Archiv: (minimum) wages


30.11.2019 - 20:02 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Walmart made $9.86 billion last year. Surely, they can afford to pay employees working over the long Thanksgiving weekend extra. America doesn’t suffer from scarcity — we suffer from greed.

27.11.2019 - 10:48 [ theGuardian.com ]

Germany is damaging the European economy. The answer? Raise German wages

Increasing wages increases consumption. Because 22% of consumption is imported in Germany – and because increasing wages doesn’t increase exports: if anything, the opposite – Germans having more money in their pockets will lead to them buying more foreign goods, reducing the current account surplus.

This won’t be easy to execute. There is a deep bipartisan consensus in Germany to maintain the status quo.

16.11.2019 - 19:37 [ HuffingtonPost.co.uk ]

UK Minimum Wage To Be Hiked By Boris Johnson In Bid To Woo Low Paid Workers

(01.10.2019)

The national minimum wage is set to be increased in a new move to give the low-paid a post-Brexit boost, chancellor Sajid Javid has revealed.

In yet another signal that a snap election is looming, Javid told the Conservative party conference that he planned to hike the current rate of £8.21 an hour to £10.50 an hour within five years.

Crucially, the increase would also apply to over-21s and not just over-25s,

16.11.2019 - 19:34 [ theConversation.com ]

UK election 2019 could deliver the country’s first real living wage

In a less familiar but no less noisy competition, both main parties are trying to persuade voters that they are committed to raising living standards by promising a significant rise to the minimum wage. We could well see a transformative assault on low pay in the UK.

As recently as 2015, the hourly national minimum wage was just £6.50. Today, for over-25s, it is £8.21.

30.09.2019 - 22:07 [ Washington Post ]

Bernie Sanders pushes new tax targeting large companies where CEOs earn far more than workers

Under Sanders’s plan, the government would increase a firm’s corporate tax rate if its highest-paid employee earns more than 50 times what its average worker does — an attempt to encourage companies to distribute their profits more equitably.

The plan would apply only to companies with more than $100 million in annual revenue.

14.09.2019 - 22:19 [ theGazette.com ]

For Tulsi Gabbard, ‚wasteful‘ foreign policy at root of all other issues

“Every time your local city council member, your state representative, your member of Congress tells you there’s not enough money to make sure we have clean water, there’s not enough money to have quality health care for all … there’s just not enough money to make sure our kids have the tools they need to get the best education possible,” that’s the cost of current foreign policy, said Gabbard, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

In the 18 years since Sept. 11, 2001, taxpayers have spent $6 trillion for the War on Terror, she said. The bill continues to go up at a rate of $4 billion a month for the war in Afghanistan.

14.08.2019 - 03:39 [ Common Dreams ]

„We Won’t Back Down“: Over 50 Catering Workers Arrested at American Airlines HQ in Protest Against Poverty Wages

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, applauded the catering workers for standing up and „challenging corporate greed“ in a tweet on Tuesday.

„In recent years American Airlines has made billions in profits,“ said Sanders. „It is unconscionable that their workers cannot afford good healthcare or get reliable raises.“

In an act of civil disobedience, workers sat down and blocked the road leading to American Airlines‘ HQ:

26.07.2019 - 18:34 [ Bloomberg ]

Draghi Shouts Louder at Germany as ECB Prepares Stimulus

(25.07.2019)

Yet Germany, which has a budget surplus and which can borrow money at sub-zero rates, doesn’t see the problem even as its own manufacturing sector contracts. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, minutes before Draghi’s press conference, that he has no plans to loosen the country’s purse strings because it’s not “necessary or wise to act as if we were in a crisis.”

23.07.2019 - 18:09 [ NowThis / Twitter ]

.@AOC proudly recalled watching her mom clean houses as a kid as she announced support for a domestic workers‘ bill of rights

19.07.2019 - 13:33 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

There’s nothing „extreme“ about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. What’s extreme is paying workers starvation wages while CEO pay and corporate profits skyrocket. @senatemajldr stop blocking a raise for millions of Americans!

18.07.2019 - 15:23 [ CNN ]

A $15 minimum wage started as a slogan. This week, it’s set to pass the House

(15.07.2019)

Nearly seven years ago, a week after Black Friday, a few dozen workers walked off their New York City fast food jobs to demonstrate for higher pay. The median wage for fast food workers was $9 an hour, CNN reported at the time. The demand that would soon emerge as the movement’s rallying cry — $15 and a union — seemed hopelessly ambitious, like a wild-eyed opening bid.
This week, the House of Representatives will vote on the Raise the Wage Act,

14.07.2019 - 19:23 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

This is why we are going to defeat Trump: Working people are sick and tired of working more for less. They’re tired of 3 people owning more wealth than the bottom half. They’re tired of not being able to afford health care.

13.06.2019 - 09:24 [ USA Today ]

2020 Democrats shy from ’socialist‘ label. Not Bernie Sanders

Touting his „democratic socialism“ approach to politics as the best way to address income inequality, the U.S. senator from Vermont sought to rebrand the controversial term during a high-profile address – even as some within his party worry that a leftward lurch could hurt Democrats in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin next year.

