Minimum Wage

Raising the Minimum Wage is a No Brainer

Filed in Minimum Wage by on February 27, 2015 1 Comment
Raising the Minimum Wage is a No Brainer

This week, the parent company of retail stores T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods said it will raise starting pay for its workers to $9 per hour. It joins a number of other large companies like Walmart, The Gap, IKEA and Aetna, as well as many small businesses across the country that have taken the same […]

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The Coffee Shop that Canned the Tip Jar

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage by on February 21, 2015 1 Comment
The Coffee Shop that Canned the Tip Jar

Editor’s note: The following guest blog post is authored by Andrew & Amanda Kopplin, owners of Kopplin’s Coffee in St. Paul, Minnesota. Opened in 2006, Kopplin’s Coffee is a unique family-run gathering place in St. Paul, Minnesota, where both neighbors and coffee aficionados feel at home. It was opened by Andrew Kopplin in 2006 and […]

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Raise the Tipped Minimum Wage

Filed in Minimum Wage by on February 12, 2015 1 Comment
Raise the Tipped Minimum Wage

The federal tipped minimum wage has been $2.13/hour since 1991. That’s right – it’s been the same for nearly a quarter century. In that time, Congress has twice approved increases in the full minimum wage, and the costs for the basics like food, housing, transportation and child care have all increased significantly. That’s a real […]

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Making 28 Million Lives a Little Bit Better

Filed in Minimum Wage by on February 5, 2015 0 Comments
Making 28 Million Lives a Little Bit Better

Sandra Amaya is a single mother of two teenagers. She has a full-time job as a maid at a hotel where she cleans 25 rooms per day for $8 an hour. She pushes a heavy cart full of towels and cleaning supplies from room to room. “By the end of my shift, my lower back […]

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Protecting the Fruits of Labor

Protecting the Fruits of Labor

America’s workers have received a strong return on President Obama’s investments in the Department of Labor. The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request released this week builds on that success by ensuring that hard work is rewarded and that wages and benefits, like retirement savings, are protected. It also makes available funds for paid leave […]

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Be Kind to Food Servers

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage, Wage Enforcement, Workplace Rights by on January 28, 2015 2 Comments
Be Kind to Food Servers

January is Be Kind to Food Servers Month, and it’s important that we honor the hard work of waiters, waitresses, caterers and others in the food service industry. In most states waiters and waitresses earn low wages, primarily made up of the tips they make. Employers only have to pay tipped workers a lower, so-called […]

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2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

The U.S. economy closed out 2014 on a continued hot streak – 252,000 new jobs in December alone, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.6 percent. Our businesses have added 11.2 million jobs over 58 straight months, the longest streak of job growth on record. To recap the year, Secretary Perez answered your questions about […]

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“All Labor Has Dignity”: King’s Other Legacy

“All Labor Has Dignity”: King’s Other Legacy

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the Huffington Post Blog. View the original here.  A few weeks ago, I saw Selma, a remarkable movie about the unbreakable persistence and moral leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans in the Jim Crow south. But what the movie […]

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Ringing in the New Year with a Raise

Filed in Minimum Wage by on December 29, 2014 2 Comments
Ringing in the New Year with a Raise

President Obama first called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage nearly two years ago. While Congress hasn’t acted, there is plenty of good news: coast-to-coast grassroots progress has resulted in 17 states, plus the District of Columbia and several other localities, raising their minimum wages either through referendum or legislation since then. Seven […]

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Best of the Blog in 2014: A Top 10 Countdown

Best of the Blog in 2014: A Top 10 Countdown

2014 was a year of action for the Labor Department. We’d like to say a big “thank you” to you – our readers – for being a part of it! Our blog readership more than doubled this year, and we sincerely appreciate all of your comments and feedback. As 2014 draws to a close, we’re […]

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