minimum wage http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-faces-surprising-struggle-raise-minimum-wage <p class="p1">U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin knows firsthand the difficulty in getting a minimum wage increase passed through a legislative body.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Democrat was unsuccessful in getting the U.S. Senate to increase the federal minimum wage this year. Even <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/us/politics/senate-minimum-wage-bill.html?_r=0" target="_blank">if Senate Republicans hadn’t filibustered that effort,</a> it would likely have gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled House.</span></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:24:57 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37753 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage The Winners and Losers Of Raising The Minimum Wage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/winners-and-losers-raising-minimum-wage <p></p><p>After the city of Seattle voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour earlier this month, the discussion over the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage continues to heat up. In Missouri, the minimum wage is $7.50 an hour, 25 cents higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.</p><p>Most can agree there will be winners and losers if a wage increase happens in Missouri, but who the losers would be and the overall effect on the economy still remain up for debate.</p><p>Lindenwood University economist Howard Wall is against raising the minimum wage.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 23:13:01 +0000 Kyle Jacoby 36848 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Winners and Losers Of Raising The Minimum Wage St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join The Global Strike For $15 An Hour http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-fast-food-workers-join-global-strike-15-hour <p></p><p></p><p>Fast food workers around the globe and in St. Louis went on strike Thursday. Workers, wearing black T-shirts that say "Show Me $15," rallied in front of a Wendy's in south St. Louis. The workers are asking for $15 an hour, about double what many workers currently receive.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:41:17 +0000 Jess Jiang 36178 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join The Global Strike For $15 An Hour Pi Pizzeria Owner Won't Wait On Congress To Raise His Minimum Wage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pi-pizzeria-owner-wont-wait-congress-raise-his-minimum-wage <p>Chris Sommers is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the minimum wage.&nbsp;</p><p>Sommers is the owner of six Pi Pizzerias restaurants and Gringo in the Central West End. Instead of waiting for Congress or the Missouri General Assembly to act, he’s heeding President Barack Obama’s call for business owners to voluntarily raise the minimum wage his employees.</p><p>Starting on April 1, everybody who works at one of Sommers’ restaurants will make at least $10.10 an hour. It’s a move Sommers said will help entry-level workers make a decent living.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:50:47 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34575 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pi Pizzeria Owner Won't Wait On Congress To Raise His Minimum Wage Group Presents Minimum Wage Petitions To Sen. Blunt's Office http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/group-presents-minimum-wage-petitions-sen-blunts-office <p>Raising the minimum wage would be a big help for people like&nbsp;Shnette Hooker, an employee at a McDonald’s in Spanish Lake. Hooker said, it would allow people “to save a little money,” “take care of their kids” and “get off the assistance that everybody is on.”&nbsp;</p><p>But more than just that, Hooker said boosting the minimum wage is a matter of fairness.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:51:24 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34535 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Group Presents Minimum Wage Petitions To Sen. Blunt's Office Jefferson Cowie On Economic Inequality, Organized Labor And The Working Class http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/jefferson-cowie-economic-inequality-organized-labor-and-working-class <p>Jefferson Cowie is a professor in Cornell University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations teaching courses in labor relations, law and history.&nbsp; His most recent book, <em>Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class</em> served as inspiration for Rebecca Gilman’s play, “Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976” which is now playing at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.&nbsp; While Cowie was in St. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:43:40 +0000 Mary Edwards 34494 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Jefferson Cowie On Economic Inequality, Organized Labor And The Working Class Commentary: Working Women Explain Much Of The Change Since 1960 In Income Distribution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-working-women-explain-much-change-1960-income-distribution <p>Income inequality in the United States is a hot-button political issue in this mid-term election year. Advocates for substantial increases in the minimum wage, for instance, believe that imposing higher wages on employers will reduce poverty and lessen income inequality. The evidence just does not justify this claim. Workers who remain employed after the increase are made better off on the backs of those workers who face reduced hours or unemployment following government-mandated wage hikes.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 03:42:19 +0000 R.W. Hafer 34127 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Working Women Explain Much Of The Change Since 1960 In Income Distribution Despite National Focus, Missouri Minimum Wage Vote Faces Murky Future http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/despite-national-focus-missouri-minimum-wage-vote-faces-murky-future <p>President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/28/president-barack-obamas-state-union-address">sent a message during his State of the Union address</a> to every mayor, governor and state legislator who want to increase the minimum wage: Don't wait on Congress, Americans will support more local government initiatives.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:34:46 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33879 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Despite National Focus, Missouri Minimum Wage Vote Faces Murky Future Commentary: Of Vitamins and Wage Hikes, Evaluating Stimulants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-vitamins-and-wage-hikes-evaluating-stimulants <p>Epistemology is the study of knowledge. The dictionary defines it as “that department of philosophy which investigates critically the nature, grounds, limits, and criteria, or validity, of human knowledge; Theory of cognition.” Woody Allen once called it the intellectual discipline that asks the question, “can we know what we know and if not, how do we know that?”</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:56:25 +0000 M.W. Guzy 33840 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Of Vitamins and Wage Hikes, Evaluating Stimulants Commentary: The ‘Frugal Comfort’ Of Minimum Wage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-frugal-comfort-minimum-wage <p><em>A push is going on to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage. While some increase may be justified, that would make it more than a safety net.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The Churchillian observation raises an interesting question: why should the queen concern herself with the minimum wage? After all, she’s always been rather well compensated for her labors, whatever those may be.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:47:34 +0000 M. W. Guzy 32155 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: The ‘Frugal Comfort’ Of Minimum Wage