Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press Published 10:16 AM EDT Mar 25, 2019 Nearly half the states in America have raised minimum wage or enacted future increases. The minimum wage in Michigan, which in the last year has been a subject of controversy and partisan disagreement, is going up 20 cents on March 29 to $9.45 an hour, the first of a dozen annual increases. "We can always expect, over time, that minimum wage is going to increase," said Terry Bonnette, a labor law attorney. "Historically, that has been the case and anyone looking at it would say, 'Yes, it has to keep up with inflation and the economy.' " At the same time, he said, how quickly it should rise is always a debate and that's why it matters, even if you already are earning more or think that 20 cents is too little to be significant. If minimum wages go up, the thinking is, it pushes everyone's wages up, and it boosts the cost of items that you buy because businesses will pass along their cost … [Read more...] about Michigan’s minimum wage is going up. Why it matters
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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for U.S. employees from next month, giving in to critics of poor pay and working conditions at the world’s second most valuable company. The increase pushes Amazon’s lowest wage above that at Walmart Inc and Target Corp. It is almost $3 shy of the average for a non-management worker in warehousing in the United States. The online retailer also said it would now lobby in Washington D.C. for an increase in the federal minimum wage and urged its competitors to follow its lead as the union-led “Fight for Fifteen” movement pushes for higher remuneration. Amazon’s move comes when U.S. unemployment is at a near two-decade low as retailers and shippers compete for hundreds of thousands of workers for the all-important holiday shopping season. Several companies, including United Parcel Service and Macy’s, have announced hiring to staff stores and handle holiday … [Read more...] about Amazon raises minimum wage to $15, urges rivals to follow
Associated Press Updated 7:54 AM EDT Oct 2, 2018 Seattle – Amazon, which has faced political and economic pressure to raise pay for thousands of employees, is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month. The company said Tuesday that the wage hike will benefit more than 350,000 workers, which includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions. Employees at Whole Foods, which Amazon now owns, will get the same pay hike. Amazon’s hourly operations and customer service employees, some who already make $15 per hour, will also see a wage increase, the Seattle-based company said. Amazon has more than 575,000 employees globally. Pay for workers at Amazon can vary by location. Starting pay is $10 an hour at a warehouse in Austin, Texas, and $13.50 an hour in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The median pay for an Amazon employee last year was $28,446, according to government filings, which includes full-time, part-time and temporary … [Read more...] about Amazon ups wages to $15 per hour for 350K
Associated Press Published 6:30 AM EDT Oct 2, 2018 Seattle – Amazon is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month. The company said Tuesday the wage hike will benefit more than 350,000 workers, which includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions. Pay for workers at Amazon can vary by location. Its starting pay is $10 an hour at a warehouse in Austin, Texas, and $13.50 an hour in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The median pay for an Amazon employee last year was $28,446, according to government filings, which includes full-time, part-time and temporary workers. Amazon has more than 575,000 employees globally. … [Read more...] about Amazon raising minimum wage in US to $15 per hour
This story comes from an old issue of Grassroots Motorsports. Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Odd, isn’t it? Open-wheel racing in America was almost immediately Big Business from the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, when Ray Harroun won. The crowd was 80,000, the purse was a stunning $25,000, and it was doubled the very next year. For the 2013 Indianapolis 500, Tony Kannan won $2,353,355, earning him a well-above-minimum-wage $14,708.47 per minute. While drag racing has probably been around since the very first car ever built lined up next to the second car ever built, it became a major money-making proposition in 1951, when automotive magazine publisher Wally Parks founded the National Hot Rod Association, the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body. The purse for the 2013 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis alone was more than $2 million. … [Read more...] about Are the Road Racing Glory Days on Their Way Back?