Saturday, October 16, 2021

Play

Community college students in California are encouraged to examine their options; plus a Boeing 737 Max test pilot was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators.

Play

Environmentalists have high hopes for President Biden at an upcoming climate summit, a bipartisan panel cautions against court packing, and a Trump ally is held in contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena.

Play

A rebuttal is leveled over a broad-brush rural-schools story; Black residents in Alabama's Uniontown worry a promised wastewater fix may fizzle; cattle ranchers rally for fairness; and the worms are running in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Virginia Launches Living Wage Program on Labor Day

Play

Monday, September 2, 2019   

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia business owners on Labor Day are being urged to offer a living wage to all of their employees.

The Living Wage Coalition of Central Virginia launches its campaign Monday to encourage employers in Charlottesville to pay workers at least $15 an hour.

Kim Crater, an organizer with the coalition, says the Labor Day holiday celebrates the dignity of workers, who she says can't survive on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

"If you're working full time you should be able to feed your family,” she states. “That's a ground floor of what's fair and that's currently not happening here in Charlottesville and many places."

Some economists and employers are opposed to raising the minimum wage, saying it would hurt profits and cause higher unemployment.

But raising the minimum wage likely won't slash jobs in low-income areas, according to a new study from the University of California at Berkeley.

Boosting salaries will also help reduce poverty by giving workers more money to spend and put back into the economy, the study says.

Crater says employers can benefit from the higher wage as well as workers. She explains that paying a larger hourly rate reduces employee turnover, which helps employers avoid the headache of having to constantly train new workers.

"Research also shows that employees that are paid better, just tend to have better morale and that shows in their work,” she points out. “They have better interactions with customers and they're just representing their employer more favorably."

Nearly all of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, back a $15 minimum wage.


get more stories like this via email

As of 2021, medical aid in dying is an option for terminally ill adults in 10 states and Washington, D.C. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new survey shows most New Yorkers approve of medical aid-in-dying legislation, and advocates for end-of-life autonomy said it is …


Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans across religious traditions have come together as one voice this week to speak out against capital punishment. Dozens of …

Social Issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Community college students in California are being encouraged to take a closer look at their education plans, to see if …


There are an estimated 42,000 farms in Arkansas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- New efforts are underway to help small-scale farms in Arkansas expand their business. The Food Conservancy, a northwest Arkansas …

Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A high percentage of rejected voter registrations in three of Ohio's biggest counties is raising some red flags. According to the …

Virginia's statewide election is Tues., Nov. 2, and polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

CORRECTION: The last day to request absentee ballots in Virginia is Fri., Oct. 22. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Oct…

Social Issues

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A special court panel is hosting public hearings this month, asking Minnesotans what new political maps should look like, and …

Social Issues

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas has some of the weakest gun laws in America, and gun-control advocates say the permissive attitude may be why a student …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021