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Congressional Democrats today introduced a new bill to substantially raise the federal minimum wage – to $12 by 2020 -- tie future increases to rising overall wages, and incrementally raise the minimum wage for tipped workers until it equals the overall federal minimum. Prompted by the growing ‘Fight for $15’ movement among fast food and allied workers, as well as a wave of higher wage campaigns in cities across the country, the new federal bill sets down a higher baseline marker for minimum wage efforts nationally. The proposal would boost hourly pay for 35 million workers in the U.S.

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Underpaid Workers Overwhelmingly Support a $15 Minimum Wage and Unions, Survey Finds

A first-ever national poll of workers who are paid less than $15 per hour shows 72 percent approve of labor unions, and 75 percent support $15 and a union, the goals of the Fight for $15 movement.

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Polls show strong support for $15 NYS minimum wage, higher federal minimum in key 2016 states

Two recently released opinion polls showed New York State voters overwhelmingly support the push by Governor Andrew Cuomo to raise the minimum wage statewide to $15 by 2021. A separate poll showed strong support for raising the federal minimum wage – currently stuck at $7.25 per hour – with clear majorities among likely Republican voters in early 2016 primary states and even stronger support across party lines in key general election swing states. Taken together, the polls indicate growing public backing for raising minimum wages, increasing support for higher dollar amount minimum wages, and a greater likelihood that a candidate’s stance on raising the minimum wage could affect the outcome of elections.

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State Lawmakers in Missouri and Alabama Move to Squash Local Minimum Wage Increases

A bill barring local governments from establishing their own minimum wages or other economic benefits for their citizens was enacted this week by super-majorities of Missouri state legislators when they voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s earlier veto of that measure. By votes of 114-46 and 23-9 the Missouri House and Senate were able to corral the two-thirds majorities needed for the veto override, turning HB 722 – the so-called local wage preemption bill – into state law. Now cities and counties will be prohibited from instituting minimum wage levels higher than the state minimum, which is currently a paltry $7.65 per hour, just 40 cents higher than the federal minimum wage.

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New York Governor Cuomo Calls for Statewide $15 Minimum Wage

Big news on the minimum wage out of New York! Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration approved a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers today. Not only that -- the Governor also announced that he’ll push for a $15 minimum wage statewide for all workers, which would make New York the first state in the nation to go to $15.

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Birmingham, AL Becomes First City in Deep South to Set a Local Minimum Wage of $10.10 by 2017

The City Council in Birmingham, Alabama became the first municipality in the Deep South to enact a local minimum wage yesterday, by a vote of 7-0 (with one abstention). The Birmingham minimum wage will increase to $8.50 an hour in July 2016 and to $10.10 an hour in July 2017, with annual cost-of-living increases thereafter.

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Raise the Wage Act Would Boost Pay for 15 Million in the 21 States Stuck at $7.25

Legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would boost pay for more than 15 million low-wage workers in the 21 states where the minimum wage is now stuck at the $7.25 per hour poverty-level wage. That’s according to a new fact sheet from the National Employment Law Project which looks at the 21 states that do not have a state minimum wage higher than the federal minimum, and the impact the Raise the Wage Act would have in those states.

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