September 30, 2013
The Post's munificent proposal to raise the national minimum wage to $8 an hour [" A fix for the mininum wage ," editorial, Sept. 27] ignored the moral question of a living wage. The cynical and hypocritical concern of those who persistently oppose raising the minimum wage because it would deny entry-level work is, morality aside, poor economics. Even $5 an hour is not a bargain and is a waste for an employer who does not need the labor, and $13 an hour is okay if the employer needs the worker and the market can sustain...
September 30, 2013 |
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) is set to pick up an endorsement of his 2014 gubernatorial campaign Monday from a key labor group, the Service Employees International Union, according to several people familiar with the planned announcement. The sought-after nod from the SEIU's Maryland/D.C. State Council will be the latest in a series of endorsements that have come Brown's way from Democratic politicians and liberal interest groups in what is expected to be a highly competitive race to...
September 26, 2013 |
WHAT IS to be done with the federal minimum wage — stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009 , with no raise in sight? One approach is just that: Stay with the status quo, on the theory that a higher minimum wage is a job-killer. As House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has put it , "When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it. " Backers of a higher minimum acknowledge the potential for job losses but argue that it is minor and more than offset by the benefits to low-income workers and...
September 25, 2013 |
After 19 years cleaning floors and bathrooms in Union Station, Vilma Martinez still earns only $8.25 per hour. A few blocks away at the National Museum of the American Indian, Calvin Bolton washes dishes in the cafeteria for $9.44. When business is slow, both workers said, their hours are cut back with almost no warning. "I'm really struggling. My daughter's 17, and I feel awful that I can't afford to get her what she needs," said Bolton, 57, who joined a protest rally Wednesday outside the White...
September 18, 2013 |
The U. S. Department of Labor issued new rules Tuesday that mandate home health care agencies pay their workers the minimum wage and receive overtime pay starting in 2015. "Almost 2 million home care workers are doing critical work, providing services to people with disabilities and senior citizens who want to live in community settings and age in place in their familiar surroundings," said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. But when it comes to getting paid, they are "lumped...
September 15, 2013
Regarding the Sept. 13 front-page article " Gray vetoes wage bill, calling it ‘job-killer' ": D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) has it half right. The D.C. Council's living-wage bill would have killed the jobs that don't pay enough to live on. I suggest the mayor and council be paid minimum wage. William L. Akers , Windsor Mill, Md.