Skeptics Said $15 Minimum Wage Movement Was Unrealistic — 60 Million People Are Now S

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THE PUNDITS said it would never happen. But both California and New York on Monday implemented legislation that moves them toward a tiered minimum wage of $15 an hour, covering 60 million Americans.

The hikes come as a direct result of organizing by thousands of people in the union-backed “Fight for 15” movement that kicked off in 2012 — organizing that was quickly decried by pundits and opponents as unrealistic and unlikely to ever succeed.

The Fight for 15 movement began when several hundred fast-food workers in New York City went on a brief strike to call for higher wages; by the next year, this movement had spread to dozens of cities, with workers going on miniature strikes and protest marches to call for a $15 an hour wage.

This innovative tactic — organizing workers with no union representation to go on flash strikes to call attention to their meager wages — raised eyebrows among many in the pundit class who attempted to downplay its power.

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None of this is to say that these skeptics were completely wrong. The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour. Most fast-food workers still earn pitifully low wages, far below the ambitious new levels set by California and New York. But it does show that by aiming high, the Fight for 15 movement accomplished much more than its skeptics and detractors — who dismissed it out of hand — ever predicted.

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/05...c-60-million-people-are-now-slated-to-get-it/
 

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THE PUNDITS said it would never happen. But both California and New York on Monday implemented legislation that moves them toward a tiered minimum wage of $15 an hour, covering 60 million Americans.

The hikes come as a direct result of organizing by thousands of people in the union-backed “Fight for 15” movement that kicked off in 2012 — organizing that was quickly decried by pundits and opponents as unrealistic and unlikely to ever succeed.

The Fight for 15 movement began when several hundred fast-food workers in New York City went on a brief strike to call for higher wages; by the next year, this movement had spread to dozens of cities, with workers going on miniature strikes and protest marches to call for a $15 an hour wage.

This innovative tactic — organizing workers with no union representation to go on flash strikes to call attention to their meager wages — raised eyebrows among many in the pundit class who attempted to downplay its power.

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None of this is to say that these skeptics were completely wrong. The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour. Most fast-food workers still earn pitifully low wages, far below the ambitious new levels set by California and New York. But it does show that by aiming high, the Fight for 15 movement accomplished much more than its skeptics and detractors — who dismissed it out of hand — ever predicted.

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/05...c-60-million-people-are-now-slated-to-get-it/
now lets see what happens to small business as this transitions..

I think we will see more and more make the a new minimum wage in NY, $0.00/hour.


Forbes Welcome

Seattles unemployment rate has increased ~30% since the new wage law went into effect.

https://ycharts.com/indicators/seattle_wa_unemployment_rate
 
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Considering $15.00 per hour is actually less per hour, than where it was decades ago --when you consider the value of the dollar -- I think you need to stop your whining. Especially if you're not an employer in New York or California.

Now if we could just get to universal health care to get the monkey off the back of businesses, I and others would hire.
 
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now lets see what happens to small business as this transitions..

I think we will see more and more make the a new minimum wage in NY, $0.00/hour.


Forbes Welcome

Seattles unemployment rate has increased ~30% since the new wage law went into effect.

https://ycharts.com/indicators/seattle_wa_unemployment_rate
Boy when you actually do post a link it's obvious you don't even read it. As per your last link.

Seattle, WA Unemployment Rate is at 4.40%, compared to 4.70% last month and 4.30% last year. This is lower than the long term average of 5.53%.

Category: Employment
Region: N/A
Report: Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
 
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Boy when you actually do post a link it's obvious you don't even read it. As per your last link.

Seattle, WA Unemployment Rate is at 4.40%, compared to 4.70% last month and 4.30% last year. This is lower than the long term average of 5.53%.

Category: Employment
Region: N/A
Report: Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
My fellow Tennessean<sigh>
 

TNVolunteer73

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people do you not understand trends, Pre minimum wage increase Seattle was on the downward trend in unemployment.

Since the change, unemployment rate has increased 33%.. (that is a loss of ~23,000 jobs in Seattle) since the increase.

that means that 23,000 people that had jobs last year have a brand spaking new minimum wage.. $0.00/hour.

outside seattle WA state unemployment has remained on a downward trend.
 
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If
Tennessee raised their minimum wage could we get our unemployment rate the same as Seattle's? 4.30%. Since Tennessee's is 6.0%
 
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people do you not understand trends, Pre minimum wage increase Seattle was on the downward trend in unemployment.

Since the change, unemployment rate has increased 33%.. (that is a loss of ~23,000 jobs in Seattle) since the increase.

that means that 23,000 people that had jobs last year have a brand spaking new minimum wage.. $0.00/hour.

outside seattle WA state unemployment has remained on a downward trend.
God I sure hope you never have to work with numbers...
 

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If
Tennessee raised their minimum wage could we get our unemployment rate the same as Seattle's? 4.30%. Since Tennessee's is 6.0%
There is an incredibly incremental list of reasons to NOT have a job, in Nashville, right now. (OR, the surrounding communities.....)

Memphis? Hell, most Tennesseans would like to give Arkansas, Memphis........
 

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