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University of Virginia: Living Wage Campaign Begins Hunger Strike
NBC 29

February 18, 2012 - A campaign calling for higher pay for some of the University of Virginia's lowest paid employees is ramping up their demands. Read more.


North Ayrshire, Scotland: Union and Councillors Launch Living Wage Fight for School Cleaners
The Irvine Herald

February 17, 2012 - A TRADE union is calling on a schools cleaning contractor to pay their workers the same wage as North Ayrshire Council. Read more.


Santa Monica, CA: Living Wage Sets Precedent for Hotels
Santa Monica Daily Press

February 17, 2012 - CITY HALL — After long negotiations, the Planning Commission secured a living wage provision for a new luxury hotel, one that potentially sets a precedent for future hotel development in the city. Read more.


Cleaners Strike to Demand the London Living Wage
Socialist Worker

February 16, 2012 - Cleaners formed a noisy and lively picket outside the new St Pancras International Station today, Thursday. Read more.


Virginia: County Manager Wants Increase in ‘Living Wage’ Rate
Sun Gazette

February 16, 2012 - County Manager Barbara Donnellan has proposed a 3-percent rise in the minimum hourly rate paid under the county government’s “living wage” ordinance. Read more.


England: A Living Wage Should Be the Only Wage
The Yorker

February 9, 2012 - The concept of a earning a wage to adequately support yourself and your family, enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and one not defined by the threat of poverty, is arguably an intrinsic want for every individual in Britain today. Read more.


Cambodia: Living Wage a ‘Human Right’
The Phnom Penh Post

February 9, 2012 - Panellists at the first “Permanent People’s Tribunal” on wages and conditions for Cambodian garment workers yesterday released their findings, declaring that a living wage for workers should be considered a “human right”. Read more.


Virginia: UVA Living Wage Campaign Holds Protest, Lists Demands
NBC 29

February 8, 2012 - Students and faculty are teaming up with the living wage campaign to sent a strong message to University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan. Supporters rallied and listed their demands in front of the president's office at Madison Hall on grounds Wedne Read more.


Memphis, TN: Rally for a Living Wage Continues
The Daily Helmsman

February 8, 2012 - Jean Rimmer fought back tears as she spoke of the conflict between work and family life that she encounters while working multiple jobs, one of which is a University of Memphis custodian Read more.


Cambridge, UK: Jesus College students vote to support a Living Wage
Varsity

February 7, 2012 - This Monday, the Jesus College Student Union followed Emmanuel, in passing a motion calling for all college employees to be paid at least the living wage. Read more.


London: David Miliband Backs Bid for University 'Living Wage'
Cambridge News

February 7, 2012 - One of the architects of New Labour has thrown his weight behind a student campaign to give Cambridge University and college staff a ‘living wage’. Read more.


Cambodia: Factory Workers Testify to Need for ‘Living Wage’
The Phnom Penh Post

February 6, 2012 - Garment and footwear workers began testifying yesterday at a “people’s tribunal” on working conditions and wages organised by a regional advocacy alliance that aims to establish a “living wage” for garment workers in Asia. Read more.


Scotland: Aberdeen MSP Welcomes Move Towards Living Wage
SNP

February 4, 2012 - Kevin Stewart, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central, has welcomed the introduction of the living wage of £7.20 per hour by Aberdeen City Council. Read more.


British Columbia: A Living Wage Within Reach
Parksville Qualicum Beach News

February 3, 2012 - The number of living wage employers is growing in B.C. and local proponents hope to bring it to District 69. Read more.


Chicago: Airport Dismissals Renew Calls For Living Wage Ordinance
Progress Illinois

February 3, 2012 - The dismissal of 12 airport bookstore employees at O'Hare Airport has renewed the push for a "Stable Jobs, Stable Airports" living wage ordinance. Read more.


Ontario: A Living Wage
Seaway News

February 2, 2012 - Like already happening in many communities across Canada and the United States, we need to start having a dialogue about “why is it that people are doing what they should be doing by getting a job and working full-time, yet on pay day, they can’t even aff Read more.


New Zealand: $15 Minimum Wage Would Help Inequality, Stimulate Economy
Scoop Independent News

February 2, 2012 - $15 Minimum Wage Would Help Inequality, Stimulate Economy Read more.


National Staff Consulted on London Living Wage Deal
The Stage News

February 2, 2012 - Front of house and hospitality staff working at the National Theatre are being consulted on a new pay deal that would ensure they are all paid the London living wage. Read more.


Virginia: Student Activists Seek Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

February 2, 2012 - Students and community leaders spoke yesterday afternoon at a rally on the Rotunda steps to celebrate “The Real Legacy of Martin Luther King” and emphasize the importance of continuing King’s fight against economic injustice. Read more.


New Westminster, UK: Resident Says Living Wage Policy Violated
The Record

February 1, 2012 - A Royal City resident is questioning whether everyone working on the city's future civic centre is earning the living wage. Read more.


St. Mary’s College of Maryland: President Urgo, Let’s Make a Campus Living Wage a Reality
The Point News

January 31, 2012 - We were happy to read your recent all-campus email describing your anticipation for the semester ahead. We too feel an exhilarating mix of trepidation for the future and enthusiasm for the potential held in the present. Read more.


Illinois: Faith Leaders Call On Springfield To Raise The Minimum Wage
Progress Illinois

January 31, 2012 - Illinois faith leaders are headed to Springfield this morning to call on legislators to raise the minimum wage. The religious leaders and members of the Raise Illinois coalition boarded an Amtrak train today to go to the state capitol to hold a press conf Read more.


Connecticut: House Dems Want To Raise The Minimum Wage; Malloy Unconvinced
CT News

January 31, 2012 - House Speaker Chris Donovan and Democratic lawmakers want to raise the minimum wage by $1.50 per hour over the next two years, then index it to rise with the cost of living. Read more.


Cambridge, Mass.: It’s Time to Occupy for the Minimum Wage
The Journal-Standard

January 29, 2012 - The Occupy Wall Street movement has brought the growing issue of income inequality to the forefront of public discourse in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. Nevertheless, many are still wondering what specific changes the movement is demand Read more.


Cambridge, UK: Fighting for a Living Wage
Varsity

January 28, 2012 - Almost all Cambridge colleges are not paying living wages to all of their staff, Freedom of Information requests have revealed. Read more.


Santa Fe, N.M., to Have Nation's Highest Minimum Wage
Reuters

January 27, 2012 - (Reuters) - When Santa Fe's minimum wage rises to $10.29 an hour on March 1, the New Mexico capital will have the highest local wage requirement in the country, according to the National Employment Law Project. Read more.


London: Eurostar Cleaners Vote to Strike Over Pay
BBC News

January 27, 2012 - Workers who clean Eurostar trains and stations in the UK have voted to go on strike in a row over pay. Read more.


Santa Monica, CA: Hotel Stalled Over Living Wage Concerns
Santa Monica Daily Press

January 27, 2012 - The Planning Commission stalled a development agreement for a new hotel Wednesday night amid concerns that the public had not yet had a chance to review information about a controversial living wage provision that became available just before the hearing. Read more.


Muncie, IN: A Living Wage?
The Star Press

January 27, 2012 - Caterpillar Inc. owns and operates Progress Rail in Muncie, which builds diesel and electric locomotives. Read more.


Thailand: TLSC Demands Wage Hike Nationwide
Bangkok Post

January 26, 2012 - The Thai Labour Solidarity Committee plans mass gatherings of workers throughout the country to pressure the government to immediately raise the daily minimum wage to 300 baht nationwide, TLSC chairman Chalee Loysoong said on Thursday. Read more.


Nova Scotia Boosts Minimum Wage by 1.5 Per Cent to $10.50 an Hour
The Canadian Press

January 25, 2012 - Nova Scotia Boosts Minimum Wage by 1.5 Per Cent to $10.50 an Hour Read more.


Giving Workers a Good Tip and a Living Wage
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

January 25, 2012 - Imagine your wages frozen for two decades at $2.13 per hour. No, I am not talking about a Third World sweatshop. The kid who put your groceries in the car, the waitress who served you dinner at your favorite restaurant last week, the guy or girl who vacuu Read more.


Windsor, Ontario: Let Employees Earn a Living Wage
The Windsor Star

January 25, 2012 - First and foremost, with respect to the so-called "bailout" that Chrysler received in 2008, let's understand and educate the public at large (something I assumed a newspaper would like to do). This was a high- interest loan, 12 per cent in fact, that our Read more.


House Committee Passes Bill That Would Raise Hawaii Minimum Wage to $8.14 Next Year
The Republic

January 24, 2012 - HONOLULU — A bill moving through the state Legislature could increase Hawaii's minimum wage for the first time since 2007, but opinions are mixed as to whether elevating the wage floor would help or hinder Hawaii's economic recovery. Read more.


Initiative Seeks to Boost San Jose Minimum Wage to $10
Mercury News

January 23, 2012 - San Jose State University students have parlayed a class assignment on social justice into a potential ballot measure that could affect tens of thousands of San Jose workers, by raising the minimum wage 25 percent to $10 an hour. Read more.


London: Organise! City cleaners fight for a living wage
Red Pepper

January 23, 2012 - The shimmering steel and glass of Canary Wharf bear testament to the financial centre's opulence. But while billions of pounds pour through its banks each day, it is also the workplace of some of the country's lowest paid workers – who are now demanding a Read more.


