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The Low-Wage Worker

I have worked a lot of minimum wage jobs in my life.

In the past few years, I have been a barista at Barnes and Noble Cafe, a cashier at Walmart (twice – two different stores), a camp counselor at two different camps, a sandwich maker at Subway, a server at Tim Horton’s, a sales associate at Macy’s, a child care worker at a day care center, a babysitter, and, with a slightly-higher hourly wage, a teacher’s assistant and a substitute teacher’s assistant. 987 more words

Hawaii ban on noncompetes leaves out a huge chunk of workers

The debate over noncompete agreements—the fine print in employment contracts that keeps employees from working for competitors in their next job—has largely focused on the tech industry. 748 more words


Fired after joining strike, four janitors suspect retaliation

Four janitors with 8 years of experience cleaning car dealerships in Wayzata were fired June 9, the same day they joined a Twin Cities-wide strike… 454 more words

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Oregon House Speaker Unveils $13 Minimum Wage Proposal

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — House Speaker Tina Kotek is unveiling a proposal to gradually raise Oregon’s statewide minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018. 121 more words


Victory in Los Angeles buoys hopes of local 15 Now supporters

Workers taking collective action and communities organizing for political change form the groundwork of 15 Now, panelists said Wednesday during a forum on the nationwide movement to raise wages. 513 more words

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Janitors set new strike deadline, accuse cleaning contractor of wage theft

Janitors who clean big-box and department stores in the Twin Cities announced two key developments in their campaign for better wages and working conditions today, setting a new strike deadline and filing a class-action lawsuit to recoup wages allegedly lost to wage theft. 547 more words

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