PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Pennsylvania’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage is the lowest in the Northeast, but the prospects for increasing it appear slim. While Gov. Tom Wolf ran for election in 2014 promising to raise it to $10.10 an hour and now wants to increase it to $12, “minimum wage doesn’t seem to be moving in the General Assembly,”…
LANSING, Mich.—Michigan election officials will review petitions to put a measure repealing the state’s prevailing-wage law on the ballot after opponents said a random sample had more than one-third invalid signatures.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—More than 500 people marched to Memphis City Hall Feb. 12 to demand a $15-an-hour minimum, taking the same route city sanitation workers did when they launched their historic strike on Feb. 12, 1968.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.—Teachers in four West Virginia counties went on strike Feb. 16 to demand better pay and protest the state’s plans to increase their health-insurance costs. The one-day walkout closed schools in Cabell County—which includes Huntington, the state’s second-largest city—and the neighboring Wayne, Mason, and Lincoln counties.
HARTFORD, Conn.—Finally given a chance to speak before the state’s “competitiveness commission” Feb. 9, Connecticut labor leaders said that strengthening unions and closing tax loopholes for the rich would benefit the state’s economy.
SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas—Teachers from Section 40 of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Union of Education Workers) blocked highways at three places in Mexico’s southernmost state Feb. 8 to demand the rebuilding of classrooms damaged in last September’s earthquake and pay for teachers and other workers hired in the…
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—A Florida state legislator has introduced a bill that would repeal a provision in a 2003 workers’ compensation law that makes it a crime to use false identification when filing a claim. The measure would limit fraud charges to people who lie about their injuries or their eligibility for benefits.
McKEESPORT, Pa.—Nurses at UPMC McKeesport Hospital near Pittsburgh have voted to keep the Service Employees International Union as their
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Indiana’s 2015 repeal of its “common construction wage” law cut building-trades workers’ pay while failing to reduce public-works projects’ costs, according to a study done by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute for the Times of Northwest Indiana.
SEATTLE, Wash.—A proposal by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Service Employees International Union Local 775 President David Rolf, and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer to create portable benefits for gig-economy workers has drawn skepticism from other unions, who suspect it’s a subterfuge to buttress defining workers as “independent contractors.”