Advocates Debate Merits of Minimum Wage Increase
WGRZ

January 21, 2012 - A reignited push to increase New York's minimum wage is already being met with resistance from business groups, who say a raise could mean less jobs for state residents. Read more.


New York: Let our politicians try living on minimum wages
Steuben Courier

January 21, 2012 - Those people who run these Govt. programs like Dept. of Social Services fail to tell you that there is an application process. If you qualify you are put on a budget which is guideline approved by Govt. Read more.


N. Jersey Democrat wants to raise minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, among nation's highest
Philly.com

January 20, 2012 - While Gov. Christie is pitching tax cuts for all in 2012, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex) wants to give a boost to the 40,000 New Jerseyans who make the $7.25 hourly minimum wage. Read more.


Oxford, England: St John’s to Pay Living Wage
The Oxford Student

January 19, 2012 - St John’s College is set to raise the wages of scouts following a decision made in its governing body at the end of last term. Read more.


London: Supermarket Staff Live 'In Poverty'
The Independent

January 19, 2012 - Hundreds of thousands of workers at the big four grocers are not paid a living wage, claims study Read more.


Santa Fe Increases Living Wage to $10.29 an Hour
KOB.com

January 19, 2012 - Santa Fe city officials announced its minimum wage will increase to $10.29 per hour on March 1. Read more.


North Vancouver City Will Define its 'Living Wage'
North Shore News

January 18, 2012 - The City of North Vancouver will continue to explore the possibility of becoming a "living wage employer," despite both of the North Shore's other municipalities expressing no interest in the idea. Read more.


Illinois: Living Wage Campaign cancels protest after cuts prevented
Daily Northwestern

January 17, 2012 - Instead of marching from Pick-Staiger Hall to Sodexo's food services office as originally scheduled on Monday afternoon, members of the Living Wage Campaign met to discuss their most recent success and to plan for the upcoming quarter. Read more.


England: How to... pay the living wage in your borough
The Guardian

January 17, 2012 - Islington is one of England's most deprived boroughs, with a huge divide between rich and poor – but it has committed to paying and promoting the London living wage Read more.


Vancouver, BC: Wage War
The Vancouver Courier

January 13, 2012 - In May, the minimum wage in B.C. will climb from $9.50 to $10.25, the highest in the nation, sparking debate about its impact on individuals, businesses and the economy at large Read more.


NJ: Is it time to raise the minimum wage?
Asbury Park Press

January 11, 2012 - Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said Monday that one of her top legislative priorities this year will be raising New Jersey’s minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour — the lowest allowable by federal law — to $8.50 an hour. It’s long overdue. Read more.


Illinois: Living Wage Campaign Plans Protest Over Reduced Worker Hours
Daily Northwestern

January 10, 2012 - Members of the Living Wage Campaign filled a Kresge classroom Monday night in an "emergency meeting" to discuss reduced hours for some dining hall workers. Read more.


Mobilize to Support Longshore Workers! Defend Living Wage Jobs in Longview, Washington
Socialist Alternative

January 9, 2012 - Longview, Washington has become ground zero for one of the most important battles in both the labor and Occupy movements. In this small town on the southwestern coast of Washington, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is engaged in a cr Read more.


London: Fair Pay Campaigners Ejected From Wharf
East London Times

January 7, 2012 - Trade unionists campaigning for a London living wage for cleaners at Canary Wharf have complained of a “disrepect of civil liberties” after being ejected from the Wharf as they distributed leaflets on Thursday. Read more.


Houston, TX: Want to stimulate the economy? Raise the minimum wage
Your Houston News

January 6, 2012 - The minimum wage has been around since the 1890s when New Zealand enacted the first law. The minimum wage became law in the United States in 1938, when Americans recognized the need to provide an incentive for the unemployed to seek work and lift themselv Read more.


San Francisco's Minimum Wage Is Now the Nation's Highest
San Francisco Weekly

January 4, 2012 - As of January 1, 2011, San Francisco's minimum wage went up from $9.92 to $10.24, which now makes it the nation's highest. California state's federal minimum wage is $8 -- that means San Franciscans are paid 28 percent more than minimum-wage workers in ot Read more.


Why Government Is Not a Business
Frying Pan News

January 4, 2012 - In a recent blog post on the “value” of running government like a business, I had some fun pretending to agree with the mantra that government decisions are best made with a “business orientation.” Read more.


New York: People's State of the State calls for living wage, universal health care
Legislative Gazette

January 3, 2012 - The 22nd annual People's State of the State rally, sponsored by the Hunger Action Network of New York State, took place in Academy Park outside the Capitol on Jan. 3rd, with members of the New York State United Teachers, the Public Employee's Federation, Read more.


Raising Minimum Wage Significantly Would Boost Economy
Fire Dog Lake

January 3, 2012 - Contrary to the opinion that we’re headed for a consumer-led recovery in 2012, most economic analysts see little movement on consumer spending. Read more.


Florida minimum wage up 36 cents for 2012
Gainesville Sun

January 2, 2012 - Florida minimum-wage earners got a 36-cent raise Sunday when the 2012 rate increased from $7.31 to $7.67 an hour. Read more.


Colorado Minimum Wage Rises to $7.64
The Inquisitr

January 2, 2012 - The minimum wage has been raised to $7.64 in Colorado, a move that will be welcomed by some 74,000 minimum wage workers in the Centennial State. Read more.


London: The penny finally drops. Pay people properly and you will get better results
The Independent

January 1, 2012 - A decade of hard graft by Living Wage campaigners has forced employers to recognise that higher salaries boost productivity Read more.


Minimum wage in S.F. up to $10.24, highest in U.S.
San Francisco Chronicle

January 1, 2012 - San Francisco is known for its love-it-or-hate-it, cutting-edge firsts, and this one's no exception. Today it will be the first city in the nation where the minimum hourly wage will top $10. San Francisco Chronicle Read more.


Ohio: Minimum wage jumps to $7.70 an hour today
Sandusky Register

January 1, 2012 - Ohio's minimum wage increases 30 cents today, to $7.70 an hour. Read more.


San Francisco Becomes First in Nation with $10 Minimum Wage (and the Sky Isn't Going to Fall)
Alternet

December 30, 2011 - On January 1, the minimum wage in San Francisco will cross the psychological threshold of $10 an hour. An automatic cost-of-living adjustment built into city law will raise the wage floor 3.2 percent, from its current $9.92 to $10.24. Read more.


The Working Poor and Livable Wage
Media Monitor Network

December 29, 2011 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the working poor as " people who has spent 27 weeks in the past year either working or looking for work whose income is below the poverty level." Read more.


S.F.'s Minimum Wage Will be Tops in U.S.
The Republic

December 28, 2011 - On Jan. 1 the city’s minimum wage will rise to $10.24 an hour. That’s the highest rate in the country and makes San Francisco the first place in the U.S. to mandate double-digit hourly wages for its lowest-paid workers. Read more.


Arizona Minimum Wage Increases
KVOA

December 27, 2011 - TUCSON - According to the Industrial Commission of Arizona, minimum wagers will be getting a four percent minimum wage increase starting January 1st. Read more.


Minimum Wage Set to Increase in 8 States on New Year’s Day
International Business Times

December 23, 2011 - The holiday season brings good news to 1.4 million low-wage workers in eight states. On the first day of January, these workers will see their income getting a modest boost as a result of state laws that require the minimum wage to keep up with inflation. Read more.


China province raises minimum wage by 23%
BBC News

December 22, 2011 - Sichuan province in southwest China has increased the minimum wage sharply to try and attract workers amid a rapidly rising cost of living. Read more.


Scots firms may have to pay staff living wage if they take on Scottish Government contracts
Daily Record

December 21, 2011 - FIRMS taking on Scottish Government contracts could face requirements to pay their staff the living wage, if it is permissible under EU regulations. Read more.


San Francisco: The City With The Highest Minimum Wage
eWireInformer

December 19, 2011 - San Francisco’s minimum wage rises to $10.24, making San Francisco the first city in America to have the highest minimum wage salary. This wage increase will begin on January 1, 2012, to start the New Year off with a higher salary for its employees. Read more.


Canada: Minimum Wage Hike Key to Cutting Poverty
The Star

December 17, 2011 - Lilia Martinez is happy to clean offices, cook in a restaurant, look after children — you name it. Read more.


San Francisco, California adopts landmark minimum wage of $10/hour
GMA News

December 16, 2011 - The city of San Francisco in California will usher in a landmark move with a $10 minimum wage starting January 1, 2012, making it the first city in the United States paying such amount, the Asian Journal said. Read more.


U.S. Mayors Decry Rise in Poverty, Homelessness
AFP

December 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON — US mayors sounded an alarm Thursday over deepening economic woes after a survey of 29 cities from Los Angeles to Washington showed worrying rises in homelessness and poverty-related food aid. Read more.


Census Shows 1 in 2 People are Poor or Low-Income
USA Today

December 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON (AP) – Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans, almost 1 in 2, have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. Read more.


Estonian Employers Agree With Unions on Minimum-Wage Increase
Bloomberg Business Week

December 15, 2011 - Estonian employers and trade unions reached a preliminary agreement on raising the minimum monthly wage by 4.3 percent from January, citing the higher cost of living and a government plan to raise pensions. Read more.


Massachusetts: Northampton group pushing a living wage
WWLP

December 13, 2011 - NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Living on minimum wage can be difficult, that's why one group in Northampton is pushing a living wage. Read more.


