Posts Tagged ‘minimum wage’

D.C. Council Passes Minimum Wage Hike

Move over, San Francisco. The District is about to have the highest hourly minimum wage rate in the country, after the D.C. Council voted unanimously in favor of a bill raising the wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016.
The bill, produced in concert with similar legislation in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, doesn't raise [...]

Tommy Wells, Minimum Wage Shopper

Living on the District's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour, Shemethia Butler says she can fit a $13.96 bag of chicken wings into her budget. Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells won't be joining her.
"I'm not sure if you can afford this chicken right now," Butler told Wells as they shopped together this afternoon at a Safeway in Southwest. Wells [...]

Reta Lewis Campaign Advertises Jobs Below Minimum Wage

Mayoral hopeful Reta Lewis has amassed an impressive campaign treasury for someone new to District politics. Still, she'll need to make every dollar count to make up for her lack of name recognition. What to do? Well, how about paying her workers below the minimum wage?
In an ad posted on lefty career listserv JobsThatAreLEFT, Lewis' campaign [...]

Morning Links

D.C. Council committee gives the OK to $11.50 minimum wage. [WAMU, Post]
Poll shows residents backing $12.50 wage. [LL]
Fire chief hires former Prince George's chief as his No. 2. [Times]
Office of Campaign Finance tells Paul Zukerberg to stop running for attorney general. [WAMU]
Audit gives fire department mixed review. [Post]
Marion Barry turkey giveaway set for this morning. [NBC 4]
New Supercans! [Post]

Minimum Wage Poll Finds Two-Thirds Backing $12.50 Wage

D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange's business and consumer affairs committee is about to take up legislation for an $11.50 minimum wage. Last, Vince Gray told councilmembers he would support a lower $10 hourly minimum wage not tied to a cost of living increase. But a new poll commissioned by a coalition backing a $12.50 minimum wage ballot initiative suggest [...]

Group Wants a Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative

Marijuana legalization might not be the only initiative on the ballot next November. A coalition of liberal groups will take to the steps of the Wilson Building tomorrow morning to announce plans to push for a ballot initiative on raising D.C.'s minimum wage.
The coalition, called D.C. Working Families, includes several labor unions and Large Retailer [...]

Morning Links

Vince Gray crashes Harry Reid's press conference, Reid tells him "Don't screw this up." [WAMU, LL, Post, Times]
Quick, while the feds are distracted, let's take back the parks. [Housing Complex]
City has "7 to 10" days left, according to Gray. [WBJ]
Phil Mendelson and officials from Montgomery and Prince George's County propose minimum wage increase to 2016 for $11.50. [Post]
The [...]

D.C. Council Fails to Override Veto of Living-Wage Bill

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson's attempt to win one more vote to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act looked doomed only a few minutes into At-Large Councilmember David Catania's speech. Even though he began by talking about his mother's union card, Catania eventually announced that he would vote against the bill.
If Catania [...]

Will D.C. Walmarts Get Higher Minimum Wage?

Fans of channel 13: set your clocks for tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
That's when a D.C. Council committee will take up a bill that would force big-box retailers like Walmart, Home Depot, and Target to pay workers a minimum wage of $11.75 an hour.That's $3 an hour more than the District-wide minimum wage of $8.25 [...]