13.06.2019 - 08:21 [ Josh Fox, Oscar-nominated director of GASLAND / Twitter ]

This is the speech I’ve been waiting to hear all my life. Thank you @BernieSanders for standing up for economic equality for all Americans!

13.06.2019 - 08:15 [ New York Times ]

Bernie Sanders Calls His Brand of Socialism a Pathway to Beating Trump

Mr. Trump has repeatedly called Mr. Sanders “crazy” and extrapolated the socialist label to all Democrats. He and other Republicans have seized on proposals like “Medicare for all” to portray Democrats as far out of the mainstream, signaling clearly that it will be a major line of attack in the general election.

Speaking in a small theater on the campus of George Washington University, Mr. Sanders struck back at these negative characterizations.

13.06.2019 - 08:08 [ CNN ]

Bernie Sanders makes the case for democratic socialism as Trump attacks and moderate Democrats worry

President Donald Trump is attacking it. Moderate Democratic candidates are warning against it, too. But in a speech Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders leaned in to his democratic socialist vision, casting his policies as the „unfinished business“ of the New Deal era, and argued that the nation must embrace his politics in order to defeat rising global authoritarianism.

10.06.2019 - 10:22 [ Common Dreams ]

As Democratic Candidates Gather in Iowa, Sanders Marches Alongside McDonald’s Workers to Demand $15 Minimum Wage

Rallying McDonald’s workers in the same way he worked alongside Disney and Amazon employees in their fight for fair wages and union representation, Sen. Bernie Sanders marched alongside workers at a rally Sunday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

08.06.2019 - 14:22 [ Washington Post ]

Bernie Sanders backs 2 policies to dramatically shift corporate power to U.S. workers

Sanders said his campaign is working on a plan to require large businesses to regularly contribute a portion of their stocks to a fund controlled by employees, which would pay out a regular dividend to the workers. Some models of this fund increase employees’ ownership stake in the company, making the workers a powerful voting shareholder. The idea is in its formative stages and a spokesman did not share further details.

Sanders also said he will introduce a plan to force corporations to give workers a share of the seats on their boards of directors.

07.06.2019 - 05:58 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

The Waltons of @Walmart are the richest family in America, worth $171 billion. They own more wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans. Since 1982, the Walton family has seen its net worth increase by about 10,000%. They must pay their workers a living wage. #BernieAtWalmart

(05.06.2019)

07.06.2019 - 05:52 [ CNN ]

Bernie Sanders confronts Walmart executives at meeting

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders went to Walmart’s shareholder meeting in Arkansas to push the company to include workers on the company’s board and pay workers at least $15 an hour. CNN’s Ryan Nobles reports on Sanders‘ crusade against Walmart.

05.06.2019 - 05:33 [ commondreams.org ]

Sanders Hands Over His Social Media Accounts to Walmart Workers Ahead of Attending Annual Meeting to Advocate for Employees

Sen. Bernie Sanders turned over his social media accounts to Walmart workers on Tuesday—one day before the Democratic presidential candidate is set to attend the retail giant’s annual meeting, at the invitation of some employees, to advocate for higher wages and introduce a shareholder’s proposal that aims to ensure hourly workers are represented on the company’s board.

Sanders is a longtime supporter of expanding labor rights and critic of Walmart.

18.04.2019 - 15:43 [ Bernie Sanders, US Senator / Twitter ]

Some politicians still say a $15 minimum wage is „too radical.“ Here’s what’s radical: in the wealthiest country in the world 40 million people live in poverty and 40% of our people can’t afford basic needs. That’s unacceptable, and it’s why we must guarantee a living wage.

28.03.2019 - 04:12 [ The Left in the European Parliament / Twitter ]

Labour rights: The EU-Japan free trade deal #JEFTA aims to intensify competition in sectors such as car manufacturing & is likely to put downward pressure on job conditions & wages. The same problem is expected from JEFTA

(11.5.2018)

30.08.2018 - 08:44 [ CNBC ]

Amazon, in a rare political response, calls Bernie Sanders‘ claims of poor worker conditions ‚inaccurate and misleading‘

Sanders has been dinging Amazon on Twitter and in public statements for months, claiming the company doesn’t pay its lower-level employees a fair wage.
It’s a rare public response for Amazon. It has been largely silent amid repeated public attacks by President Donald Trump on the company and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.

15.06.2018 - 12:34 [ Splinternews.com ]

Washington Post Staffers Ask Richest Man in the World to Pay Them Fairly

On Thursday, about 400 staffers at the Washington Post signed an open letter to their newspaper’s owner, Jeff Bezos, politely suggesting that he’s being a cheapskate in their union’s ongoing contract negotiations.

17.05.2018 - 15:39 [ (EPI) Economic Policy Institute ]

Uber and the labor market

(15.May) The findings reinforce our skepticism that Uber, and “gig work” more broadly, represent the “future of work.” Our results indicate that Uber drivers earn low wages and compensation and the total hours and compensation in the gig economy represent a very small share of total hours and compensation in the overall economy. These findings—and the fact that many Uber and other workers who provide personal services via a digital platform do so on a part-time basis primarily as a way to earn supplementary income—argue for a change in perspective.