the pro Read more.

Voters Back Living Wage 4 - 1
Quinnipiac University

December 14, 2011 - The "Living Wage" proposal currently before the New York City Council is a "good idea," voters say 74 - 19 percent. Support is 56 - 39 percent among Republicans, 83 - 11 percent among Democrats and 67 - 25 percent among independent voters. Read more.

Remember the Kingsbridge Armory!
The Awl

December 14, 2011 - In 2009, you may or may not remember, the City Council nixed the Kingsbridge Armory mall project in the Bronx. The developers of the project were to receive $50 million in exemptions and tax credits—but the Council, after much argument, knocked it down, b Read more.

City Voters Approve of Mayor’s Overall Job Performance (And Support The Living Wage)
New York Times

December 14, 2011 - The survey also found that an overwhelming number of city voters — including Republicans and people making more than $100,000 a year — support the so-called living wage bill, a proposal opposed by Mr. Bloomberg, which would raise wages for workers in city Read more.

Massachusetts: Northampton group pushing a living wage

December 13, 2011 - NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Living on minimum wage can be difficult, that's why one group in Northampton is pushing a living wage. Read more.

WBAI Interviews Living Wage NYC
WBAI Evening News

December 13, 2011 - WBAI's "Building Bridges" interviews Dan Morris of Living Wage NYC on the progress of the campaign. Read more.

Council against London Living Wage
Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle

December 13, 2011 - Kensington and Chelsea Council has refused to pay its staff at least the London Living Wage. Read more.

New Zealand: SFWU ready to work with Shearer-led Labour Party on living wage
Voxy News Engine

December 13, 2011 - The Service and Food Workers Union Ng? Ringa Tota, which represents over 23,000 workers who cook, clean and care for New Zealanders is looking forward to working closely with the Labour Party in opposition. Read more.

Hotel Workers Back Living Wage
Crain's New York

December 13, 2011 - The 30,000-member New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, which endorsed the mayor in 2005 and 2009, will today urge the City Council to pass the controversial living-wage bill, joining a growing number of private-sector unions. Read more.

Nashville, TN: Haslam opposed to anti-living wage bill
The Tennessean

December 12, 2011 - Gov. Bill Haslam says he won’t support a bill barring cities from imposing a living wage requirement on contractors, even though he signed a similar bill earlier this year that barred cities from requiring them to follow local nondiscrimination rules. Read more.

Hamilton, Ontario: City eyes living wage for workers
The Hamilton Spectator

December 12, 2011 - The city is moving closer to paying its employees a living wage — not a minimum wage. Read more.

In San Francisco, Minimum Wage Hits $10

December 12, 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO - David Frias works two minimum-wage jobs to squeak by in one of the most expensive cities in America. Read more.

Nashville, TN: Gazillionaire Governor Opposes Living Wages, But Also Law to Prohibit Them
Nashville Scene

December 12, 2011 - While making it clear he’s against living wage laws, Gov. Bill Haslam today also said he’s not in favor of prohibiting city or county governments from adopting them. Read more.

Ontario: Should Hamilton become a ‘Living Wage’ community?
The Spec

December 11, 2011 - On Friday, Dec. 9, a coalition of community partners launched a campaign to make Hamilton a “Living Wage Community.” What is a living wage? It’s the wage needed to lift low-paid workers and their families out of poverty. Read more.

Hamilton, Ontario: Coalition pushes for a living wage, not a minimum wage
The Spec

December 10, 2011 - Single mom Corinna Stroop puts off paying utility bills and other necessary expenses so she can provide healthy food for her son. She prioritizes her bills by which company is next in line to cut off her services. It’s a never-ending cycle. Read more.

Scotland: Campaigners urge Swinney to strike living wage deal

December 8, 2011 - FINANCE Secretary John Swinney was today urged to use his funding deal with local authorities to ensure councils pay their employees the national living wage. Read more.

UK: To end inequality without redistribution of wealth, we should pay a living wage
Left Foot Forward

December 8, 2011 - It has been widely reported that the latest British Social Attitudes Survey found that although three quarters of the British public think the gap between rich and poor is too wide, only 35 per cent thought the Government should engage in redistribution. Read more.

New York City Needs a Real Living Wage
Huffington Post

December 7, 2011 - Last week, the New York City Council debated the "Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act," which would establish a minimum hourly wage, or a "living wage," of $10 per hour plus benefits -- or $11.50 without benefits -- for workers hired by companies that receive Read more.

Scotland: ‘Living wage’ campaigners call for more to be done

December 7, 2011 - Issue is set to be raised at the Scottish Parliament after the Scottish Living Wage Campaign highlight issues faced by lowest paid people in country. Read more.

The “Fair Wages for New Yorkers” Act / La ley de ‘Salarios Justos para los Neoyorquinos’
El Diario

December 6, 2011 - On November 21, thousands of people from all over the City crowded into the Riverside Church in upper Manhattan to make their voices heard loud and clear: it is time for this administration to do right by the people of this City and pass the “Fair Wages f Read more.

California: SF to be first city in US history to set minimum wage over $10
San Francisco Chronicle

December 6, 2011 - January 1 means many new things for many people across the country, but for San Franciscans making minimum wage, this date has historical resonance. For on January 1, San Francisco will be the first city in American history to offer a minimum wage over $1 Read more.

Tennessee: GOP may block 'living wage'
The Tennessean

December 4, 2011 - Months after they prevented Nashville from requiring city contractors to sign a nondiscrimination pledge, Republican state lawmakers are now moving to put more limits on cities’ ability to insist that businesses meet certain standards in how they treat th Read more.

London: Canary Wharf cleaners campaign for living wage
East London Lines

December 3, 2011 - Cleaners working at the Canary Wharf estate are calling on employers to pay them a “living wage.” Read more.

Cash-strapped Tower Hamlets in new deal on London Living Wage
East London Advertiser

December 2, 2011 - All contractors supplying the Town Hall with essential services, supplies, maintenance and construction work must now pay their workers the minimum £8.30-an-hour London Living Wage. Read more.

Union Workers March For Economic Equality
New York 1

December 1, 2011 - A sea of union workers, including some from the United Federation of Teachers and District Council 37, marched down Broadway Thursday to protest what they call an overall lack of economic opportunity. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report. Read more.

Kingsbridge Armory at Center of Citywide Living Wage Debate
Norwood News

December 1, 2011 - Born out of an argument fought two years ago over a proposed shopping mall at the Kingsbridge Armory, a fierce battle over legislation setting wage requirements at some publicly subsidized developments has come to a head this month. Read more.

Living Wage Bill Divides Queens
Queens Chronicle

December 1, 2011 - At a New York City Council hearing held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, opponents and proponents of the living wage bill sounded off. The hearing came on the heels of a well-attended pro-living wage rally held Monday at Riverside Church in Manhattan. Read more.

Avella, Biz Group Slam EDC
Times Ledger

December 1, 2011 - The city Economic Development Corp. has taken heat for awarding a Willets Point sewer contract to a company outside the city while drawing ire on another front about the contentious topic of a living wage. Read more.

NYC Living Wage Battle Well-Worn Subject Matter
"The Empire" - WNYC

November 30, 2011 - It turns out the current battle over a living wage bill that would raise the pay of workers in a select number of city-sponsored work environments is old hat. Read more.

Bloomberg Doesn't Budge on 'Living Wage,' Though He's Backed Similar Mandates in the Past
Capital New York

November 30, 2011 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t foresee any compromise on the "living wage" bill now under consideration in the City Council Read more.

Thousands Gather at the Historic Riverside Church to Demand Living Wage Jobs
Daily Challenge

November 30, 2011 - Thousands Gather at the Historic Riverside Church to Demand Living Wage Jobs Read more.

No Money for a Living Wage? But Fat Abounds
New York Times

November 30, 2011 - Everyone knows what marbled steak looks like, with the streaks of fat running through the red meat, right in front of your eyes. The marbled public works project is harder to recognize, but it most certainly exists. Read more.

CB12 Passes Resolution in Support of the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act”
Manhattan Times

November 29, 2011 - Members of CB12 voted to support a resolution calling on Mayor R. Bloomberg to enact the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act,” a bill which has been recently been presented at City Council Hearings, and if passed, could raise the living standards for many New Read more.

Study: New York State's Higher-Paying Jobs Vanishing
Times Union

November 29, 2011 - ALBANY — Higher-wage jobs have been disappearing in New York since the start of the recession, a new report says, while low-wage industries have grown. Read more.

Santa Fe, New Mexico: City officials miss 'living wage' hike
The New Mexican

November 29, 2011 - Santa Fe city workers who are struggling away at minimum-wage jobs could have earned a few cents more per hour this year if officials had paid attention to their own rules. Read more.

L.A. Official: 'Living Wage' Mandate Hasn't Stifled Development By Us
Capital New York

November 29, 2011 - Donald Spivack, the city official who drafted Los Angeles's 2003 policy that imposed a "living wage" on developers who receive certain city subsidies, says the policy has not stifled development there. Read more.

Earning Potential: NAACP Joins Push For Living Wage Increase
The Network Journal

November 28, 2011 - The minimum wage in New York City is $7.25 an hour. Yet of about 317,000 low-wage workers in New York City, about one in five of these workers are paid less than the legally required wage, according to the National Employment Law Project’s recent report w Read more.

New York's Ardour for Michael Bloomberg Cools
The Guardian

November 26, 2011 - Mayor has turned police on Occupy protesters, opposes a $10 an hour minimum wage and says bankers are patriotic Read more.

Religiosos Apoyan la Propuesta de Salarios Dignos
NY1 Noticias

November 25, 2011 - Un pastor evangélico explica el interés de grupos religiosos en la lucha por una propuesta municipal que aumentaría el sueldo de neoyorquinos que trabajen para ciertos proyectos subsidiados por el gobierno. Read more.

Pakistan: Five Trade Unions Outline Living Wage Demands
Fibre 2 Fashion

November 24, 2011 - Following a two day national level meeting in Islamabad involving five trade union federations affiliated with International Textile Garments Leather Workers Federation unions have outlined a serious of key demands for the implementation of a living wage. Read more.

Living Wage Supporter is Confident Labor Can Get A Council Ally Back on Board
Capital New York

November 23, 2011 - The political director of one union strongly backing the city's "living wage" legislation said they can still tweak the bill and regain the support of City Councilwoman Inez Dickens of Harlem. Read more.

Tackling the Problem of Low Pay in Britain
Care 2

November 23, 2011 - A Living Wage is the minimum hourly wage required for housing, food and other basic needs for an individual and their family. Within London it is decided each year by the Mayor’s office and is currently £8.30. For the rest of the country, the Centre for R Read more.

Push through Living Wage Act / Pasar el salario justo
El Diario

November 23, 2011 - Push through Living Wage Act / Pasar el salario justo Read more.

City Council Debates Revised 'Living Wage' Bill

November 23, 2011 - The City Council faced off on controversial legislation Tuesday that would force developers who receive big city grants to pay their workers a so-called "living wage.” Read more.

Quinn Neutral In Wage Battle
Wall Street Journal

November 23, 2011 - Advocates and opponents in the heated debate over a "living wage" bill pressed their case at a City Council hearing Tuesday, but the lawmaker who controls its immediate fate, Speaker Christine Quinn, didn't take a stand. Read more.

Chicago: Airport Workers Say Pay Is Illegally Low
Huffington Post

November 23, 2011 - Even though the airlines describe this as a free service, Burke's employer has her working partly for tips, which is why her base pay is a low $6.50 an hour, somewhat like a restaurant server's, rather than the typical Illinois minimum wage of $8.25. Read more.

Tennessee: Vanderbilt Raises Base Pay for Workers After 'Living Wage' Campaign Draws National Attention
The Republic

November 23, 2011 - Tennessee: Vanderbilt Raises Base Pay for Workers After 'Living Wage' Campaign Draws National Attention Read more.

Perched between her Patrons and her members, Quinn edits the 'living wage' bill in public
Capital New York

November 23, 2011 - It doesn’t look like Christine Quinn is going to allow the City Council to vote on the "living wage" bill as it’s currently drafted, if yesterday’s four-hour-long hearing on the topic is any indication. Read more.

Living Wage Bill Wins Some, Loses Some, Support
The Riverdale Press

November 23, 2011 - When the City Council held its second hearing on Councilman Oliver Koppell’s living wage bill on Tuesday, both sides had gained supporters, but the living wage bill lost an important one: Councilwoman Inez Dickens. Read more.

An opinion of 'living wage' legislation depends what page you're on
Capital New York

November 23, 2011 - An opinion of 'living wage' legislation depends what page you're on Read more.

Hard to be thankful this Thanksgiving Day in a city with 1.6 million living in poverty
New York Daily News

November 23, 2011 - Call me a party pooper if you will, but this year writing about Thanksgiving has, ironically, become a thankless proposition. Read more.

Ruben Diaz Jr. leads charge for Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act
New York Daily News

November 23, 2011 - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. waited for this moment for more than two years. Read more.

Council Speaker Hears Sharp Debate on Wage Proposal
New York Times

November 22, 2011 - The City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, under pressure from both sides, carefully questioned supporters and opponents at a hearing on Tuesday about a proposed law that would raise wages for workers in city-subsidized developments. Read more.

Divided City Council Holds Heated Hearing On Living Wage Bill

November 22, 2011 - A City Council committee debated on Tuesday a proposed living wage bill that would require some companies who receive tax breaks from the city to pay more than the current $7.25 federal minimum. Read more.

Controversial ‘Living Wage’ Debate Heats Up In New York City
CBS News

November 22, 2011 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is against it and Council Speaker Christine Quinn is straddling the fence, but that didn’t stop hundreds from attending a hearing on a controversial bill to boost the salaries of some workers. It’s called a “living wage.” Read more.

Living Wage Bill Debated in Committee

November 22, 2011 - Friends and foes of a local living wage bill packed a New York City Council committee hearing Tuesday to examine the merits of a revised version of the legislation. Read more.

Archbishop Dolan, Speaker Quinn Give Back to Harlem Community
International Business Times

November 22, 2011 - Archbishop Dolan discussed the importance of charity in his speech to the residents of Harlem. He hoped that during this Thanksgiving season the city would come together and those in need. Read more.

Archbishop Dolan Lends Support to NY Minimum Wage Increase Campaign
Faith In Public Life

November 22, 2011 - Yesterday Nick highlighted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)'s disparity in media strategy communicating their positions on economic justice and those about abortion and same-sex marriage. Read more.

Bloomberg Claims Living Wage Bill Would Jeopardize Jobs, Affordable Housing

November 22, 2011 - Today the City Council is holding a hearing to discuss revised Living Wage bill, which would require some companies receiving city tax breaks pay employees $10 an hour plus benefits or $11.50 without. Read more.

City Councilmen, Business Leaders Debate Living Wage Bill
"Inside City Hall" - NY1

November 22, 2011 - Inside City Hall's Errol Louis hosted a debate over the contentious Living Wage Bill with Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander, Queens Councilman Ruben Wills, Ademola Oyefeso of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and G. Lamont Blackstone of the I Read more.

Living Wage Supporters Rally; City Council Hearing Today
Norwood News

November 22, 2011 - Backers of a controversial living wage bill that’s scheduled for a debate in the City Council this afternoon held a spirited rally last night at Harlem’s Riverside Church, where elected officials, union workers and leaders from faith institutions across t Read more.

The New York City Council Reinitiates Debate over The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act
New York Employment Attorneys Blog

November 22, 2011 - The New York City Council appears ready this week to reinitiate debate over a proposed law, called the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, that would establish a minimum wage of $10 per hour with benefits for those employees working on city government subsidi Read more.

Diaz Testimony for Living Wage
Bronx Press Politics

November 22, 2011 - Chairwoman Mealy, thank you for offering me this opportunity to testify before your committee on the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers” Act, an important piece of legislation designed to ensure that our taxpayer dollars are spent more wisely. Read more.

City Council Debates Living Wage Bill Pros, Cons

November 22, 2011 - The City Council is set to take up a bill today that would set a living wage standard in New York. Read more.

On Deck For City Council: Living Wage Bill
New York Daily News - Daily Politics

November 22, 2011 - After weeks of street warfare, labor advocates and business leaders are set to battle it out at a public City Council hearing Tuesday over the controversial living wage bill. Read more.

Catholic Church Weighs in on NYC's Living Wage Bill
NBC New York

November 22, 2011 - Monsignor Kevin Sullivan says the Catholic Church backs the bill to require large businesses that beneft from taxpayer subsidies to pay employees at least $10 an hour Read more.

Heard Around Town, Nov. 22, 2011
The Capitol

November 22, 2011 - * New York needs to be more like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Philadelphia when it comes to a living wage mandate, proponents of the bill will testify at a City Council hearing today. Representatives from those cities will tell Council members that a hi Read more.

NAACP President Rallies for Living Wage
Columbia Daily Spectator

November 22, 2011 - Over 2,000 labor and civil rights activists rallied at Riverside Church Monday night in support of a living wages act to be voted on today in the New York City Council. Read more.

Supporters Rally for Living Wage as City Council Revisits Bill

November 22, 2011 - Supporters Rally for Living Wage as City Council Revisits Bill Read more.

Unions, Labor Advocates Sound Off Before City Council Hearing On Living Wages

November 21, 2011 - The City Council is holding a Tuesday hearing to discuss a measure that would require some companies doing business with the city to pay more than minimum wage, and both supporters and detractors held events in Manhattan on Monday. Read more.

Across The Country, Faith Groups Rally To Support Living Wage Legislation
Think Progress

November 21, 2011 - Across The Country, Faith Groups Rally To Support Living Wage Legislation Read more.

Abogan por la Ley de Salarios Justos en la Gran Manzana
El Diario

November 21, 2011 - La falta de un salario equitativo así como el aumento de la pobreza y el hambre en la ciudad son el móvil de una cita en la que líderes de derechos civiles, sindicales y religiosos junto a funcionarios electos en la cual demandarán hoy la aprobación de un Read more.

Rally for Fair wages and Jobs, today at Riverside Church
New York Amsterdam News

November 21, 2011 - On Monday, November 21st, the Riverside Church will be hosting NAACP president Benjamin Jealous, civil rights leaders, elected officials, faith leaders and community leaders. Read more.

Living Wage Hearing Scheduled for Tomorrow
Norwood News

November 21, 2011 - Parties on both sides of the contentious living wage debate are gearing up for another fight tomorrow, as the City Council is scheduled to hold its second hearing on the bill–this time to consider recent revisions made to the legislation to appease critic Read more.

Living Wage Bill Proponents Weigh in Ahead of Tomorrow’s Hearing
The Empire - WNYC

November 21, 2011 - http://empire.wnyc.org/2011/11/living-wage-bill-proponents-weigh-in-ahead-of-todays-hearing/ Read more.

Revised Living Wage Bill Gets Another Hearing

November 21, 2011 - City council members are reviving the debate over a living wage bill by introducing an amended version of the legislation on Tuesday. Read more.

Archdiocese to Speak Out at Rally Urging City Council to Pass Bill on Wages
New York Times

November 20, 2011 - Supporters of a bill that would raise wages at city-subsidized projects are celebrating the introduction of a formidable voice to the debate: the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Read more.

Powerful Union Signs on to Living-Wage Bill
Crain's New York

November 18, 2011 - Days before the City Council's living-wage bill will return to the political spotlight, the region's giant health care workers union said Friday that it was throwing its weight behind the controversial measure. Read more.

If You Take Our Money, Pay Us Fairly
Huffington Post

November 18, 2011 - The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act should be a local law in New York City. The policy objective is straightforward: ensure that large-scale commercial developments receiving city subsidies -- I have in mind projects like the Gateway Shopping Center, which Read more.

Showdown Looms over Living Wage Bill
Gotham Gazette

November 18, 2011 - Linda Archer, 58, spent years working double shifts as a nurse's assistant at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital while she was a single mother. But since the recession hit, finding a job has not been easy. Archer moved into her mother's one-bedroom apartmen Read more.

The Heart of the Matter from a Clergyperson's Perspective
New York Amsterdam News

November 17, 2011 - Having been an ordained pastor now for more than 20 years has afforded me the opportunity to see and be exposed to a plethora of experiences both inside and outside of the church. Read more.

Canada: Justice, equity and a living wage
The Catholic Register

November 15, 2011 - Armed with the extraordinary social teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, I recently made a deputation to a City of Toronto committee examining contracting out work currently being done by unionized cleaning staff. Read more.

Many Voices, One Goal, Passing The Fair Wages For New Yorkers Act!

November 14, 2011 - WBAI's "Building Bridges" interviews Minister Edison Bond, Jr. and Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter of Living Wage NYC. Click here to download the broadcast. Read more.

Living Wage Battle Heats Up
Bronx News Network

November 14, 2011 - In preparation for a long-awaited Nov. 22 City Council hearing on Living Wage legislation, which has its roots in the battle over the fate of the Kingsbridge Armory, supporters, including several Council members, are stepping up their p.r. campaign. Read more.

Living Wage Advocates Prepping for City Council Hearing
Bronx Press Politics

November 14, 2011 - Here's a video from Living Wage NYC, the advocates for the living wage. They're holding a rally Monday, Nov. 21 at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, and then going to the City Council hearing on the bill the following day (details of the meetings are at Read more.

Interview: Linda Archer & Stephanie Basile of Living Wage NYC

November 12, 2011 - Click here to listen to WBAI's "City Watch" interview Living Wage NYC coalition members Linda Archer and Stephanie Basile. Read more.

Virginia: Living Wage Campaign rallies
The Cavalier Daily

November 11, 2011 - Board of Visitors meeting prompts demonstration in support of higher salary for University employees Read more.

York, UK: Labour Club: Why we need a living wage
The Yorker

November 11, 2011 - All of the people that work on our campus, either directly for the University, contractors or YUSU staff deserve to be paid a living wage. Read more.

Vancouver, B.C.: Living wage policy: Why municipalities should start to lead the way
The Vancouver Sun

November 11, 2011 - A living wage by definition allows a family to cover basic living expenses - in Metro Vancouver it is calculated at $18.81/hour (including benefits). Read more.

Virginia: UVA Living Wage Campaign Lies Down to Stand Up for Higher Pay
NBC 29

November 10, 2011 - The University of Virginia's Living Wage Campaign has a few words for the board of visitors. They want the board to recognize and approve higher wages for the university's lowest paid employees. Read more.

South Aukland, New Zealand: Everyone deserves a living wage

November 10, 2011 - Labour's thinly-veiled attacks on Prime Minister John Key have continued today with leader Phil Goff bringing up the subject of Hawaiian holidays. Read more.

Living Wage Opponents Attack
Crain's New York

November 10, 2011 - The amended “living wage” bill before the City Council will limit affordable housing, crush efforts to expand food retail in underserved neighborhoods and strain social-service institutions, opponents have written to City Hall. Read more.

Virginia: Waging peace
The Cavalier Daily

November 9, 2011 - Tomorrow, the Board of Visitors will be meeting to continue its stewardship of our University. With this comes the duty to make sure that the University operates in a manner that is consistent with the core values of our community. Read more.

Kingston, Ontario: Real work begins as Living Wage Report released
Kingston This Week

November 4, 2011 - After months of behind-the-scenes work, the Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction launched its Living Wage report last week and is asking Kingstonians to take up the cause. Read more.

UK: Pembroke joins Living Wage campaign

November 4, 2011 - Pembroke has become the tenth college to back the Oxford Living Wage campaign after passing a motion in support of the initiative at last week’s JCR meeting. Read more.

Canada: Alberta Needs a ‘Living Wage,’ Say Groups
The Epoch Times

November 3, 2011 - Civic groups are taking the opportunity to call for an increased minimum wage after Alberta became the province with the lowest minimum wage in the country on Tuesday. Read more.

The Oxford Student: Join the Wage War!
The Oxford Student

November 3, 2011 - The Oxford Student: Join the Wage War! Read more.

Chicago: Living Wages At Airports Good For Local Economy (VIDEO)
Progress Illinois

November 2, 2011 - Chicago aldermen pushing for the Stable Jobs, Stable Airports ordinance received a boost yesterday when an independent study was released showing that millions of extra dollars can be added to the local economy through increased workers’ wages. The study Read more.

Alberta, Canada: Alta. minimum wage not a living wage
Lethbridge Herald

November 2, 2011 - Advocates of a living wage hit downtown streets Tuesday to hand out $9.40 bills to raise awareness that Alberta's minimum wage, now the lowest in the country, is not enough. Read more.

Closing Living Wage Loophole Would Mean Millions For Chicago: Study
NBC Chicago

November 1, 2011 - A new study by professors at the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University finds that closing the "living wage loophole" at O’Hare and Midway airports would result in at least $6 million more a year in economic activity in Chicago. Read more.

NAACP Calls For NYC “Living Wage”
News One

November 1, 2011 - NAACP President, Ben Jealous has vowed to fight for a living wage in New York City, where the cost of living is higher than most of the rest of the country. Read more.

Living Wage Gets NAACP Support
New York Daily News

November 1, 2011 - A local living wage battle has become a national civil rights issue, with NAACP President Ben Jealous vowing to campaign for the issue in New York. Read more.

Michaud: Time Right For a 'Living Wage'?

October 31, 2011 - With millions out of work, complaints about the decline in middle-class wages may seem misplaced. But without some shoring up, the middle class will remain dispirited -- and our economy, which is 70 percent dependent on consumer spending, will remain in t Read more.

UK: The Oxford Living Wage Campaign – Get on with it!
The Oxford Student

October 27, 2011 - As the Oxford Living Wage Campaign gathers momentum, organisations across Oxford are massing in support as it becomes increasingly clear that student opinion will no longer accept workers struggling to live off desperately low wages. Read more.

Updates on The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act
The Progressive Caucus of the New York City Counc

October 27, 2011 - The Progressive Caucus will be joining Living Wage NYC and faith, labor and community leaders to call for passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act on Monday, November 21 at 6:30pm. Read more.

The Battle is in Our Hands!
Amsterdam News

October 27, 2011 - The struggle for economic justice, which was effectively derailed 43 years ago with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is back on track. Read more.

Occupy and Local Pols: An Uncertain Alliance
The Riverdale Press

October 26, 2011 - To the undiscerning eye, the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition’s annual meeting at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church on Saturday afternoon was just like previous gatherings hosted by the non-profit organization: elected officials and community Read more.

Chicago: Mayoral aide opposes ‘living wage’ rule for airport concession workers
Chicago Sun-Times

October 26, 2011 - O’Hare and Midway Airport retailers should not be required to pay their 1,500 employees a “living wage” of $11.18-an-hour, a top mayoral aide said Wednesday, arguing that the free market should determine wages. Read more.

Living Wage Study Focused on Program Not Covered by Legislation
Bronx News Network

October 26, 2011 - The $1 million city-commissioned study focused on a real estate program that's not even covered by the bill Read more.

Hudson County, NJ: Contractors for county jobs may have to pay workers for benefits
The Jersey Journal

October 26, 2011 - Contractors working for Hudson County will have to pay part-time workers an hourly wage of at least $10.88 plus an hourly stipend of $2.39 for health and medical benefits, according to an ordinance up for adoption Thursday. Read more.

As the Data Show, There’s a Reason the Wall Street Protesters Chose New York
New York Times

October 25, 2011 - When the federal income tax was first imposed in 1913, the richest 0.1 percent of households reaped 8.6 percent of the nation’s income. In 2007, as the recession began, the share going to that sliver of megarich Americans was 12.3 percent. Read more.

