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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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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 $$$ Are Minimum Wage Workers Losing? Billions… and Counting!

The federal minimum wage was last increased on July 24, 2009, to $7.25 per hour, and has not been adjusted for inflation. Since then, consumer prices have risen 11 percent, decreasing the purchasing power of minimum wage workers. Every day that the minimum wage remains stuck at the current, poverty-level wage of just $7.25, and is neither raised nor adjusted for inflation, minimum wage workers are effectively hit with mounting pay cuts. Just how much are minimum wage workers losing? Check out these minimum wage worker pay cut clocks, from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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My Week Living on Minimum Wage

NELP's Executive Director, Christine Owens, documents her time taking the Live the Wage Challenge, a one-week exercise that supporters of raising the minimum wage undertook to boost awareness of what it’s like to try to get by on $7.25 an hour. The ground rule was simple: Try getting by for seven days on $77, the estimated amount the typical minimum wage worker has for food, transportation and incidentals, after taxes and paying for housing and utilities.

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Is the Fight for $15 the New Eight-Hour Day Movement?

Marking the first national fast food workers’ convention last weekend, Jack Temple, policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project, writes at the Huffington Post likening the current workers’ movement for a minimum $15 per hour wage to that of the late 19th and early 20th century for an eight-hour workday.

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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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