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Yes, that’s a ‘Zero’ – and no, it’s not a typo: the number of people who will see their pay rise due to an increase in the federal minimum wage stands at 0. That’s because Congress has not taken action to raise the federal minimum, which has remained stuck at a poverty-level $7.25 per hour since 2009. Meanwhile, in just the past two years, thirteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted minimum wage increases, raising pay for 7 million workers, according to a recent White House estimate.

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Public Pressure Building, Chicago Mayor Says City Will Enact Mininum Wage Increase “This Winter”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this week that Chicago would enact a citywide minimum wage increase “this winter,” but told an editorial board he would not support a proposed $15 per hour rate. Under the mayor’s plan, the minimum wage would be raised in steps over the next four years to hit $13 per hour by June 1, 2018, and then be indexed to rise with inflation beginning in 2019.

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Push Toward $15 Wage Floor Gains Momentum in America’s Two Largest Cities

In the last two weeks, elected officials in New York City and Los Angeles have taken critical steps to raise minimum wages in their cities, with both setting a course toward a $15 an hour wage floor.

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Ballot Initiatives Put Minimum Wage Increases to Voters in Four States, Two Major Cities

This November, voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will cast ballots on referenda to raise their states’ minimum wages. Local minimum wage increases will also be on the ballots in San Francisco and Oakland, California. In Illinois, voters will be asked their view on raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour in a non-binding, advisory referendum. More than 400,000 low-wage workers would see pay increases in the four states where voters will decide directly on raising their minimum wage, according to estimates by the Economic Policy Institute.

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Time to End the Sub-Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers in New York State

When workers in New York State finally won a long-overdue, and all-too-modest, increase in the minimum wage – from $7.25 to $9.00 by the end of 2015 – the nearly 230,000 tipped workers in the state lost out. Pressure from the restaurant industry kept the base wage for tipped hospitality workers – such as restaurant servers and hotel workers – frozen at just $5.00 per hour. Instead of raising this sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, the legislature agreed to have the Governor name a special state Wage Board and charge it with recommending changes to this wage.

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‘Fight for $15’ #StrikeFastFood Spreads to 150 Cities: “We’re a movement now!”

Fast food workers raised the stakes today in their fight for a $15 an hour wage floor and union rights, with thousands walking off the job in one-day strikes and protests at establishments including McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s in 150 U.S. cities.

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L.A. Mayor Calls for Minimum Wage Increase, Joining Other Major Cities Pushing for Higher Wages

Today Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for raising the minimum wage in the nation’s second largest city to $13.25 by 2017, a step that would raise pay for 567,000 struggling Angelenos.

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How much the federal minimum wage would be if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years. Instead, it’s $7.25. Learn More


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