Top Earners Doubled Share of Nation’s Income, Study Finds
New York Times

October 25, 2011 - WASHINGTON — The top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation’s income over the last three decades, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, in a new report likely to figure prominently in the escalating political fight over h Read more.

City Spent $1M on Report, Used Questionable Data
City Limits

October 25, 2011 - A study that says a proposed city living wage law would kill 13,000 jobs based its analysis on a state subsidy program that wouldn't actually be covered by the city measure. Read more.

Chicago: Airport Workers To Make Another Call For Stable Jobs, Living Wage
Progress Illinois

October 25, 2011 - With turnover of airport concession contractors on the horizon, employees’ concern for their jobs and wages prompted Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) to sponsor a new ordinance earlier this month aiming to ensure fair living wages and job security. Read more.

Wisconsin: Lawmakers Get Public Input on Need for Living-wage Jobs

October 25, 2011 - While Governor Walker continues pushing job creation in the state, a jobs forum with state lawmakers in Oshkosh brought out an emotional call to action from the public. Read more.

United Kingdom: Jersey politician wants rise in minimum wage
BBC News

October 25, 2011 - A Jersey politician argues the minimum wage should be half of the average salary in the island. Read more.

British Columbia: Why Municipalities Should Back Living Wages
The Province

October 25, 2011 - The Living Wage for Families Campaign, along with 54 organizations representing more than 300,000 British Columbians, recently issued an open letter calling on municipal election candidates to help low-income families in their cities by passing a living w Read more.

At A Glance: Retail Roundtable
Crain's New York

October 25, 2011 - RETAIL ROUNDTABLE: Manhattan City Councilman Dan Garodnick joins a discussion on living wage and the city's retail economy tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Read more.

New Poll Finds a Deep Distrust of Government
New York Times

October 25, 2011 - With Election Day just over a year away, a deep sense of economic anxiety and doubt about the future hangs over the nation, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with Americans’ distrust of government at its highest level ever. Read more.

When will NYC council speaker Quinn take a stand on ‘living’ wage bill?
Queens Courier

October 25, 2011 - The potential methods used by NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn to defeat the proposed “living wage bill” supported by 30 of 51 members of the New York City Council is nothing to cheer about, when you look into the details. Read more.

Edinburgh, Scotland: Council Under Pressure to Pay Staff a ‘Living Wage’
Edinburgh Evening News

October 24, 2011 - All staff on the city council should be paid the national “living wage”, campaigners said today, as new figures revealed that more than 1800 council workers are paid lower than the recommended rate of £7.20 an hour. Read more.

Washington: Mid-Columbia cost of living rising faster than state average
Tri-City Herald

October 24, 2011 - The cost of living in Benton and Franklin counties has gone up faster than the state average in the past two years. Read more.

Billionaire Mayor Says ‘Living Wage’ is Red
Worker's World

October 23, 2011 - The billionaire mayor of this city, Michael Bloomberg, is still refusing to sign a “living wage bill” currently before the New York City Council, despite revisions that watered it down somewhat. Read more.

Iowa: All lazy slackers should get health care, retirement and a living wage
News Sentinel

October 21, 2011 - Iowa: All lazy slackers should get health care, retirement and a living wage Read more.

Labor Advocates Call for a Living Wage for Logan Airport Contract Workers at East Boston Speakout
Open Media Boston

October 20, 2011 - Nearly 100 people crowded into East Boston’s Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Tuesday night, lending their voices to the growing cacophony of the underemployed, disenfranchised, uninsured and overworked who say they are part of the 99 percent. Read more.

Tapped In: In The Belly of the Shopping Beast
Our Town

October 19, 2011 - The Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union wants Upper East Siders to understand the work that goes into presenting them with an impeccable shopping experience at Barneys. They’re presenting a panel discussion entitled “Malled: Revealing the Good, the Read more.

LONDON: Minima'am wage: Buckingham Palace cleaners win pay rise
Daily Mirror

October 19, 2011 - For tidying up after the Queen they earn a princely sum of £6.45 an hour – just 37p above the national minimum wage. Read more.

Living Wage Backers Seek Compromise; Second Hearing Planned for November
Norwood News

October 19, 2011 - Supporters of a living wage bill that’s been lingering in the City Council for over a year now are making another effort to revive the lagging legislation, in a drawn-out battle with the Bloomberg administration and business leaders who say it would ultim Read more.

Quinn: We Have to Respond to Loss of Hope Felt by Protesters
WNYC - "The Empire"

October 18, 2011 - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stopped by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to talk about, among other things, the city’s economy. She had addressed the Association for a Better New York before coming on the show on the issue. Read more.

Heard Around Town: Oct. 18, 2011
City Hall News

October 18, 2011 - * Following Council Speaker Christine Quinn‘s announcement yesterday that a new hearing would be held on the living wage bill in November, proponents started plotting their strategy and talking points. Read more.

Washington: Wages, Health Care Inspires March
Columbia Basin Herald

October 18, 2011 - MOSES LAKE - Seventeen people marched on Saturday calling for a variety of issues, including living wages, health care for everyone and removing corporate money from politics. Read more.

City Council Approves DOE Notification Bill, Considers Living Wage Measure

October 17, 2011 - The City Council approved legislation to expose classroom overcrowding on Monday, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn also moved forward a proposal to require a higher minimum wage. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report. Read more.

City Council Will Hold "Living Wage" Hearing
New York Daily News

October 17, 2011 - Amid mounting pressure, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today that she would allow a public hearing into the controversial "living wage" bill. Read more.

A Second Life for the Living-Wage Bill
Crain's New York

October 17, 2011 - Although revisions have failed to placate opponents, a measure to require jobs at some subsidized developments to pay at least $10 an hour will get a hearing, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced. Read more.

Statement from Borough President Diaz RE: Scheduled Hearing on ‘Fair Wages for New Yorkers’ Act
Office of the Bronx Borough President

October 17, 2011 - I thank City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for scheduling a hearing for November 22 on the amended ‘Fair Wages for New Yorkers’ Act, and I look forward to testifying. Supporters of this bill have been very mindful of the concerns of our opposition, and Read more.

Vancouver: The Debate over 'Living Wages' Continues
The Vancouver Sun

October 17, 2011 - I was angered by reading your article in The Vancouver Sun. At first I thought I would not reply to you but then thought I would be doing you a favour. Read more.

Wisconsin Catholics Urged to Promote Life and Living Wage
Catholic News Agency

October 16, 2011 - Madison, Wis., Oct 16, 2011 / 06:29 pm (CNA).- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference has backed measures to raise workers' minimum wage and to ban the sale of fetal body parts, describing both as efforts to protect human dignity. Read more.

She's in like Quinn
Crain's New York

October 16, 2011 - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has to make a tough choice on the living-wage bill. Read more.

Heard Around Town: Oct. 14, 2011
City Hall News

October 14, 2011 - * Sixteen members of the Bronx’s Albany delegation sent a letter to Council Speaker Christine Quinn this week calling for the immediate passage of the so-called living wage bill in the City Council. Read more.

Council's Quinn Still Waffling On "Living Wage," But Not Food-Stamp Fingerprinting
New York Daily News

October 12, 2011 - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continued to duck a controversial “living wage” bill today. Read more.

Maryland: Temps Paid Below Living Wage Violates City Policy
Greenbelt Patch

October 12, 2011 - City Council will drop temporary employment contractor. Read more.

South Ayrshire, Scotland: Living wage will be introduced
Carrick Gazette

October 12, 2011 - SOUTH Ayrshire councillors agreed to introduce the Scottish living wage for low-paid council workers - but in a “structured manner”, and not April 2012 next year. Read more.

In Living Wage Talks, Warfare Trumps Discourse
New York Times

October 12, 2011 - Long ago, I passed boiling summers driving taxis in New York City (an experience that no doubt still summons nightmares for my former passengers, not to mention wayward pedestrians). Other summers, I worked as a doorman, hauling bags and opening doors for Read more.

Stop Blocking a Living Wage
The Riverdale Press

October 12, 2011 - A growing number of people occupying Wall Street are raising awareness about the inherent unfairness of corporate welfare. Read more.

Putting a Face on What’s at Stake in a Clash Over the Minimum Wage
New York Times

October 11, 2011 - At its most elemental, a battle brewing in the City Council comes down to this: Do a few thousand New Yorkers like Kimberly Ortiz deserve a raise? Read more.

New Zealand: Courier drivers 'virtually slaves'
Sunday Star Times

October 9, 2011 - Many contractors are barely surviving on miserly pay, Rob O'Neill writes. Read more.

Living-Wage War Heats up Over Study
Crain's New York

October 9, 2011 - Supporters of wage bill say Bloomberg officials timed release of study to undermine legislation. Read more.

Speaker Quinn's Painful Dilemma
Crain's New York

October 9, 2011 - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is widely believed to be the front-runner for the 2013 mayoral race. Last week's maneuvering over the living-wage proposal showed why that piece of conventional political wisdom is flawed. Read more.

Chicago: Airport Workers Make Plea For Living Wage
Progress Illinois

October 7, 2011 - Chicago airport workers face difficult times ahead with new contract negotiations for concession and passenger service employees up in the air. Midway and O'Hare International Airports serve millions of people each year, generating billions of dollars for Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign plans its next move
The Daily Northwestern

October 7, 2011 - Northwestern's Living Wage Campaign's next project will be to bring the ‘real food movement,' which is intended to provide more healthful and environmentally conscious options, the group announced at a forum Thursday. Read more.

Apoyo político y sindical a la protesta de Wall Street
NY1 Noticias

October 7, 2011 - Apoyo político y sindical a la protesta de Wall Street Read more.

Wisconsin: Fox Cities LIFE Study shows community needs more living-wage jobs, has strong arts and culture presence
The Post-Crescent

October 7, 2011 - At its best, the Fox Valley is driven by an economy as diverse as its people, offering recreation and cultural opportunities at every turn. On the flipside, a new comprehensive study released today reveals growing communities grappling with a stagnant job Read more.

Scotland: Pressure mounts on council to bring in living wage
Ayrshire Post

October 7, 2011 - A TRADE union has added its weight to a bid for hundreds of council workers to get a pay rise. Read more.

Speaker Christine Quinn Faces Challenge To Living Wage Bill

October 5, 2011 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration released Wednesday a study that claims the City Council could kill between 6,000 and 13,000 jobs by requiring city subsidized projects to pay a living wage, putting Speaker Christine Quinn, a possible 2013 mayoral Read more.

Fair Wages For New Yorkers: Time for a New New York City!
Huffington Post

October 5, 2011 - The Bloomberg administration released a flawed economic study today that is critical of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. It is immoral that our billionaire mayor used a million dollars of taxpayer money -- that's money from the pockets of poor, working Read more.

Council Speaker, Pulled 2 Ways on Wage Bill, Delays Taking a Stand
New York Times

October 5, 2011 - Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, facing conflicting pressures from her longtime labor allies and her new supporters in the business community, said Wednesday that she was not ready to take a position on a controversial proposal that would req Read more.

Bloomberg Fights Living Wage With $1 Million Self-Serving Study

October 5, 2011 - Mayor Bloomberg really does not want to raise wages for workers in "low-skilled jobs" in New York City. How much does he hate the idea of raising wages to $10 an hour, or $11.50 an hour at companies that get $1 million or more in city subsidies? Read more.

This Week In Politics
The Riverdale Press

October 5, 2011 - Councilman Oliver Koppell has changed his living wage bill — again. Changes he hopes will finally move it to the city council floor. Read more.

Study restarts war between city, living-wage backers
Crain's New York

October 5, 2011 - Details of a $1 million study predicting the impact of living-wage mandates for city-subsidized projects were released Wednesday. Advocates for higher wages called the analysis badly flawed and worthless. Read more.

Diaz, Other Officials: Living Wage Report Not Worth Paper It’s Printed On
CBS New York

October 5, 2011 - The battle over a city council bill that would establish a mandated living wage of $10 plus benefits, rages on. Read more.

Advocates, Economists Push Back On Living Wage Study

October 5, 2011 - The Bloomberg administration released a report this morning showing that the City Council’s living wage bill could cost the city some 13,000 jobs but a number of economists are saying that the city’s methodology was so flawed that it was almost “deliberat Read more.

A modified bill and $1M study are the latest stars in a debate over the living wage in New York City
Capital New York

October 5, 2011 - As Mayor Bloomberg looks to cut agency spending, a $1 million study by the Economic Development Corporation is being released arguing that forcing city businesses to pay a "living wage" would result in thousands of jobs being lost. Read more.

Bloomberg Administration Releases Flawed Living Wage Study: Policy Groups Respond
Good Jobs New York

October 5, 2011 - Ignoring basic errors to which it was alerted months ago – and subsequent changes in the New York City Council’s living wage proposal – the Bloomberg Administration today released its flawed living wage study. Read more.

Bloomberg Opposes Bill That Would Increase Wages
Huffington Post

October 5, 2011 - Would an increase in wages lead to a stronger economy for New Yorkers? According to a study commissioned by the Economic Development Corporation the answer is no. Read more.

Chicago: Plan to require airport concessionaires pay living wage gains steam
Chicago Sun-Times

October 5, 2011 - O’Hare and Midway Airport retailers would be required to pay their 1,500 employees a “living wage” of $11.18-an-hour — even if it means raising the sky-high prices they charge their captive audience of air travelers — under a plan that’s gaining political Read more.

Study Says Higher-Wage Bill for City Projects Would Cost Jobs
New York Times

October 5, 2011 - A proposal that would require companies to pay higher wages on city-subsidized projects would result in a loss of jobs, according to the final version of a long-awaited study of the proposal released by the city’s economic development agency. Read more.

Report: City wage hike could kill 13,000 jobs
New York Post

October 5, 2011 - The Bloomberg administration is releasing a controversial report this morning that shows a mandated wage increase would kill jobs - a jab at a growing coalition trying to pass a bill requiring a pay increase in the city. Read more.

Vancouver, BC: Call for living wage policy
24 Hours Vancouver

October 3, 2011 - The Living Wage for Families Campaign is calling on candidates in next month’s municipal elections to pass a living wage policy if elected. Read more.

Bill Requiring Higher Wages Puts Council Leader on the Spot
New York Times

October 3, 2011 - Supporters of a faltering bill that would require companies in city-subsidized projects to pay higher wages plan a new push to revive the measure, setting up an unwelcome choice for Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who could anger either labo Read more.

Working for nothing – the truth about low pay in the UK
The Guardian

October 1, 2011 - New research indicates that more than 20% of British employees are earning less than a living wage Read more.

Poverty affects 46 million Americans
USA Today

September 30, 2011 - The recession that led to an explosion in poverty began in December 2007 and ended — officially, anyway — in June 2009. It not only made the poor poorer, it snagged those who thought they had worked themselves out of poverty and blindsided those who never Read more.

Brooklyn, NY: Farmworkers demand living wage
Workers World

September 29, 2011 - “No more slaves! Pay a living wage!” demanded a strong and spirited Brooklyn, N.Y., rally at the entrance of a Trader Joe’s grocery store on Sept. 24. Some protesters wore hats shaped like a tomato. Read more.

Scotland: Glasgow City Council increases 'living wage' for staff
BBC News

September 29, 2011 - Glasgow City Council is to increase its minimum "living wage" rate by 5p to £7.20 an hour from April next year. Read more.

Scotland: MSP fears staff at Holyrood 'earn less than living wage'
Edinburgh Evening News

September 28, 2011 - SCORES of workers at the Scottish Parliament could be earning less than the living wage, it was claimed today - despite the commitment by both the SNP and Labour to promote the £7.20 per hour pay rate. Read more.

Glasgow, Scotland: College staff walk out in pay row
The Press Association

September 28, 2011 - Support staff at a college have walked out on strike in a row over pay. Read more.

New Zealand: PSA celebrates legal living wage for sleepover workers
Scoop Independent News

September 27, 2011 - The PSA says this evening’s introduction of the Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Bill is a victorious moment for support workers throughout New Zealand. Read more.

Thailand: Bosses and unions discuss Phuket's B300 wage
The Phuket News

September 27, 2011 - PHUKET: Representatives of employers and employees in Phuket met today at Phuket Provincial Hall to thrash out recommendations to Bangkok over the new minimum wage for the island. Read more.

Arizona: Group protests 'low wage' jobs at Phoenix airport
ABC 15

September 26, 2011 - PHOENIX - Dozens of workers protested outside Sky Harbor Airport Monday saying they are being forced to live in poverty. Read more.

Baltimore: Poverty Rate in Inner City Rises 20% Percent in One Year

September 26, 2011 - Is the subject “increase in poverty” discussed when lawmakers talk about furloughs, unemployment extensions,wage freezes, foreclosures, or jobs for inner city residents? Read more.

Lack Of Development At Kingsbridge Armory Draws Criticism From Bloomberg

September 23, 2011 - The Kingsbridge Armory has stood vacant in the Bronx for over a decade despite proposals that would’ve used it to generate jobs, and after the United States Census revealed that the Bronx has the highest poverty rate in the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg c Read more.

One in Five New Yorkers Living in Poverty, Data Show

September 23, 2011 - CITY HALL — A disturbing one in five New Yorkers was living in poverty in 2010, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau that show the lasting wave of hardship the recession has left in its wake. Read more.

Census: One In Five New Yorkers Lives In Poverty

September 22, 2011 - Poverty in New York City is on the rise, as the latest U.S. Census figures show an estimated 20.1 percent of New Yorkers were living below the poverty line in 2010. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report. Read more.

Bloomberg's Record on Poverty
The Gotham Gazette

September 22, 2011 - For many months, the Bloomberg administration has boasted that as poverty rose elsewhere in the country, it remained constant here, thanks in part to his policies. Read more.

Advocates: Bloomberg to Blame for Poverty Spike
Politicker NY

September 22, 2011 - The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and a coalition of advocates for a city-mandated Living Wage law are placing the blame for a spike in the city’s poverty rate purely on the shoulders of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read more.

British Columbia: 'Living wage,' or road to higher unemployment?
The Province

September 22, 2011 - With municipal elections coming to a community near you in November, expect to hear some really silly policy proposals. Some will sound too good to be true. Read more.

One in Five New York City Residents Living in Poverty
New York Times

September 22, 2011 - Poverty grew nationwide last year, but the increase was even greater in New York City, the Census Bureau will report on Thursday, suggesting that New York was being particularly hard hit by the aftermath of the recession. Read more.

Cowdenbeath, Scotland: Helen Eadie's 'living wage' attack prompts angry response from council leader
The Courier

September 22, 2011 - Helen Eadie, Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath, criticised the SNP's track record on improving low salaries in the public sector after a freedom of information request revealed that out of Fife Council's 21,028 employees, 1,989 staff are paid less than £7.20 an Read more.

L.A.'s Living Wage Ordinance isn't a Job Killer
Los Angeles Times

September 21, 2011 - As the bidding for LAX food concessions shows, businesses and good wages and benefits for workers can coexist. Read more.

London: Cleaners Protest for a Living Wage
Socialist Worker

September 20, 2011 - Some 100 people demonstrated in support of the cleaners at Senate House, University of London, on Wednesday of last week. Read more.

Belfast, Ireland: Unison Urges Move to 'Living Wage'
Belfast Telegraph

September 19, 2011 - The Government has been urged to consider a "substantial" increase in the minimum wage next year before moving to a "living wage" of £8 an hour for all workers. Read more.

Steps Away but Worlds Apart in New York
New York Times

September 16, 2011 - For decades, the intersection of Park Avenue and 96th Street has remained one of the city’s most obvious and despairing emblems of disparity, with East Harlem and its challenges spreading out to the north, and a vast gridlock of extraordinary privilege co Read more.

For Jobs, It’s War
New York Times

September 16, 2011 - The American political discussion has finally turned to the right target: jobs. Read more.

In Texas, More Jobs and More Poverty
Star Telegram

September 16, 2011 - When the country loses jobs, it's not surprising that more people fall into poverty. But when Texas adds jobs, more people fall into poverty, too. Read more.

Census finds more people than ever living in poverty
Chicago Tribune

September 14, 2011 - Illinois slightly better than national average at 14 percent; assistance programs stretched to the limit Read more.

Business must earn subsidies, Cuomo aide says
Crains New York

September 14, 2011 - The state is moving away from awarding grants and tax breaks to companies before they deliver on their job-growth promises, Empire State Development Corp. President Kenneth Adams says. Read more.

America's labor market: Good job, bad job
The Economist

September 14, 2011 - WITH unemployment stubbornly high and an August jobs report showing no net job creation, some people might argue that American workers should be happy with whatever employment they can get. Read more.

The UK: UNICEF calls for Living Wage to enable better work/life balance
Left Foot Forward

September 14, 2011 - UNICEF today urged the UK government to support a Living Wage so parents don’t have to do multiple jobs on the minimum wage and can spend more time with their children. It also calls for local authorities to rethink their cuts to leisure, sport and other Read more.

NELP Statement on 2010 Poverty and Income Data
MMD Newswire

September 13, 2011 - NELP Statement on 2010 Poverty and Income Data Read more.

Nokia Pays India Workers Below Minimum Living Wage
The Wall Street Journal

September 13, 2011 - HELSINKI (Dow Jones)--Finnish handset maker Nokia Corp. (NOK) relies heavily on contract workers at its Chennai mobile phone factory in India, paying them less than minimum living wage, said Finnish human and labor rights organization Finnwatch in a repor Read more.

Demonstrate to support London Living Wage
Socialist Resistance

September 13, 2011 - Workers at the University of London will be holding a mass demonstration on Wednesday to demand that the London Living Wage be paid to all university workers. Read more.

Taos, New Mexico: Paying dispatchers a living wage
The Taos News

September 8, 2011 - Same old. There go the big boys making their big decisions using the tax payer's money to feel like they are actually doing something. Read more.

Hudson County, NJ: Freeholders moving to extend coverage under 'living wage' ordinance to vendors' part-time workers
The Jersey Journal

September 7, 2011 - Hudson County freeholders intend to update the county’s living-wage ordinance to make it apply to part-time workers who work for vendors doing business with the county. Read more.

The Challenge of Creating Good Jobs
The New York Times

September 7, 2011 - In their new book, “Good Jobs America: Making Work Better for Everyone,” Paul Osterman and Beth Shulman argue that the United States needs to worry about not just creating millions more jobs but also ensuring that the jobs are good ones. Read more.

Yes, We Need Jobs. But What Kind?
The New York Times

September 5, 2011 - ON Thursday, President Obama will deliver a major speech on America’s employment crisis. But too often, what is lost in the call for job creation is a clear idea of what jobs we want to create. Read more.

Raising job quality and wages to help fix jobs crisis
The Washington Post

September 2, 2011 - Two years ago, just before Labor Day, the Cambridge Hyatt hotel fired its housekeepers and replaced them with lower-wage workers recruited through a temporary help firm. The Massachusetts political establishment erupted in outrage and polls suggested wide Read more.

Lethbridge, Alberta: Local wages keeping many in poverty
Lethbridge Herald

September 2, 2011 - One in every six Lethbridge workers is living in poverty, according to a provincial watchdog of citizen's interests. Read more.

Coquitlam, British Columbia: Why a 'living wage' matters
Coquitlam Now

September 2, 2011 - Across Canada, the United States and Great Britain, the concept of a "living wage" is taking root. Read more.

Scotland: Rutherglen MSP welcomes calls to raise living wage
Rutherglen Reformer

August 31, 2011 - The Living Wage Campaign calls for every worker in the country to earn enough to provide their family with the essentials of life, and recently called for it to be increased by 5p to £7.20, their estimate of a living wage. Read more.

EUROPE: Outdoor industry to host living wage roundtable

August 31, 2011 - A roundtable to discuss the provision of a living wage for workers in global supply chains is being hosted later this year by the European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). Read more.

Lancashire, UK: Employers urged to sign up to pay their staff a ‘living wage’
Lancashire Evening Post

August 30, 2011 - Businesses in Preston are being asked to follow the lead of the city council and pay their workers a ‘living wage’. Read more.

Argentina Set to Raise Its Minimum Wage by 25%
Hispanically Speaking News

August 28, 2011 - Argentina, under the leadership of President Cristina Fernandez, is set to raise its minimum wage by 25% to approximately $550 per month wages. Read more.

Surrey, British Columbia: PICS’ Gill Telling Farm Workers To Wake Up And Smell The Low Wages
The Link Paper

August 27, 2011 - Surrey, British Columbia: PICS’ Gill Telling Farm Workers To Wake Up And Smell The Low Wages Read more.

Russia: The living wage grows by 16.2 percent in Dagestan
Republican Information Agency

August 27, 2011 - In the first half of 2011 the living wage has grown by 16.2 percent and totaled 5003 rubles in Dagestan. As to the source in the Republic’s Ministry of Economy, the changes occurred against the growth of consumer prices by 14 percent on average within the Read more.

European Outdoor Group announces living-wage roundtable

August 26, 2011 - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) have announced an outdoor-industry roundtable meeting to discuss the issues surrounding ‘a living wage’. Read more.

A Dream Still out of Reach
The Washington Post

August 25, 2011 - As the nation honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a stirring new memorial on the National Mall, let’s not obscure one of his most important messages in a fog of sentiment. Justice, he told us, is not just a legal or moral question but a matter of Read more.

Dr. King Weeps From His Grave
New York Times

August 25, 2011 - THE Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was to be dedicated on the National Mall on Sunday — exactly 56 years after the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi and 48 years after the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Read more.

Thailand to up minimum wage
Channel News Asia

August 25, 2011 - BANGKOK: Thailand's new government wants to set the minimum daily wage at US$10 -- an increase of nearly 30 per cent. Read more.

Indianapolis, IN: As Hotels Outsource Jobs, Workers Lose Hold On Living Wage
Huffington Post

August 24, 2011 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Maria Fajardo has been working as a housekeeper and janitor in Indianapolis hotels since 1987. The job has changed a lot in 24 years, but not for the better. The work is much more difficult than it used to be, and the pay comparatively muc Read more.

Baltimore - What America needs: Jobs that pay a living wage
The Baltimore Sun

August 24, 2011 - Recently, Dan Rodricks took on the Republicans in Congress who want to pay down the federal budget deficit by raising taxes on the middle class and the poor ("Tax the poor, protect the rich," Aug. 21). Read more.

Asheville, NC: Working it
Mountain Xpress

August 23, 2011 - Living wages are good for business Read more.

Miami Security Officers Defend City's Living Wage Ordinance, Strike Against Kent Security

August 19, 2011 - Security officers in Miami say they've been underpaid for two years by Kent Security, and they've had enough. On Wednesday, dozens of officers who protect public sites at the City of Miami and the Miami Parking Authority went on strike to protest what the Read more.

Miami Officials Investigating Whether Kent Security Broke Living Wage Law

August 17, 2011 - Officials in Miami, Florida say they are investigating Kent Security, a private security firm that has been paid more than $358,000 this year in a taxpayer-funded contract. According to The Miami Herald, the city's procurement director, Kenneth Robertson, Read more.

Pelosi Says Demand Creates Jobs At Speakout For Good Jobs Event
Campaign For America's Future

August 17, 2011 - Pelosi Says Demand Creates Jobs At Speakout For Good Jobs Event Dave Johnson Read more.

San Francisco: IWW Couriers Union Demands Living Wage for Workers at Speedway Delivery and Messenger Service
Infoshop News

August 17, 2011 - San Francisco: IWW Couriers Union Demands Living Wage for Workers at Speedway Delivery and Messenger Service Read more.

Living Wage Debate in NY
Jobs At Home

August 16, 2011 - Research shows that living wage legislation will not significantly reduce the number of jobs Read more.

