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The unfinished march toward a decent minimum wage

Sylvia Allegretto, Economist, Co-Chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics | August 26, 2013

It was fifty years ago the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place. The demand for a higher minimum wage was part of a package of demands seeking economic justice for workers through government intervention in the labor market. At that time, the wage floor was $1.15 and marchers were demanding a raise … Continue reading »

This labor day … waiting for change

Sylvia Allegretto, Economist, Co-Chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics | August 31, 2012

Did you know that the federal sub-minimum wage received by tipped workers has been $2.13 per hour for the past 22 years? No joke, it has been and it is way past due for a change. The figure shows the inflation adjusted value of the regular federal minimum wage along with the sub-minimum wage received … Continue reading »