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Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states already have taken action—Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious—Washington, D.C., and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00.

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If Walmart Paid Its Workers a Living Wage So They Wouldn't Need Food Stamps, How Much More Would It Cost Customers? (You'll Be Surprised)

Photo via Ryan R. Berdel Instagram (@nanokarbon)

Companies like Walmart often claim they can't afford to raise employee salaries because it would cause them to raise prices, which would hurt customers, decrease sales and then hurt the very employees whose salaries they raised, leading to layoffs and less hours. Ignoring the fact that they could easily absorb any such cost increases by slightly slimming down their billions of dollars of profits, the math just doesn't add up (watch the video after the jump).

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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New Jersey's Hudson County to Make Living Wage a Lasting Wage

New Jersey's Hudson County to Make Living Wage a Lasting Wage

The first of its kind in the Garden State, Hudson County, N.J., passed an ordinance that will index the county's living wage to inflation. The Freeholder Board unanimously approved the measure, as expected, which will make the current wage of $10.88 go up to $11.13 per hour when it goes into effect.

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In the States Roundup

Photo courtesy VOCAL-NY

Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states over the past week.

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Check Out This County in New Jersey Making Strides for Living Wages

Raising wages. It's the topic we're all talking about, and one county in New Jersey is walking the walk. 

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Obama Will Use Executive Order to Boost Federal Contract Workers Pay to $10.10

Obama Will Use Executive Order to Boost Federal Contract Workers Pay to $10.10

President Barack Obama announced today that he will issue an executive order requiring that federal contractors pay workers at least $10.10 an hour. But the raises will not come immediately for the several hundred thousand food service, cleaning and other workers employed by federal contractors around the nation. The new $10.10 wage will be required for all new or renewed federal contracts.

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Mondays with ALEC: How ALEC Cuts Your Paycheck

Mondays with ALEC: How ALEC Cuts Your Paycheck

In the first of a regular Monday series, StandUpToALEC.org is highlighting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its agenda on wages and income inequality. ALEC pursues an extreme corporate agenda in state legislators, directly attacking the rights of working families. In the recent decades the organization has been operating, they have had a lot of successes in rolling back the rights of Americans on a variety of issues. In the past few years, though, broad efforts have been made to push back against the ALEC agenda and while there have been a lot of victories, more work needs to be done. Raising awareness about the organization is a big part of that, and Mondays with ALEC is an effort toward that goal.

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Pentagon Contract Workers Strike for Living Wage

Photo by gregwest98/Flickr

A group of Pentagon workers employed by federal contractors at low wages to operate concessions and clean federal buildings are the latest federal contract workers to walk off the job and urge President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to establish a living wage requirement for contractors that do business with the government.

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Will Seattle Join SeaTac With a $15 Minimum Wage?

Photo courtesy All Night Images

As previously reported, SeaTac, a small town outside of Seattle, voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour on Nov. 5. The victory was confirmed Tuesday after a recount and will go into effect after a corporate-backed lawsuit over the wage is resolved. Now working family activists in Washington State are hoping to ride the success of the SeaTac vote to Seattle, and they've found support from the mayor and the majority of City Council members.

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