British Columbia, Canada: More living with less income
The Columbian

August 16, 2011 - If money is the lifeblood of making your way in this world, then Vancouver resident Steven Doerk, 42, sure could use some more of it. Read more.

Thailand: Minimum Wage Of 300 Baht Per Day To Begin In January

August 16, 2011 - BANGKOK, Aug 16 (Bernama) - The government plans to carry out its minimum wage policy of 300 Baht (about RM30) per day starting January next year, Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said. Read more.

India: Workers seek wage hike
The Telegraph

August 16, 2011 - Aug. 16: Railway contractor’s workers in the city have demanded a hike in wages from the existing Rs 96 a day to Rs 205, under the banner of the Railway Contractor’s Workers’ Union. Read more.

Miami: City probing whether security contractor broke living-wage law
The Miami Herald

August 16, 2011 - A dozen security guards say their employer, a city contractor, isn’t paying the wage required by Miami’s living-wage law. Read more.

We need not just jobs, but jobs that pay

August 16, 2011 - Fourteen million Americans are unemployed, and the number ranges up to almost 16 million if you include those who want full-time jobs but can only find part-time ones. Read more.

The UK: Labour call for fair wage
This Is Lancashire

August 14, 2011 - YOUNG people re calling on local businesses to pay fair wages. Read more.

Scotland: Living wage proposed for all Holyrood firms' staff
Scotland on Sunday

August 7, 2011 - PRIVATE firms with Scottish Government contracts could be forced to pay the "living wage" of £7.15 per hour under a change to the law due to come before Holyrood this autumn. Read more.

Bahamas: The minimum wage debate continues
The Freeport News

August 6, 2011 - As the cost of living continues to increase in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the global society, the country's minimum wage debate is once again gaining national attention. Read more.

Long Island, NY: Nassau hikes living wage
Long Island Business News

August 3, 2011 - Nassau County on Monday hiked its living wage, the minimum pay for workers in contracts with the county of more than $25,000, to $14.61 and $12.90 an hour with benefits. Read more.

San Francisco: Supervisors pass ordinance to strengthen living wage law

August 2, 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to strengthen the city's living wage law. Read more.

Living wage and pensions increased in Belarus today
Belteler Radio Company

August 1, 2011 - Sergei Khamentovsky reports: The Government approved a new living wage for the main socio-demographic groups last week. Today this normative standard came into force. Read more.

Pay us a living wage, say South Africa's miners

July 29, 2011 - EMALAHLENI, South Africa, July 29 (Reuters) - After 38 years working for one of South Africa's biggest coal miners, plant attendant Joseph still struggles to make ends meet. Read more.

London: Charity pays living wage after our report
London Evening Standard

July 29, 2011 - An Anglican charity that has helped hundreds of people out of poverty has begun to pay its own staff the London living wage after being alerted by the Evening Standard. Read more.

A Living Wage in New York
New York Times

July 27, 2011 - Charles M. Blow is right on the mark when he writes, “The people who work these [low-wage] jobs are the backbone of this country, and will continue to be.” Read more.

Where the Job Growth Is: At the Low End
New York Times

July 27, 2011 - There’s more unhappy news for the millions of Americans hoping for a surge in the number of good, high-paying jobs — a new report concludes that the great bulk of new jobs created since the economic recovery began are in lower-wage occupations, paying $13 Read more.

Scotland: Almost 1,000 Scots government staff on less than Living Wage
Public Finance

July 26, 2011 - Labour has accused the Scottish Government of failing to live up to a promise to pay all its employees at least the ‘Living Wage’, the minimum income campaigners say is needed for a decent quality of life. Read more.

Thailand: Academics support wage rise proposal
Bangkok Post

July 26, 2011 - Academics and labour leaders have thrown their weight behind the Pheu Thai Party's policy to raise the daily minimum wage to 300 baht, but recommend that measures be drawn up to cope with employer concerns. Read more.

Scotland: Hundreds working for government-funded bodies earn below living wage
Scotland on Sunday

July 24, 2011 - NEARLY 1,000 people who work for Scottish Government-funded public bodies are earning less than the "Living Wage" of £7.15 per hour, new research has revealed. Read more.

Growing Hunger is Secret Shame of Our Great City
New York Daily News

July 24, 2011 - Republicans in Washington - as everybody knows by now - are hellbent on sparing the privileges of the wealthy while vowing to reduce the national debt on the backs of working Americans. Read more.

Nigeria: Minimum wage, Maximum wedge

July 23, 2011 - EMOTIONS were bound to be high on the minimum wage. What most did not foresee was the subterfuge that politicians will bring into it. They gave workers minimum wage with maximum wedge to ensure it never works. Read more.

Scotland: Dumfriesshire councillors battle over Living Wage
Dumfries & Galloway Standard

July 20, 2011 - THE COUNCIL’S Conservative-led administration has blasted a new scheme which will give more than 800 workers a pay rise. Read more.

London: Labour must lead on the living wage
The Guardian

July 20, 2011 - For a brief period last year, vocal support for the concept of a "living wage" spanned the political spectrum. As part of his bid to decontaminate the Conservative brand, David Cameron pronounced the living wage an idea "whose time has come". Read more.

Bloomberg Poverty Policies Cut the Public, Boost the Private
Gotham Gazette

July 20, 2011 - In early May, the Bloomberg administration held a kick-off event to celebrate a five-year, $100 million expansion of the mayor's anti-poverty pilots, now called the Social Innovation Fund Learning Network. Read more.

Corporate America’s chokehold on wages
Washington Post

July 19, 2011 - If you’re wondering why American consumers are still flat on their backs, rendering the economy similarly supine, the answer is both fundamental and simple: It’s not just that so many of them are unemployed. Read more.

Sector B: The Living Wage Bill
Brooklyn Independent Television

July 19, 2011 - Original air date: 7/19/2011 The Living Wage Bill: If a corporation or developer benefits from certain tax subsidies from the city, should it have to pay its employees $10 or more per hour so they can have a realistic shot at a decent life? Read more.

Vancouver, BC: RDCO released first Living Wage calculation report
AM1150 News

July 19, 2011 - The Regional District of the Central Okanagan is making it easier for families to figure out if they can afford to live comfortably in the area. Read more.

New Zealand: Inflation leads to new calls for $15 minimum wage
3 News

July 19, 2011 - The Government's under fire over the news inflation has soared to a record two-decade high of 5.3 percent. Read more.

New Zealand: Wage rises must match inflation
Radio New Zealand News

July 19, 2011 - The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) says the rising inflation rate must be mirrored by an increase in wages so workers can maintain their standard of living. Read more.

Scotland: Talks over living wage proposals
Bearsden Herald

July 18, 2011 - One of the country's top trade unionists has met frontline staff at Newcastle City Council to discuss proposals for a living wage. Read more.

Scotland: Dumfries and Galloway Council workers set for pay rise
BBC News

July 18, 2011 - More than 800 local authority workers in Dumfries and Galloway are set for a pay rise after councillors backed proposals for a "living wage". Read more.

They, Too, Sing America
New York Times

July 15, 2011 - Last week I spent a few days in the Deep South — a thousand miles from the moneyed canyons of Manhattan and the prattle of Washington politics — talking to everyday people, blue-collar workers, people not trying to win the future so much as survive the pr Read more.

Nigeria: The Politics And Reality Of National Minimum Wage

July 15, 2011 - In a free enterprise or capitalist system which Nigeria practices, the nexus of market forces otherwise known as the invisible hand determines the price of goods and services. Wages like other economic indicators are controlled by the forces of demand and Read more.

Scotland: Council low paid in line for wage rise
Galloway News

July 14, 2011 - THE STEWARTRY’S low paid council workers could soon have something to celebrate. Read more.

London: Sainsbury's checkout staff stage 'decent wage' protest
The Guardian

July 13, 2011 - Retailer's chief executive is targeted at annual meeting over £3.2m in pay and bonuses Read more.

Thailand: Academics urge labour-friendly changes to wage committee
Bangkok Post

July 13, 2011 - It is difficult to imagine how a minimum wage earner in Bangkok can raise a family comfortably, given the high cost of food, housing and transport in the capital. So it was no surprise that Pheu Thai's campaign pledge of a 300-baht minimum wage proved pop Read more.

Nigeria: Pay teachers living wage
Nigerian Tribune

July 11, 2011 - PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 state governors have been urged to pay teachers a living wage and an improved earning system. Read more.

The Poor Have Numbers. Do They Count?
City Limits

July 11, 2011 - The number of low-income New Yorkers is a matter of statistics. Answering deeper questions about poverty demands drilling down deep into the lives of individual people, a few of whose stories are presented in this month's issue of City Limits. Read more.

South Africa: Why we're fighting on

July 10, 2011 - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) National Executive Committee (NEC) that was held today Sunday 10 July 2011 took stock of the NUMSA-led National Industry Strike which started last Monday 4 July 2011 in the Metal & Engineering sec Read more.

Philippines: Wage board hikes workers' pay in Northern Mindanao

July 8, 2011 - MANILA, Philippines - Labor chief Rosalinda Baldoz today announced that the regional wage board has approved pay adjustments for minimum wage earners in Northern Mindanao. Read more.

South Africa: Call to arms for 'a living wage'
Mail & Guardian

July 8, 2011 - The petroleum, chemical and mining industries -- key sectors in the economy -- are bracing themselves for rolling mass action starting next week. The metal and engineering industry strike is also still firmly under way. Read more.

Scotland: MP backs living wage
Carrick Gazette

July 8, 2011 - Sandra Osborne, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, is calling for the biggest companies in her constituency and across the country to pay their workers living wages. Read more.

Wisconsin: Minimum wage laws serve a purpose
New Richmond News

July 8, 2011 - I read an interesting article in the Star-Tribune by Amity Shlaes of Bloomberg News. Ms. Shlaes blames the high rate of teenage unemployment on minimum wage rates, which according to her and other right leaning pundits, are much too high. Read more.

Kazakhstan’s living wage totals 16,851 tenge in June

July 6, 2011 - The living wages in Kazakhstan totaled 16 thousand 851 tenge in June, the press service of the Kazakhstan Statistics Agency reports. Read more.

South African Engineers Strike Over Wages
IC Publications

July 5, 2011 - More than 110,000 South African engineers and metalworkers launched a strike Monday to demand a 13 percent wage increase, with thousands of workers marching through the country's main cities. Read more.

Illinois: Raise the Minimum Wage?
Gaper's Block

July 5, 2011 - Illinois is tied for the third highest minimum wage in the country, only outdone by Oregon and Washington, despite that advocates are calling for an increase is a stagnant economy. Read more.

UK: Shouldn't we be paying workers enough to live on?
The Guardian

July 5, 2011 - As the government prepares to overhaul tax credits and benefits with its universal credit, spending cuts are already trimming entitlements for low earning families. Read more.

Illinoisans Call for Minimum Wage Increase
In These Times

July 1, 2011 - CHICAGO—Among various policies that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has touted as proving he fought for the common man was a 2006 bill that raised the state minimum wage automatically each year through 2010. Read more.

San Jose, CA: New Living Wage Kicks in for SJ Companies

July 1, 2011 - SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose's new living wage kicks in Friday for companies that contract with the city. Read more.

Malaysia: Wage Act passed
The Star

July 1, 2011 - KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia took its first step in having a minimum wage for workers with the passing of the National Wages Consultative Council Bill in the Dewan Rakyat. Read more.

Kingsbridge Armory needs more than minimum wage jobs: A public-private partnership is the answer
New York Daily News

July 1, 2011 - Kingsbridge Armory needs more than minimum wage jobs: A public-private partnership is the answer Read more.

City Jobs Growing, Real Wages Shrinking
Crain's New York

June 30, 2011 - New York City workers are growing in number, but their pay is not keeping pace with inflation, data released Thursday show. Average weekly wages here only rose 1.3% in a year. Read more.

The Wageless, Profitable Recovery
New York Times

June 30, 2011 - Economists at Northeastern University have found that the current economic recovery in the United States has been unusually skewed in favor of corporate profits and against increased wages for workers. Read more.

Ventura, CA: County Board OKs Living-Wage Increase; Foy dissents
Ventura County Star

June 28, 2011 - The minimum wage paid by Ventura County government will be increased by 50 cents, to $10 an hour plus benefits, in July. Read more.

Bronx Gateway Center Mall Has Turned Out to be a Great Deal -- For Developers
New York Daily News

June 24, 2011 - At first glance, the Bronx Gateway Center Mall near Yankee Stadium is an economic success story. Read more.

New Zealand: Campaign for a Living Wage Picket Nat MPs' Offices
Scoop Independent News

June 23, 2011 - National and Act have signaled they want to reintroduce youth rates for workers up to the age of 24 as part of their election policy. Read more.

Political Arena: Wage Change
The Riverdale Press

June 22, 2011 - The first thing Councilman Oliver Koppell said at the public hearing for his living wage bill on May 12 was that the contentious legislation was open to negotiation. Read more.

Tesco under fire for failing to pay cleaners living wage
Left Foot Forward

June 21, 2011 - Tesco have again come under fire from Living Wage protestors, as a flash mob stormed their Earls Court store yesterday evening demanding Britain’s largest retailer increase cleaners’ wages. Read more.

The Paradox of Social Progress and Economic Reaction
The Huffington Post

June 19, 2011 - New York state is on the verge of becoming the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, President Obama is weighing whether to explicitly support gay and lesbian unions, and the issue is becoming more of a divisive headache for Republicans than a theme Read more.

Georgian Minimum Living Wage Rises by About 30%
Vestnik Kavkaza

June 16, 2011 - The minimum living wage in Georgia reached 166.4 laris, according to statistics of June 1, 2011, rising by almost 30%, compared with the previous year, the Georgian National Statistics Service said, Business Georgia reports. Read more.

Missouri: 'Livable' wage goal worthy of achieving

June 11, 2011 - Why are we so obsessed with the minimum wage? We must have a minimum wage, but by any rational standard it should also be a "livable" wage. Read more.

Malaysia: Go for decent living wage policy
Free Malaysia Today

June 11, 2011 - Compared to a minimum wage policy which is a short-term remedy, a decent living wage will ensure workers' wages are on par with current economic reality. Read more.

A National Living Wage Fight Finds a Battleground in NYC: 'We Aren't Here Just To Survive, We Want to Live'

June 10, 2011 - Lauren Kelley comments_image 56 COMMENTS A National Livin Read more.

New Haven, CT: Aldermen Hike “Living Wage”
New Haven Independent

June 8, 2011 - It wasn’t the law he initially hoped to pass, but Alderman Mike Jones succeeded in raising the city’s living wage up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Read more.

Minimum Wage Increase Would Help Sluggish Economy, Say Experts
Huffington Post

June 7, 2011 - WASHINGTON -- A group of economists made the case on Tuesday for raising the federal and state minimum wages across the country as a way to boost the stagnant economy and improve the standard of living among low-wage earners. Read more.

London South Bank University Cleaners Demand 'Living Wage'
London SE1

June 7, 2011 - Cleaners at London South Bank University have staged a protest over poor pay and conditions. Read more.

Workers Deserve a Decent Life
The Brooklyn Paper

June 3, 2011 - Today, nearly one in four working New Yorkers need food stamps in order to eat — a record high since Mayor Bloomberg took office. Many of them are employed full time in low-wage jobs, especially in retail. Read more.

British Columbia: Canada's Largest Credit Union Adopts a Living Wage
The Tyee

June 2, 2011 - Next year's increase in BC's minimum wage to $10.25 an hour marks an improvement for the working poor, but it still falls far below the $18.81 experts say marks a "living wage" in the city of Vancouver. Read more.

Edmonton, Alberta: Minimal Wage Hike May Not Be Enough
Metro Edmonton

June 2, 2011 - Minimum wage is on the way up, but it may not be enough to help many struggling to make ends meet. Read more.

Hong Kong: Foreign Maids Win Pay Rise
The Standard

June 2, 2011 - Pay for Hong Kong's army of foreign domestic helpers goes up by HK$160 to HK$3,740 from today. Read more.

Living Wage Bill Necessary for Queens Center Mall Workers

June 2, 2011 - On May 21, I attended a town hall meeting at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona with hundreds of others to demand that the owner of the Queens Center Mall, the Macerich Co., give back to the community by transforming the publicly subsidized mall from a Read more.

New Study: You Can't Live on Minimum Wage
Detroit Free Press

May 31, 2011 - Cameo Thomas of Jackson works two jobs as a nursing home aide to support her 4-year-old twin sons. One job pays $9.50 an hour, the other $13.05. Sometimes she works 60 hours a week to make ends meet -- hard physical labor, most of it on her feet. Read more.

Michigan Families Need 3 Times Minimum Wage to Thrive
Associated Press

May 31, 2011 - LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan families are finding it harder to earn enough to support themselves, and new jobs being created over the next seven years aren't expected to help. Read more.

British Columbia: Vibrant Abbotsford sets 'living wage' at $16.42 per hour for family of four
Abbotsford News

May 30, 2011 - A family of four in Abbotsford cannot survive on minimum wage, according to Vibrant Abbotsford, a group of community partners working together to reduce poverty. Read more.

Document Drop: Baruch Living Wage Survey
Daily Politics / New York Daily News

May 27, 2011 - It obviously got a little hectic this week, what with NY-26 and all, but after the jump is a survey of 1,200 New Yorkers from Baruch College Survey Research on wages and sick days. Read more.

A Living Wage for New York’s Workers
New York Amsterdam News

May 27, 2011 - Last week, I submitted testimony to a hearing of the City Council's Committee on Contracts on behalf of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, a living wage bill that would help keep hard working individuals and families out of the grip of poverty. Read more.

British Columbia: Whistler and the Living Wage
Pique Magazine

May 25, 2011 - How much does living cost? That's a question that Seth Klein grapples with every day. The director of the B.C. office for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), it's his job to look at people's ambitions and find ways to make them affordab Read more.

Coalition Pushes Living Wages for NYC

May 25, 2011 - In New York City, Wall Street profits are skyscraper high again, real-estate developers and companies are receiving billions in public subsidies and yet a record number of full-time working New Yorkers are relying on food stamps and emergency food assista Read more.

London Hotel Workers Protest Over Olympic Pay
Employee Benefits

May 25, 2011 - London hotel workers, including room attendants, waiters, porters and kitchen staff staged a protest yesterday (Tuesday 24 May) outside the Holiday Inn Mayfair, over demands to pay staff the London Living Wage during the Olympic Games. Read more.

Vancouver, B.C.: Vancity Becomes the Largest Organization in Canada to Adopt Living Wage Policy

May 24, 2011 - VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - As Canada's largest credit union celebrates its 65th anniversary, it is timely that Vancity sets a precedent as the largest organization in Canada to become a Living Wage Employer. Read more.

Seton Hall's Micah Institute Holds Annual Summit on "Living Wage"
Seton Halls News

May 23, 2011 - “There is something very unappealing, if not outright immoral, when a business argues that it cannot afford to pay a living wage to its workers.” Read more.

A New York City ‘Living Wage’?
New York Times

May 23, 2011 - New York City spends more than $2 billion a year on efforts to promote economic development, but the benefits flow more to developers than to workers. Why not follow the example of some other big cities, including Los Angeles, and require large city-subsi Read more.

Sacramento, CA: Three reasons people who work for a living should support unions
The Sacramento Bee

May 23, 2011 - The current assault on collective bargaining rights shows that ideology and smash-mouth politics can triumph over economic reality. Read more.

New Zealand: Labour vows to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in its first year in office
Radio New Zealand News

May 22, 2011 - Party leader Phil Goff says lifting the minimum wage will ensure that people who work for a living get a fair living wage. Read more.

Living Wage in Practice in L.A.
Crain's New York

May 22, 2011 - City offers guide for how to grow a tax base, attract businesses and build housing, while promoting quality jobs. Read more.

Ealing Council adopts London Living Wage
Ealing Times

May 20, 2011 - Ealing is one of only five of the capital’s 32 councils paying London Living Wage to sub-contracted workers. Read more.

Give New Yorkers a living wage: $10 per hour is only fair for subsidized development projects
New York Daily News

May 20, 2011 - New York City spends billions of taxpayer dollars annually to subsidize new shopping centers, office buildings, stadiums and other projects. These create jobs, but often not very good ones: Workers at retail stores, concession stands and cafeterias often Read more.

Got subsidies? Cough up more money to employees, New Yorkers say in new Baruch College poll
New York Daily News

May 20, 2011 - New Yorkers overwhelmingly think companies that get city subsidies should pay their workers more than minimum wage, a new poll shows. Read more.

Fight for Fair Wages
The Riverdale Press

May 19, 2011 - Not only did he co-sponsor the Fair Wages For New Yorkers Act, he has also said that he would consider discharging the bill out of committee — a rare move that requires a majority vote — to bring the legislation to the City Council floor if Speaker Christ Read more.

Cape Cod, Mass.: A Living Wage, Less Spent on Defense
Cape Cod Times

May 19, 2011 - If I remember correctly, a living wage in 1954 was $1 per hour, or $40 per week. I do know that a monthly mortgage payment for a 12-room, two-family house in Boston was $33. Read more.

Baruch College Poll: NY Voters Back Living Wage
Daily Politics / New York Daily News

May 19, 2011 - New York voters like the concept of a "living wage," which is encapsulated in controversial legislation that was the subject of a heated hearing last week, according to a new poll out this morning from Baruch College Survey Research. Read more.

Hunger Groups Support Living Wage Bill
WBAI Evening News

May 18, 2011 - Jose Santiago of the WBAI Evening News interviews Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger about hunger, poverty and living wages. "One of the main causes of hunger in New York City is low wages," says Berg. Read more.

Koppell’s Living Wage Bill gets City Hall Hearing
The Riverdale Press

May 18, 2011 - Hundreds of supporters from the Bronx showed up to a May 12 City Council hearing to rally for passage of Councilman Oliver Koppell’s living wage bill. Read more.

In Living Wage Battle, Vacca Remains Unconvinced
Norwood News

May 18, 2011 - Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in this week's Norwood News, out today. Read more.

Increasing the Minimum Wage is Smart for Families and the Economy
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 18, 2011 - Since the most recent increase in the federal minimum wage (from $6.55 to $7.25) nearly two years ago, inflation has been eating away at its buying power. The federal minimum wage was at its highest mark in 1968, worth more than 15 percent more than it is Read more.

Document Drop: Living Wage NYC To Chris Quinn
Daily Politics / NY Daily News

May 18, 2011 - As City Council Speaker Chris Quinn is up in Albany with Mayor Bloomberg, lobbying for the legalization of same-sex marriage, the Living Wage NYC coalition is continuing to push her on their own agenda, as you can see from the letter below. Read more.

Illinois - Living Wage Campaign: Schapiro and Sunshine hypocritical on wages
North By Northwestern

May 17, 2011 - Illinois - Living Wage Campaign: Schapiro and Sunshine hypocritical on wages Read more.

NYC Living Wage Debate Boils Over, Into the Streets and before City Council

May 17, 2011 - It’s budget season in New York City, when community groups and labor unions usually take to the streets to protest proposed budgets and this year proposals including teacher layoffs and social service cuts was a serious call to action. Read more.

Appelbaum to Bloomberg: ‘What Kind of City Do We Want to Have?’
PolitickerNY / The NY Observer

May 17, 2011 - Stuart Appelbaum, who has emerged over the last several years as one of the leading progressive voices in the city and a frequent critic of Mayor Bloomberg, is out with a letter this morning accusing the mayor of misleading in his characterization of most Read more.

The Fight Is On
Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council

May 17, 2011 - Wow! Last week was something. Thousands of people stood up against the tremendous divide between the rich and the poor in this city and voiced their opposition to policies that reinforce a system of inequality in which our middle and working class familie Read more.

Scotland: MSP Launches Bid to Ensure Interns are Paid a Living Wage

May 17, 2011 - A LABOUR MSP is calling for a living wage for Holyrood interns serving one month or more. New Lothians MSP Kezia Dugdale has lodged a motion calling for MSPs to pay their interns, who are currently unpaid on a work experience basis, a wage of £7.15 per ho Read more.

Australia: Decent Rise to Minimum Wage is Needed to ease Growing Cost of Living Pressures
Australian Council of Trade Unions

May 17, 2011 - Australian households are feeling the pinch of sharply rising cost of living pressures, according to new official data which bolsters the case for a decent increase to award minimum wages. Read more.

Report: Low-wage Jobs Dominate NYC Job Growth
Drum Major Institute for Public Policy

May 17, 2011 - More than Half of All New Jobs Are In the City’s Two-Lowest Paid Industries: Retail and Hospitality Read more.

Why New York City Needs a "Living Wage" Law
Huffington Post

May 16, 2011 - The following is adapted from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s May 12, 2011, testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Contracts. The hearing concerned the "Fair Wages for New Yorkers" Act, which would require developers that receive Read more.

The Bronx is in the middle of Living Wage bill fight for workers
New York Daily News

May 16, 2011 - The Bronx has become the battleground in the brawl over a City Council bill that would force city-subsidized developers to pay their workers more than the minimum wage. Read more.

Ann Arbor increases 'living wage' requirement for companies doing business with the city

May 16, 2011 - Contractors and vendors doing business with the City of Ann Arbor, as of May 1, now must pay higher wages to ensure their employees are making a decent living. Read more.

Rally for a Living Wage for NYC!
RWDSU Local 338

May 16, 2011 - On May 12, 2011, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW joined the Living Wage NYC Coalition, comprised of labor, community and religious organizations, as well as members of the New York City Council, to rally in favor the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

NYC Living Wage Hearing: "We Aren't Here Just to Survive. We Want to Live."

May 16, 2011 - NYC Living Wage Hearing: "We Aren't Here Just to Survive. We Want to Live." Read more.

Coalition Demands Council Pass Living Wage Bill
Labor Press

May 16, 2011 - At a time when far too many working people struggle to survive, members of a growing citywide movement today demanded living wage jobs for all New Yorkers at a public City Council hearing. At the City Council’s Contracts Committee hearing today, Mayor Blo Read more.

New York City Clergy Unite to Fight for a Living Wage
Odyssey Networks

May 13, 2011 - Faith leaders across New York City have united to assist in organized labor's fight for living wage - a battle that has already been waged successfully in a handful of cities across the nation. On Thursday, May 12th, Rev. Peter G. Heltzel, Rev. Anita Burs Read more.

Hundreds Rally at Living Wage Hearing
Bed-Stuy Patch

May 13, 2011 - A huge crowd of activists, politicians and working New Yorkers gathered outside of City Hall yesterday in support of a hearing on increasing the living wage. Read more.

New York City Council Holds Hearing on NYC Living Wage Law
Women of Color Policy Network Blog

May 13, 2011 - The New York City Council held its inaugural hearing yesterday on the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act (Int 0251-A), commonly referred to as the living wage bill. The Act would require all developments receiving more than $100,000 in city subsidies to pay i Read more.

City Council Slams Bloomberg for not Supporting 'Living Wage' Jobs Bill for City-Funded Projects
New York Daily News

May 13, 2011 - City Council members skewered the Bloomberg administration Thursday for opposing a bill that would mandate a "living wage" for workers in city-subsidized developments. Read more.

Living Wage Gets Its Hearing
Gotham Gazette

May 12, 2011 - Labor and city leadership collided this afternoon at a packed and feisty hearing on legislation to require city subsidized developers pay a living wage. Read more.

Council Faces Off Over Controversial 'Living Wage' Bill

May 12, 2011 - A hearing was held to consider whether developers who receive big city grants should pay workers higher wages. Read more.

