President Biden and top Democrats are working to ensure that frustration over the exclusion of the minimum wage increase in the stimulus plan does not overshadow the success of the package.
A policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.
The $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill narrowly passed the House, but now must maneuver through a procedural and political thicket in the Senate.
Lawmakers have made an array of misleading claims about “Pelosi’s subway,” unauthorized immigrants receiving checks, school funding and the minimum wage as they debate the $1.9 trillion relief bill.
As the House prepared to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package as early as Friday night, Democrats were searching for a Plan B to raise the minimum wage.
The politics of a $15 minimum wage are increasingly muddled, but some Republicans are gravitating toward a higher base pay, citing the economic needs of working-class Americans.
In Georgia, low-wage service sector workers and their employers are wrestling with the details, and the morality, of a $15 minimum wage.
The parliamentarian ruled that the provision, which would gradually increase the wage to $15 an hour, violated the strict budgetary rules that limit what can be included in the package.
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The party’s ideological blend of moderates and progressives carried it to power in Washington, but elements of that coalition could block the most ambitious parts of President Biden’s agenda.
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He endorsed a compromise plan in the House limiting direct payments to high earners as part of his $1.9 trillion proposal, as Democratic leaders fought to salvage a plan for a $15-an-hour wage.
The Congressional Budget Office said raising the federal minimum wage to $15 would also increase the deficit, potentially helping the proposal’s prospects of being included in relief legislation.
How President Biden’s proposed stimulus package might affect women and families.
Biden’s Raise the Wage Act should ensure that tipped workers receive fair pay.
Biden can improve the lives of hundreds of thousands with a single executive order.
Democrats agreed to limit direct checks for high earners but rejected several Republican amendments to a budget resolution key to passing the president’s $1.9 trillion rescue plan.
Polls show that on issues like a stimulus bill, climate change and immigration, most Americans support the president’s plans. Torn by infighting, the G.O.P. is still figuring out its lines of attack.
The measure will test their willingness and ability to use procedural maneuvers to shepherd big policy goals past entrenched Republican opposition in an evenly divided Senate.
Ezra Klein and Paul Krugman discuss Covid economics, cryptocurrencies and deficit delusions.
So far, Joe Biden has been surprisingly progressive.
Evidence has a well-known liberal bias.
The president-elect is rolling out a large spending package aimed at helping battle the virus and alleviate the economic toll it has taken.
Those hard-won gains were never guaranteed to last. Now we’re seeing just how precarious they were all along.
The new year brings another round of increases, nearly a decade after workers started campaigning for higher pay.
Union leaders and policy experts say the next administration could do plenty on behalf of workers through regulation and other powers.
Voters in both red and blue states have revealed what they want from government.
The nation, and the Democratic Party, desperately needs a replacement for the tired story that tax cuts drive economic growth.
They were hailed as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, but wage increases were fleeting, and companies, whose businesses are booming, have been slow to pay out more.
If Republicans control the Senate, a Biden administration could take a cue from President Trump and find ways to act unilaterally on some economic issues.
Diversity and inclusion programs for elites are tokens. A large wage increase that would most benefit the Black working class is far better.
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The city became the second in the nation to create a compensation standard for ride-hailing drivers, after New York.
The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.
A judge rebuffed a Labor Department move that made it harder for employees to win judgments against parent companies over pay violations.
New research shows that minimum-wage violations spike as low-paid workers become more vulnerable and less inclined to complain.
Union Square Hospitality Group, which helped lead the move away from tips, changes course as its restaurants reopen.
Can a sophisticated platform cooperative help minimize exploitive working conditions in the gig economy, even during the pandemic?
America needs some repairs. Here’s where to start.
There is still time, and it can be done safely. The economic and social payoff is totally worth it.
Many gig-based business models help customers take advantage of workers. Let’s stop giving tech companies a free ride.
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing America to confront its epidemic low-wage problem.
In addition to declaring solidarity, the fast-food industry could make changes to protect the health and safety of black employees.
A journalist introduces readers to a new mother struggling mightily, against all odds, to find a permanent place to live.
A living wage is only the first step to real economic dignity.
South Korea has been a model of testing and tracing during the epidemic. Now it is for voting, too.