Council against London Living Wage
Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle

December 13, 2011 - Kensington and Chelsea Council has refused to pay its staff at least the London Living Wage. Read more.


New Zealand: SFWU ready to work with Shearer-led Labour Party on living wage
Voxy News Engine

December 13, 2011 - The Service and Food Workers Union Ng? Ringa Tota, which represents over 23,000 workers who cook, clean and care for New Zealanders is looking forward to working closely with the Labour Party in opposition. Read more.


Nashville, TN: Haslam opposed to anti-living wage bill
The Tennessean

December 12, 2011 - Gov. Bill Haslam says he won’t support a bill barring cities from imposing a living wage requirement on contractors, even though he signed a similar bill earlier this year that barred cities from requiring them to follow local nondiscrimination rules. Read more.


Hamilton, Ontario: City eyes living wage for workers
The Hamilton Spectator

December 12, 2011 - The city is moving closer to paying its employees a living wage — not a minimum wage. Read more.


In San Francisco, Minimum Wage Hits $10
Newsday

December 12, 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO - David Frias works two minimum-wage jobs to squeak by in one of the most expensive cities in America. Read more.


Nashville, TN: Gazillionaire Governor Opposes Living Wages, But Also Law to Prohibit Them
Nashville Scene

December 12, 2011 - While making it clear he’s against living wage laws, Gov. Bill Haslam today also said he’s not in favor of prohibiting city or county governments from adopting them. Read more.


Ontario: Should Hamilton become a ‘Living Wage’ community?
The Spec

December 11, 2011 - On Friday, Dec. 9, a coalition of community partners launched a campaign to make Hamilton a “Living Wage Community.” What is a living wage? It’s the wage needed to lift low-paid workers and their families out of poverty. Read more.


Hamilton, Ontario: Coalition pushes for a living wage, not a minimum wage
The Spec

December 10, 2011 - Single mom Corinna Stroop puts off paying utility bills and other necessary expenses so she can provide healthy food for her son. She prioritizes her bills by which company is next in line to cut off her services. It’s a never-ending cycle. Read more.


Scotland: Campaigners urge Swinney to strike living wage deal
Scotsman

December 8, 2011 - FINANCE Secretary John Swinney was today urged to use his funding deal with local authorities to ensure councils pay their employees the national living wage. Read more.


UK: To end inequality without redistribution of wealth, we should pay a living wage
Left Foot Forward

December 8, 2011 - It has been widely reported that the latest British Social Attitudes Survey found that although three quarters of the British public think the gap between rich and poor is too wide, only 35 per cent thought the Government should engage in redistribution. Read more.


Scotland: ‘Living wage’ campaigners call for more to be done
STV

December 7, 2011 - Issue is set to be raised at the Scottish Parliament after the Scottish Living Wage Campaign highlight issues faced by lowest paid people in country. Read more.


California: SF to be first city in US history to set minimum wage over $10
San Francisco Chronicle

December 6, 2011 - January 1 means many new things for many people across the country, but for San Franciscans making minimum wage, this date has historical resonance. For on January 1, San Francisco will be the first city in American history to offer a minimum wage over $1 Read more.


Tennessee: GOP may block 'living wage'
The Tennessean

December 4, 2011 - Months after they prevented Nashville from requiring city contractors to sign a nondiscrimination pledge, Republican state lawmakers are now moving to put more limits on cities’ ability to insist that businesses meet certain standards in how they treat th Read more.


London: Canary Wharf cleaners campaign for living wage
East London Lines

December 3, 2011 - Cleaners working at the Canary Wharf estate are calling on employers to pay them a “living wage.” Read more.


Cash-strapped Tower Hamlets in new deal on London Living Wage
East London Advertiser

December 2, 2011 - All contractors supplying the Town Hall with essential services, supplies, maintenance and construction work must now pay their workers the minimum £8.30-an-hour London Living Wage. Read more.


Study: New York State's Higher-Paying Jobs Vanishing
Times Union

November 29, 2011 - ALBANY — Higher-wage jobs have been disappearing in New York since the start of the recession, a new report says, while low-wage industries have grown. Read more.


Santa Fe, New Mexico: City officials miss 'living wage' hike
The New Mexican

November 29, 2011 - Santa Fe city workers who are struggling away at minimum-wage jobs could have earned a few cents more per hour this year if officials had paid attention to their own rules. Read more.


Pakistan: Five Trade Unions Outline Living Wage Demands
Fibre 2 Fashion

November 24, 2011 - Following a two day national level meeting in Islamabad involving five trade union federations affiliated with International Textile Garments Leather Workers Federation unions have outlined a serious of key demands for the implementation of a living wage. Read more.


Tackling the Problem of Low Pay in Britain
Care 2

November 23, 2011 - A Living Wage is the minimum hourly wage required for housing, food and other basic needs for an individual and their family. Within London it is decided each year by the Mayor’s office and is currently £8.30. For the rest of the country, the Centre for R Read more.


Chicago: Airport Workers Say Pay Is Illegally Low
Huffington Post

November 23, 2011 - Even though the airlines describe this as a free service, Burke's employer has her working partly for tips, which is why her base pay is a low $6.50 an hour, somewhat like a restaurant server's, rather than the typical Illinois minimum wage of $8.25. Read more.


Tennessee: Vanderbilt Raises Base Pay for Workers After 'Living Wage' Campaign Draws National Attention
The Republic

November 23, 2011 - Tennessee: Vanderbilt Raises Base Pay for Workers After 'Living Wage' Campaign Draws National Attention Read more.


Canada: Justice, equity and a living wage
The Catholic Register

November 15, 2011 - Armed with the extraordinary social teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, I recently made a deputation to a City of Toronto committee examining contracting out work currently being done by unionized cleaning staff. Read more.


Virginia: Living Wage Campaign rallies
The Cavalier Daily

November 11, 2011 - Board of Visitors meeting prompts demonstration in support of higher salary for University employees Read more.


York, UK: Labour Club: Why we need a living wage
The Yorker

November 11, 2011 - All of the people that work on our campus, either directly for the University, contractors or YUSU staff deserve to be paid a living wage. Read more.


Vancouver, B.C.: Living wage policy: Why municipalities should start to lead the way
The Vancouver Sun

November 11, 2011 - A living wage by definition allows a family to cover basic living expenses - in Metro Vancouver it is calculated at $18.81/hour (including benefits). Read more.


Virginia: UVA Living Wage Campaign Lies Down to Stand Up for Higher Pay
NBC 29

November 10, 2011 - The University of Virginia's Living Wage Campaign has a few words for the board of visitors. They want the board to recognize and approve higher wages for the university's lowest paid employees. Read more.


South Aukland, New Zealand: Everyone deserves a living wage
stuff.co.nz

November 10, 2011 - Labour's thinly-veiled attacks on Prime Minister John Key have continued today with leader Phil Goff bringing up the subject of Hawaiian holidays. Read more.


Virginia: Waging peace
The Cavalier Daily

November 9, 2011 - Tomorrow, the Board of Visitors will be meeting to continue its stewardship of our University. With this comes the duty to make sure that the University operates in a manner that is consistent with the core values of our community. Read more.


Kingston, Ontario: Real work begins as Living Wage Report released
Kingston This Week

November 4, 2011 - After months of behind-the-scenes work, the Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction launched its Living Wage report last week and is asking Kingstonians to take up the cause. Read more.


UK: Pembroke joins Living Wage campaign
Cherwell.org

November 4, 2011 - Pembroke has become the tenth college to back the Oxford Living Wage campaign after passing a motion in support of the initiative at last week’s JCR meeting. Read more.


Canada: Alberta Needs a ‘Living Wage,’ Say Groups
The Epoch Times

November 3, 2011 - Civic groups are taking the opportunity to call for an increased minimum wage after Alberta became the province with the lowest minimum wage in the country on Tuesday. Read more.


The Oxford Student: Join the Wage War!
The Oxford Student

November 3, 2011 - The Oxford Student: Join the Wage War! Read more.


Chicago: Living Wages At Airports Good For Local Economy (VIDEO)
Progress Illinois

November 2, 2011 - Chicago aldermen pushing for the Stable Jobs, Stable Airports ordinance received a boost yesterday when an independent study was released showing that millions of extra dollars can be added to the local economy through increased workers’ wages. The study Read more.


Alberta, Canada: Alta. minimum wage not a living wage
Lethbridge Herald

November 2, 2011 - Advocates of a living wage hit downtown streets Tuesday to hand out $9.40 bills to raise awareness that Alberta's minimum wage, now the lowest in the country, is not enough. Read more.


Closing Living Wage Loophole Would Mean Millions For Chicago: Study
NBC Chicago

November 1, 2011 - A new study by professors at the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University finds that closing the "living wage loophole" at O’Hare and Midway airports would result in at least $6 million more a year in economic activity in Chicago. Read more.


UK: The Oxford Living Wage Campaign – Get on with it!
The Oxford Student

October 27, 2011 - As the Oxford Living Wage Campaign gathers momentum, organisations across Oxford are massing in support as it becomes increasingly clear that student opinion will no longer accept workers struggling to live off desperately low wages. Read more.


Chicago: Mayoral aide opposes ‘living wage’ rule for airport concession workers
Chicago Sun-Times

October 26, 2011 - O’Hare and Midway Airport retailers should not be required to pay their 1,500 employees a “living wage” of $11.18-an-hour, a top mayoral aide said Wednesday, arguing that the free market should determine wages. Read more.