Controversy Over Living Wage Bill Heats Up Council Hearing

May 12, 2011 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fighting against the passage of a living wage bill, but supporters of the measure demonstrated by City Hall Thursday, before the City Council held a heated hearing on the matter. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report. Read more.

NY1 Online: Living Wage Debate On "Inside City Hall"

May 12, 2011 - NY1 VIDEO: In its "Sound-Off" section Thursday, "Inside City Hall" held a panel debate on the merits of a City Council bill that would force businesses subsidized by the city to pay a high wage. Read more.

City Hall $#!+ fight
New York Post

May 12, 2011 - Sparks flew between Mayor Bloomberg and City Council members yesterday over a council proposal to force certain developers that receive city subsidies to pay a minimum "living wage" of $11.50 an hour, or $10 plus benefits. Read more.

Living Wage Fight Comes to City Hall
The Observer

May 12, 2011 - The next great battle in City Hall was joined today as the City Council held their inaugural hearing on The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, which would require all businesses that receive city subsidies pay at least $10 per hour, with benefits, to all of Read more.

Council Members Advocate for Living Wage Bill

May 12, 2011 - Hundreds of supporters of the controversial living wage legislation rallied at City Hall prior to the first official hearing where council members challenged the Bloomberg Administration's assertion that the legislation would kill jobs. Read more.

BX Residents Call for Increase in Hourly Wages
News 12

May 12, 2011 - (05/12/11) NEW YORK - The living wage debate raged on during a rally today where Bronx residents called for an increase in hourly wages. Read more.

Bloomberg Administration Is Criticized on Wages
New York Times

May 12, 2011 - One by one, City Council members took turns deriding the Bloomberg administration on Thursday for opposing a bill that would raise the minimum wage for some low-income workers by as much as $4.25 per hour. Read more.

#LivingWageNYC Hearing Takes Place #OnMay12
New York Daily News

May 12, 2011 - As we speak, there's a City Council hearing -- and a wide variety of protests and demonstrations -- going on in NYC, focused on the hot-button legislation that would require employers on larger city-funded projects to pay workers more than the minimum wag Read more.

'Living Wage' Backers Storm City Hall
Crain's New York

May 12, 2011 - Advocates rally before a hearing on a bill to hike wages at city-subsidized projects. But mayoral aides and business leaders say the measure would kill jobs. Read more.

Wage Debate Heats Up Ahead of City Council Testimony

May 12, 2011 - NEW YORK CITY-A coalition of business owners, non-profits and city chambers of commerce met on the steps of City Hall yesterday to voice their dissatisfaction with proposed living wage mandates. The bill that would implement the mandates calls for wages o Read more.

City Council Set to Debate Controversial 'Living Wage' Bill

May 12, 2011 - CITY HALL — After months of heated rhetoric, elaborate protests and a city-funded million dollar study, the City Council is finally set to hear the case for forcing developers who receive large city grants to pay their workers a so-called "living wage." Read more.

Living Wage Is No Job Killer, New Study Argues
City Hall News

May 12, 2011 - New York businesses are creating more low-income sector jobs as they emerge from the recession, and requiring higher wages won’t stop their growth, a new study contends. Read more.

Stop Funding Poverty, Start Funding Prosperity
Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council

May 12, 2011 - It’s time for the New York City Council to pass The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. If you want public benefits for your project, then your project has to benefit the public. The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act is that simple. Read more.

Business Community Fighting Against NYC ‘Living Wage’ Bill
CBS New York

May 11, 2011 - Opponents took their fight to the steps of City Hall Wednesday to protest the “Living Wage” bill in front of New York City Council. Read more.

City Hall To Hold Hearing On Proposed Living Wage Law

May 11, 2011 - Both sides are expected to testify at City Hall Thursday on a proposed living wage law going before the City Council. Read more.

Living Wage Report No Surprise to Critics
The Riverdale Press

May 11, 2011 - Nine months and $1 million later, the city says a living wage bill would stifle development and increase “extreme poverty.” Read more.

Debate on Rages Over Wage Bill in New York
New York Times

May 11, 2011 - One side is accusing the Bloomberg administration of using tactics “straight out of the K.G.B.” The other side has screamed “job killing,” taking a page from the national debate over health care. Read more.

City Hall Trying to ‘Sabotage’ Council Hearing With Early Report
The New York Observer

May 11, 2011 - A City Councilman says the mayor’s administration is trying to “sabotage” a long-awaited Council hearing tomorrow about a controversial bill requiring a “living wage” for workers at projects that get public subsidies. Read more.

NYC "Fair Wages" Report: Predictably Biased Against a Living Wage

May 11, 2011 - No one expected a glowing assessment of a New York City living wage bill in the report funded by the NYC Economic Development Corporation -- after all, there have been concerns about the outcome of this report since the study's research team was announced Read more.

WBAI's Evening News Discusses Living Wage Hearing, EDC Study
WBAI's Evening News

May 10, 2011 - WBAI's Evening News Discusses Living Wage Hearing, EDC Study Read more.

Living Wage Study Ordered By Bloomberg Agrees With Bloomberg

May 10, 2011 - Living Wage Study Ordered By Bloomberg Agrees With Bloomberg Read more.

Borough President Diaz Condemns City’s Living Wage Report
Office of the Bronx Borough President

May 10, 2011 - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has blasted a study, released by the Bloomberg administration, which states that the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers” Act—a bill that would require developers that receive heavy taxpayer subsidies to pay their employees Read more.

BronxTalk Discusses Living Wages in the Bronx

May 9, 2011 - Monday's BronxTalk, Living Wage NYC Faith Caucus clergy Rev. Que English of the Bronx Christian Fellowship Church and Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera of the Latino Pastoral Cultural Action Center discuss living wages, http://bit.ly/ls47a9 Read more.

Comptroller Liu Discusses Living Wage on Inside City Hall

May 9, 2011 - New York City Comptroller John Liu discusses his support for living wages and voices his criticism of the EDC's rigged study on NY1's "Inside City Hall." Read more.

Hackney Council and Tesco blasted as Mayor Boris raises London Living Wage to £8.30 per hour
Hackney Citizen

May 9, 2011 - Hackney Council and Tesco blasted as Mayor Boris raises London Living Wage to £8.30 per hour Read more.

Comptroller Liu Statement on EDC Living Wage Study
Office of the NYC Comptroller

May 9, 2011 - City Comptroller John C. Liu stated the following in response to questions about a recently completed study commissioned by the NYCEDC, “The Economic Impacts on New York City of Proposed Living Wage Mandate.” Read more.

Ohio: Living Wage Hard to Find
The Mansfield News Journal

May 9, 2011 - Eight of the 10 largest occupations in Ohio do not pay enough for an adult with a young child to live without public assistance, according to a report released Friday. Read more.

Oklahoma: Students for a Democratic Society vocal for change on campus
The Oklahoma Daily

May 9, 2011 - Students for a Democratic Society vocal for change on campus Read more.

Illinois: Faculty Senate Resolves to Support Living Wage, Due Process for Protess
North By Northwestern

May 9, 2011 - The Northwestern Faculty Senate passed three resolutions May 4 — one to voice its concern for the possible violation of Medill professor David Protess’s due process rights, and the second and third to support the Living Wage Campaign’s efforts, according Read more.

Ithaca, NY: Tompkins Living Wage Rises to $11.67 Per Hour
The Ithaca Journal

May 6, 2011 - The hourly pay required for a "living wage" in Tompkins County has increased to $11.67, according to a study by Alternatives Federal Credit Union released Friday. Read more.

Ten Reasons for an Expanded Living Wage in New York City
Fiscal Policy Institute

May 6, 2011 - The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) today released its list of the top 10 reasons an expanded living wage makes sense for New York City’s workers, businesses and taxpayers. The City Council will hold a hearing on May 12 on legislation to extend the city’s l Read more.

Brooklyn Leads Living Wage Fight
The Brooklyn Rail

May 6, 2011 - Approximately one million people in Brooklyn are employed, but many of their jobs do not pay very well. Nearly one in five people in the workforce toil in the retail and service sector. These jobs typically pay at or just above the minimum wage. But the c Read more.

Britain: Royal Cleaners Fight for Living Wage

May 5, 2011 - While the Great and Good were busy spending our money on the Royal Wedding, low-paid cleaners at Buckingham Palace were fighting to increase their meagre wages to something like a decent level. Sign the petition in their support. Read more.

London: Rabbis join call for a living wage
The Jewish Chronicle

May 5, 2011 - Two senior rabbis joined a special interfaith event in central London on Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of a pioneering anti-poverty campaign. Read more.

Baltimore: One Year Later, Clarke Fights for Living Wage
The Afro-American Newspapers

May 5, 2011 - It’s been one year since Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, D-14, first introduced a bill that would have required major retailers to pay employees a living wage. Read more.

London’s Living Wage – Who Pays It?

May 5, 2011 - Boris Johnson has increased London’s living wage to £8.30 per hour but who’s paying it? Read more.

London: Protesters Demand 'Living Wage'
The Independent

May 3, 2011 - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/protesters-demand-living-wage-2278044.html Read more.

The Date Is Set for NYC Living Wage Law Hearing: May 12

May 3, 2011 - OK, well that was fast. Just a few days after I questioned the City Council's foot-dragging on a hearing for the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, Council Speaker Christine Quinn finally set a date. So mark your calendars -- the New York City living wage bi Read more.

Mayor Announces London Living Wage Increase

May 2, 2011 - Low paid workers in the capital are set to receive a salary increase after City Hall announced a 5% increase in the London Living Wage to £8.30 per hour. Read more.

Speaker Christine Quinn Urged to get Behind a Living Wage
New York Daily News

May 2, 2011 - One of the city's premier gay political groups is joining the push for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to get behind "living wage" legislation. If she's eying a 2013 run for mayor, she may want to listen. Read more.

'Living Wage' Campaign Backed by Investors Worth £13bn
BBC News

May 1, 2011 - 'Living Wage' Campaign Backed by Investors Worth £13bn Read more.

London: Wedding watchers asked to back a Living Wage for low-paid royal cleaners

April 29, 2011 - Royal watchers have been asked by the Public and Commercial and Services union to support a campaign to give disgracefully low-paid cleaners in the Royal Household a living wage. Read more.

Scotland: Living wage 'is £7.15 an hour'
The Press Association

April 28, 2011 - Low wages remain a scourge for women and families, according to the Scottish Greens. Read more.

Toward a Living Wage: Panel Discussion Hosted by Stonewall Democrats

April 28, 2011 - Toward a Living Wage: Panel Discussion Hosted by Stonewall Democrats Read more.

Virgin Islands: Possible 'living-wage' law has support and opposition
Virgin Islands Daily News

April 28, 2011 - ST. THOMAS - A recent study commissioned by the 28th V.I. Legislature examines the question of whether the territory should raise its minimum wage for taxpayer-funded workers to $10 an hour. Read more.

Santa Monica, CA: City Council Adds Same-Sex Equality Ordinance To Living Wage Law
The LookOut News

April 28, 2011 - April 28, 2011 -- The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a motion requiring contractors doing business with the city to provide the same benefits to same-sex couples as to heterosexual couples. Read more.

London: Royal watchers asked to back living wage for cleaners

April 27, 2011 - Royal watchers will be asked by the Public and Commercial and Services union to support a campaign to pay cleaners in the Royal Household a living wage. Read more.

London: Faiths Unite in Day for Civil Society
Independent Catholic News

April 26, 2011 - On 2 May Citizens UK launches the first 'Day for Civil Society' - a mixture of faith services, rallies and an assembly celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Living Wage, on the theme: "only organised people can control organised money". Read more.

University of Virginia Living Wage Campaign refutes pay increase
Charlottesville News & Arts

April 26, 2011 - 286 University employees make $11.44/hour or less Read more.

London: Lush Cosmetics Does the Right Thing

April 25, 2011 - Lush Cosmetics is the green cosmetic company that split off from the Body Shop in the '90's. Still privately owned by the original founder, Mark Constantine, they sell environmentally friendly soap and paraphernalia in 700 shops across the world, as well Read more.

(Video) Minimum Wage vs A Living Wage: Which One Can You Survive On?
All Voices

April 22, 2011 - The global economy is suffering and the U.S., despite the title of 'best and riches country in the world," is no exception. Ours continue to be sluggish and guess who's feeling the hurt most? Read more.

London: Campaigners for £7.85 an Hour Living Wage Meet Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke
West End Extra

April 22, 2011 - London Citizens 'face-to-face' with supermarket boss Read more.

London: Royal Cleaners Petition for ‘a Living Wage’
The Star

April 21, 2011 - A public service union in Britain is trying to get a little of the millions to be spent on the Royal Wedding for the not-quite-living-wage of Royal Household cleaners. Read more.

Controversial 'Living Wage' Bill Hearing Set
Crain's New York

April 21, 2011 - The measure, which is bitterly opposed by business groups and avidly supported by organized labor, would mandate wage of $10 an hour, plus benefits, for workers on city-subsidized projects. Read more.

Living Wage Council Bill Battle Slated For May 12
New York Daily News

April 21, 2011 - After nearly a year of delays, a bruising City Council labor battle is coming to City Council next month. Read more.

Virginia: University Protest Targets Salaries
The Cavalier Daily

April 21, 2011 - Living Wage Campaign culminates Day of Action on Madison Hall, Rotunda steps Read more.

Virginia: Five WM Students Charged for Sit-In, Vow to Continue Fight
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

April 21, 2011 - Campus police at the College of William and Mary charged five students with trespassing early Thursday, after the students had spent 16 hours sitting in protest at the office of President Taylor Reveley. Read more.

Lush Founder Becomes First Store Boss to Pledge Living Wage of £7.85
London Evening Standard

April 20, 2011 - Cosmetics chain Lush today promised to pay a London living wage to all its employees in the capital. Read more.

Williamsburg, VA: Living Wage Action Day Planned
The Virginia Gazette

April 19, 2011 - This Wednesday at noon hundreds of students, workers, professors and community members plan to meet at the Brafferton outside President Taylor Reveley’s office to demonstrate for living wages for college workers. Read more.

Crosby: A Positive Vision for New Haven
Yale Daily News

April 18, 2011 - In his column Monday (“Taking our alderman to task,” April 18), Nathaniel Zelinsky took a misguided stand against the living wage proposal which recently passed out of committee, accusing Ward 1 Alderman Mike Jones ’11 of putting some putative desire to b Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign Kicks Off Weekend Conference with Keynote Speaker
The Daily Northwestern

April 15, 2011 - According to Barbara Ehrenreich, low-wage workers are America's major philanthropists. Read more.

Virginia: Waging the Expectations
The Cavalier Daily

April 15, 2011 - On Inauguration Day, a revitalized Living Wage campaign reflects on its history and seeks progress with a new administration Read more.

New Haven, CT: On 2nd Try, Living Wage Gets The OK
New Haven Independent

April 14, 2011 - It’s back, but you might not recognize it: A bill meant to raise minimum wage on city-contracted jobs has moved forward, in a scaled-down form. Read more.

Pay Up: University of Memphis Workers Demand a Living Wage
Memphis Flyer

April 14, 2011 - "What do we want? Living wage! When do we want it? Now!" Those were the cries of a group of University of Memphis workers and students crowded near the University Center last Friday. Read more.

New Haven, CT: Living Wage Moves Ahead
Yale Daily News

April 14, 2011 - Ward 1 Alderman Michael Jones’ ’11 proposal to expand the city’s living wage law has taken a big step forward. Read more.

A Living Wage For Women
El Diario

April 12, 2011 - Today marks the day of wage equality, or Equal Pay Day - a day to remind our legislators that, in the 21st century, women continue to earn much less than men for the same work. Read more.

Asheville, NC: "Thank you, City Council, for expanding living wage"
Mountain Xpress

April 12, 2011 - I commend the Asheville City Council members who voted to phase in an extension of the living-wage ordinance to include contract workers. Read more.

Nigeria: The Living Wage Question
Daily Independent

April 12, 2011 - Through the years, Federal and State Governments have continually complained about their inability to pay a living wage to civil servants. Things have recently got to a head as the Federal Government has failed to fully implement the N18,000/month minimum Read more.

Ottawa: Poverty Group Urges Action on ‘Living Wage’
Metro Ottawa

April 12, 2011 - City council is dragging its feet on implementing a proposal to restrict municipal contracts only to those employers who agree to pay their workers a “living wage,” say members of an anti-poverty lobby group. Read more.

New Yorkers, MLK III Support Living Wage Law

April 12, 2011 - Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known as a civil rights crusader who bravely fought against racial injustice in the 1950s and '60s. A perhaps lesser known fact about King is that he was also a tireless supporter of the American labor movement as a whole, Read more.

Vacca Pressured to Support Living Wage Bill
The Examiner

April 11, 2011 - It took a while, but the protest politics that have grown out of the economic downturn of 2008 finally made an appearance in the Northeast Bronx today. Read more.

Bronx Living Wage Campaign Heats Up
Bronx News Network

April 8, 2011 - The campaign that would require developers of retail projects receiving taxpayer subsidies to pay a living wage -- $10 with benefits and $11.50 without -- is heating up as advocates press for an April City Council hearing. Read more.

Memphis, TN: Groups to Continue Protests for Living Wage for UM employees
The Daily Helmsman

April 8, 2011 - During a rally protesting University of Memphis employee wages, a small group of protesters will deliver over 1,000 postcards from students, campus workers and community members to Shirley Raines' office today. Read more.

Vancouver, BC - Living wages: An idea whose time has come
The Vancouver Sun

April 8, 2011 - As cities, Vancouver and London, England, have a lot of things in common. They are both global and cosmopolitan. They are both leading proponents of developing sustainable and livable urban spaces. They have both been chosen to showcase the Olympics - whi Read more.

Kenya: State Responds to High Cost of Living with Fresh Wage Rise Plan
Business Daily

April 7, 2011 - The least paid workers could get a pay increment in coming weeks if a new wage structure the government has proposed is adopted at a meeting with trade unionists this morning. Read more.

Why We (Still) Can't Wait for Economic Justice
Huffington Post

April 6, 2011 - Forty-three years ago this month, our nation watched the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The images were seared into our minds, along with the sense that our nation had lost a beacon of hope in the ongoing struggle for racial and economi Read more.

Celebrating Progress and Hoping to Revive a Debate
Downtown Express

April 6, 2011 - In the spirit of the special section in this issue of Downtown Express, we would like to focus on the progress our Lower Manhattan community has made over the past year. Read more.

Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy in New York
Jobs With Justice Blog

April 6, 2011 - On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN. He was in Memphis to support sanitation workers, represented by AFSCME Local 1733, who had been on strike since March 12 for higher wages and better treatment on the job. He fa Read more.

Ottawa: ACORN Calls for Living Wage
580 CFRA News

April 6, 2011 - Councillors are being asked once again to support a Living Wage in the City of Ottawa. Read more.

New Yorkers Rally Behind MLK's Dream
Bed-Stuy Patch

April 5, 2011 - On the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, a rally was held to help pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act Read more.

Hundreds Rally For Higher Wages On Anniversary Of King's Death
The Huffington Post

April 5, 2011 - Hundreds of New Yorkers rallied on the 43rd anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination Monday night, calling for the passage of legislation aimed at raising wages for most workers at developments receiving public subsidies. Read more.

Texas: Call For Raises For Dallas Minimum Wage Sanitation Workers

April 5, 2011 - Dallas civil rights and union activists marked the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday evening with a rally for Dallas sanitation workers. KERA's BJ Austin reports. Read more.

Northeast Bronx Rallies for Living Wage
The Examiner

April 4, 2011 - Tonight Bronx residents sought to turn a historical tragedy into a political movement for change. Hundreds of people turned out to the Bronx Pentecostal Deliverance Center to commemorate the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to raise the demand for Read more.

MLK’s Son Advocates Fair Wage Law
The Epoch Times

April 4, 2011 - NEW YORK—On the 43rd anniversary of his father's death, Martin Luther King III released a statement Monday supporting the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

Carrying It On: They Say Get Back, But Workers Rally For A Living Wage On Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death
WBAI's Building Bridges

April 4, 2011 - Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg host a live broadcast from the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn where a community/labor coalition is demanding passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, to address the plight of the working poor in New York City. Read more.

Martin Luther King III Backs NYC Living Wage Law
International Business Times

April 4, 2011 - Martin Luther King III has entered a local fight for living wages at certain New York City businesses on the anniversary of his father's death, in a push which proponents say can gain steam in other cities across the country. Read more.

Advocates of 'Living Wage' Get Amen from MLK III
Crain's New York Business

April 4, 2011 - Son of slain civil right leader calls on City Council to raise minimum wage in NYC to $10 an hour, plus bennies, wherever businesses gained at least $100,000 in city subsidies. Read more.

WFUV Interviews Living Wagers

April 4, 2011 - WFUV interviewed Cesar Chavez Fellow Reinaldo Diaz on why all New Yorkers need living wage jobs. Click here to listen to the segment. Read more.

Martin Luther King III Backs NYC Living Wage Bill
New York Daily News

April 4, 2011 - Martin Luther King III Backs NYC Living Wage Bill Read more.

Martin Luther King III Speaks Out on NYC Living Wage Campaign
DMI Blog

April 4, 2011 - 43 years ago today Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. The assassination occurred as he was supporting a strike of municipal sanitation workers, standing up for the principle that “every working American should earn enough to live a decent life” in the Read more.

MLK's Son Weighs in on NYC Wage Bill
Wall Street Journal

April 4, 2011 - NEW YORK — Martin Luther King Jr.'s son is urging passage of a controversial New York City wage bill. Read more.

MLK's Son Weighs in on NYC Wage Bill
The Wall Street Journal

April 4, 2011 - NEW YORK — Martin Luther King Jr.'s son is urging passage of a controversial New York City wage bill. Read more.

MLK III, Electeds to Make Major Living Wage Push Today
The New York Observer

April 4, 2011 - Today is the 43rd anniversary of the assassination Martin Luther King, Jr., and his son, Martin Luther King III, is out today with a statement urging the city to pass a living wage law for workers in government subsidized developments. Read more.

Son of Martin Luther King, Jr. Trumpets Passage of City Council Bill to Hike Minimum Wages
New York Daily News

April 4, 2011 - The son of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is using the anniversary of his father's death to weigh in on a controversial city wage proposal. Read more.

New Zealand: Tough to Survive on Minimum Wage
Scoop Independent News

April 1, 2011 - Manurewa High School cleaners are getting a pay rise today because the minimum wage has gone to $13 an hour. But the cleaners say this is not enough to live on with the cost of living rising higher than the 25 cents an hour they will gain. Read more.

Ithaca, NY: IC Workers All Deserve to be Paid Living Wage
The Ithaca Journal

March 31, 2011 - The Tompkins County Workers' Center (formerly Living Wage Coalition) has long worked on local issues that relate to the necessity of people earning a living wage for their work. Ithaca College, by the same token, has engaged deeply in sustainable practice Read more.

Many Low-Wage Jobs Seen as Failing to Meet Basic Needs
New York Times

March 31, 2011 - Hard as it can be to land a job these days, getting one may not be nearly enough for basic economic security. Read more.

NYC Living Wage Bill Honors the Memory of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Workers

March 31, 2011 - Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which 146 New York City workers, the majority of them young, immigrant women, died an unnecessary death. Read more.

Sri Lanka: Labour Movement Calls for LKR20,000 ‘Living Wage’
Just Style

March 31, 2011 - Sri Lankan apparel industry labour rights coalition ALARM is calling for a LKR20,000 (US$ 180.98) monthly ‘living wage’ for local apparel workers. Read more.

New Westminster, BC: Surrey Examining Fair Wage Policy
Surrey Leader

March 30, 2011 - The City of Surrey has asked staff to explore the impact of a "living wage" policy. If such a policy was endorsed, it would mean Surrey would require (as part of its tendering process) that employees of the successful bidder pay a set wage amount, likely Read more.

NYC Needs a Living Wage
Food Bank for New York City

March 30, 2011 - Food Bank For New York City would like to announce its endorsement of the ”Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act.” As our supporters know, the Food Bank works to educate members of the public and government officials at the city, state and federal levels to enli Read more.

Appelbaum Ties Shirtwaist To Living Wage Campaign
The New York Observer

March 25, 2011 - One-hundred years ago today a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in the West Village claimed the lives of 146 garment workers and led to the adoption in New York City of 36 new labor laws. Read more.

Vancouver, B.C.: Municipalities can Lead on Living Wage, say Councilors
The Tyee

March 25, 2011 - With basic living expenses on the rise in Metro Vancouver and across the province, two municipal councilors encouraged their peers to consider adopting living wage policies. Read more.

Group That Helped Kill NYC's Paid Sick Leave Bill Now Fighting Living Wage Law

March 24, 2011 - Here at the Poverty in America blog, we've recently drawn comparisons between the paid sick leave bill that was sadly defeated in the New York City Council last year and the living wage law that's being floated in the council right now. Read more.

North Carolina: Asheville Expands 'Living Wage' Rules
Asheville Citizen Times

March 23, 2011 - Many contractors doing business with the city will now have to pay employees a “living wage,” making it one of only two cities in the state to set standards higher than the minimum wage for private businesses. Read more.

The Living Wage is a Pathway Out of Poverty
NYC Progressive Caucus

March 23, 2011 - NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2011) - Mayor Bloomberg’s Center for Economic Opportunity has released an important study, “Policy Affects Poverty” that can help policymakers improve how they measure poverty and mitigate its worst effects. Read more.

Wyoming Uses Tax Deal to Tie Former GM Stamping Plant to 'Living Wage' Jobs
The Grand Rapids Press

March 22, 2011 - WYOMING — A deal approved Monday would use future tax proceeds to reimburse redevelopers of the former General Motors plant on 36th Street SW, so long as the 90-acre site gets revived by manufacturers that provide “living wage” jobs. Read more.

City Council Plans Hearing on Raising Minimum Wage
Bed-Stuy Patch & Forest Hills Patch

March 21, 2011 - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently announced that she plans to hold hearings next month over the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, a bill introduced last May requiring employers that receive public tax subsidies to pay employees at least $10 per Read more.

Wisconsin: Don’t Allow Hard-Won Gains for Workers to be Rolled Back
InForum: The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead

March 19, 2011 - The real issue in the imbroglio in Wisconsin is the definition of a basic entitlement. Is an employer entitled to the labor he hires at whatever price the market sets, or is the worker entitled to a living wage? Read more.

Albany, NY: 'Living wage' Gets Lift in Overhaul
The Times Union

March 18, 2011 - Tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 30-day budget amendment is a clause that by some interpretations could greatly expand the number of counties where home care workers could be paid a "living wage," or pay floor set by local governments. Read more.

North Ayrshire, Scotland: Living wage Increase for Council Workers
The Irvine Herald

March 18, 2011 - MORE than 430 North Ayrshire Council workers are in line for a wages increase. Read more.

Grassroots Movement for Living Wage grows in Harlem
New York Amsterdam News

March 17, 2011 - On Jan. 14, a huge crowd of 2,000 activists joined clergy, elected officials and community leaders at Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and call for progressive action that would further one of t Read more.

"The Verdict Is Clear" on San Francisco's Living Wage Law - Now What About NYC?

March 16, 2011 - With a hearing on New York City's proposed living wage legislation coming up in a matter of weeks, it's time to seriously ratchet up our efforts to convince the New York City Council that living wage laws are a good thing. Read more.

Chambers Target 'Living Wage' Bill
Crain's New York Business

March 16, 2011 - The business coalition that killed paid sick-days legislation last year has now set its sights on defeating a proposal that would require jobs resulting from city-subsidized projects to pay at least $10 an hour, plus benefits. Read more.

