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WNYC News

Adjuncts and Other Workers Join Fast Food Movement for $15 Wage

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Organizers used Tax Day to expand their campaign for a higher minimum wage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can Business Owners Handle Paying $13 an Hour?

Friday, March 06, 2015

After Mayor de Blasio pleaded with business owners yesterday to voluntarily pay employees $13/hour, we heard from local business owners about whether they could make that happen.

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WNYC News

Workers Win Court Cases, But Can’t Recover Stolen Wages

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A new report finds that New York workers are owed more than $125 million in unpaid wages.

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The Takeaway

Half a Million Walmart Workers Finally Get a Raise

Friday, February 20, 2015

America's biggest private employer announced this week that nearly half its workforce is getting a raise. Walmart's wage increases tell us a lot about the health of the economy.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Uses Holiday Weekend To Unveil More of His Anti-Poverty Agenda

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ahead of his budget address, Governor Cuomo is taking key proposals for a test drive.

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The Takeaway

New Year, More Pay

Monday, January 05, 2015

On New Year's Day, 20 states and Washington, D.C. increased the minimum wage, and Alaska will follow suit in February. What does this mean for workers?

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Money Talking

With Republicans in Control, What's Next for the Economy?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Republican wins this week might lead to more cooperation on key economic issues. 

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The Takeaway

Voters Gave Themselves a Pay Hike

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Working class Americans secured large victories during the 2014 midterms, with four red state Republican strongholds voting to raise the state minimum wages over the next few years.

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WNYC News

JFK Skycaps Settle Wage Case for Nearly $1 Million

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that Alstate Maintenance will pay out to nearly 40 skycaps, as well as raise employees' pay to $9 an hour.

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Money Talking

Four Business Issues Congress Could Tackle This Fall

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tax inversions. Infrastructure. Immigration. The minimum wage. When the summer recess ends, what will Congress do about these business-related issues?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Negative Take on Affirmative Action

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Conservative Jason Riley thinks that affirmative action is “social engineering” with good intentions and harmful consequences – and that African Americans need to “stand on their own” for change to occur.

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The Takeaway

Modern Slavery? Domestic Workers Fight For Fairness

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Labor laws of 18 states exclude home care workers from their state minimum wage laws. As the number of domestic care workers increases nationwide, the number of people working these jobs, without fair pay or protections, is only increasing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Cuomo's WFP Endorsement Means for Abortion Rights and the Minimum Wage

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Following Gov. Cuomo's endorsement by the Working Families Party, we take a closer look at two issues where they've disagreed in the past. Catherine Lederer-Plaskett, president of Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion, discusses Cuomo's Working Families Party endorsement and what it means for abortion rights in New York State. Paul Sonn, general counsel with the National Employment Law Project, discusses the minimum wage.

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The Takeaway

Seattle Experiments With $15 Minimum Wage

Monday, June 02, 2014

Seattle is set to make history today as the first city to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure is expected to pass city council, but implementing it will be a more complicated process.

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The Takeaway

Raising Minimum Wage is Hard — Enforcing it May Be Harder

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wage theft is rampant in low wage industries. While workers in cities around the U.S. are demanding a higher minimum wage, some say we should be focusing on enforcing the minimum wage we have.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Struggle: Covert War, Minimum Wage, Isolation and Exile

Monday, May 05, 2014

On today’s show: We’ll look into the history of covert operations, stretching all the way back to the Truman Administration. George Prochnik traces the life of Stefan Zweig, and tells us why this major literary star of the 1930s killed himself in 1942. Our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America series continues with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on the economics of being poor and whether raising the minimum wage can actually help workers get out of poverty. And Mona Simpson talks about her latest novel, Casebook.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Minimum Wage and the Economics of Poverty

Monday, May 05, 2014

For our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, Robert Reich discusses the economics of poverty, the debate over raising the minimum wage, and how the recession has affected the poorest Americans. He’ll also talk about how growing income inequality is connected to poverty, and a recent report that the American middle class is no longer the wealthiest middle class in the world and what that change means. Professor Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies and was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. He has written 13 books—his latest is Beyond Outrage—and the film "Inequality for All."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Lobbying Behind the Minimum Wage

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called for a hike in the minimum wage. Now the lobbying efforts - for and against - are underway. Eric Lipton, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, discusses his reporting on a few key groups trying to win the public relations battle.

 

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WNYC News

Minimum Wage Workers Get Pay Raise

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A pay raise for the lowest-paid workers in New York and New Jersety

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Minimum Wage Changes

Monday, December 23, 2013

Minimum wages are going up by nearly a dollar in New York and New Jersey on January 1. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC News, reviews the details and explains who's exempt and who's eligible for a higher "living wage.”

 

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