Hudson County, NJ: Contractors for county jobs may have to pay workers for benefits
The Jersey Journal

October 26, 2011 - Contractors working for Hudson County will have to pay part-time workers an hourly wage of at least $10.88 plus an hourly stipend of $2.39 for health and medical benefits, according to an ordinance up for adoption Thursday. Read more.


Top Earners Doubled Share of Nation’s Income, Study Finds
New York Times

October 25, 2011 - WASHINGTON — The top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation’s income over the last three decades, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, in a new report likely to figure prominently in the escalating political fight over h Read more.


Chicago: Airport Workers To Make Another Call For Stable Jobs, Living Wage
Progress Illinois

October 25, 2011 - With turnover of airport concession contractors on the horizon, employees’ concern for their jobs and wages prompted Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) to sponsor a new ordinance earlier this month aiming to ensure fair living wages and job security. Read more.


Wisconsin: Lawmakers Get Public Input on Need for Living-wage Jobs
WBAY

October 25, 2011 - While Governor Walker continues pushing job creation in the state, a jobs forum with state lawmakers in Oshkosh brought out an emotional call to action from the public. Read more.


United Kingdom: Jersey politician wants rise in minimum wage
BBC News

October 25, 2011 - A Jersey politician argues the minimum wage should be half of the average salary in the island. Read more.


British Columbia: Why Municipalities Should Back Living Wages
The Province

October 25, 2011 - The Living Wage for Families Campaign, along with 54 organizations representing more than 300,000 British Columbians, recently issued an open letter calling on municipal election candidates to help low-income families in their cities by passing a living w Read more.


New Poll Finds a Deep Distrust of Government
New York Times

October 25, 2011 - With Election Day just over a year away, a deep sense of economic anxiety and doubt about the future hangs over the nation, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with Americans’ distrust of government at its highest level ever. Read more.


Edinburgh, Scotland: Council Under Pressure to Pay Staff a ‘Living Wage’
Edinburgh Evening News

October 24, 2011 - All staff on the city council should be paid the national “living wage”, campaigners said today, as new figures revealed that more than 1800 council workers are paid lower than the recommended rate of £7.20 an hour. Read more.


Washington: Mid-Columbia cost of living rising faster than state average
Tri-City Herald

October 24, 2011 - The cost of living in Benton and Franklin counties has gone up faster than the state average in the past two years. Read more.


Iowa: All lazy slackers should get health care, retirement and a living wage
News Sentinel

October 21, 2011 - Iowa: All lazy slackers should get health care, retirement and a living wage Read more.


Labor Advocates Call for a Living Wage for Logan Airport Contract Workers at East Boston Speakout
Open Media Boston

October 20, 2011 - Nearly 100 people crowded into East Boston’s Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Tuesday night, lending their voices to the growing cacophony of the underemployed, disenfranchised, uninsured and overworked who say they are part of the 99 percent. Read more.


LONDON: Minima'am wage: Buckingham Palace cleaners win pay rise
Daily Mirror

October 19, 2011 - For tidying up after the Queen they earn a princely sum of £6.45 an hour – just 37p above the national minimum wage. Read more.


Washington: Wages, Health Care Inspires March
Columbia Basin Herald

October 18, 2011 - MOSES LAKE - Seventeen people marched on Saturday calling for a variety of issues, including living wages, health care for everyone and removing corporate money from politics. Read more.


Vancouver: The Debate over 'Living Wages' Continues
The Vancouver Sun

October 17, 2011 - I was angered by reading your article in The Vancouver Sun. At first I thought I would not reply to you but then thought I would be doing you a favour. Read more.


Wisconsin Catholics Urged to Promote Life and Living Wage
Catholic News Agency

October 16, 2011 - Madison, Wis., Oct 16, 2011 / 06:29 pm (CNA).- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference has backed measures to raise workers' minimum wage and to ban the sale of fetal body parts, describing both as efforts to protect human dignity. Read more.


Maryland: Temps Paid Below Living Wage Violates City Policy
Greenbelt Patch

October 12, 2011 - City Council will drop temporary employment contractor. Read more.


South Ayrshire, Scotland: Living wage will be introduced
Carrick Gazette

October 12, 2011 - SOUTH Ayrshire councillors agreed to introduce the Scottish living wage for low-paid council workers - but in a “structured manner”, and not April 2012 next year. Read more.


New Zealand: Courier drivers 'virtually slaves'
Sunday Star Times

October 9, 2011 - Many contractors are barely surviving on miserly pay, Rob O'Neill writes. Read more.


Chicago: Airport Workers Make Plea For Living Wage
Progress Illinois

October 7, 2011 - Chicago airport workers face difficult times ahead with new contract negotiations for concession and passenger service employees up in the air. Midway and O'Hare International Airports serve millions of people each year, generating billions of dollars for Read more.


Illinois: Living Wage Campaign plans its next move
The Daily Northwestern

October 7, 2011 - Northwestern's Living Wage Campaign's next project will be to bring the ‘real food movement,' which is intended to provide more healthful and environmentally conscious options, the group announced at a forum Thursday. Read more.


Wisconsin: Fox Cities LIFE Study shows community needs more living-wage jobs, has strong arts and culture presence
The Post-Crescent

October 7, 2011 - At its best, the Fox Valley is driven by an economy as diverse as its people, offering recreation and cultural opportunities at every turn. On the flipside, a new comprehensive study released today reveals growing communities grappling with a stagnant job Read more.


Scotland: Pressure mounts on council to bring in living wage
Ayrshire Post

October 7, 2011 - A TRADE union has added its weight to a bid for hundreds of council workers to get a pay rise. Read more.


Chicago: Plan to require airport concessionaires pay living wage gains steam
Chicago Sun-Times

October 5, 2011 - O’Hare and Midway Airport retailers would be required to pay their 1,500 employees a “living wage” of $11.18-an-hour — even if it means raising the sky-high prices they charge their captive audience of air travelers — under a plan that’s gaining political Read more.


Vancouver, BC: Call for living wage policy
24 Hours Vancouver

October 3, 2011 - The Living Wage for Families Campaign is calling on candidates in next month’s municipal elections to pass a living wage policy if elected. Read more.


Working for nothing – the truth about low pay in the UK
The Guardian

October 1, 2011 - New research indicates that more than 20% of British employees are earning less than a living wage Read more.


Poverty affects 46 million Americans
USA Today

September 30, 2011 - The recession that led to an explosion in poverty began in December 2007 and ended — officially, anyway — in June 2009. It not only made the poor poorer, it snagged those who thought they had worked themselves out of poverty and blindsided those who never Read more.


Brooklyn, NY: Farmworkers demand living wage
Workers World

September 29, 2011 - “No more slaves! Pay a living wage!” demanded a strong and spirited Brooklyn, N.Y., rally at the entrance of a Trader Joe’s grocery store on Sept. 24. Some protesters wore hats shaped like a tomato. Read more.


Scotland: Glasgow City Council increases 'living wage' for staff
BBC News

September 29, 2011 - Glasgow City Council is to increase its minimum "living wage" rate by 5p to £7.20 an hour from April next year. Read more.


Scotland: MSP fears staff at Holyrood 'earn less than living wage'
Edinburgh Evening News

September 28, 2011 - SCORES of workers at the Scottish Parliament could be earning less than the living wage, it was claimed today - despite the commitment by both the SNP and Labour to promote the £7.20 per hour pay rate. Read more.


Glasgow, Scotland: College staff walk out in pay row
The Press Association

September 28, 2011 - Support staff at a college have walked out on strike in a row over pay. Read more.


New Zealand: PSA celebrates legal living wage for sleepover workers
Scoop Independent News

September 27, 2011 - The PSA says this evening’s introduction of the Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Bill is a victorious moment for support workers throughout New Zealand. Read more.


Thailand: Bosses and unions discuss Phuket's B300 wage
The Phuket News

September 27, 2011 - PHUKET: Representatives of employers and employees in Phuket met today at Phuket Provincial Hall to thrash out recommendations to Bangkok over the new minimum wage for the island. Read more.


Arizona: Group protests 'low wage' jobs at Phoenix airport
ABC 15

September 26, 2011 - PHOENIX - Dozens of workers protested outside Sky Harbor Airport Monday saying they are being forced to live in poverty. Read more.


Baltimore: Poverty Rate in Inner City Rises 20% Percent in One Year
CoryMccray.com

September 26, 2011 - Is the subject “increase in poverty” discussed when lawmakers talk about furloughs, unemployment extensions,wage freezes, foreclosures, or jobs for inner city residents? Read more.


British Columbia: 'Living wage,' or road to higher unemployment?
The Province

September 22, 2011 - With municipal elections coming to a community near you in November, expect to hear some really silly policy proposals. Some will sound too good to be true. Read more.


Cowdenbeath, Scotland: Helen Eadie's 'living wage' attack prompts angry response from council leader
The Courier

September 22, 2011 - Helen Eadie, Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath, criticised the SNP's track record on improving low salaries in the public sector after a freedom of information request revealed that out of Fife Council's 21,028 employees, 1,989 staff are paid less than £7.20 an Read more.


L.A.'s Living Wage Ordinance isn't a Job Killer
Los Angeles Times

September 21, 2011 - As the bidding for LAX food concessions shows, businesses and good wages and benefits for workers can coexist. Read more.