It's Time for Speaker Christine Quinn to do the Right Thing by Workers
New York Daily News

March 16, 2011 - Will New Yorkers - some of them at least - finally be paid a little closer to what they deserve? Read more.

DC: Councilman Pushing for 'Living Wage' from Big Retailers
Washington Examiner

March 15, 2011 - A D.C. councilman is pushing for regulations that would require big box retailers like Walmart to pay their workers "living wages." Read more.

The American Dream is Impossible for Low-Wage Earners in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Patch

March 15, 2011 - Not only are Santa Cruz workers not always getting minimum wage, but even those who are being paid fairly can barely afford to live here. Read more.

London: University Confirms Living Wage for All Staff
Islington Now

March 15, 2011 - London Metropolitan University’s vice chancellor has apologised after he forgot to include cleaners and security guards in an email promising to pay all staff the London living wage. Read more.

Hidden Masses: NYC's underemployed near 600K
New York Post

March 13, 2011 - Gaynelle Atkinson, 52, is a career-driven professional who lost her secretarial position a few years ago. A single mom living in Coney Island, her unemployment benefits have run out, so she now averages about $150 a week babysitting her granddaughter. She Read more.

The Fight for a Living Wage Continues
Campus Progress

March 11, 2011 - City officials, community activists, and leaders from the faith called for the passage of a living wage ordinance in New York City at an event at Brooklyn College on Thursday. Read more.

Buscan que Compañías Paguen Salarios por Encima del Pago Mínimo
NY1 Noticias

March 11, 2011 - Legisladores y activistas dicen que la ciudad ha dado más de $2.000 millones de dólares en subsidios para incentivar la creación de empleos, pero las compañías sólo crean trabajos con "salarios de pobreza", pagando el mínimo que demanda la ley. Read more.

Report Documents Proof of Low-wage Employment at NYC Subsidized Projects
Clawback: A Blog of Good Jobs First!

March 11, 2011 - This week, Good Jobs New York, along with the Fiscal Policy Institute and the National Employment Law Project, released a report highlighting how New York City economic development policies often support low-wage jobs. Read more.

NYC's Living Wage Bill to Get Hearing in April

March 11, 2011 - Two weeks after a sprawling City Limits article asked if a living wage law could be the next New York City council "battleground," and one week after the launch of a petition urging Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support such legislation, Quinn has sa Read more.

Forum Promotes Fair Wages Act
New York 1

March 10, 2011 - At a Thursday forum in Manhattan, elected officials joined advocates to push for the passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

Labor, Led By Liu Speech Today, Prepares for Major Push on Living Wage
The New York Observer

March 10, 2011 - City Comptroller John Liu is slated to appear at a public forum entitled "Why Are We Funding Low-Wage Jobs" at the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education this afternoon that labor and progressive groups hope kicks off a major effort to crea Read more.

Interview: FPI's Michele Mattingly Discusses Taxpayer Dollars Funding Poverty-Wage
WBAI's Wakeup Call

March 10, 2011 - WBAI's Esther Armah interviews Michele Mattingly of the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) about taxpayer dollars funding poverty-wage jobs in New York City Read more.

Comptroller John Liu, NY City Council Progressives Push Living Wage Bill
New York Daily News

March 9, 2011 - The City Council's Progressive Caucus has a letter out today boosting the so-called "living wage" bill for NYC (and taking off on the NYP's edit board for criticizing it). Read more.

Statement from Bronx BP Diaz Regarding City Council Hearings on the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers” Act

March 8, 2011 - “I’m pleased that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has committed to host hearings on the ‘Fair Wages for New Yorkers’ Act, which already has the support of more than half of the City Council. Our bill will require developers who receive heavy taxpayer Read more.

New Analysis of Subsidized Projects Finds Low Wages Common
FPI, Good Jobs NY and NELP

March 8, 2011 - An updated study of job quality and economic development subsidies in New York City shows that public funds are subsidizing poverty-level jobs. New York City spends well over $2 billion annually in the name of economic development and job creation. Read more.

San Francisco Pushes New York City Council on Living Wage
The New York Observer

March 8, 2011 - Today Erin Einhorn reported that Council Speaker Christine Quinn has agreed to hold hearings on a living wage bill pushed the last several years by unions and activists. Read more.

Controversial 'Living Wage' Bill to get Hearing in April, says City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
New York Daily News

March 7, 2011 - A controversial bill requiring a "living wage" for workers in city-subsidized developments is finally getting a hearing after a year of legislative oblivion. Read more.

Vancouver, BC: Councillor Bob Bose Brings Idea of Living-Wage Policy to Surrey

March 7, 2011 - Surrey city councillor Bob Bose wants his municipality to explore the idea of a living-wage policy. Read more.

New Westminster, BC: ‘Living Wage’ Should be Election Issue, Councillor Says
Kamloops Daily News

March 7, 2011 - A “living wage” capable of supporting a family, as distinct from the minimum wage or any increase to it, ought to be a municipal election issue this fall, Coun. Nancy Bepple said Monday. Read more.

New Zealand: Workers Locked out at SkyCity Casino in Wage Dispute
Scoop Independent News

March 7, 2011 - New Zealand's largest casino has begun locking out its workforce in an attempt by the company to force unionised employees to accept a new agreement. Read more.

New Bedford, Mass.: Union at City Hall rally: 'We need more money'
South Coast Today

March 5, 2011 - Citing paltry wages and the recent deaths of two human service workers in the state, the SEIU Local 509 staged a rally in front of City Hall late Friday morning. Union members called for higher pay and safer working conditions. Read more.

Could a Living Wage Law Finally Be Coming to NYC?

March 5, 2011 - New York's businesses, legislators and labor advocates are turning their attention back to a bill that would guarantee a living wage for employees working on city-subsidized projects. Read more.

Chicago: Eateries At Midway Seek ‘Living Wages’
Southwest News Herald

March 4, 2011 - Concession stand workers at Midway Airport are seeking pay raises. Read more.

Ruben Diaz Jr. State of the Borough Speech
Bronx Times

March 2, 2011 - The fight for a “greener” borough, better living wages, economic development and elimination of PCBs in schools are only a few issues the borough president plans to tackle in 2011. Read more.

Ruben Diaz Jr. asks mayor to work with him on Kingsbridge Armory
The Riverdale Press

March 2, 2011 - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said in his second State of the Borough address on Feb. 24 that there is great interest in developing the Kingsbridge Armory and invited Mayor Michael Bloomberg to join him to responsibly develop the structure. Read more.

Virginia: Straight to the Point
The Cavalier Daily

March 2, 2011 - THE LIVING Wage Campaign at the University — represented in part by Workers and Students United — hosted a rally last week to raise awareness of its agenda and attempt to pressure school administrators to consent to instituting an artificial minimum wage Read more.

Bahamas: Defining a Living Wage is the Bare Minimum
The Tribune

March 1, 2011 - I would argue that a living wage could provide more insight to the challenges that the 'man on the street' faces, especially in these trying times. Read more.

London: What it Means to Work on the Shop Floors of Oxford Street
London Evening Standard

March 1, 2011 - We spend billions in Europe's busiest shopping street, yet what do those who serve us earn? David Cohen investigates which stores pay the London Living Wage. Read more.

London: Firms Should Get Tax Breaks to pay Living Wage, says Ed Miliband
The Guardian

February 28, 2011 - Labour leader makes suggestion as new research shows 22p in every pound of increased wages between 1979 and 2005 went to society's highest earners Read more.

Illinois: Living Wage Campaign to Host Conference in April Featuring Barbara Ehrenreich
The Daily Northwestern

February 28, 2011 - The Northwestern Living Wage Campaign will bring author Barbara Ehrenreich to campus in April to lead off a two-day conference discussing the validity and viability of implementing a living wage at NU. Read more.

Virginia: Students Rally for Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

February 28, 2011 - As the Board of Visitors convened Friday, more than 200 workers and University students assembled on the southern part of the Lawn, unfazed by the gusty winds, to march for a living wage. Read more.

London: Opinion: the Liberal Democrats should support a Living Wage
The Liberal Democratic Voice

February 28, 2011 - The Living Wage is a term which has gained ground in mainstream politics over the past year or so. Ed Miliband has used it in attempts to forge his political identity. Boris Johnson has spokenof his support for the concept and would like to see it introdu Read more.

Borough President Diaz Delivers Second “State of the Borough” Address
100 Percent Bronx

February 25, 2011 - Borough President Diaz also continued his call for a new “living wage” law in New York City, one that would require developers who receive heavy taxpayer subsidies to do better by their employees. Read more.

New York City Gears Up for a Living Wage Battle
The Nonprofit Quarterly

February 25, 2011 - NIn the midst of a recession, the impetus for municipal living wage ordinances has been generally back-burnered in most localities. Interest in the living wage appears to be reviving in New York City and will test nonprofits on where they stand on the iss Read more.

LONDON: Low pay: A Wage to Live With
People Management

February 24, 2011 - More employers – even in tough times – are committing to paying their lowest paid workers one-third more than the statutory minimum. Anat Arkin finds that the benefits of the ‘living wage’ work both ways Read more.

Virginia: Wage Against the Machine
The Cavalier Daily

February 24, 2011 - OUR students, administrators, peer institutions and community all agree that paying workers a living wage is the right thing to do. Read more.

The Fight for Fair Pay for The Working Poor
Campus Progress

February 23, 2011 - For Living Wage NYC, a broad coalition of interfaith and political groups advocating for a higher wages in New York, the night was the culmination of nine months of interfaith organizing. Read more.

Rev. Anita Burson Named Micah Institute’s 2011 Ella Baker Fellow
Amsterdam News

February 23, 2011 - The New York Theological Seminary’s Micah Institute has named Pastor Anita Burson as the 2011 Ella Baker Fellow. Rev. Burson will be working in the cause of economic justice with the Living Wage NYC coalition. Read more.

Living Wage Law The Next Council Battleground?
City Limits

February 23, 2011 - Following the defeat of paid sick leave, unions and business group prepare to face off over tying wages to city development subsidies. Read more.

University of Virginia Living Wage: That'll be $11.44
Charlottesville News & Arts

February 22, 2011 - On the first day of spring semester, representatives of Students and Workers United for a Living Wage met with President Teresa Sullivan to discuss fair wages for all University employees. Read more.

Fighting for A Living Wage for All God’s Children
The Vision

February 18, 2011 - “Pass the bill . . . right now” reverberated throughout the great sanctuary of Convent Avenue Baptist Church where as many as 1,400 people of faith, community leaders, labor leaders and large numbers of elected officials assembled on January 13 for an int Read more.

Living Wage Laws: Good for Workers and Good for the Economy
The Huffington Post

February 18, 2011 - In an era when the richest one percent of American households are reported to be collecting close to a quarter of the country's overall income, it makes sense to hear increasing talk about a "living wage" for the millions of workers at the other end of th Read more.

Kenora, Ontario: Call for Living Wage for Disabled
Miner and News

February 18, 2011 - During the Week of Action Against Poverty, Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) executive director, James Retson is calling on Canada to commit to a living wage for the nation's disabled — and is hoping to make it an election issue. Read more.

Quinn Builds On State Of The City Proposals At On/Off Record Breakfast
City Hall News

February 17, 2011 - Quinn declined to say whether now might the right time for the bill, which would mandate the $10-per-hour living wage for workers on city projects that would grow in line with inflation. Read more.

British Columbia - Study: Living Wage Set at $13.45/hr For Individuals
Williams Lake Tribune

February 17, 2011 - The community of Williams Lake has a living wage benchmark. Read more.

Number of New Yorkers on Food Stamps Has Increased to Record-High of $3 Million as Food Prices Soar
Glenn Blain

February 13, 2011 - The number of New Yorkers on food stamps has soared to a record 3 million - an 11% jump from 2009 and a 65% increase in the past five years, the Daily News has learned. Read more.

Vancouver: Surrey Council Needs To Endorse New Westminster’s Living Wage Policy
The Link

February 13, 2011 - The time has come for Surrey to follow the lead of New Westminster and endorse a living wage policy. Read more.

Springfield, IL: Groups Seeks $10 an Hour Minimum Wage
The Herald Review

February 12, 2011 - Illinois’ minimum wage should be pushed above $10 an hour over the next few years and then tied to the cost of living, advocates said, launching a new campaign to increase a rate that’s already higher than that of its neighbors. Read more.

Living Wage Proposed for Airport Concession Workers
Chicago Tribune

February 9, 2011 - Airport concessions workers would be paid at least $11.03 an hour under a union-backed living wage proposal, which supporters acknowledge could raise the prices of food, drinks and other goods at O'Hare and Midway. Read more.

Vancouver: What Does $14.16 Per Hour Buy a Household in Cranbrook?
BC Local News

February 9, 2011 - Read more.

Aldermen Say Airport Workers Should Get ‘Living Wage’
Chicago Sun-Times

February 9, 2011 - The captive audience of consumers at O’Hare and Midway Airports has grown accustomed to paying higher prices. But they might want to hang onto their wallets. Read more.

Chicago: Concession Workers At Chicago's Airports Want To Keep Jobs, Earn A Living Wage
Progress Illinois

February 9, 2011 - With a massive bidding process for food and retail outlets at O'Hare and Midway now under way, concession workers don't want to be left behind. A new ordinance seeks to shore up their jobs and wages. Read more.

Chicago: Proposed City Law Would Protect Airport Restaurant Worker Jobs, Wages

February 8, 2011 - An ordinance could be headed to the City Council that would make it more expensive for companies to run restaurants at the city's airports. Read more.

Vancouver: Surrey Council Should do the Right Thing and Endorse Living Wage

February 8, 2011 - The time has come for Surrey to follow the lead of New Westminster and endorse a living wage policy. Read more.

Group Demands Wal-Mart Pay 'Living Wages' at D.C. Stores

February 7, 2011 - Some union members are demanding that Wal-Mart Inc. should make promises to workers when it comes to its D.C. locations. Read more.

A Terrible Divide
The New York Times

February 7, 2011 - The Ronald Reagan crowd loved to talk about morning in America. For millions of individuals and families, perhaps the majority, it’s more like twilight — with nighttime coming on fast. Read more.

Two Great Council Bills to Support Workers
New York Amsterdam News

February 5, 2011 - At the Community Service Society, we emphasize work as a way out of poverty, but not at poverty wages. The minimum wage in New York is $7.25 an hour. Read more.

Egypt: Lack of a Living Wage Called for Desperate Measures
Blog Critics

February 3, 2011 - Could you live off a basic monthly minimum wage of $6.35? (I had to check a couple of sources to verify there wasn’t a typo) No joke. Read more.

Eat the Rich
The Village Voice

February 2, 2011 - The chart is the product of the Fiscal Policy Institute, the labor-backed group that is one of the lone voices trying to be heard over the ever-growing roar demanding that wages and benefits for workers be knocked down as low as possible. Read more.

Nigeria: Minimum Wage: NLC’s Threat Over Strike
Nigerian Compass

February 2, 2011 - Following the promise by the Federal Government to pay workers the minimum wage of N18, 000 per month, and the seeming lethargy of living up to the promise, the Nigeria Labour Congress has threatened a nationwide strike to press home the demands of the wo Read more.

Iowa:Waterloo Schools Support Staff Voices 'Living Wage' Concerns
Waterloo Daily Courier

January 30, 2011 - Waterloo Community Schools' support staff asked administrators for a raise Thursday that brings salaries "closer to a living wage." Read more.

King’s Legacy, Struggle Alive in Citywide Fight for Living Wages
Labor Press

January 28, 2011 - Thousands of New Yorkers packed the sanctuary of Covenant Avenue Baptist Church last Thursday for an interfaith service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where union leaders, clergy members and community activists joined with elected officials to deman Read more.

South Africa: Decent Work: Key to Growth
Mail & Guardian

January 28, 2011 - The idea of a living wage arises from the observation that although an economy can create employment on the basis of low wages the volume of employment may not be sufficient to counterbalance the effect of low wages on demand. Therefore a living wage woul Read more.

Colorado: A Living Wage is in Order
The Aspen Times

January 28, 2011 - Together, all across America, labor and religious leaders are joining hands and asking for changes in the law. People for a Living Wage, a group of Aspen Skiing Co. employees, has pointed out that some of Skico's jobs pay less than $10 an hour. We may dis Read more.

Boom Town and Bust City: A Tale of Two New Yorks
The Nation

January 27, 2011 - In December, as 2010 glittered to a close, life among New York City’s affluent caste looked remarkably like the go-go good old days before the recession. Read more.

Obama and Retail: All the Wrong Friends
The Examiner

January 27, 2011 - RAP has been a prime mover behind the Living Wage NYC coalition, a group pressuring New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to sign on to legislation that would require all employers that receive public funding to provide living wages. Read more.

January 2011 CUP Political Spotlight – Ruben Diaz
Council of Urban Professionals

January 27, 2011 - To reduce poverty, I launched the “Living Wage NYC” campaign and led the introduction to the City Council of the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act” which requires that workers at development projects receiving city subsidies be paid at least $10 an hour wit Read more.

Virginia: Living Wage Coalition Holds First Meeting of Semester
The Flat Hat

January 27, 2011 - At a meeting Monday in Washington Hall, the Living Wage Coalition discussed its plans for the new semester, one which it hopes will include a living wage for workers at the College of William and Mary. Read more.

Missouri: Panel Debates State's Minimum Wage Law
Columbia Daily Tribune

January 27, 2011 - JEFFERSON CITY — A renewed attempt yesterday to repeal automatic cost-of-living adjustments in Missouri’s minimum wage law became a debate over what is better for business — workers with more money to spend or lower entry-level wages. Read more.

University of Memphis Employees Hold Prayer Vigil for Pay Hikes

January 23, 2011 - The employees gathered Saturday at the school's Wesley Foundation for a prayer vigil seeking pay hikes for university employees. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that about 285 University of Memphis employees make less than $11.62 per hour — the amou Read more.

Report Shows That Thousands of New Yorkers are Going Hungry
New York Daily News

January 23, 2011 - Unemployment is sky-high, the economy is still in shambles and food is so expensive that it has become a luxury item for thousands of New Yorkers. Yet, economists and politicians keep proclaiming the recession is over. Read more.

Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act Covers Food Workers and Others
Brooklyn Food Coalition

January 22, 2011 - Momentum is picking up around the City Council Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, “Requiring the payment of a living wage [$10/hr currently] to employees employed on property developed by recipients of financial assistance for economic and community developm Read more.

Maryland: Minimum Wage Of $10 Per Hour Pitched
The Dispatch

January 21, 2011 - A potential increase in Maryland’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $10 per hour by 2013 could have a devastating effect on small businesses around the state struggling to stay afloat in the current economy, according to the area’s represen Read more.

Victoria, BC: Living Wage Crawls Forward in Esquimalt Amidst Divide

January 20, 2011 - It was standing room only as nearly 50 people witnessed Esquimalt council inch forward with the development of a proposed – yet restricted – living wage policy. Read more.

Bloomberg Warns of More Tough Times, Pension Reform
NBC New York

January 20, 2011 - An organization that promotes the rights of workers, the Living Wage NYC Coalition, said recovery has not come soon enough. Read more.

Crowds Support Bronx Pols’ Call for a Living Wage
The Riverdale Press

January 19, 2011 - It’s a new year, which means Councilman Oliver Koppell and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. resuming their fight for a living wage bill in New York City. Read more.

City's Extreme Rich-Poor Income Divide
New York Post

January 19, 2011 - Income gaps in New York are greater than those of any other big American city, and have been trending higher for decades, says a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute. Read more.

NYC Council Progressive Caucus Responds to Bloomberg's State of the City Address
The Huffington Post

January 19, 2011 - The Progressive Caucus calls for a real plan of action to move New York City out of this economic crisis and appeals to Mayor Bloomberg to work with us in our shared vision of a better New York City. Read more.

What They're Saying: State Of The City
New York Daily News

January 19, 2011 - Working poor New Yorkers are still waiting for the economic recovery the mayor referenced in his speech. His unmatched ability to turn the economy around was how his campaign framed the rationale for a third term but many struggling communities have yet t Read more.

Advocates: If Bloomberg Wants to Grow Economy, City Needs Living Wage
The New York Observer

January 19, 2011 - Working poor New Yorkers are still waiting for the economic recovery the mayor referenced in his speech. His unmatched ability to turn the economy around was how his campaign framed the rationale for a third term but many struggling communities have yet t Read more.

Florida: Groups Sue for Minimum Wage Increase
Highlands Today

January 19, 2011 - Finding fault with the cost of living calculation, two worker advocacy groups are suing Florida's labor agency, claiming the state failed to raise the minimum wage by 6 cents an hour this year to keep up with inflation. Read more.

State of the City: Bloomberg Failing Ordinary New Yorkers, More Families in Poverty, in Shelters, and on Food Stamps
DMI Blog

January 19, 2011 - Mayor Bloomberg's third term began badly for middle class New Yorkers. Twelve thousand families fell into poverty over the past year, a four percent increase. The number of food stamp recipients in the city is up by 15 percent, and the number of families Read more.

Live-Blogging the State of the City Address
The New York Times

January 19, 2011 - The critics have begun to chime in. The Living Wage NYC Coalition, a group that has advocated for higher wages for the city's poorer residents, has circulated an e-mail criticizing Mr. Bloomberg's management of the economy. "Working poor New Yorkers are s Read more.

Colorado: Skico Pay Violates Religious Teachings
The Aspen Times

January 19, 2011 - “Wealthy owners of the means of production and employers must never forget that both divine and human law forbid them to squeeze the poor and wretched for the sake of gain or to profit from the helplessness of others.” — Pope Leo XIII Read more.

Dr. King and the Living Wage Movement Today
The Huffington Post

January 17, 2011 - During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew that the civil rights movement and the labor movement had to remain firmly united. He understood that there can be no real equality without economic security and that government must play a role in prot Read more.

MLK Day Draws Black Leadership to Harlem

January 17, 2011 - HARLEM — Political and civil rights leaders descended on Harlem Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and urge New Yorkers to continue Dr. King's work by taking action on some of the toughest issues in the neighborhood — guns, schools and wages Read more.

This Martin Luther King Day, Push for a Living Wage

January 17, 2011 - Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and people all across the country will honor the civil rights leader. From speeches at local high schools and sermons in churches to Organizing for America's national day of service, MLK day is a day to reflect on how Read more.

Now Is the Time! Clergy Call New York City Council to Pass a Living Wage Law
The Huffington Post

January 15, 2011 - The struggle for racial integration must be matched by a struggle for economic justice. Justice is not only about access to public places; it's also about jobs, good jobs. Read more.

Clergy and Politicians Rally for Living Wage

January 14, 2011 - It was standing room only at Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem on a recent night. Organizers said nearly 2,000 people were in attendance as clergy, elected officials and union leaders invoked the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to ignite support fo Read more.

City Council Members Join Clergy in Calling for Living Wage
The New York Observer

January 14, 2011 - Nearly half a century ago, Martin Luther King used the pulpit to issue a far-reaching call for social justice. Clergy and public officials laid claim to this legacy at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church last night, where they enjoined the city council to p Read more.

Reduced Wage
City Hall News

January 14, 2011 - Unions and business retrench over amendments to living-wage bill Read more.

NYC Living Wage Campaign Invokes Spirit of Dr. King
The Examiner

January 13, 2011 - The spirit of the Civil Rights movement was on full display tonight in Harlem as hundreds of people turned out for a “Mass Meeting for Living Wages” at the Convent Baptist Church. Read more.

Bloomberg Makes Armory Dig; Still Against Living Wage Bill
Bronx News Network

January 13, 2011 - "I don't think government should be in the businesses of setting wages." Read more.

Advocates Think they Can Capitalize on Bloomberg's Stumbles in Living Wage Push
The New York Observer

January 13, 2011 - A number of elected officials are gathering in Harlem tonight to push for a bill that would require a living wage on all projects that receive a city subsidy of over $100,000. Read more.

Union Chief Stu Appelbaum Swipes At Mayor Bloomberg Ahead Of "Living Wage" Rally Tonight
New York Daily News

January 13, 2011 - I spoke to RWDSU leader Stu Appelbaum ahead of tonight's scheduled "living wage" rally (slated for 6:30 p.m. at the Convent Baptist Church in Harlem) and the union chief had some rather harsh words for Mayor Bloomberg. Read more.

Bishop Urges Council to Pass Bill
The Vision

January 13, 2011 - I am writing to express my personal support and the support of the hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of United Methodists in the New York Annual Conference for the proposed “Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act.” Read more.

Beyond Resolutions: City Council Must Do More to Help Workers
Gotham Gazette

January 13, 2011 - Together, the council's three resolutions are a clarion call for greater workplace justice in New York: Truck drivers servicing the region's ports should not suffer exploitation, workers who responded to an attack on our nation deserve to have their healt Read more.

‘Using Some of City Hall’s Own Worst Stats Against Them’

January 13, 2011 - In advance of the major rally tonight in support of the Living Wage bill working it’s way through the City Council, an insider provided this roadmap to their strategy. Read more.

Council Bloc Renews $10 Minimum Wage Push
Crain's New York Business

January 12, 2011 - Latest tweak to controversial bill requiring a higher pay floor on any city-subsidized projects would exempt businesses with less than $1 million in revenue and nonprofits of all sizes. Read more.

Rallying for a Bill, With Sermons and Songs
The New York Times

January 12, 2011 - When members of the City Council want Speaker Christine C. Quinn to call a hearing on a piece of legislation, they have a few options. They can try to cut a deal; they can issue a few dozen press releases; they can nag. Read more.

Urgent Action: Support Over 300 Cambodian Workers Fired for Striking for Living Wage
Maquila Solidarity Network

January 12, 2011 - On September 18, 2010 over 300 Cambodian garment workers, many of them trade-union leaders, were unjustly suspended or fired from their jobs for participating in a nation-wide strike for an increase in the minimum wage. Read more.

New Bid for a 'Living Wage'
New York Post

January 12, 2011 - A controversial proposal that would force some city businesses to pay a "living wage" is getting a new twist -- it will exempt "mom and pop" shops from the requirement, The Post has learned. Read more.

A Living Wage for Workers in City Also Part of MLK Dream
New York Daily News

January 11, 2011 - Like most black preachers, I sermonize the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as my own. As we approach another ceremonial season of reflection on Dr. King, what meaningful service shall I render in his name? Read more.

ILLINOIS: ‘Make Job Creation Highest Priority’
The Beacon-News

January 10, 2011 - NORTH AURORA — Threatening snow and a bitter west wind didn’t stop about a dozen protesters from rallying in front of the Illinois Department of Employment Security Friday afternoon. Read more.

Bloomberg's Reputation Takes a Hit
The Wall Street Journal

January 8, 2011 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg has started the new year with his reputation as a first-class manager suddenly in question after a post-Christmas snowstorm left New York paralyzed for days. Read more.

The Struggle for Living Wages: Affirming Humanity, Assaulting Poverty
Amsterdam News

January 6, 2011 - As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many are focused on memorializing his legacy. In so doing they lose sight of the agenda, the mission and the work that Dr. King left behind for us to continue. Read more.

CUNY Forum: “New York’s Living Wage Battle: Economic Development & Community Benefits in the Big Apple”

January 5, 2011 - Moderator Bob Liff and a panel of experts debate the highly controversial “living wage” bill, which is currently being considered in the New York City Council. Read more.

Malta: Living Wage Should be Government Priority in 2011, Says GWU President
Malta Today

January 1, 2011 - 2010 had seen a decline in people’s purchasing power due to higher energy costs, General Workers Union president Victor Carachi said in his New Year’s address today. Read more.

