Minimum Wage


Prisoners at War

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Guide to Ballot Questions: Gambling, Minimum Wage, More. Plus: Ice Cream!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Today’s program is all about direct democracy for tomorrow’s election day in our area. Milly Silva, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of New Jersey, and Thomas Bracken of NJ’s Chamber of Commerce, debate the proposed minimum wage hike in the state. Then, a look at a proposal to raise the mandatory retirement age for certain judges; the question of expanding casino gambling in New York State; land swaps in the Adirondacks; and what creates these constitutional issues in the first place? Plus: the story of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream and their work in Rwanda.

→ WNYC Newsroom's Guide to the NY Ballot Initiatives

The Brian Lehrer Show

Weiner Voters; Race and Age; Economic Mobility

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

McDonald’s released a sample living expenses budget for its low-wage workers. We’ll take your calls on how you live or have lived with a minimum wage income, and hear advice from Deyanira Del Rio of the New Economy Project (formerly NEDAP). Then, the details of a study on economic mobility in the United States. Plus: Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson on the race; and an hour of open phones – this week on race in America.

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Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US: Should We Abolish the Minimum Wage?

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820

The first attempt at establishing a national minimum wage, a part of 1933’s sweeping National Industrial Recovery Act, was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1935. But in 1938, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law a minimum hourly wage of 25 cents—$4.07 in today’s dollars. Three-quarters of a century later, we are still debating the merits of this cornerstone of the New Deal. Do we need government to ensure a decent paycheck, or would low-wage workers and the economy be better off without its intervention?



NY Minimum Wage Bill Stalls in State Senate

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The New York State Assembly on Tuesday approved a measure to increase New York’s minimum wage, but the measure is facing resistance in the State Senate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Minimum Rage: The Service Industry Today

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nona Willis Aronowitz, associate editor at GOOD Magazine, discusses her piece on how many young people with advanced degrees can only find service jobs, and what it means for our economy.

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The Takeaway

Workers Take Low-Paying Jobs As Unemployment Increases

Friday, June 24, 2011

How little would you work for? With unemployment here in the U-S hovering at 9.1 percent, and the global economy no better off, the folks at The Daily Beast conducted a social experiment to find out just how little money people would accept in order to do some of the most mundane jobs. How about, for example, listening to an hour of someone read Richard Nixon's old Checkers speech ... and having to count unusual words like 'quintuplet' and 'pathological'? Tom Weber, managing editor and writer at Newsweek and The Daily Beast,  joins us now.

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Boosting Driver Pay Would Help Bolster Bus Safety, Says Union Chief

Monday, March 28, 2011


One way to improve safety on budget buses is to give drivers better pay, said one union president.