London: Cleaners Protest for a Living Wage
Socialist Worker

September 20, 2011 - Some 100 people demonstrated in support of the cleaners at Senate House, University of London, on Wednesday of last week. Read more.


Belfast, Ireland: Unison Urges Move to 'Living Wage'
Belfast Telegraph

September 19, 2011 - The Government has been urged to consider a "substantial" increase in the minimum wage next year before moving to a "living wage" of £8 an hour for all workers. Read more.


In Texas, More Jobs and More Poverty
Star Telegram

September 16, 2011 - When the country loses jobs, it's not surprising that more people fall into poverty. But when Texas adds jobs, more people fall into poverty, too. Read more.


Census finds more people than ever living in poverty
Chicago Tribune

September 14, 2011 - Illinois slightly better than national average at 14 percent; assistance programs stretched to the limit Read more.


Business must earn subsidies, Cuomo aide says
Crains New York

September 14, 2011 - The state is moving away from awarding grants and tax breaks to companies before they deliver on their job-growth promises, Empire State Development Corp. President Kenneth Adams says. Read more.


America's labor market: Good job, bad job
The Economist

September 14, 2011 - WITH unemployment stubbornly high and an August jobs report showing no net job creation, some people might argue that American workers should be happy with whatever employment they can get. Read more.


The UK: UNICEF calls for Living Wage to enable better work/life balance
Left Foot Forward

September 14, 2011 - UNICEF today urged the UK government to support a Living Wage so parents don’t have to do multiple jobs on the minimum wage and can spend more time with their children. It also calls for local authorities to rethink their cuts to leisure, sport and other Read more.


NELP Statement on 2010 Poverty and Income Data
MMD Newswire

September 13, 2011 - NELP Statement on 2010 Poverty and Income Data Read more.


Nokia Pays India Workers Below Minimum Living Wage
The Wall Street Journal

September 13, 2011 - HELSINKI (Dow Jones)--Finnish handset maker Nokia Corp. (NOK) relies heavily on contract workers at its Chennai mobile phone factory in India, paying them less than minimum living wage, said Finnish human and labor rights organization Finnwatch in a repor Read more.


Demonstrate to support London Living Wage
Socialist Resistance

September 13, 2011 - Workers at the University of London will be holding a mass demonstration on Wednesday to demand that the London Living Wage be paid to all university workers. Read more.


Taos, New Mexico: Paying dispatchers a living wage
The Taos News

September 8, 2011 - Same old. There go the big boys making their big decisions using the tax payer's money to feel like they are actually doing something. Read more.


Hudson County, NJ: Freeholders moving to extend coverage under 'living wage' ordinance to vendors' part-time workers
The Jersey Journal

September 7, 2011 - Hudson County freeholders intend to update the county’s living-wage ordinance to make it apply to part-time workers who work for vendors doing business with the county. Read more.


Lethbridge, Alberta: Local wages keeping many in poverty
Lethbridge Herald

September 2, 2011 - One in every six Lethbridge workers is living in poverty, according to a provincial watchdog of citizen's interests. Read more.


Coquitlam, British Columbia: Why a 'living wage' matters
Coquitlam Now

September 2, 2011 - Across Canada, the United States and Great Britain, the concept of a "living wage" is taking root. Read more.


Scotland: Rutherglen MSP welcomes calls to raise living wage
Rutherglen Reformer

August 31, 2011 - The Living Wage Campaign calls for every worker in the country to earn enough to provide their family with the essentials of life, and recently called for it to be increased by 5p to £7.20, their estimate of a living wage. Read more.


EUROPE: Outdoor industry to host living wage roundtable
Just-Style

August 31, 2011 - A roundtable to discuss the provision of a living wage for workers in global supply chains is being hosted later this year by the European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). Read more.


Lancashire, UK: Employers urged to sign up to pay their staff a ‘living wage’
Lancashire Evening Post

August 30, 2011 - Businesses in Preston are being asked to follow the lead of the city council and pay their workers a ‘living wage’. Read more.


Argentina Set to Raise Its Minimum Wage by 25%
Hispanically Speaking News

August 28, 2011 - Argentina, under the leadership of President Cristina Fernandez, is set to raise its minimum wage by 25% to approximately $550 per month wages. Read more.


Surrey, British Columbia: PICS’ Gill Telling Farm Workers To Wake Up And Smell The Low Wages
The Link Paper

August 27, 2011 - Surrey, British Columbia: PICS’ Gill Telling Farm Workers To Wake Up And Smell The Low Wages Read more.


Russia: The living wage grows by 16.2 percent in Dagestan
Republican Information Agency

August 27, 2011 - In the first half of 2011 the living wage has grown by 16.2 percent and totaled 5003 rubles in Dagestan. As to the source in the Republic’s Ministry of Economy, the changes occurred against the growth of consumer prices by 14 percent on average within the Read more.


European Outdoor Group announces living-wage roundtable
Inteletex.com

August 26, 2011 - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) have announced an outdoor-industry roundtable meeting to discuss the issues surrounding ‘a living wage’. Read more.


Thailand to up minimum wage
Channel News Asia

August 25, 2011 - BANGKOK: Thailand's new government wants to set the minimum daily wage at US$10 -- an increase of nearly 30 per cent. Read more.


Indianapolis, IN: As Hotels Outsource Jobs, Workers Lose Hold On Living Wage
Huffington Post

August 24, 2011 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Maria Fajardo has been working as a housekeeper and janitor in Indianapolis hotels since 1987. The job has changed a lot in 24 years, but not for the better. The work is much more difficult than it used to be, and the pay comparatively muc Read more.


Baltimore - What America needs: Jobs that pay a living wage
The Baltimore Sun

August 24, 2011 - Recently, Dan Rodricks took on the Republicans in Congress who want to pay down the federal budget deficit by raising taxes on the middle class and the poor ("Tax the poor, protect the rich," Aug. 21). Read more.


Asheville, NC: Working it
Mountain Xpress

August 23, 2011 - Living wages are good for business Read more.


Miami Security Officers Defend City's Living Wage Ordinance, Strike Against Kent Security
SEIU Blog

August 19, 2011 - Security officers in Miami say they've been underpaid for two years by Kent Security, and they've had enough. On Wednesday, dozens of officers who protect public sites at the City of Miami and the Miami Parking Authority went on strike to protest what the Read more.


Miami Officials Investigating Whether Kent Security Broke Living Wage Law
SEIU Blog

August 17, 2011 - Officials in Miami, Florida say they are investigating Kent Security, a private security firm that has been paid more than $358,000 this year in a taxpayer-funded contract. According to The Miami Herald, the city's procurement director, Kenneth Robertson, Read more.


Pelosi Says Demand Creates Jobs At Speakout For Good Jobs Event
Campaign For America's Future

August 17, 2011 - Pelosi Says Demand Creates Jobs At Speakout For Good Jobs Event Dave Johnson Read more.


San Francisco: IWW Couriers Union Demands Living Wage for Workers at Speedway Delivery and Messenger Service
Infoshop News

August 17, 2011 - San Francisco: IWW Couriers Union Demands Living Wage for Workers at Speedway Delivery and Messenger Service Read more.


British Columbia, Canada: More living with less income
The Columbian

August 16, 2011 - If money is the lifeblood of making your way in this world, then Vancouver resident Steven Doerk, 42, sure could use some more of it. Read more.


Thailand: Minimum Wage Of 300 Baht Per Day To Begin In January
Bernama.com

August 16, 2011 - BANGKOK, Aug 16 (Bernama) - The government plans to carry out its minimum wage policy of 300 Baht (about RM30) per day starting January next year, Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said. Read more.


India: Workers seek wage hike
The Telegraph

August 16, 2011 - Aug. 16: Railway contractor’s workers in the city have demanded a hike in wages from the existing Rs 96 a day to Rs 205, under the banner of the Railway Contractor’s Workers’ Union. Read more.


Miami: City probing whether security contractor broke living-wage law
The Miami Herald

August 16, 2011 - A dozen security guards say their employer, a city contractor, isn’t paying the wage required by Miami’s living-wage law. Read more.


The UK: Labour call for fair wage
This Is Lancashire

August 14, 2011 - YOUNG people re calling on local businesses to pay fair wages. Read more.


Scotland: Living wage proposed for all Holyrood firms' staff
Scotland on Sunday

August 7, 2011 - PRIVATE firms with Scottish Government contracts could be forced to pay the "living wage" of £7.15 per hour under a change to the law due to come before Holyrood this autumn. Read more.


Bahamas: The minimum wage debate continues
The Freeport News

August 6, 2011 - As the cost of living continues to increase in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the global society, the country's minimum wage debate is once again gaining national attention. Read more.


Long Island, NY: Nassau hikes living wage
Long Island Business News

August 3, 2011 - Nassau County on Monday hiked its living wage, the minimum pay for workers in contracts with the county of more than $25,000, to $14.61 and $12.90 an hour with benefits. Read more.


San Francisco: Supervisors pass ordinance to strengthen living wage law
ABC 7

August 2, 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to strengthen the city's living wage law. Read more.


Living wage and pensions increased in Belarus today
Belteler Radio Company

August 1, 2011 - Sergei Khamentovsky reports: The Government approved a new living wage for the main socio-demographic groups last week. Today this normative standard came into force. Read more.


