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Federal Court Suit in Alabama Seeks to Restore Birmingham’s Minimum Wage Increase

Charging that Alabama’s governor and state legislature violated the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by enacting a law to nullify the minimum wage increase passed by the City of Birmingham, two local low-wage restaurant workers were joined by local clergy and civil rights groups in a suit filed last week in federal district court. The suit seeks to undo the state’s preemption of local minimum wage laws, prohibit enforcement of those and other provisions in the law enacted by passage of HB 174 earlier this year, and restore Birmingham’s minimum wage ordinance.

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City of Baltimore Could Be Next to Enact a $15 Minimum Wage

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke of Baltimore City, together with a coalition of community, faith and worker groups, introduced a bill this week to raise Baltimore City’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020. The bill would also gradually eliminate the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers in Baltimore City, currently set at $3.63 per hour, so that tipped workers would be entitled to the full minimum wage by 2024. At least 80,000 workers in Baltimore City, or more than one-fifth of the City’s workforce, would receive a much needed raise if the measure succeeds.

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Fight for $15 Delivers Raises to 17 Million Workers, but There’s More to Accomplish

Days after low-wage workers in California and New York won landmark victories for $15, tens of thousands of workers in 300 cities took to the streets on April 14th to continue pressing for a $15 minimum wage and union rights for workers across the country.

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Leaked Poll for Chambers of Commerce Shows Huge Business Execs’ Support for Raising the Minimum Wage

Chambers' own poll shows 80 percent of business execs support raising the minimum wage, with only 8 percent opposed. Turns out, the Chambers' story that businesses steadfastly and uniformly oppose minimum wage increases is pure fiction.

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New York Approves Statewide Plan for $15 Minimum Wage

On the heels of California's landmark $15 wage action, a tremendous win for the workers in the Fight for $15 in the state where it began.

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California Announces First Statewide $15 Minimum Wage

State lawmakers, labor leaders and California Governor Jerry Brown today announced an agreement to enact the nation’s first statewide $15 minimum wage. The plan includes a series of annual minimum wage increases beginning next year, to reach $15 by 2022, with an additional one year phase-in for small businesses with less than 26 employees.

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