Criticism of Mayor Mounts
The Wall Street Journal

December 31, 2010 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday his administration fulfilled a promise to plow every city street, but elected officials and others insisted some streets never saw a plow before the 7 a.m. deadline, marking another setback for the beleaguered mayor. Read more.

Season of Hardship Connects Struggling Workers in Two Worlds
In These Times

December 29, 2010 - Millions of Americans barely scraped by this holiday season, stuck in poverty-wage jobs or mired in unemployment. But the latest retail sector reports show that we did manage to shop a little more, perhaps because people are resorting to the material comf Read more.

LOOKING BACK: New Westminster Adopts Living Wage Bylaw for Employees
New Westminster News Leader

December 29, 2010 - The Royal City notched up one for the history books April 26 by becoming the first city in Canada to adopt a living wage bylaw. Read more.

The Unheard Third: Report Reveals Deeply Divided New York City
The Indypendent

December 29, 2010 - This is the not so hidden secret about New York. We live in a City and State with deep class divisions. The Economic Crisis of 2008 has only accelerated these divisions. Read more.

Vancouver: Book Connects Economic Equality with Social Well-Being and Health
The Vancouver Courier

December 28, 2010 - Who knew? The resounding old revolutionary motto, "Liberte, Egalite Fraternite" is good health policy as well as good rhetoric, some social scientists are now arguing. Economic equality, it turns out, is good for everyone, even those at the top of the s Read more.

Those with Least Are Doing the Most
Labor Notes

December 23, 2010 - During this holiday break it’s inspiring to remember that sometimes it’s those with least who are doing the most to fight for the ideals that many of us will celebrate in the coming days Read more.

Editorial: The Armory Vote a Year Later
Norwood News

December 23, 2010 - It’s the one-year anniversary of the nearly unanimous City Council vote that scuttled the mayor’s juggernaut to stuff a cookie-cutter mall inside the landmark Kingsbridge Armory. Read more.

Queens Church Urges Lawmakers To Pass Fair Wages Act
New York 1

December 20, 2010 - When it comes to feeding the hungry many churches do their part by offering free hot meals. Read more.

Botswana: BNF Urges Employers to Pay Workers Better
The Botswana Gazette

December 19, 2010 - Botswana National Front (BNF) labour secretariat has urged employers to remunerate workers better to assure them a decent living. Read more.

Waging War
City Hall News

December 17, 2010 - In late October, the Fiscal Policy Institute and the National Employment Law Project released a report claiming that the two researchers being paid $1 million by the city's Economic Development Corporation to study the effects of the living wage bill are Read more.

The Armory Vote a Year Later
Norwood News

December 16, 2010 - It’s the one-year anniversary of the nearly unanimous City Council vote that scuttled the mayor’s juggernaut to stuff a cookie-cutter mall inside the landmark Kingsbridge Armory. Read more.

B.C., Canada: Extra Foods Workers Rally For Living Wage
Maple Ridge News

December 16, 2010 - More than 100 people, including union members, labour leaders, politicians, and community members, converged in front of the Extra Foods in downtown Maple Ridge on Wednesday to mark the second anniversary of the ongoing strike by workers at the grocery st Read more.

Living Wage Advocate: Laws Have Positive Impact
Workday Minnesota

December 16, 2010 - his study showed two positive effects from living wage ordinances, one for workers and one for businesses. The workers’ wages rose, and businesses saw their job turnover decline by 20%. Read more.

Living Wage Battle Spreads Acros City
The Indypendent

December 15, 2010 - The Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst received $48 million in city tax breaks from 2004 to 2009 and is rated as one of the ten most profitable malls in the country. Read more.

Experience Shows Living Wage Policies Work
Gotham Gazette

December 15, 2010 - After recently scuttling a bill that would require paid sick days, the Bloomberg administration and the business community now are training their sights on two more City Council proposals intended to help workers. Read more.

Living Wage Fight Heats Up As Business And Labor Interests Release Dueling Research
City Hall News

December 14, 2010 - The business-vs-labor war over the living wage bill is getting uglier with the release of a report questioning the credentials of a group of 650 economists whose support for raising the city’s wage standards is being considered by the City Council. Read more.

Bloomberg Economic Policy Prescriptions
Remapping Debate

December 14, 2010 - In a speech to business leaders at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Dec. 8, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed that his policies had “laid the foundation” for what he characterized as “the City's resurgence.” He also presented himself as post-partisan Read more.

Workers’ Safeguards Strengthened by N.Y. Law
The New York Times

December 13, 2010 - Gov. David A. Paterson signed into law some of the nation’s strongest protections against wage theft on Monday, after months of lobbying by immigrants’ advocates and labor unions that said New York lagged behind other states on the issue. Read more.

We’ll Pay £7.85 an Hour Living Wage, Say Chiefs Recruiting 130,000 for Olympics
London Evening Standard

December 13, 2010 - Olympics bosses pledged today to support the London Living Wage as they recruit 130,000 people in Britain's biggest peacetime mobilisation of a labour force. Read more.

New York's Growing Income Chasm
Crain's New York

December 12, 2010 - The city's wealthiest have grown rich beyond compare. Now for the other 99%. Read more.

Report: Idaho Jobs Don't Pay a Living Wage
KTVB - Idaho's News Channel 7

December 12, 2010 - BOISE-- Just a week after the state announced the unemployment rate jumped three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.4 percent, a new report paints a bleak picture for Idaho jobs. Read more.

Crying Wolf Over Higher Wages in a Time of Need
The Huffington Post

December 9, 2010 - For more than 100 years, we've heard opponents "Cry Wolf" when governments tried to establish living wage or minimum wage laws, threatening higher unemployment and inflation. Read more.

Report: Idaho Living Wage Jobs are Scarce
Idaho State Journal

December 9, 2010 - Despite widespread talk of economic recovery, jobs that pay enough to meet a family’s needs in Idaho are few and far between, according to a new report released today and prepared by the Alliance for a Just Society. Read more.

Mayor Touts NYC Job Growth as Model for U.S.
Crain's New York

December 9, 2010 - A labor-backed group issued a statement saying the mayor “wildly overstated” the character of the city's recovery. “As of October, a record number of New Yorkers—nearly 2 million—were enrolled in the city's food stamp program,” said a spokesman for the Li Read more.

Bloomberg Takes Aim at Economy
Wall Street Journal

December 9, 2010 - Dan Morris, a spokesman for a coalition advocating for a living wage bill, said the mayor focused on "courting the national political and business elite" while "squandering an opportunity to offer a real economic vision for struggling New Yorkers." Read more.

Bloomy to Pols: Less Partisan Politics, More Jobs
AM New York

December 8, 2010 - “As of October, a record number of New Yorkers — nearly 2 million — were enrolled in the city's Food Stamp Program,” he said in an email statement. “That’s a clear sign the Mayor’s economic policies and vision have failed working people.” Read more.

Luchan por Salarios Dignos en Queens
El Diario

December 8, 2010 - Trabajadores del centro comercial alegan que no reciben ni salarios mínimos Read more.

Mayor Bloomberg Offers His Advice on Fixing Economy and Fuels Rumors of 2012 Presidential Run
New York Daily News

December 8, 2010 - "Wall Street profits are soaring again, but average New Yorkers are still struggling," said Dan Morris, spokesman for a group trying to raise minimum wages for some city workers. "If the mayor is as inspired by working people as he claims, he should stand Read more.

Workers Charge Wage Theft at Queens Center Mall
Queens Center Mall Campaign

December 7, 2010 - Today, elected leaders, community and union members joined retail workers to demand that Queens Center Mall owner, the Macerich Company, stop wage theft by retailers and ensure living wages for everyone who works in the mall. Retail workers report that a Read more.

Bronx Faith Leaders Throw Support Behind Living Wage Bill
Norwood News

December 7, 2010 - Clergy members from the Bronx and across the city led a silent march on City Hall on Nov. 17 to voice their support for the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, or “Living Wage Bill.” Read more.

HEU’s Living Wage Campaign gaining community support in B.C.
Canada Views

December 6, 2010 - The Living Wage Campaign—an organized effort to raise awareness of poverty and the cost of living in B.C.—is gaining momentum in local communities, thanks to the support of the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU), CUPE’s health services division in the provin Read more.

San Jose to Consider 'Living Wage' Changes at Mineta Airport
San Jose Mercury News

December 6, 2010 - Two years after requiring airport businesses to give their employees a "living wage" -- at the urging of labor leaders -- San Jose officials Tuesday will consider changes aimed at making it more palatable to airlines and other companies they desperately n Read more.

Scotland: Wage Boost for West Dunbartonshire Council Staff
Lennox Herald

December 3, 2010 - FOUR hundred low paid West Dunbartonshire Council workers are set for a £200,000 pay boost. Read more.

Nigeria: I’ll Ensure Ekiti Workers Earn Living Wage
Nigerian Tribune

December 1, 2010 - THE Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has reiterated the support of his administration for workers in the state to be paid a living wage, which would enhance their standard of living and make them contribute to the improvement of the economy of the Read more.

Study of 15 Cities Sees No Harm in 'Living Wage' Laws
Crain's New York

November 30, 2010 - Living wage mandates on businesses that receive government subsidies do not have a negative impact on job and business creation, according to a new study of 15 cities by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Read more.

Preaching for Economic Justice
The Positive Community

November 30, 2010 - Momentum Grows for the Fair Wages Act Read more.

London: Why The Living Wage Makes Sense
The Wharf

November 25, 2010 - Last week, business leaders converged on KPMG's new Canada Square headquarters to discuss the latest developments in the Living Wage, where it was announced more than 100 firms pay the going rate of £7.85 to their lowest paid workers. Read more.

New York’s Lousy Jobs (And What Public Policy Can Do to Make Them Better)
DMI Blog

November 25, 2010 - Should we tear down the city’s middle class? Or work to turn lousy jobs into good ones? That’s the policy choice facing New York’s city and state leaders. Read more.

Economic Might Makes Right? NY City Council's Moral Choice
The Huffington Post

November 24, 2010 - When explaining her reasons for killing paid sick leave legislation earlier this year, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said that the economic costs associated with the bill would be too great. Read more.

Faith Community Delivers Thousands of Post Cards in Support of Living Wage

November 24, 2010 - About 100 members of the clergy lead a silent procession to city hall where they delivered the post cards. They were joined by labor leaders, community activists, and the members of their congregations holding signs that read "NOW IS THE TIME." Read more.

Santa Cruz: Council Majority Deflates Efforts to 'Reconsider' or 'Repeal' Living Wage Ordinance
Daily Sound

November 24, 2010 - Despite an effort by Santa Barbara City Councilman Dale Francisco to “reconsider” the city’s living wage, a majority of the council on Tuesday said the ordinance reflects the city’s values. Read more.

Santa Cruz: Home Care Workers Rally For Better Pay
Santa Cruz Patch

November 24, 2010 - More than 40 people gathered in the courtyard of City Hall to rally on the anniversary of the living wage ordinance. Read more.

The Fight Continues for Improved Wage Standards
News from Melissa Mark-Viverito

November 23, 2010 - Last week, as Council Members gathered for the Stated Meeting, nearly 100 clergy members led a procession and rally in support of living wage legislation Read more.

Santa Barbara to Consider Expanding Living Wage Ordinance
Daily Sound

November 23, 2010 - Opponents may look to repeal local law at today's meeting Read more.

Vancouver, B.C.: Advocacy Groups Call for ‘Living Wage’
Nanaimo News Bulletin

November 23, 2010 - Advocacy groups around the province are calling for cities and corporations to establish a living wage as more B.C. families find themselves struggling to make ends meet. Read more.

A Fair Wages Act Is A Matter Of Faith - For Coalition of Religious Leaders
WBAI's Building Bridges

November 22, 2010 - Clergy members across NYC recently led a procession of congregations, community groups and union members to demand that the City Council pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Every year NYC spends approximately two billion dollars, to subsidize develop Read more.

Baltimore: City Council Approves Walmart Proposal

November 22, 2010 - BALTIMORE -- Plans to build a 330,000-square-foot shopping center on landmark ground in north Baltimore can proceed, and so will efforts to impose a living wage. Read more.

Working Conditions at OU Less Than Ideal
The Oklahoma Daily

November 22, 2010 - This semester, I spent a significant amount of time trying to learn about the lives of workers at OU as a member of the student coalition behind the Living Wage for OU campaign. Read more.

Illinois: Last Summer, Living Wage Campaign Fought for Janitors’ Overtime Pay
North By Northwestern

November 21, 2010 - One year into its existence, and the Living Wage Campaign is still drawing attention. Read more.

Thousands Demand Living Wages For New Yorkers: A Closer Look
Labor Press

November 19, 2010 - On Wednesday, Nov. 17, nearly 100 clergy members from throughout New York City led a silent procession of congregations, community groups and union members to demand the City Council pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

Living Wage Debate: Policies for People to Move up the Ladder
The Malta Independent

November 19, 2010 - “In the local circumstances, alternative policies that enable people to move out of low income or poverty would be more effective than introducing the concept of a living wage,” said Joe Farrugia, director general of the Malta Employers Association, at a Read more.

London: Boris Johnson: Bankers Have ‘Moral Duty’ to Donate Bonuses
The Docklands 24

November 19, 2010 - BANKERS receiving big bonuses this Christmas have a ‘moral duty’ to donate at least some of their wealth, according to Boris Johnson. Read more.

Labor,Clergy Petition City Council for a Living Wage
Labor Press

November 18, 2010 - Union members joined 300 marchers, including clergy representing all of New York’s major faiths, in a silent procession from St. Peter’s Church near Ground Zero to City Hall. Read more.

Virginia: All Employees Deserve Higher Wages
The Flat Hat

November 18, 2010 - Living Wages. It’s a phrase that’s been loosely thrown around campus since the beginning of the school year. The aggressive, student-run Living Wage Coalition posted signs demanding “Living wages now!” and accused College of William and Mary President Tay Read more.

Clergy Members March on City Council to Demand 'Living Wage' Bill

November 17, 2010 - CITY HALL — Nearly 100 clergy members marched silently to the City Council chambers Wednesday to demand that officials pass a bill that would force developers who get city cash to pay workers a so-called "living wage." Read more.

Big Firms Sign Up To London Living Wage

November 17, 2010 - Companies like Bank of America Merrill Lynch, L'Oreal and JP Morgan have signed up to ensure all staff on their books earn at least £7.85 an hour - the London Living Wage. Read more.

Politics of Living Wage: The 1964 Lesson
The Vanguard

November 17, 2010 - A WEEK ago, the country was in the throes of an avoidable warning strike. It centered around a six-month agreement to pay N18,000 as the new minimum wage in the country. Read more.

London: Greens Call on Mayor to “Step Up Pressure” on Living Wage

November 16, 2010 - A leading London Assembly Member has called on Mayor of London Boris Johnson to “step up the pressure” on central and local Government to adopt the London Living Wage for public sector and departmental contract workers in the capital. Read more.

Virginia: Livable Wages: Labor Laws
The Cavalier Daily

November 16, 2010 - At the living wage rally last month, students protested what they called the unfairly low wages of many University workers. But not one of those workers joined the students and faculty members speaking at the event, and for the past few years, they have n Read more.

New York's Lousy Jobs (And How We Can Make Them Better)
Huffington Post

November 15, 2010 - Should we tear down the city's middle class? Or work to turn lousy jobs into good ones? That's the policy choice facing New York's city and state leaders. Read more.

London: Uni Cleaners Celebrate Win for Decent Living Wage
Morning Star

November 15, 2010 - Cleaners and academic staff at the University of East London won a campaign today to introduce the London living wage (LLW). Read more.

New Haven, CT: Living Wage Ordinance Stalled, Not Gone
Yale Daily News

November 12, 2010 - A proposal to expand New Haven’s living wage ordinance, co-sponsored by Ward 1 Alderman Mile Jones ’11, is stalled at the Board of Aldermen. Read more.

High-end Strip Joints Such as Manhattan's Penthouse Executive Club Enjoying Huge Tax Breaks
NY Daily News

November 12, 2010 - When Michael Bloomberg came into office in 2002, about 20% of private property rolls in the entire city had some kind of tax exemption. By last year, that had grown to more than 25%, the city's annual tax reports show. Read more.

Virginia: W&M students Plan More Living Wage Events
The Virginia Gazette

November 11, 2010 - WILLIAMSBURG -- On Nov. 18, students, workers, faculty, and community members will gather on the Sadler Center Terrace for its own "Rally to Restore Sanity" at William & Mary. Read more.

Community Demands Living Wages
The Queens Courier

November 10, 2010 - Labor and community groups gathered at Queens Center Mall recently to raise awareness about what they call the horror of working in retail. Read more.

Virginia: Livable Wages: Contract Workers
The Cavalier Daily

November 9, 2010 - The push for higher entry-level wages raises significant questions about the University’s system for contracted workers Read more.

Tell Me What I Want to Hear: Bloomberg's Living Wage Study
The Huffington Post

November 9, 2010 - Three top city officials, each rumored to have their eye on a mayoral run in 2013, directly challenged Mayor Bloomberg on Monday over a living wage bill in the City Council. Read more.

Scots Council Set to Introduce Living Wage for Low-Paid Staff
The Herald - Scotland

November 9, 2010 - Hundreds of low-paid workers at a Scottish local authority could see their salaries rise as councillors hold a special meeting today to discuss the introduction of a £7-an-hour living wage. Read more.

Pols Accuse Bloomberg Of Bias Against "Living Wage"

November 8, 2010 - In June, the city's Industrial Development Agency decided to pay $1 million to economists to study a living wage proposal for workers on city-backed developments. But now, Agency board members Comptroller John Liu, Manhattan Borough President Scott String Read more.

Politicians Say Bloomberg's Study Team Biased Against 'Living Wage'
New York Daily News

November 8, 2010 - The Bloomberg administration has stacked the deck on a study of whether workers should be paid a "living wage" on city-backed developments, three city pols claim. Read more.

Students Support Fair Wages By Buying Alta Gracia Clothes
Central Florida Future

November 7, 2010 - The next time you are about to buy a T-shirt, you may want to stop and consider the clothing label it was made by. Read more.

Our Banana Republic
New York Times

November 6, 2010 - In my reporting, I regularly travel to banana republics notorious for their inequality. In some of these plutocracies, the richest 1 percent of the population gobbles up 20 percent of the national pie. Read more.

Virginia: Living Wage Coalition Sits Down With Reveley
The Flat Hat

November 5, 2010 - The Living Wage Coalition entered the office of College President Taylor Reveley today, presenting him with a children’s book comprised of stories from College housekeepers. Read more.

Protesters Rally in Front of Queens Center
Queens Chronicle

November 4, 2010 - Drawing creative inspiration from the Halloween season, retail workers transformed themselves into ghastly zombies, slathering on white makeup and fake blood last Thursday night outside the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst. Read more.

Bronx Pols Say Living Wage Study is Rigged
Norwood News

November 4, 2010 - New legislation guaranteeing good paying jobs at development projects that receive significant city subsidies is gaining momentum in the City Council. Read more.

Scottish Council Workers Would See Rise to 'Living Wage'
The Courier

November 2, 2010 - More than 2000 local authority workers in Tayside and Fife would get pay rises under proposals for a "living wage", The Courier can reveal. Read more.

Living Wage Necessary to Stop the Cycle of Poverty
NYU News and Documentary

October 29, 2010 - Benny Velazquez, 40, lines up with a food cart in front of the pantry at St Benedict the Moor Neighborhood Center on St Anne’s Avenue, South Bronx. He arrived early so he could grab a hot lunch from the soup kitchen while he waited for his turn at the foo Read more.

Paul Sonn Discusses Rigged EDC Study
WBAI Evening News

October 28, 2010 - Andrea Sears of the WBAI Evening News interviews Paul Sonn of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) about the EDC's rigged living wage study. Read more.

Poverty Wages at Queens Center
Queens Latino

October 28, 2010 - Labor and community groups gathered at the Queens Center Mall to raise awareness to Halloween shoppers about what working in retail is really like – and based on the looks of our retail zombies, it’s a horror!! Read more.

Critics Say Study is a Sham
The Gotham Gazette

October 27, 2010 - Advocates and council members gathered on the steps of City Hall today to slam a city commissioned study on living wages, calling it “smoke and mirrors.” Read more.

Pre-emptive Charges of Bias in a City-Financed Wage Study
New York Times

October 27, 2010 - Advocates for workers plan to charge on Wednesday that a New York City-financed study is likely to conclude falsely that more harm than good would come from mandating higher minimum wages for employees of companies that receive city subsidizes. Read more.

Mike Set to 'Wage' War vs. Council
New York Post

October 27, 2010 - On the heels of the bruising defeat of a bill forcing small businesses to provide paid sick days, the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg are bracing for a fight on whether companies getting city subsidies should be required to pay workers a "living wage." Read more.

Living Wage Coalition to Unveil its Study of Council Bill
New York Post

October 26, 2010 - On the heels of the bruising defeat of a bill to require paid sick days in the city this month, a coalition backing a “living wage” measure for projects getting city subsidies is set to release a report tomorrow attacking the city’s ongoing study on the i Read more.

Living Wage Waters are Choppy
The Gotham Gazette

October 26, 2010 - In the wake of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s decision not to support paid sick leave, some City Council members and advocates are attempting to make waves on another issue: the living wage. Read more.

Rally Seeks 'Living wage' of $11.44 and Up For All UVa Workers
The Daily Progress

October 26, 2010 - Members of the University of Virginia community packed the Newcomb Hall Ballroom on Monday night for a rally in support of a “living wage” for UVa workers. Read more.

Illinois: A Living Wage for Starving Artists
Forest Park Review

October 26, 2010 - This Saturday, Oct. 30, the American Artworks Gallery on Madison St. will hold its grand opening. In so doing, it will introduce a different kind of art gallery to Forest Park's main business district. Read more.

Virginia: Group Seeks Higher Wages
The Cavalier Daily

October 26, 2010 - Students and faculty members called upon University officials to raise wages for the University’s lowest paid workers at a rally in Newcomb Ballroom last night. Read more.

With Paid Sick Leave Shelved, Progressives Plot Tactics For Next Move
City Hall News

October 25, 2010 - As living and prevailing wage fights loom, WFP, Council liberals, unions tread cautiously around Quinn Read more.

A Living Wage is Right and Fair for New York City
The Positive Community

October 22, 2010 - As a pastor in Harlem, I am regularly in contact with parishioners and members of this community who are suffering serious economic hardship because of inadequate poverty-level wages. Read more.

Ontario: Three Steps to Alleviating Poverty

October 19, 2010 - In 2005, a rallying cry came forth: Let’s make Hamilton “the best place to raise a child.” This declaration was the response of the City of Hamilton to the shameful depths of poverty existing in the city. Many worthy initiatives were undertaken. Read more.

Oklahoma - OUR VIEW: Questions Surround Wage Hike for Employees
The Oklahoma Daily

October 19, 2010 - After Students for a Democratic Society launched a campaign on Monday raising awareness about OU employees who make below a living wage — and The Daily ran a news story and editorial covering the issue — university spokesman Chris Shilling announced that Read more.

Student Group Rallies for Higher Wages
The Oklahoma Daily

October 18, 2010 - An OU student organization launched a campaign today to raise awareness of OU workers making less than the living wage, calculated using Penn State University’s living wage calculator. Read more.

Charlottesville - UVA Living Wage Campaign to Host Rally, Release New Report

October 18, 2010 - The students at UVA are serious about getting the lowest-paid University employees a living wage. Read more.

Olympic Recruits ‘Paid Less Than London Living Wage’
London Evening Standard

October 18, 2010 - Almost one in five Olympic site workers says he or she is being paid less than the Mayor's suggested £7.60-an-hour London living wage, official statistics show. Read more.

Scotland: Council Sell-offs Hit Living Wage, Unions Maintain
The Herald - Scotland

October 18, 2010 - Attempts to introduce a “living wage” for public-sector workers are being undermined by councils transferring work to private firms paying less, unions and politicians are warning. Read more.

Oklahoma - OUR VIEW: All OU Employees Deserve Living Wage, Good Conditions
The Oklahoma Daily

October 18, 2010 - Almost one in five Olympic site workers says he or she is being paid less than the Mayor's suggested £7.60-an-hour London living wage, official statistics show. Read more.

Workplace Rights Can Alleviate Poverty
The Sydney Morning Herald

October 15, 2010 - One of the most effective actions that could be taken to alleviate poverty for hundreds of millions of people would be the introduction of a living wage in each country, with an associated increase in OH&S standards. Read more.

Labor and Faith Communities Demand Living Wage in New York

October 14, 2010 - This past weekend leaders of faith communities across New York City took a stand. More than 80 congregations demanded that New York City institute a living wage by passing the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Read more.

University of Virginia: A Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

October 14, 2010 - At a Sept. 22 public forum about living wage, Newcomb Hall’s South Meeting Room quieted as fourth-year College student Greg Casar read aloud a statement from an anonymous University employee. Read more.

80 NYC Congregations Advocate Living Wage In Weekend Services
Workers Independent News

October 11, 2010 - In New York City over the weekend more than 80 congregations throughout the city called for the city council to pass the Fair Wages For New Yorkers Act. Living Wage Weekend was part of a larger, sustained push to raise wages for working people in New York Read more.

The Poverty-zone Reality Tour heads to New York City
United Workers

October 11, 2010 - This weekend, a delegation of United Workers members and allies will be in New York City for the second in our series of Poverty-zone Reality Tours to ramp up the pressure on GGP and Cordish and connect the Campaign for Fair Development with struggles for Read more.

60 Congregations - Christian, Jewish and Muslim - Across City Demand Council to Pass Fair Wage Act
New York Daily News

October 10, 2010 - Working people deserve to earn enough to be able to provide for their families. Fair enough, isn't it? Well, this is what a living wage is all about. Read more.

Sermón por un Salario Justo
El Diario

October 9, 2010 - Nueva York—La campaña "Living Wage NYC" (Salarios dignos) está en su fulgor éste fin de semana cuando 60 congregaciones se unirán en apoyo para la legislación para los trabajadores. Read more.

Oklahoma: SDS to Launch Living Wage Campaign for OU Staff
The Undercurrent

October 9, 2010 - Members of Students for a Democratic Society have been reaching out to staff and asking them about their wages and working conditions at the University of Oklahoma. Read more.

UK: Bishops Told to Pay a Living Wage

October 9, 2010 - Church Action on Poverty has today (10 October 2010) written to all Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops to press them to sign up their Diocese to pay a Living Wage. Read more.

Reverend Sekou Discusses Living Wage Weekend
WBAI Evening News

October 8, 2010 - Jose Santiago of the WBAI Evening News interviews Reverend Sekou of the Living Wage NYC Faith Caucus on the upcoming Living Wage Weekend and discusses what we need to get the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act passed. Read more.

London: University College Union Bosses Demand End to ‘Immoral Poverty Wages’
Islington Tribune

October 8, 2010 - UNION bosses at London Metropolitan have written to the Holloway university’s vice chancellor demanding an end to immoral “poverty wages”. Read more.

Baltimore: Conaway Says Walmart Pushed Her on Living-Wage Issue
The Baltimore Sun

October 5, 2010 - A Baltimore City Councilwoman says she has backed out of talks with Walmart officials about worker pay at a proposed store in Remington after they asked her to withdraw her support for a bill that would require all major retailers to pay a "living wage." Read more.

Northwestern University: How badly do you want a Living Wage?

October 5, 2010 - The Living Wage Campaign has resurfaced in the news lately, from recent trainings to the NU administration's police-enforced refusal to allow students involved with the campaign to directly present petitions to the trustees. Read more.