Pay us a living wage, say South Africa's miners
Reuters

July 29, 2011 - EMALAHLENI, South Africa, July 29 (Reuters) - After 38 years working for one of South Africa's biggest coal miners, plant attendant Joseph still struggles to make ends meet. Read more.


London: Charity pays living wage after our report
London Evening Standard

July 29, 2011 - An Anglican charity that has helped hundreds of people out of poverty has begun to pay its own staff the London living wage after being alerted by the Evening Standard. Read more.


Scotland: Almost 1,000 Scots government staff on less than Living Wage
Public Finance

July 26, 2011 - Labour has accused the Scottish Government of failing to live up to a promise to pay all its employees at least the ‘Living Wage’, the minimum income campaigners say is needed for a decent quality of life. Read more.


Thailand: Academics support wage rise proposal
Bangkok Post

July 26, 2011 - Academics and labour leaders have thrown their weight behind the Pheu Thai Party's policy to raise the daily minimum wage to 300 baht, but recommend that measures be drawn up to cope with employer concerns. Read more.


Scotland: Hundreds working for government-funded bodies earn below living wage
Scotland on Sunday

July 24, 2011 - NEARLY 1,000 people who work for Scottish Government-funded public bodies are earning less than the "Living Wage" of £7.15 per hour, new research has revealed. Read more.


Nigeria: Minimum wage, Maximum wedge
Vanguard

July 23, 2011 - EMOTIONS were bound to be high on the minimum wage. What most did not foresee was the subterfuge that politicians will bring into it. They gave workers minimum wage with maximum wedge to ensure it never works. Read more.


Scotland: Dumfriesshire councillors battle over Living Wage
Dumfries & Galloway Standard

July 20, 2011 - THE COUNCIL’S Conservative-led administration has blasted a new scheme which will give more than 800 workers a pay rise. Read more.


London: Labour must lead on the living wage
The Guardian

July 20, 2011 - For a brief period last year, vocal support for the concept of a "living wage" spanned the political spectrum. As part of his bid to decontaminate the Conservative brand, David Cameron pronounced the living wage an idea "whose time has come". Read more.


Vancouver, BC: RDCO released first Living Wage calculation report
AM1150 News

July 19, 2011 - The Regional District of the Central Okanagan is making it easier for families to figure out if they can afford to live comfortably in the area. Read more.


New Zealand: Inflation leads to new calls for $15 minimum wage
3 News

July 19, 2011 - The Government's under fire over the news inflation has soared to a record two-decade high of 5.3 percent. Read more.


New Zealand: Wage rises must match inflation
Radio New Zealand News

July 19, 2011 - The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) says the rising inflation rate must be mirrored by an increase in wages so workers can maintain their standard of living. Read more.


Scotland: Talks over living wage proposals
Bearsden Herald

July 18, 2011 - One of the country's top trade unionists has met frontline staff at Newcastle City Council to discuss proposals for a living wage. Read more.


Scotland: Dumfries and Galloway Council workers set for pay rise
BBC News

July 18, 2011 - More than 800 local authority workers in Dumfries and Galloway are set for a pay rise after councillors backed proposals for a "living wage". Read more.


Nigeria: The Politics And Reality Of National Minimum Wage
OsunDefender

July 15, 2011 - In a free enterprise or capitalist system which Nigeria practices, the nexus of market forces otherwise known as the invisible hand determines the price of goods and services. Wages like other economic indicators are controlled by the forces of demand and Read more.


Scotland: Council low paid in line for wage rise
Galloway News

July 14, 2011 - THE STEWARTRY’S low paid council workers could soon have something to celebrate. Read more.


London: Sainsbury's checkout staff stage 'decent wage' protest
The Guardian

July 13, 2011 - Retailer's chief executive is targeted at annual meeting over £3.2m in pay and bonuses Read more.


Thailand: Academics urge labour-friendly changes to wage committee
Bangkok Post

July 13, 2011 - It is difficult to imagine how a minimum wage earner in Bangkok can raise a family comfortably, given the high cost of food, housing and transport in the capital. So it was no surprise that Pheu Thai's campaign pledge of a 300-baht minimum wage proved pop Read more.


Nigeria: Pay teachers living wage
Nigerian Tribune

July 11, 2011 - PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 state governors have been urged to pay teachers a living wage and an improved earning system. Read more.


South Africa: Why we're fighting on
Politicsweb

July 10, 2011 - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) National Executive Committee (NEC) that was held today Sunday 10 July 2011 took stock of the NUMSA-led National Industry Strike which started last Monday 4 July 2011 in the Metal & Engineering sec Read more.


Philippines: Wage board hikes workers' pay in Northern Mindanao
PhilStar

July 8, 2011 - MANILA, Philippines - Labor chief Rosalinda Baldoz today announced that the regional wage board has approved pay adjustments for minimum wage earners in Northern Mindanao. Read more.


South Africa: Call to arms for 'a living wage'
Mail & Guardian

July 8, 2011 - The petroleum, chemical and mining industries -- key sectors in the economy -- are bracing themselves for rolling mass action starting next week. The metal and engineering industry strike is also still firmly under way. Read more.


Scotland: MP backs living wage
Carrick Gazette

July 8, 2011 - Sandra Osborne, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, is calling for the biggest companies in her constituency and across the country to pay their workers living wages. Read more.


Wisconsin: Minimum wage laws serve a purpose
New Richmond News

July 8, 2011 - I read an interesting article in the Star-Tribune by Amity Shlaes of Bloomberg News. Ms. Shlaes blames the high rate of teenage unemployment on minimum wage rates, which according to her and other right leaning pundits, are much too high. Read more.


Kazakhstan’s living wage totals 16,851 tenge in June
Caspionet

July 6, 2011 - The living wages in Kazakhstan totaled 16 thousand 851 tenge in June, the press service of the Kazakhstan Statistics Agency reports. Read more.


South African Engineers Strike Over Wages
IC Publications

July 5, 2011 - More than 110,000 South African engineers and metalworkers launched a strike Monday to demand a 13 percent wage increase, with thousands of workers marching through the country's main cities. Read more.


Illinois: Raise the Minimum Wage?
Gaper's Block

July 5, 2011 - Illinois is tied for the third highest minimum wage in the country, only outdone by Oregon and Washington, despite that advocates are calling for an increase is a stagnant economy. Read more.


UK: Shouldn't we be paying workers enough to live on?
The Guardian

July 5, 2011 - As the government prepares to overhaul tax credits and benefits with its universal credit, spending cuts are already trimming entitlements for low earning families. Read more.


Illinoisans Call for Minimum Wage Increase
In These Times

July 1, 2011 - CHICAGO—Among various policies that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has touted as proving he fought for the common man was a 2006 bill that raised the state minimum wage automatically each year through 2010. Read more.


San Jose, CA: New Living Wage Kicks in for SJ Companies
ABC 7

July 1, 2011 - SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose's new living wage kicks in Friday for companies that contract with the city. Read more.


Malaysia: Wage Act passed
The Star

July 1, 2011 - KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia took its first step in having a minimum wage for workers with the passing of the National Wages Consultative Council Bill in the Dewan Rakyat. Read more.


Ventura, CA: County Board OKs Living-Wage Increase; Foy dissents
Ventura County Star

June 28, 2011 - The minimum wage paid by Ventura County government will be increased by 50 cents, to $10 an hour plus benefits, in July. Read more.


New Zealand: Campaign for a Living Wage Picket Nat MPs' Offices
Scoop Independent News

June 23, 2011 - National and Act have signaled they want to reintroduce youth rates for workers up to the age of 24 as part of their election policy. Read more.


Tesco under fire for failing to pay cleaners living wage
Left Foot Forward

June 21, 2011 - Tesco have again come under fire from Living Wage protestors, as a flash mob stormed their Earls Court store yesterday evening demanding Britain’s largest retailer increase cleaners’ wages. Read more.


Georgian Minimum Living Wage Rises by About 30%
Vestnik Kavkaza

June 16, 2011 - The minimum living wage in Georgia reached 166.4 laris, according to statistics of June 1, 2011, rising by almost 30%, compared with the previous year, the Georgian National Statistics Service said, Business Georgia reports. Read more.


Missouri: 'Livable' wage goal worthy of achieving
News-Leader.com

June 11, 2011 - Why are we so obsessed with the minimum wage? We must have a minimum wage, but by any rational standard it should also be a "livable" wage. Read more.


Malaysia: Go for decent living wage policy
Free Malaysia Today

June 11, 2011 - Compared to a minimum wage policy which is a short-term remedy, a decent living wage will ensure workers' wages are on par with current economic reality. Read more.


New Haven, CT: Aldermen Hike “Living Wage”
New Haven Independent

June 8, 2011 - It wasn’t the law he initially hoped to pass, but Alderman Mike Jones succeeded in raising the city’s living wage up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Read more.


Minimum Wage Increase Would Help Sluggish Economy, Say Experts
Huffington Post

June 7, 2011 - WASHINGTON -- A group of economists made the case on Tuesday for raising the federal and state minimum wages across the country as a way to boost the stagnant economy and improve the standard of living among low-wage earners. Read more.


London South Bank University Cleaners Demand 'Living Wage'
London SE1

June 7, 2011 - Cleaners at London South Bank University have staged a protest over poor pay and conditions. Read more.


British Columbia: Canada's Largest Credit Union Adopts a Living Wage
The Tyee

June 2, 2011 - Next year's increase in BC's minimum wage to $10.25 an hour marks an improvement for the working poor, but it still falls far below the $18.81 experts say marks a "living wage" in the city of Vancouver. Read more.


