Tag: minimum wage

2014: The Year in Photos

Filed in Accomplishments, DOL by on December 31, 2014 0 Comments
2014: The Year in Photos

2014 was a year of action and progress. Here are some of the most compelling photos from our work at the Labor Department over the past 12 months: #1: Don’t fall! In January, Secretary Perez tries out an American-made Shinola bike while visiting the company at its Detroit headquarters. #2: In March, Jessecca, a young […]

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Why Living Wages are Important for My Workers, Business & the Community

Filed in Minimum Wage by on December 4, 2014 13 Comments
Why Living Wages are Important for My Workers, Business & the Community

Editor’s Note: The author, Molly Moon Neitzel, is the owner and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, a company comprised of six ice cream shops in Seattle serving homemade, locally sourced ice cream. When I first decided to open an ice cream shop, I knew that one of my goals would be to pay […]

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Giving Thanks for Higher Wages

Filed in Minimum Wage by on November 24, 2014 1 Comment
Giving Thanks for Higher Wages

There’s a lot to be thankful for this time of year. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful that 17 states and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wages since the beginning of 2013. Even though Congress has failed to act, these states have heeded President Obama’s call and as a result, seven million low-wage workers […]

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Keeping Up on the Minimum Wage

Keeping Up on the Minimum Wage

It’s been almost two years since President Obama first called for an increase in the national minimum wage. He believes more strongly than ever that no one who works full-time should have to raise a family in poverty. He believes that the current rate of $7.25 per hour undermines our basic bargain, failing to reward […]

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In Cities Across the Country, Opportunity is Making a Comeback

In Cities Across the Country, Opportunity is Making a Comeback

New York City just became the most recent city in the nation to answer President Obama’s call to raise wages for working families. Last Tuesday, alongside Labor Secretary Perez, I signed an executive order immediately raising our living wage to $13.13. Workers at companies receiving more than $1 million in City subsidy will benefit from […]

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A Fair Day’s Pay for Working Families

Filed in Minimum Wage by on September 27, 2014 0 Comments
A Fair Day’s Pay for Working Families

Our work at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy brings together people of diverse faiths around the idea that we can work together to change the politics of poverty in Virginia. Today, few policy proposals embody this idea more than raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. While some states have raised their […]

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NEW VIDEO: Business Owners Say Raise The Wage

Filed in Minimum Wage, Secretary Perez by on September 13, 2014 1 Comment
NEW VIDEO: Business Owners Say Raise The Wage

A café in Baltimore. A motel in Grants Pass, Oregon. A Christmas tree and produce farm in Natchitoches, Louisiana. What do they all have in common? The owners of these businesses all support raising the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Higher wages doesn’t just help workers; it helps their bosses too. […]

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G20 in Australia: Picking Up the Pace of Growth

Filed in DOL by on September 9, 2014 0 Comments
G20 in Australia: Picking Up the Pace of Growth

Editor’s Note: Sept. 9 through Sept. 11, Secretary Tom Perez traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to attend the G20, an opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues. Throughout the week, he shared his personal commentary in the following post. Greetings from Melbourne, Australia! This week I’m at the G20 Labor and Employment Ministerial […]

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Our Minimum Wage is Low, Really Low

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage by on September 7, 2014 4 Comments
Our Minimum Wage is Low, Really Low

The value of the federal minimum wage has been on a steady decline since it peaked in the late 1960s. In fact, it’s worth 20 percent less today than it was in the 1980s, making it difficult for a full-time worker to pay their monthly bills or even buy the basic necessities. With an income […]

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Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted on the Huffington Post. Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers’ grit, dedication, ingenuity and strength, which define our […]

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