The Real Power in City Planning
Gotham Gazette

October 4, 2010 - Name just about any big and controversial development project in New York City – the new Yankee Stadium, Bronx Terminal Market, Willets Point, Coney Island, Metrotech -- and behind them stands a single powerful dealmaker that makes them possible, the New Read more.

Comptroller's Task Force Releases CBA Report Based Partly On Lessons Learned From Bronx Projects
Bronx News Network

October 1, 2010 - Comptroller's Task Force Releases CBA Report Based Partly On Lessons Learned From Bronx Projects Read more.

VIRGINIA: Fighting for Workers' Rights
The Flat Hat

September 30, 2010 - Housekeepers and students won a major victory last week in their campaign for better working conditions and a living wage for College of William and Mary housekeepers. Read more.

As 44 million Americans Live in Poverty, a Crisis Grows
Washington Post

September 28, 2010 - When the government released new U.S. Census data on poverty last week, our warp-speed news cycle paid too little attention to what these numbers tell us -- and what the government could do to tackle this moral, economic and political crisis. Read more.

London: UCL Agrees to Pay 'Living Wage'
BBC News

September 28, 2010 - University College London, one of the country's leading institutions, is to introduce the "living wage" for all staff - including cleaners working for contract companies. Read more.

University of Virginia: Living Wagers Hopeful New Administration Means Fair Wages

September 28, 2010 - Students want $11.44/hour for lowest paid employees Read more.

University of Georgia - Living Wage Slow to Progress: Workers Want More
The Red and Black

September 27, 2010 - Many of the low-wage workers at the University desire a change for better conditions, wages and benefits. Read more.

Malta: Labour Leader’s Living Wage Proposa
Times of Malta

September 27, 2010 - When Labour leader Joseph Muscat suggested the other day that it was time for Malta to start thinking about the concept of a living wage, he might have set some alarm bells ringing among a cross section of employers. Read more.

Scotland: Iain Gray to Pledge 'Living Wage'

September 27, 2010 - SCOTTISH Labour leader Iain Gray will today announce "a living wage" for public sector workers north of the Borde r if they win power next May. Read more.

Solutions Proposed for Growing Number of New Yorkers in Poverty
Public News Service - NY

September 21, 2010 - NEW YORK - Consider jobs that offer a living wage, next time you offer a tax break for business. That's one way, experts say, that New York State can combat the biggest jump in poverty in 15 years. Read more.

TUC - Living Wage is Key to Economic Recovery
News on News

September 17, 2010 - A new report published on Wednesday by the Fair Pay Network (FPN) and supported by the TUC, presents the business case for a living wage in the UK and says it is key to economic recovery. Read more.

Census: 1 in 7 Americans Live in Poverty
Associated Press

September 16, 2010 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. Read more.

Big Spike in NY's Poverty Rate Reported
Crain's New York

September 16, 2010 - More than 3 million people here lived in poverty last year, the Census Bureau reports. That's defined as a family of four making $21,954 or less in a year. Read more.

UK: Living Wage Could Save Dying Economy
The Grapevine Magazine

September 16, 2010 - Approximately 5.3 million British workers aren’t earning enough to live according to a new report from the Fair Pay Network (FPN). Read more.

Good Jobs: The Only Cure for Poverty
Huffington Post

September 16, 2010 - We didn't need the Census poverty data released today to tell us what we already know: families are facing the highest rates of economic hardship in a generation. Read more.

One in Five UK Workers Earning Less Than Living Wage, Says Report
Personnel Today

September 15, 2010 - The Government and employers have been urged to do more to address wage inequality after a report revealed that more than one in five UK employees earns less than a "living wage". Read more.

New Haven, CT: For a living wage
Yale Daily News

September 13, 2010 - Alderman Mike Jones ’11 is sponsoring legislation that would make New Haven more livable for those who work in its government and its businesses. Since last spring, he has been working to increase New Haven’s living wage and expand it to include more work Read more.

A Living Lie
The Neighborhood Retail Alliance

September 13, 2010 - Adam Lisberg continues in the NY Daily News with more insightful commentary on the Bloombergistas-this time it's over mayoral hypocrisy on living wage: "It was the day after Labor Day when Mayor Bloomberg seemed to question the whole idea of a minimum wag Read more.

Mayor Bloomberg's 'Waging' a New War Against Minimum Salary, Suggests Companies Should Set Pay
NY Daily News

September 12, 2010 - Mayor Bloomberg's 'Waging' a New War Against Minimum Salary, Suggests Companies Should Set Pay Read more.

FDR and Labor: Earning Our Way Out of the Great Recession
Huffington Post

September 6, 2010 - In a recent editorial in the New York Times, former Labor Secretary, Robert Reich writes that this Labor Day promises to be one of the worst in decades. Organized labor, he notes, is down to a mere seven percent of the private work force; Read more.

Fighting For All Workers
Daily Kos

September 6, 2010 - The reasons you might want to be in a union are clear Read more.

Restoring Pride and Fairness to American Jobs
Huffington Post

September 5, 2010 - If the past is prologue, what can we say about the future of American jobs this Labor Day? Rosy is not a term that comes to mind. Read more.

Labour’s Matt Launches Living Wage Campaign
Kilmarnock Standard

September 3, 2010 - LABOUR Holyrood hopeful Matt McLaughlin has launched a campaign for a Scottish living wage of £7.15 an hour. Read more.

The Value of Labor
Counter Punch

September 3, 2010 - My uncle was a shop steward for Briggs & Stratton in Milwaukee, he introduced me to labor unions. Even as a kid, unions made sense to me, if the company made more profit, the workers should too, in rough times the union made concessions and the workers ke Read more.

How to End the Great Recession
New York Times

September 2, 2010 - THIS promises to be the worst Labor Day in the memory of most Americans. Organized labor is down to about 7 percent of the private work force. Members of non-organized labor — most of the rest of us — are unemployed, underemployed or underwater. The Labor Read more.

Overworked and Underpaid? Productivity Increases, But Wage Growth Declines
In These Times

September 1, 2010 - As Labor Day approaches, many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief for the extra day off. On a day that celebrates unions and the eight-hour work day, plenty of people are feeling like their hard work isn’t exactly paying off the way it used to. Read more.

Jones ’11 Continues to Push Living Wage Hike
Yale Daily News

September 1, 2010 - It was standing-room only in the Aldermanic Chambers of New Haven City Hall Wednesday evening, as Yale community members and New Haven residents gathered to hear Ward 1 Alderman Mike Jones’ ’11 plan to raise the minimum wage for city employees and corpora Read more.

Living Wage Boost Sparks Debate
New Haven Independent

September 1, 2010 - City Hall dispatched department heads and teamed with business at a passionate five-and-a-half-hour hearing with dire new warnings to try to stop a proposed expansion of the New Haven’s living wage law, predicting skyrocketing costs and unforeseen lawsuit Read more.

Supporters Back Bump in New Haven's Living Wage
New Haven Register

September 1, 2010 - NEW HAVEN — A proposal to dramatically expand the city’s Living Wage Ordinance drew dozens of supporters to City Hall Tuesday night for a public hearing on the controversial matter. Read more.

The Real Say on Pay
New York Times

September 1, 2010 - The Financial Times reported this week that lawyers for corporate America are warning of a “logistical nightmare” from a provision in the new financial reform law that requires companies to disclose the ratio between a chief executive’s pay package and th Read more.

New Job Means Lower Wages for Many
New York Times

August 31, 2010 - After being out of work for more than a year, Donna Ings, 47, finally landed a job in February as a home health aide with a company in Lexington, Mass., earning about $10 an hour. Read more.

Victoria, BC: Living Wage Protects Community's Future
Times Colonist

August 31, 2010 - The editorial on Esquimalt council's consideration of a living wage for employees and contractors was short-sighted (Aug. 28). Read more.

Victoria, BC: Why Esquimalt Needs a Living-Wage Policy
Times Colonist

August 31, 2010 - We all know that the cost of living on lower Vancouver Island is high, so high that it often drives young families out of our communities. Read more.

How Healthy Is New York City's Economy? - A Chance to Fix Inequities
New York Times

August 31, 2010 - New York has long been a place of tremendous inequality. An estimated 660,000 millionaires share the city with a million and half New Yorkers living below the poverty line and a shrinking middle class. Read more.

How Healthy Is New York City's Economy? - Looking to a National Recovery
New York Times

August 31, 2010 - Despite a few signs of improvement, New York City’s economic outlook is for continued high unemployment for many months to come. Unfortunately, this will be the defining characteristic for many average New Yorkers. Read more.

Peoria, IL:PARC's Workers Vie for a 'Living Wage'
The Journal Star

August 30, 2010 - Joanne Holbrook, a single mom in Peoria, has to alternate which bills she skips paying for the month because she doesn't make enough money working with individuals with developmental disabilities at People Advocating for Respect and Consideration. ' Read more.

Group Picked for Living Wage Study Accused of Bias
Bronx News Network

August 25, 2010 - On Aug. 12, the city's Economic Development Corporation announced its decision pay $1 million to Charles River Associates, a Boston-based consulting firm, to conduct a survey on the economic effects of a living wage law. Read more.

Time to Be Proud of What We Stand for
Huffington Post

August 25, 2010 - Good jobs, thriving communities, a healthy environment can all be achieved in this country if we raise our hands and admit that we really do care about the working poor, the homeless, the unemployed, the general middle income public; that we are ready, wi Read more.

WBAI Interviews Paul Sonn on Living Wage Study
WBAI Evening News

August 25, 2010 - Paul Sonn of the National Employment Law Project discusses the EDC's rigged living wage study on the WBAI Evening News with host Andrea Sears. Read more.

UCATT Welcomes Miliband's 'Living Wage'

August 24, 2010 - Construction union UCATT have welcomed an initiative by Labour leadership contender Ed Miliband to cut taxes paid by companies who guarantee paying a living wage to workers. Read more.

Miliband Tackles Low Pay with Tax Cuts Offer for 'Living Wages'
The Observer

August 22, 2010 - Miliband Tackles Low Pay with Tax Cuts Offer for 'Living Wages' Read more.

GUYANA: Workers Should Earn a Living Wage and Old Age Pensioners Should Enjoy Better Pensions
Stabroek News

August 21, 2010 - Workers Should Earn a Living Wage and Old Age Pensioners Should Enjoy Better Pensions Read more.

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: Why NYC's People of Faith Must Take Up the Living Wage Fight
Huffington Post

August 18, 2010 - There is an ironic injustice in it all: a billionaire commissions a million-dollar study to consider the life chances of the poor. Read more.

Arena Could Be Win-Win If We Think Positive
Edmonton Journal

August 18, 2010 - How can the city create wider community benefit by financing the arena and approving the arena district? Read more.

King County, Union Agree on Wage Policy
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

August 17, 2010 - King County and a labor union representing public employees have agreed that workers will forgo cost-of-living wage increases in 2011. Read more.

BANGLADESH: Retailers Must Play a Part in Wage Issue Says ETI

August 16, 2010 - The Ethical Trading Initiative has urged retailers sourcing from Bangladesh to "play their part" to make sure workers aren't the first to suffer when brands squeeze costs, cut prices within contract, reduce orders or make last-minute changes with little w Read more.

Amidst Soaring CEO Salaries, South African Workers Demand 'Living Wage'

August 16, 2010 - Thousands of public service workers turned out for a one day strike to demand higher salaries at a time when corporate CEOs and top government officials are enjoying skyrocketing pay packages. Read more.

Baltimore: A Compromise for Remington
Baltimore Sun

August 16, 2010 - Recent opinions expressed on the pages of The Baltimore Sun make it seem like the proposed 25th Street Station project in Remington is a done deal — and that the proposal as written is the only choice for Baltimore. Read more.

City Plans Living Wage Report by Early `11
The New York Observer

August 13, 2010 - A fight over legislation that would require a minimum wage for workers in subsidized developments will probably wait until at least next spring. Read more.

Living Wage, Dying Laughing
The Neighorhood Retail Alliance

August 13, 2010 - After much fanfare, and a considerable time for meditation, EDC has announced it has selected a consultant for its ballyhooed study of the living wage concept. Read more.

Boston Group Receives $1M for Living Wage Study

August 12, 2010 - Proponents of a living wage mandate believe the study is a delay tactic by officials intent on killing momentum for two City Council bills linking wage mandates to city-funded projects that have each gained a majority of support from city council members. Read more.

Firm Selected for Living Wage Study
Gotham Gazette

August 12, 2010 - The city Economic Development Corp. has selected Boston-based Charles River Associates to conduct a $1 million study on the impact of living wage policies across the country and how they might affect the Big Apple’s economy. Read more.

Is Any Job Better Than No Job?

August 9, 2010 - A front-page article in the Wall Street Journal presents a fascinating mystery: Despite persistent high unemployment, some employers are having a tough time filling jobs. Read more.

Living Wage Bill to Rise From The Grave?
The Baltimore Sun

August 9, 2010 - Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young signed a petition today asking the council to reconsider a living wage bill introduced by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. Read more.

NEW ZEALAND: Invest in Jobs and Wages, Not Beneficiary Bashing
Independent News Media

August 9, 2010 - Investment in real job creation and a living wage for everyone is what’s needed instead of hand-ringing about ‘long-term welfare dependency’ and trying to force people off benefits into scarce, low-paid work, the Green Party said today. Read more.

Back Bangladesh on Wages, Retailers Told
Daily Mail

August 8, 2010 - Campaigners against sweat shops have called on Britain’s biggest High Street retailers to support higher wages for factory workers in Bangladesh, after a week of violent clashes there. Read more.

President Obama Discusses Wages at AFL-CIO

August 5, 2010 - In his speech delivered to the AFL-CIO Executive Board on August 4, 2010, President Obama explains how providing living wages are important for the economy and for all working families Read more.

New York City Faith Community Feels Called To Fight For Living Wage For Workers
Workers Independent News

August 4, 2010 - A majority of New York’s city council members back a bill that requires developers who get public tax subsides to pay at least $10 an hour for the permanent jobs created. Read more.

CHINA - The Minimum Wage is About Human Dignity and Social Justice

August 3, 2010 - After Hong Kong’s legislature approves a Statutory Minimum Wage bill, trade unions and employer associations are engaged in a heated debate. Hong Kong’s Catholic diocese tells the various parties and public opinion that the heart of the matter is not econ Read more.

Majority On NYC City Council Support Fair Wage For New Yorkers Act
Workers Independent News

July 29, 2010 - The Living Wage NYC Campaign says a majority of city council members in New York now support the Fair Wages For New Yorkers Act. Read more.

Bangladesh: Factory Workers are Entitled to Realistic Living Wage
Clean Clothes Campaign

July 29, 2010 - Garment-workers unions and labour-rights organisations have reacted with indignation and disappointment at the newly-proposed increase of minimum wage in Bangladesh' garment industry. Read more.

Living Wage Victory on Long Island
Labor Press

July 28, 2010 - On Monday July 26, 2010, every member of the Nassau County Legislature voted to protect a $1 Living Wage increase for thousands of low-income Long Island workers. Read more.

Agency Agrees to Pay City Over $120 Million by 2014
New York Times

July 26, 2010 - Bowing to pressure from auditors, the organization that oversees economic development in New York City has agreed to hand over more than $20 million in rental payments each year to the city. Read more.

Will Nassau County Hit the Brakes on Living Wage?
Public News Service

July 26, 2010 - NEW YORK - The battle over the Living Wage Law is expected to heat up again today in Nassau County on Long Island. A special session of country lawmakers has been called to determine whether a one-dollar-an hour pay increase can be put on hold. Read more.

Living Wage Would Ease Economic Injustices
Baltimore Sun

July 26, 2010 - I have great respect for Jay Hancock and in the words of an old country western song was almost persuaded by his reasoning on why a living wage hourly salary for 3,000 Baltimoreans laboring at big box retailers is counterproductive to the local economy (" Read more.

No Happy Anniversary for Minimum Wage Workers
Let Justice Roll

July 24, 2010 - No Happy Anniversary for Minimum Wage Workers July 24: Value of minimum wage lower than 1956; Faith, community, business coalition calls for raise Read more.

Community Savings Signs Living Wage Agreement
National Union of Public and General Employees

July 23, 2010 - 'We believe that the Living Wage for Families Campaign will help reduce poverty and foster healthier communities.' - Bruce Cook. Read more.

City Councilwoman Clarke Vows ’Round Two’ on Living Wage Bill
The Daily Record

July 23, 2010 - Baltimore’s living wage bill sputtered in committee Thursday night, but the councilwoman who pushed the measure said Friday she will fight on. Read more.

Council to Debate Plan to Pay Living Wage of $10.59 in City
The Baltimore Sun

July 22, 2010 - The Baltimore City Council is slated to hear testimony today on a controversial proposal to require large retailers in the city to pay employees a "living wage" — currently, $10.59 per hour. Read more.

UFCW Poll Finds Support for Living Wage
City Paper

July 21, 2010 - One day before a City Council subcommittee will meet to consider living-wage legislation governing large employers, a public opinion and strategy firm called Lake Research Partners has released a poll indicating that Baltimoreans support such legislation Read more.

Op-ed: 'Living wage' is Key For Baltimore's Economy
Baltimore Business Journal

July 21, 2010 - The Baltimore City Council is considering a new law to guarantee that the city’s major retailers, like Walmart and 7-Eleven, pay employees decent, living wages. Read more.

WeHo Raising Living Wage, Expanding Ordinance

July 19, 2010 - West Hollywood, California (July 19, 2010) - The consequences of local Unite Here 11 persuading the West Hollywood city council to impose a Living Wage codicil as part of the development agreement with the Sunset/Doheny Hotel developer Richard Weintraub a Read more.

Love Him or Hate Him, Hard to Ignore Him

July 18, 2010 - 'Living wage' fight brings both positive and negative attention to retail union chief Stuart Appelbaum Read more.

NYC Considers Big Subsidy Packages for Thriving Firms While Cutting Vital Services for Poorest Residents

July 16, 2010 - Later this month, the New York City Industrial Development Agency will consider lucrative subsidy packages for two of the world’s largest corporations: “big four” accounting firm Deloitte, LLP, and Thomson Reuters, a multimedia news and information provid Read more.

The Fight Over Food Deserts - Corporate America Smacks its Way Down
Huffington Post

July 14, 2010 - This June the City of Chicago approved Wal-Mart's bid to open up dozens of new facilities, beginning with grocery stores in the city's chronically underserved South side. Read more.

NYC Retail Workers Win Settlement, Look to Fight for Living Wage
Labor Notes

July 14, 2010 - Working a low-wage retail job in New York City isn’t easy, but for people like Romeo Ilboudou, a stock manager at the high-end clothing retailer Scoop NYC, discrimination, wage theft, and hazardous conditions made it even lousier. Read more.

Waterfront Project Hearing Turns Tense
The Buffalo News

July 13, 2010 - An hour delay and an oppressively stuffy Buffalo Common Council chamber Tuesday evening heated up an already-spirited public debate over how the city should proceed on its massive Canal Side development at Buffalo's Inner Harbor. Read more.

Poll: D.C. Wants to Make Big Box Stores Pay Up, Hire Local
Washington City Paper

July 13, 2010 - Call them prescient: A week after the news breaks that Wal-Mart has finally found a viable place to locate in the District, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has a poll out with evidence that D.C. residents support making big box stores pay a l Read more.

‘Living Wage’ Could Be Factor in Govt Contracts
Political Blog

July 12, 2010 - The White House is looking at a new policy that would give an advantage in bidding on government contracts to companies that offer generous benefits and good pay. Read more.

Chicago Airport Workers Seek Living Wage
Talking Union

July 12, 2010 - Some 2,500 people work at the retail shops and food outlets at O’Hare and Midway airports, and most of them do not make a living wage by the standard of the Chicago Jobs and Living Wage Ordinance ($11.03 an hour). Read more.

Baltimore 'Living Wage' Bill Draws City, Retailers to Clash
Baltimore Business Journal

July 9, 2010 - The city’s largest merchants would be forced to pay their workers at least $10.57 an hour, more than three bucks above what state law requires, under a bill pending before Baltimore City Council. Read more.

Waging War Against Workers and Small Business
The Neighborhood Retail Alliance

July 9, 2010 - Michele Mattingly writes an interesting essay on the cost of living in NYC-and utilizes a, "Self-Sufficiency Standard," as a guide: "Last week saw the release of the 2010 New York City Self-Sufficiency Standard, a report that determines how much it takes Read more.

Measuring New York City's Wage Adequacy
Huffington Post

July 8, 2010 - Last week saw the release of the 2010 New York City Self-Sufficiency Standard, a report that determines how much it takes to get by in the city. Read more.

All London Underground cleaners get London Living Wage
BBC News

July 8, 2010 - All cleaners working on London Underground are now to be paid the so-called London Living Wage. Read more.

Wal-Mart Does Saul Alinsky
The Wall Street Journal

July 7, 2010 - The retailer brings hope and change to a struggling neighborhood. Read more.

Tube Cleaners Win Fight for London Living Wage
Morning Star

July 6, 2010 - Tube union RMT said on Wednesday that it had secured a massive victory for low-paid workers as London Underground cleaners won their fight for the London living wage. Read more.

The Economic Power of Obama's Pen
Los Angeles Times

July 6, 2010 - By requiring federal contractors to treat workers fairly, such as by paying them a living wage, the president could create far-reaching positive effects on the economy. Read more.

Albany Passes Bills Helping Low-Wage Workers
Crain's New York

July 2, 2010 - Three measures seek to raise prevailing wages for contracted personnel at public utilities, increase penalties for employer who violate labor laws and offer protections for domestic workers. Read more.

Wal-Mart Deal for Higher Wages in Chicago Highlights Need for Industry-Specific Wage Legislation
Progressive States Network

July 1, 2010 - For the first time in the nation, Wal-Mart has agreed to a higher wage standard at a new store to be built in Chicago, Illinois. The retail giant’s commitment was part of an agreement to assure City Council support for zoning approvals, on which the Counc Read more.

Living Wage Law Would Create Benefits for Business, City's Economy
Huffington Post

June 28, 2010 - This weekend, in response to the hottest legislative issue in City Hall right now, the Daily News ran two opinion pieces on a bill that would guarantee living wages to all workers at city-subsidized development projects. Read more.

Living Expenses Rising Far Faster than Wages, Study Finds
New York Times

June 28, 2010 - For New York City families, increases in the cost of living have far outpaced wages, according to a report to be released Tuesday by a national organization working to advance economic equality for women and their families. Read more.

Demand Grows for 'Living Wage'
The Big Issue in Scotland

June 28, 2010 - Cuts will not stop efforts to end in-work poverty, say campaigners Read more.

Should New York Demand a Living Wage? Two Experts Face Off on a Red-Hot Fight
Daily News

June 27, 2010 - Should working people in New York City be guaranteed a living wage when their employers are recipients of large subsidies from the taxpayers? That is the central question at stake for the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg. Read more.

Basic Needs Too Costly For Many
Clarion Ledger

June 17, 2010 - "One thing we know: If women can't make a living wage, they can't support their families," said Carol Penick, executive director of the Women's Fund of Mississippi. Read more.

'Dozens' of Wal-Marts in Chicago?
Chicago Sun-Times

June 16, 2010 - City could get stores if Daley breaks logjam on living wage demand Read more.

Retail Workers Discuss Living Wage
WBAI's City Watch

June 16, 2010 - Retail Action Project members Irene R Romero and Tyi Jones speak about living wages and the importance of of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act! Both have worked at Yellow Rat Bastard and have seen the benefits of unionization. Read more.

Council Committee Approves living-Wage Plan for Lowest-Paid Metro Workers

June 14, 2010 - Metro government's lowest-paid employees stand to make an extra $3 an hour under a living-wage measure approved by a key Metro Council committee today after a noisy debate. Read more.

Living Wages Are Key to Poverty Eradication
Los Angeles Times

June 14, 2010 - The poor need not always be with us. That goal can be achieved if we ensure that workers are paid enough to feed their families. Read more.

Raising Wages Key to Sustained Economic Recovery

June 13, 2010 - Increasing workers’ wages to a living wage (now $11.35/hour for Buncombe County) provides just the sort of stimulus our local economy requires. Research demonstrates that workers who earn a living wage rely less on social services and public benefit progr Read more.

Miami Beach Makes Good on Living Wage Law
Miami Herald

June 11, 2010 - Miami Beach's lowest paid employees will see a pay raise nearly a decade in the making after elected officials voted to obey the city's own laws and increase its living wage. Read more.

Diaz Builds His Profile and Power Beyond the Bronx
New York Times

June 9, 2010 - As Ruben Diaz Jr. stepped onto a sidewalk in the South Bronx, his shiny black shoes the color of his air-conditioned Tahoe, a flock of violins began to play. Read more.

Diaz Jr., Spinola Debate Living Wage Bill

June 9, 2010 - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior and President of the Real Estate Board of New York Steve Spinola debate the proposed living wage bill on Wednesday's edition of "Inside City Hall." Read more.

Boris Johnson Announces 25p Increase in London 'Living Wage'
The Guardian

June 9, 2010 - Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, today announced a 25p increase in the London "living wage", bringing to £7.85 the hourly rate that Londoners are judged to require to lift them out of poverty. Read more.

Invasion of the Oxymorons
The Neighborhood Retail Alliance

June 9, 2010 - Crain's is reporting that EDC, of all people-is commissioning a study on the impact of living wage. What's next, a study by DEP-an agency with a long advocacy against the use of food waste disposers-on the impact, what else, of food waste disposers on the Read more.

Elected Officials, City, Clash Over Living Wage Study-to-Be
The New York Observer

June 8, 2010 - Tensions are rising over living wage. The Bloomberg administration's plan to study the effects of living wage laws came under attack today from a set of Council members and City Comptroller John Liu, who called the effort a "sham." Read more.

Bloomberg Administration Accused Of Trying To Rig Wage Study
New York Daily News

June 8, 2010 - A host of city officials today accused the Bloomberg administration of trying to rig the results of a living wage study, Erin Einhorn reports from our City Hall Bureau: Read more.

Living Wage Study Gets Approved -- With Skepticism
Gotham Gazette

June 8, 2010 - A study to examine the economic viability of a living wage requirement was approved by the city’s Industrial Development Agency board today, but city officials, including Comptroller John Liu, are already raising questions about whether it will be truly i Read more.

Feasibility Study Funded on City Living-Wage Mandates
Crain's New York

June 8, 2010 - Economic Development Corp. gets $1 million to study impact of pay floors for city subsidized projects; comptroller and council members criticize effort. Read more.

NYC: ’Raise wages now!’
Workers World

June 7, 2010 - A Living Wage Rally was called by the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store union on the steps of City Hall in New York City on May 25. Read more.

Thanks To Walmart Business Model – We’re Becoming Part Time Workers with Government Benefits
On My Watch

June 6, 2010 - Having gutted so many small, rural communities of their local stores, Wal-Mart then moved to the burbs where they performed well and now they are into the final phase of their growth plan – the invasion of urban areas. Read more.

N.Y. Senate Passes Prevailing-Wage Bill for Utilities

June 3, 2010 - ALBANY — The state Senate passed a bill this week that would require public utility companies to pay prevailing wage for cleaners, security guards, doormen and other service workers, but opponents of the bill worry that the added cost may be passed along Read more.

Wage Policy from the Grassroots
Huffington Post

June 3, 2010 - When it comes to labor issues, the policy mantra during recessions - and recoveries - is that wages are off the table. The argument sounds formidable: the economy is too weak, employers are only starting to dip their toes in the water, and any attempt to Read more.