Edmonton, Alberta: Minimal Wage Hike May Not Be Enough
Metro Edmonton

June 2, 2011 - Minimum wage is on the way up, but it may not be enough to help many struggling to make ends meet. Read more.


Hong Kong: Foreign Maids Win Pay Rise
The Standard

June 2, 2011 - Pay for Hong Kong's army of foreign domestic helpers goes up by HK$160 to HK$3,740 from today. Read more.


New Study: You Can't Live on Minimum Wage
Detroit Free Press

May 31, 2011 - Cameo Thomas of Jackson works two jobs as a nursing home aide to support her 4-year-old twin sons. One job pays $9.50 an hour, the other $13.05. Sometimes she works 60 hours a week to make ends meet -- hard physical labor, most of it on her feet. Read more.


Michigan Families Need 3 Times Minimum Wage to Thrive
Associated Press

May 31, 2011 - LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan families are finding it harder to earn enough to support themselves, and new jobs being created over the next seven years aren't expected to help. Read more.


British Columbia: Vibrant Abbotsford sets 'living wage' at $16.42 per hour for family of four
Abbotsford News

May 30, 2011 - A family of four in Abbotsford cannot survive on minimum wage, according to Vibrant Abbotsford, a group of community partners working together to reduce poverty. Read more.


British Columbia: Whistler and the Living Wage
Pique Magazine

May 25, 2011 - How much does living cost? That's a question that Seth Klein grapples with every day. The director of the B.C. office for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), it's his job to look at people's ambitions and find ways to make them affordab Read more.


London Hotel Workers Protest Over Olympic Pay
Employee Benefits

May 25, 2011 - London hotel workers, including room attendants, waiters, porters and kitchen staff staged a protest yesterday (Tuesday 24 May) outside the Holiday Inn Mayfair, over demands to pay staff the London Living Wage during the Olympic Games. Read more.


Vancouver, B.C.: Vancity Becomes the Largest Organization in Canada to Adopt Living Wage Policy
MarketWire

May 24, 2011 - VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - As Canada's largest credit union celebrates its 65th anniversary, it is timely that Vancity sets a precedent as the largest organization in Canada to become a Living Wage Employer. Read more.


Seton Hall's Micah Institute Holds Annual Summit on "Living Wage"
Seton Halls News

May 23, 2011 - “There is something very unappealing, if not outright immoral, when a business argues that it cannot afford to pay a living wage to its workers.” Read more.


Sacramento, CA: Three reasons people who work for a living should support unions
The Sacramento Bee

May 23, 2011 - The current assault on collective bargaining rights shows that ideology and smash-mouth politics can triumph over economic reality. Read more.


New Zealand: Labour vows to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in its first year in office
Radio New Zealand News

May 22, 2011 - Party leader Phil Goff says lifting the minimum wage will ensure that people who work for a living get a fair living wage. Read more.


Ealing Council adopts London Living Wage
Ealing Times

May 20, 2011 - Ealing is one of only five of the capital’s 32 councils paying London Living Wage to sub-contracted workers. Read more.


Cape Cod, Mass.: A Living Wage, Less Spent on Defense
Cape Cod Times

May 19, 2011 - If I remember correctly, a living wage in 1954 was $1 per hour, or $40 per week. I do know that a monthly mortgage payment for a 12-room, two-family house in Boston was $33. Read more.


Increasing the Minimum Wage is Smart for Families and the Economy
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 18, 2011 - Since the most recent increase in the federal minimum wage (from $6.55 to $7.25) nearly two years ago, inflation has been eating away at its buying power. The federal minimum wage was at its highest mark in 1968, worth more than 15 percent more than it is Read more.


Illinois - Living Wage Campaign: Schapiro and Sunshine hypocritical on wages
North By Northwestern

May 17, 2011 - Illinois - Living Wage Campaign: Schapiro and Sunshine hypocritical on wages Read more.


Scotland: MSP Launches Bid to Ensure Interns are Paid a Living Wage
News.scotsman.com

May 17, 2011 - A LABOUR MSP is calling for a living wage for Holyrood interns serving one month or more. New Lothians MSP Kezia Dugdale has lodged a motion calling for MSPs to pay their interns, who are currently unpaid on a work experience basis, a wage of £7.15 per ho Read more.


Australia: Decent Rise to Minimum Wage is Needed to ease Growing Cost of Living Pressures
Australian Council of Trade Unions

May 17, 2011 - Australian households are feeling the pinch of sharply rising cost of living pressures, according to new official data which bolsters the case for a decent increase to award minimum wages. Read more.


Ann Arbor increases 'living wage' requirement for companies doing business with the city
AnnArbor.com

May 16, 2011 - Contractors and vendors doing business with the City of Ann Arbor, as of May 1, now must pay higher wages to ensure their employees are making a decent living. Read more.


Hackney Council and Tesco blasted as Mayor Boris raises London Living Wage to £8.30 per hour
Hackney Citizen

May 9, 2011 - Hackney Council and Tesco blasted as Mayor Boris raises London Living Wage to £8.30 per hour Read more.


Ohio: Living Wage Hard to Find
The Mansfield News Journal

May 9, 2011 - Eight of the 10 largest occupations in Ohio do not pay enough for an adult with a young child to live without public assistance, according to a report released Friday. Read more.


Oklahoma: Students for a Democratic Society vocal for change on campus
The Oklahoma Daily

May 9, 2011 - Students for a Democratic Society vocal for change on campus Read more.


Illinois: Faculty Senate Resolves to Support Living Wage, Due Process for Protess
North By Northwestern

May 9, 2011 - The Northwestern Faculty Senate passed three resolutions May 4 — one to voice its concern for the possible violation of Medill professor David Protess’s due process rights, and the second and third to support the Living Wage Campaign’s efforts, according Read more.


Ithaca, NY: Tompkins Living Wage Rises to $11.67 Per Hour
The Ithaca Journal

May 6, 2011 - The hourly pay required for a "living wage" in Tompkins County has increased to $11.67, according to a study by Alternatives Federal Credit Union released Friday. Read more.


Britain: Royal Cleaners Fight for Living Wage
Marxist.com

May 5, 2011 - While the Great and Good were busy spending our money on the Royal Wedding, low-paid cleaners at Buckingham Palace were fighting to increase their meagre wages to something like a decent level. Sign the petition in their support. Read more.


London: Rabbis join call for a living wage
The Jewish Chronicle

May 5, 2011 - Two senior rabbis joined a special interfaith event in central London on Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of a pioneering anti-poverty campaign. Read more.


Baltimore: One Year Later, Clarke Fights for Living Wage
The Afro-American Newspapers

May 5, 2011 - It’s been one year since Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, D-14, first introduced a bill that would have required major retailers to pay employees a living wage. Read more.


London’s Living Wage – Who Pays It?
Londonist

May 5, 2011 - Boris Johnson has increased London’s living wage to £8.30 per hour but who’s paying it? Read more.


London: Protesters Demand 'Living Wage'
The Independent

May 3, 2011 - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/protesters-demand-living-wage-2278044.html Read more.


Mayor Announces London Living Wage Increase
MayorWatch

May 2, 2011 - Low paid workers in the capital are set to receive a salary increase after City Hall announced a 5% increase in the London Living Wage to £8.30 per hour. Read more.


'Living Wage' Campaign Backed by Investors Worth £13bn
BBC News

May 1, 2011 - 'Living Wage' Campaign Backed by Investors Worth £13bn Read more.


London: Wedding watchers asked to back a Living Wage for low-paid royal cleaners
Ekklesia

April 29, 2011 - Royal watchers have been asked by the Public and Commercial and Services union to support a campaign to give disgracefully low-paid cleaners in the Royal Household a living wage. Read more.


Scotland: Living wage 'is £7.15 an hour'
The Press Association

April 28, 2011 - Low wages remain a scourge for women and families, according to the Scottish Greens. Read more.


Virgin Islands: Possible 'living-wage' law has support and opposition
Virgin Islands Daily News

April 28, 2011 - ST. THOMAS - A recent study commissioned by the 28th V.I. Legislature examines the question of whether the territory should raise its minimum wage for taxpayer-funded workers to $10 an hour. Read more.


Santa Monica, CA: City Council Adds Same-Sex Equality Ordinance To Living Wage Law
The LookOut News

April 28, 2011 - April 28, 2011 -- The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a motion requiring contractors doing business with the city to provide the same benefits to same-sex couples as to heterosexual couples. Read more.


London: Royal watchers asked to back living wage for cleaners
Politics.co.uk

April 27, 2011 - Royal watchers will be asked by the Public and Commercial and Services union to support a campaign to pay cleaners in the Royal Household a living wage. Read more.


London: Faiths Unite in Day for Civil Society
Independent Catholic News

April 26, 2011 - On 2 May Citizens UK launches the first 'Day for Civil Society' - a mixture of faith services, rallies and an assembly celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Living Wage, on the theme: "only organised people can control organised money". Read more.


University of Virginia Living Wage Campaign refutes pay increase
Charlottesville News & Arts

April 26, 2011 - 286 University employees make $11.44/hour or less Read more.


London: Lush Cosmetics Does the Right Thing
TreeHugger.com

April 25, 2011 - Lush Cosmetics is the green cosmetic company that split off from the Body Shop in the '90's. Still privately owned by the original founder, Mark Constantine, they sell environmentally friendly soap and paraphernalia in 700 shops across the world, as well Read more.


