Class, race and music come together as the Bus Boys sing the Minimum Wage song from the kitchen of Carlos and Charlie's restaurant in 1979.
The American Prospect
San Francisco voters approved Proposition J. This will increase the minimum wage to $15 by July 2018.
Working Class Progress
A nationwide push for minimum wage ballot initiatives will not only give working people a much-needed raise, but will serve to bring out the young people, people of color and working-class voters the Democrats will need to win office. If Democrats offer a more robust economic plan, many of those ballot voters may stick with the party.
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In dollars and cents, the minimum wage has only gone up, but in purchasing power it's had its ups and downs. See when it went up and since when it's gone down.
Under the settlement, these workers, who were supported by the hospitality union Unite Here, also will receive preference in hiring at future Boston-area Hyatt hotels, although many said they would be reluctant to return to a Hyatt unless it is unionized. Nationwide, about a quarter of Hyatt hotels have a union presence, and Marc Ellin, senior vice president at Hyatt, said future Hyatts in Greater Boston “could involve union representation
Los Angeles Times
The New Yorker
Senator Orrin Hatch, in an earlier round of this century-long debate, told the Times, “Youth unemployment and black unemployment will drastically rise. It’s amazing to me that some black leaders want an increase in the minimum wage.” African-Americans and young adults are evidently consulting oracles different from Hatch’s. Both groups support raising the minimum wage to even higher rates than do Americans as a whole.