Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
LA restaurants push for tips to count toward minimum wageLA restaurants push for tips to count toward minimum wage
The battle over boosting the minimum wage in Los Angeles has turned to the dollar bills tucked under an empty coffee cup, the spare change dropped into tip jars and the hasty calculations jotted down on meal tabs.
How I Live on a Burger King Salary
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Three studies of L.A. minimum wage boosts reach different conclusions
Would boosting L.A.'s minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25 an hour pump up the city's economy — or deflate it?
Economists hired by business and labor groups and the city released competing studies Thursday on what would happen if Los Angeles boosted pay for hundreds of thousands of workers. The new analyses mark the latest step in a pitched debate over how or whether the city should increase the minimum wage as part of a national push to reduce poverty and economic inequality.
L.A. County supervisors vote 5-0 to study raising the minimum wage
The supervisors agreed to weigh the impact of not only requiring a higher baseline pay for their roughly 100,000 employees — the largest local government workforce in the United States — but also for county contractors and businesses in those unincorporated areas.
McDonald's is giving 90,000 workers raises and vacation time
The raise, which goes into effect July 1, applies to part-time and full-time employees who work at McDonald’s restaurants owned by the company but not its franchises, which make up nearly 90% of its U.S. stores. The change will affect about 90,000 of the restaurant’s estimated 750,000-person workforce.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
As Job Rate Rises, Older Workers Are Often Left Behind
The Health Care Wager
A surge in spending on health care is translating into well-paying jobs, but opportunities are only available to those willing to put in the time and money to retrain.
Raise the minimum wage, but don't forget about the cost of housing
Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think
In a candid conversation with Frank Rich last fall, Chris Rock said, "Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets." The findings of three studies, published over the last several years in Perspectives on Psychological Science, suggest that Rock is right. We have no idea how unequal our society has become
Friday, March 20, 2015
Inland Empire: Next 'big dog' in California economy?Inland Empire: Next 'big dog' in California economy?