Council Takes on Fight for Living Wages
The Riverdale Press

June 3, 2010 - Politicians are rallying behind the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, which would mandate living wages be paid at development projects receiving government subsidies. Read more.

Campaign for Living Wage
Musings from Medway

June 2, 2010 - Leadership contender, Ed Miliband has launched his 'Living Wage' campaign to highlight why, when some of the leading company chief executives can make millions, there security guard or cleaner, doesn't get a living wage. Read more.

For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection
New York Times

June 2, 2010 - In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care. Read more.

Let’s Support a Living Wage
West Side Spirit

June 2, 2010 - With the shift in our city’s economy from manufacturing to service jobs, the percentage of low-wage workers has reached record, if not epidemic, levels. Nearly one-third of working New Yorkers are struggling to stretch their paychecks to cover high prices Read more.

Pols, Labor Leaders Launch Wage War Against Big Business
NBC New York

June 2, 2010 - City Officials and Community Groups demand Fair Wages Read more.

Fair Wages for New Yorkers
El Diario

June 2, 2010 - For too long, the Bronx has been tagged as the county with some of the highest poverty rates in the nation. This is not going to change if workers are earning poverty wages. Read more.

Victoria's Living Wage Rises Again
Victoria News

June 1, 2010 - A new study confirms this isn't an easy area to live in for people who don't rake in a ton of cash, not that the information is much surprise to residents. Read more.

Living Wage Bill Introduced
Our Time Press

May 31, 2010 - A monumental shift regarding how developers relate to working class New Yorkers was introduced in the City Council this week. Read more.

Tell Mayor Bloomberg to Stop Fighting Living Wage Legislation
Poverty In America

May 30, 2010 - Readers, I need your assistance. Please help me understand why a proposed bill that would guarantee a living wage for New Yorkers working on city-subsidized projects is controversial. Because I really don't understand. Read more.

Living Wage Fight Revitalized in New York City
In These Times

May 28, 2010 - In a city starkly divided between the haves and have nots, community activists are demanding an honest day's pay for New Yorkers who work at businesses profitting on the taxpayers' dime. Read more.

New Living Wage NYC Campaign Launched
Labor Press

May 28, 2010 - At a press conference held on the steps of City Hall today May 25th, workers, community groups, and elected officials met to launch the Living Wage NYC campaign, spearheaded by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Ret Read more.

Living Wages Fight Lives On
The Riverdale Press

May 27, 2010 - Developers lost out on the chance to build a mall at the Kingsbridge Armory because they wouldn’t guarantee a living wage for workers there. Read more.

Kingbsridge Armory Battle Inspires Citywide Living Wage Bill
Bronx News Network

May 26, 2010 - Two Bronx politicians are picking up the torch from the living wage campaign that was at the heart of last year's battle over the Kingsbridge Armory. Read more.

B.C. City's Adoption of 'Living Wage' Just the Beginning: CCPA
Epoch Times

May 26, 2010 - A few weeks ago, a small city just east of Vancouver did something unprecedented in Canada—it enacted the country’s first living wage bylaw. Read more.

Living Wage Bill Faces Major Pushback
Globe St.

May 26, 2010 - With a rally on the steps of City Hall, a broad coalition of lawmakers, community groups and labor unions has launched the Living Wage NYC campaign, centering around a bill introduced to the City Council on Tuesday. Read more.

City Takes Another Pass at a Living Wage Bill

May 25, 2010 - More than 20 City Council members are signing on to a bill that would require workers at any new city-subsidized real estate project to receive a "living wage," $10 an hour plus benefits or $11.50 an hour without benefits. Read more.

Living Wage Bill Formally Introduced; Bloomberg Smirks
The New York Observer

May 25, 2010 - A "living wage" bill is being introduced in the City Council today, led by a set of Bronx elected officials, and the legislation itself is now up on the Council's web site. Read more.

Wage Bill Arrives, and a Rally, Too
New York Times

May 25, 2010 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg walked toward City Hall on Tuesday, squinting into the sun, as dozens of protesters standing on the steps turned toward him to shout a battle cry. Read more.

Bloomberg Wrong on Living Wage
The Huffington Post

May 25, 2010 - Mayor Bloomberg's comments on a new bill being considered by the City Council are not just disingenuous, they're also flat out wrong. Yesterday, Bloomberg slammed the new bill--which would require employers to pay living wages to all workers at city-subsi Read more.

Mayor Says Wage Bill 'Will Not Work
Wall Street Journal

May 25, 2010 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg voiced strong opposition Monday to a City Council bill that would require developers on city-subsidized projects to pay workers at least $10 an hour, saying it would prevent businesses and their jobs from spreading into the neighbo Read more.

Mayor, Union Cross Paths (In More Ways Than One)
NY Daily News

May 25, 2010 - Mayor Bloomberg picked an opportune time — at least for retail union boss Stuart Appelbaum — to arrive back at City Hall this morning after hosting a tech-business event on West Houston St. Read more.

Mike Rips Council's Living-Wage Plan
New York Post

May 25, 2010 - Mayor Bloomberg yesterday laced into a City Council proposal to require developers getting city subsidies of $100,000 or more to pay employees $11.50 an hour, or $10 with benefits. Read more.

Union Pushes "Living Wage" Bill
NY Daily News

May 24, 2010 - As the City Council prepares tomorrow to field a bill on higher wages for workers on projects that receive public funding, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is funding a cable ad to draw attention to the subject. Read more.

Bill Seeks to Set Wage Standards
Wall Street Journal

May 24, 2010 - Developers on city-subsidized projects would be required to pay workers at least $10 an hour under a City Council bill expected to be introduced this week, months after council members scuttled plans for a mall inside the Bronx's Kingsbridge Armory becaus Read more.

Mark-Viverito: Wage Standards Win-Win for Workers and Businesses

May 24, 2010 - New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito discusses how living wage and prevailing wage can help both the bottom lines of businesses and workers and their families. Read more.

Comptroller Liu on Living Wage Legislation

May 24, 2010 - At a May 24 Marketplace of Ideas forum, Comptroller John Liu issues his support for City Council efforts to improve job and wage standards for employers that receive taxpayer subsidies. Read more.

Bloomberg Expected to Battle "Fair Wage" Bill

May 24, 2010 - Two City Council members from the Bronx are set to introduce legislation that would require developers who receive taxpayer subsidies to pay workers at least $10 an hour, plus benefits. Read more.

Wage Proposal May Prompt Fight at City Hall
New York Times

May 24, 2010 - In what could set off a major City Hall battle, two City Council members from the Bronx plan to propose a bill on Tuesday that would guarantee wages of at least $10 an hour, nearly $3 above the minimum wage, to all workers at development projects receivin Read more.

NYC Council Members to Push Wage Mandates
The Epoch Times

May 24, 2010 - NEW YORK - A coalition of City Council members plans to introduce a bill this week that would guarantee workers in public development projects at least $10 an hour citywide. Read more.

Living-Wage Debate Gets Broader, Louder

May 23, 2010 - A fierce debate over city-mandated wage levels that derailed the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx late last year is set to spread across the five boroughs. A bill that will force projects that receive any subsidies from the city to pay Read more.

City Hall’s Economic Development Chief to Step Down
New York Times

May 19, 2010 - Robert C. Lieber, the former Wall Street executive who has guided the Bloomberg administration’s economic development efforts during the recession, told his staff on Wednesday that he would step down as deputy mayor in June. Read more.

Growth of Low Wage Jobs Puts City Economy on Shaky Ground
The Huffington Post

May 18, 2010 - With the Senate on the verge of voting on financial reform legislation, there are many who fret about the impact that reform will have on New York City's economy. Read more.

Catching Up With Stu Appelbaum
NY Daily News

May 14, 2010 - Breaking away from the electeds for just a minute, The Daily Politics caught up recently with Stu Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Read more.

Testimony on Good Jobs Bill

May 14, 2010 - The Good Jobs Bill along with Paid Sick Days, and the upcoming Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act is designed to ensure that City policy, resources and money are harnessed to promote responsible development that will make it possible for New Yorkers to live d Read more.

Metro Inequality: What Cities Can Do About the Shrinking Middle Class
The Huffington Post

May 14, 2010 - A series of new realities about the places Americans live "further put to rest the old perceptions of cities as declining, poor, minority places set amid young, white wealthy suburbs" announces a new study by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookin Read more.

National Gallery Staff Walk Out Over 'Living Wage' Row
BBC News

May 13, 2010 - Staff at the National Gallery have staged a lunchtime walk-out to demand the £7.60 per hour London Living Wage. Read more.

Miami Beach's `Living Wage' Due For First Hike Since 2001
Miami Herald

May 13, 2010 - Miami Beach's lowest paid workers are one step closer to a hard-fought raise. Read more.

Commission Votes To Increase Living Wage Rate

May 12, 2010 - Labor and Community Groups Rally for Living Wage and Good Jobs Read more.

Will Baltimore Make Walmart Pay a Living Wage?

May 5, 2010 - Baltimore City is currently considering a bill which would require major retailers — any company making more than $10 million a year in profit — to pay workers a "living wage" of at least $10 per hour. Is this a courageous and innovative stand for workers Read more.

Eight Hours Later — Labor Continues The Fight
Next Left Notes

May 4, 2010 - There is a spirit of resistance amongst the millions of underpaid and overworked New Yorkers, and once a year, thousands of them join together in the streets of Manhattan to celebrate the real International Workers’ Holiday, May Day. Read more.

'Major Retailers' Would Pay Employees City Living Wage Under Proposal
The Baltimore Sun

May 3, 2010 - Opponents of Remington Walmart had asked for living wage stipulation Read more.

Fixing Community Benefits Agreements
The Huffington Post

April 28, 2010 - Despite the recession, a number of large development projects are still in the works in New York City. Plans are under way for two large housing developments on the Williamsburg waterfront and the city is also working on plans to develop new, mixed-use pr Read more.

From Kingsbridge to Walmart
Crain's New York Business

April 28, 2010 - News that Walmart is considering the Related Cos.-owned Gateway II shopping center reprises the battle between the developer and a retail workers union over the Kingsbridge Armory last year. Read more.

Community Pacts Questioned in the Zoning Process
New York Times

April 27, 2010 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg suffered an embarrassment last December when the City Council rejected a major developer’s plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars transforming an unused armory in the Bronx, the city’s poorest borough, into a shopping mal Read more.

Agency Owes Millions to City, an Audit Finds
New York Times

April 27, 2010 - The agency responsible for economic development under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has failed to turn over to the city more than $125 million in payments, taxes and fees, according to an audit conducted by the city comptroller to be released on Wednesday. Read more.

Union Unity Tested By Wage Fight
City Limits

April 21, 2010 - During a meeting of the New York City Central Labor Council late last year, union leader Barbara Bowen congratulated a coalition of service-industry unions and community groups for pushing the City Council to defeat the Bloomberg administration's redevelo Read more.

Obama Calls for Living Wage Jobs -- Activists Respond with Tax Day Event April 15th, 2010
PR Web

April 15, 2010 - President Obama states that his most important job is helping the American worker find a job with a living wage. Read more.

Subsidies in the City: Part II
Gotham Gazette

April 13, 2010 - This is the continuation of a "Subsidies in the City." Read more.

Subsidies in the City: Part I
Gotham Gazette

April 13, 2010 - ix years ago, Manhattan Laminates received tax breaks from the city's Industrial Development Agency, the financing arm of the city's Economic Development Corp. In a deal that will span 25 years ending in 2029, Laminates has already received $197,000 in pu Read more.

Cheating U.S. Workers

April 12, 2010 - Hundreds of thousands of workers are being cheated by U.S. employers who blatantly violate the laws that are supposed to guarantee workers decent wages, hours and working conditions. Read more.

Liu Says New Tax on Wall St. Bonuses Fair Game
Crain's New York

April 8, 2010 - City comptroller favors living wage requirement in government-subsidized realty developments; also won't rule out supporting added taxes on Wall Street bonuses. Read more.

Union Wage Push Meets Resistance
City Limits

April 6, 2010 - The City Council might require buildings that receive tax breaks to pay their staff higher wages. The real estate industry opposes the idea. Where does the mayor stand? Read more.

Judaism and the Imperative of Ending Wage Theft
Interfaith Worker Justice

April 6, 2010 - Many of the most economically marginalized workers -- those with everything at risk, including their jobs, their livelihoods, and their ability to provide for themselves and their families -- must additionally contend with such unethical, illegal and mora Read more.

New Labor Dept. Drive Sets to Stop Wage Theft

April 5, 2010 - In a 180-degreee turn from a Labor Department under the Bush administration that tried to gut overtime rules for millions of workers, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has unveiled a new campaign to inform workers about their pay rights and to put a stop to wag Read more.

Workers Roused to Seek Wage Rights
The Wall Street Journal

April 5, 2010 - The Labor Department is encouraging low-wage and immigrant workers to turn in employers who are shortchanging their pay, as part of an expanding effort to enforce wage and hour rules. Read more.

Subsidy City: The Real Public Costs of the World Trade Center Towers
The New York Observer

April 5, 2010 - For more than a year, an exhaustive battle raged over the future of developer Larry Silverstein's towers at the World Trade Center, with the Port Authority, Silverstein Properties, the city and the state fighting over just what to build, and how to fill a Read more.

Workers Deserve To Be Paid
Times Union

April 5, 2010 - At a time of massive revenue shortfalls and harsh budget cuts for New York, it's rare to find a policy that produces public benefits without painful costs. Read more.

The Tax-Chop Champ
New York Post

April 4, 2010 - Real-estate mogul Steve Ross found one of the few upsides to owning one of the city's premier properties in a severe recession -- he won steep tax reductions for his Time Warner Center holdings when he joined a record number of property owners challenging Read more.

Resurrection City: For A Living Wage
The Huffington Post

April 3, 2010 - When Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the world stopped for a moment. Shaken, confused but searching for a way to continue the fight, civil rights leaders decided to continue King's Poor People's Campaign by building a tent city Read more.

There’s A Hidden Crime Wave, But A New Wage Theft Bill Could Halt It

March 29, 2010 - Nearly a billion dollars were stolen in New York City last year, & the thieves aren’t even worried about getting caught. Read more.

Living Wage Lives!
The Neighborhood Retail Alliance

March 26, 2010 - The push for the creation of a city wide living wage law is beginning to gear up-and the Observer has the story... Read more.

Dozen Council Members Form a Bloc for Liberals
New York Times

March 23, 2010 - Frustrated by what they say are plutocratic policies that have squeezed the neediest New Yorkers, the City Council’s most liberal members are establishing a new bloc to champion a progressive agenda on housing, economic development, labor and civil rights Read more.

London Citizens Take Living Wage Campaign to Oxford Street Stores
Citizens UK

March 22, 2010 - More than 200 people drawn from the capital’s largest civic alliance called on Oxford Street department stores Saturday to pay the hourly wage described by London’s mayor as “the basic pay rate” for the city. Read more.

Payback Time: State Must Nail Sleazy Bosses Who Steal Their Workers' Wages
NY Daily News

March 13, 2010 - Advocates for immigrants and the poor want the state to crack down on a type of robbery rampant in New York: wage theft. Read more.

A Move to Protect Low-Wage Workers
New York Times

March 12, 2010 - A coalition of labor unions, immigrant advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations in New York announced their support on Friday for newly introduced legislation that would greatly increase penalties against employers that violate minimum-wage and overtim Read more.

New Bill Aims to Protect Worker Pay
Crain's New York

March 12, 2010 - At a SoHo press conference, politicians, union leaders and workers vow to fight back against employers who fail to pay a fair wage. Read more.

For a 'Living Wage' America, Cap the Top
Campaign for America's Future

March 7, 2010 - The White House wants to require firms that do business with the government to pay decent wages. That could work — if we go after all pay that's indecent. Read more.

Fighting Wage Theft in New York

March 3, 2010 - The owner of several downtown New York boutiques was arrested recently and faces four years in jail as well as civil lawsuits for up to $1.5 million. Read more.

In Nod to Labor Unions, White House May Require 'Living Wage' in Government Contracts
CNS News

February 26, 2010 - The White House is looking at a new policy that would give an advantage in bidding on government contracts to companies that offer generous benefits and good pay. Read more.

Plan to Seek Use of U.S. Contracts as a Wage Lever
New York Times

February 25, 2010 - The Obama administration is planning to use the government’s enormous buying power to prod private companies to improve wages and benefits for millions of workers, according to White House officials and several interest groups briefed on the plan. Read more.

Liu Wants To Change Community Benefit Agreements, Development Subsidies
The New York Observer

February 10, 2010 - For the second time in as many days, Comptroller John Liu has announced plans to revamp a process related to real estate development. Read more.

China's Wage Rates for U.S. Workers
Counter Punch

February 4, 2010 - Optimism dominated Obama’s State of the Union address. He confidently stated that the financial system had stabilized, and economic growth had begun. Read more.

Solis Defends Labor Dept. Focus on Enforcement
Workforce Management

February 3, 2010 - Labor Secretary Hilda Solis defended her agency’s emphasis on enforcement against Republican charges that regulations hinder job creation at a Capitol Hill appearance on Wednesday, February 3. Read more.

Crime Pays: How NYC Bosses Rob the Working Poor
In These Times

January 29, 2010 - If you're one of about 317,000 unlucky New Yorkers, there's a good chance your boss screwed you this week. The average low-wage worker in the city loses approximately $58 a week—a total loss of more than $3,000 a year—thanks to employers who see cheating Read more.

Most Low-Wage Workers Are Cheated of Pay, Report Finds
New York Times

January 28, 2010 - More than half of the low-wage workers in New York City are routinely being cheated of some of the meager pay that is due them, according to a report to be released on Thursday by the National Employment Law Project. Read more.

Labor-law Violations Seen Costly for City Workers
Crain's New York Business

January 28, 2010 - Study finds low-income workers lose almost 15% of their earnings due to employers failing to pay required minimum wage, overtime and other protections. Read more.

In Kingsbridge: Will Derailing a Bad Project Lead to a Good One?
Gotham Gazette

January 22, 2010 - It took years of dogged community organizing and shrewd coalition-building around a clear vision for the city’s largest armory to position the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance, or KARA, to take advantage of timing, luck and maybe begin re-writing Read more.

Mayor Skips Over some Big Issues
Metro NY

January 21, 2010 - Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s State of the City address yesterday scored high marks for encouraging small-business growth, helping low-income New Yorkers with bank accounts, and aiding teens who’ve been jailed. Read more.

Aid Haitians, Immigrants to Help NYC Economy

January 21, 2010 - New York City can revive its economy by helping Haitians and other immigrants get small business loans, creating jobs and other programs for at-risk youths, boosting anti-foreclosure efforts, and setting up neighborhood credit unions, Mayor Michael Bloomb Read more.

Martin Luther King Jr. Focused on Ending Poverty
The Commercial Appeal

January 18, 2010 - As the nation commemorates King's 81st birthday today, they say he should best be remembered for his career-long focus on the poor. Read more.

The Living Wage After Kingsbridge
Gotham Gazette

January 15, 2010 - First came Kingsbridge: A highly unusual vote at the City Council, which shattered an approximately $300 million proposal from the Related Companies to morph a Bronx armory into a mall. Then came the Queens Center Mall: A call to beef up wages at one of t Read more.

For Millions of Workers, a Minimum Wage Increase Still Falls Short of a Living Wage
New York Daily News

January 13, 2010 - "It's better than nothing ..." That was the reaction of Walter García, a restaurant cashier in Jackson Heights, Queens, when we told him about the federal minimum wage increase that became effective on Friday Read more.

Low-Wage Jobs
Center for an Urban Future

January 11, 2010 - Nearly a third of all adult workers in New York City are employed in low-wage jobs, but the Bronx is in a league of its own. Read more.

America’s Low-Wage Future
Working-Class Perspectives

January 11, 2010 - British historian E.H. Carr once said something to the effect that while no serious scholar makes up the facts, they all choose which facts “to put on stage.” Read more.

Armory Battle is Just The First Round
Crain's New York

January 10, 2010 - The City Council's December decision to turn down the Kingsbridge Armory project has been described as a stunning blow to developers. Crain's editorialized that “there are only losers here” (“An unmistakable political shift,” Jan. 4). Read more.

Victory in the Bronx: Community Insists on Living Wage Jobs
The Indypendent

January 8, 2010 - Members of the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA) watched in hushed suspense from the visitors gallery above the City Council chamber on Dec. 14. Read more.

Bronx Battle Line: Development on City's Dime Must Push Up Wages
Labor Notes

January 7, 2010 - A retail developer in New York City has lost out on about $60 million in public subsidies because it and Mayor Mike Bloomberg refused to promise a living wage. Read more.

Cities, Counties Take Back Corporate Tax Breaks
Associated Press

January 7, 2010 - Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal's a deal. Read more.

Koppell Set to Fight for Living Wage
The Riverdale Press

January 6, 2010 - The beginning of the year also marks the beginning of a new City Council term, which means new projects and legislation in the works for the city, the Bronx, and the Riverdale/ Kingsbridge area. Read more.

The Mall as Poverty Wage Center
In These Times

January 6, 2010 - Can retail workers organize? Can they get a living wage? These may be philosophical questions, but to the thousands of retail workers who rely on their wages to support themselves, they are at the center of a grim reality. Read more.

Something for Nothing Must Stop at Subsidized Queens Mall
NY Daily News

January 5, 2010 - The Queens Center Mall has received more than $48 million in tax breaks since 2004. “The mall stands to receive an additional $70 million to $80 million in tax breaks during the next 10 years. Read more.

Queens Center Mall Employees Rally for Better Wages

December 24, 2009 - More than 25 workers in varying jobs at Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall joined advocacy group Make the Road New York and several borough elected officials Sunday to protest their low wages and lack of benefits. Read more.

Urban Communities Seek Lift Through Living Wage
In These Times

December 22, 2009 - Economic indicators may be bouncing back this holiday season, but the working poor aren't so lucky. As they're forced to work harder for less pay and bills pile up, the floor seems to be falling out from under them. Read more.

Council Overrides Veto, Blocking Plan for Armory Mall
New York Times

December 22, 2009 - The City Council dealt a final blow on Monday to a developer’s plans to build a mall inside the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, a significant defeat for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on a key project. Read more.

'Tis the Season: Protesters Hit A Queens Mall With Demands For a Living Wage
The Village Voice

December 21, 2009 - As shoppers scurried to snatch up last minute gifts inside the Queens Center Mall, local elected officials and community organizations painted the shopping destination's landlord, Macerich, as the latest Grinch in the ongoing fight for living wages -- jus Read more.

Growing Rage Against Low Wage: Creating Decent-Paying Jobs is the Most Pressing Economic Issue
NY Daily News

December 20, 2009 - A key skirmish in the battle over living wage jobs takes place in Elmhurst at 11 a.m. today, when a cluster of community and labor organizations and local pols will gather at the main entrance of Queens Center Mall for a press conference condemning low wa Read more.

Wage Wars: $10 an Hour Emerges as Make-or-Break for New Development
The New York Observer

December 15, 2009 - By all measures, a press conference early Monday afternoon on the steps of City Hall appeared to be a victory celebration. Read more.

Setbacks Signal Post-Election Life for Bloomberg
New York Times

December 15, 2009 - When aides to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently sought backing from City Council members for a key development project, they heard something they were not accustomed to: No. Read more.

Bill to Require Developers to Pay Living Wage for Ensuing Jobs Created by Kingsbridge Armory Revamp
NY Daily News

December 11, 2009 - Even if a deal is struck today on developing the Kingsbridge Armory into a $324-million shopping mall, the "living wage" dispute that threatened to derail it will continue to roil City Hall. Read more.

Claims That Employers at the Kingsbridge Armory Can’t Pay a Living Wage Don’t Add Up
The Huffington Post

December 8, 2009 - This week, the New York City Council will vote on whether to proceed with one of the most exciting development projects in the city – the Kingsbridge Armory, the giant castle in the northwest Bronx that has been vacant for years. Read more.

Setting the Record Straight: The Kingsbridge Armory, Living Wages, and Economic Development
DMI Blog

December 8, 2009 - On Wednesday, December 9th the New York City Council will vote on whether to approve the proposed redevelopment of the historic Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx into a retail shopping mall. But unless the project's developer agrees to guarantee living wage Read more.

The Mayor's Legacy Dilemma
The Huffington Post

December 7, 2009 - As he begins his third and final term, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the chance to address one of the greatest economic and job crisis in New York's history and, in doing so, decide his own place in City Hall history. Read more.

Planning for Poverty?
Counter Punch

November 29, 2009 - After promising “good jobs” during a recent campaign, how could a man with so many billions, and now fresh from a re-election victory, oppose a $10-an-hour wage? Read more.

Build Bridge to Good Bronx Jobs: Future Kingsbridge Armory Workers Deserve a Living Wage
NY Daily News

November 19, 2009 - The pitched battle over how, when and whether to develop the Kingsbridge armory in the Bronx brings New York City to a crossroads. Read more.

Four Years Hard Labor
The New York Observer

November 17, 2009 - For a good hour at a zoning committee hearing on the contentious plan to redevelop the Bronx’s Kingsbridge Armory into a mall, council member after council member battered the Bloomberg administration and the developer Read more.

The Living Wage Fallacy
The Huffington Post

November 17, 2009 - When the city gives a private developer public subsidies, the surrounding community should benefit from the deal. In the Bronx, community residents are fighting to ensure that a new retail development, which is receiving tens of millions in public subsidi Read more.

Living Wage Jobs Are Good for the Private Sector Too
The Huffington Post

November 2, 2009 - New York City has an economy shaped like an hourglass, with a large number of high-paying jobs on one end, a whole lot of low-wage jobs on the other end, and a narrow midsection where the middle-class jobs are supposed to be. Read more.

Citywide Candidates, Minus Bloomberg, Speak on Poverty in New York City
The Indypendent

October 29, 2009 - Less than a week before Election Day, 5 citywide candidates for public office—minus billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg—spoke at a forum at Trinity Church on Wall St. on poverty, hunger and homelessness in New York City this afternoon. Read more.

An Innovator Takes a Fairly Conventional Approach
Gotham Gazette

October 26, 2009 - Boom and bust still characterize the local economy, and despite many ways in which Mayor Michael Bloomberg's tenure has been an improvement over Guiliani's record, his economic leadership similarly has fallen short in ensuring that the benefits of growth Read more.

Good Jobs, Healthy Cities
The American Prospect

October 19, 2009 - Lately, more and more city governments, prodded by local activists, have been using their gatekeeper powers to successfully promote growth with equity, starting with wages. Read more.

Armory Development Project is No-Go Without 'Living Wage'
NY Daily News

September 15, 2009 - When I was elected to serve as Bronx borough president in April, I made it clear that I would be a fighter for the 1.4 million residents of this great borough. Being a fighter means standing up for what is right and just, and refusing to bow down to speci Read more.

NYC's Economic Development Strategy: Keeping People in Poverty
The Huffington Post

August 27, 2009 - When city tax dollars are used to subsidize a private developer, community residents should benefit from the deal. That is the principle behind the fight to bring living wage jobs to the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. Read more.

Don't Let Armory Developer Bury Us in Poverty-Wage Jobs
NY Daily News

August 25, 2009 - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz will soon announce whether he is going to support The Related Companies' application to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory. Read more.

Living Wage: The Salvation of the Retail Economy
Daily Finance

July 17, 2009 - While the forthcoming increase in the minimum wage has workers rejoicing and retailers grimacing, the living wage debate continues to fester. Read more.