(Video) Minimum Wage vs A Living Wage: Which One Can You Survive On?
All Voices

April 22, 2011 - The global economy is suffering and the U.S., despite the title of 'best and riches country in the world," is no exception. Ours continue to be sluggish and guess who's feeling the hurt most? Read more.


London: Campaigners for £7.85 an Hour Living Wage Meet Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke
West End Extra

April 22, 2011 - London Citizens 'face-to-face' with supermarket boss Read more.


London: Royal Cleaners Petition for ‘a Living Wage’
The Star

April 21, 2011 - A public service union in Britain is trying to get a little of the millions to be spent on the Royal Wedding for the not-quite-living-wage of Royal Household cleaners. Read more.


Virginia: University Protest Targets Salaries
The Cavalier Daily

April 21, 2011 - Living Wage Campaign culminates Day of Action on Madison Hall, Rotunda steps Read more.


Virginia: Five WM Students Charged for Sit-In, Vow to Continue Fight
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

April 21, 2011 - Campus police at the College of William and Mary charged five students with trespassing early Thursday, after the students had spent 16 hours sitting in protest at the office of President Taylor Reveley. Read more.


Lush Founder Becomes First Store Boss to Pledge Living Wage of £7.85
London Evening Standard

April 20, 2011 - Cosmetics chain Lush today promised to pay a London living wage to all its employees in the capital. Read more.


Williamsburg, VA: Living Wage Action Day Planned
The Virginia Gazette

April 19, 2011 - This Wednesday at noon hundreds of students, workers, professors and community members plan to meet at the Brafferton outside President Taylor Reveley’s office to demonstrate for living wages for college workers. Read more.


Crosby: A Positive Vision for New Haven
Yale Daily News

April 18, 2011 - In his column Monday (“Taking our alderman to task,” April 18), Nathaniel Zelinsky took a misguided stand against the living wage proposal which recently passed out of committee, accusing Ward 1 Alderman Mike Jones ’11 of putting some putative desire to b Read more.


Illinois: Living Wage Campaign Kicks Off Weekend Conference with Keynote Speaker
The Daily Northwestern

April 15, 2011 - According to Barbara Ehrenreich, low-wage workers are America's major philanthropists. Read more.


Virginia: Waging the Expectations
The Cavalier Daily

April 15, 2011 - On Inauguration Day, a revitalized Living Wage campaign reflects on its history and seeks progress with a new administration Read more.


New Haven, CT: On 2nd Try, Living Wage Gets The OK
New Haven Independent

April 14, 2011 - It’s back, but you might not recognize it: A bill meant to raise minimum wage on city-contracted jobs has moved forward, in a scaled-down form. Read more.


Pay Up: University of Memphis Workers Demand a Living Wage
Memphis Flyer

April 14, 2011 - "What do we want? Living wage! When do we want it? Now!" Those were the cries of a group of University of Memphis workers and students crowded near the University Center last Friday. Read more.


New Haven, CT: Living Wage Moves Ahead
Yale Daily News

April 14, 2011 - Ward 1 Alderman Michael Jones’ ’11 proposal to expand the city’s living wage law has taken a big step forward. Read more.


Asheville, NC: "Thank you, City Council, for expanding living wage"
Mountain Xpress

April 12, 2011 - I commend the Asheville City Council members who voted to phase in an extension of the living-wage ordinance to include contract workers. Read more.


Nigeria: The Living Wage Question
Daily Independent

April 12, 2011 - Through the years, Federal and State Governments have continually complained about their inability to pay a living wage to civil servants. Things have recently got to a head as the Federal Government has failed to fully implement the N18,000/month minimum Read more.


Ottawa: Poverty Group Urges Action on ‘Living Wage’
Metro Ottawa

April 12, 2011 - City council is dragging its feet on implementing a proposal to restrict municipal contracts only to those employers who agree to pay their workers a “living wage,” say members of an anti-poverty lobby group. Read more.


Memphis, TN: Groups to Continue Protests for Living Wage for UM employees
The Daily Helmsman

April 8, 2011 - During a rally protesting University of Memphis employee wages, a small group of protesters will deliver over 1,000 postcards from students, campus workers and community members to Shirley Raines' office today. Read more.


Vancouver, BC - Living wages: An idea whose time has come
The Vancouver Sun

April 8, 2011 - As cities, Vancouver and London, England, have a lot of things in common. They are both global and cosmopolitan. They are both leading proponents of developing sustainable and livable urban spaces. They have both been chosen to showcase the Olympics - whi Read more.


Kenya: State Responds to High Cost of Living with Fresh Wage Rise Plan
Business Daily

April 7, 2011 - The least paid workers could get a pay increment in coming weeks if a new wage structure the government has proposed is adopted at a meeting with trade unionists this morning. Read more.


Ottawa: ACORN Calls for Living Wage
580 CFRA News

April 6, 2011 - Councillors are being asked once again to support a Living Wage in the City of Ottawa. Read more.


Texas: Call For Raises For Dallas Minimum Wage Sanitation Workers
KERA News

April 5, 2011 - Dallas civil rights and union activists marked the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday evening with a rally for Dallas sanitation workers. KERA's BJ Austin reports. Read more.


New Zealand: Tough to Survive on Minimum Wage
Scoop Independent News

April 1, 2011 - Manurewa High School cleaners are getting a pay rise today because the minimum wage has gone to $13 an hour. But the cleaners say this is not enough to live on with the cost of living rising higher than the 25 cents an hour they will gain. Read more.


Ithaca, NY: IC Workers All Deserve to be Paid Living Wage
The Ithaca Journal

March 31, 2011 - The Tompkins County Workers' Center (formerly Living Wage Coalition) has long worked on local issues that relate to the necessity of people earning a living wage for their work. Ithaca College, by the same token, has engaged deeply in sustainable practice Read more.


Sri Lanka: Labour Movement Calls for LKR20,000 ‘Living Wage’
Just Style

March 31, 2011 - Sri Lankan apparel industry labour rights coalition ALARM is calling for a LKR20,000 (US$ 180.98) monthly ‘living wage’ for local apparel workers. Read more.


New Westminster, BC: Surrey Examining Fair Wage Policy
Surrey Leader

March 30, 2011 - The City of Surrey has asked staff to explore the impact of a "living wage" policy. If such a policy was endorsed, it would mean Surrey would require (as part of its tendering process) that employees of the successful bidder pay a set wage amount, likely Read more.


Vancouver, B.C.: Municipalities can Lead on Living Wage, say Councilors
The Tyee

March 25, 2011 - With basic living expenses on the rise in Metro Vancouver and across the province, two municipal councilors encouraged their peers to consider adopting living wage policies. Read more.


North Carolina: Asheville Expands 'Living Wage' Rules
Asheville Citizen Times

March 23, 2011 - Many contractors doing business with the city will now have to pay employees a “living wage,” making it one of only two cities in the state to set standards higher than the minimum wage for private businesses. Read more.


Wyoming Uses Tax Deal to Tie Former GM Stamping Plant to 'Living Wage' Jobs
The Grand Rapids Press

March 22, 2011 - WYOMING — A deal approved Monday would use future tax proceeds to reimburse redevelopers of the former General Motors plant on 36th Street SW, so long as the 90-acre site gets revived by manufacturers that provide “living wage” jobs. Read more.


Wisconsin: Don’t Allow Hard-Won Gains for Workers to be Rolled Back
InForum: The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead

March 19, 2011 - The real issue in the imbroglio in Wisconsin is the definition of a basic entitlement. Is an employer entitled to the labor he hires at whatever price the market sets, or is the worker entitled to a living wage? Read more.


Albany, NY: 'Living wage' Gets Lift in Overhaul
The Times Union

March 18, 2011 - Tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 30-day budget amendment is a clause that by some interpretations could greatly expand the number of counties where home care workers could be paid a "living wage," or pay floor set by local governments. Read more.


North Ayrshire, Scotland: Living wage Increase for Council Workers
The Irvine Herald

March 18, 2011 - MORE than 430 North Ayrshire Council workers are in line for a wages increase. Read more.


DC: Councilman Pushing for 'Living Wage' from Big Retailers
Washington Examiner

March 15, 2011 - A D.C. councilman is pushing for regulations that would require big box retailers like Walmart to pay their workers "living wages." Read more.


The American Dream is Impossible for Low-Wage Earners in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Patch

March 15, 2011 - Not only are Santa Cruz workers not always getting minimum wage, but even those who are being paid fairly can barely afford to live here. Read more.


London: University Confirms Living Wage for All Staff
Islington Now

March 15, 2011 - London Metropolitan University’s vice chancellor has apologised after he forgot to include cleaners and security guards in an email promising to pay all staff the London living wage. Read more.


Vancouver, BC: Councillor Bob Bose Brings Idea of Living-Wage Policy to Surrey
Straight.com

March 7, 2011 - Surrey city councillor Bob Bose wants his municipality to explore the idea of a living-wage policy. Read more.


New Westminster, BC: ‘Living Wage’ Should be Election Issue, Councillor Says
Kamloops Daily News

March 7, 2011 - A “living wage” capable of supporting a family, as distinct from the minimum wage or any increase to it, ought to be a municipal election issue this fall, Coun. Nancy Bepple said Monday. Read more.


New Zealand: Workers Locked out at SkyCity Casino in Wage Dispute
Scoop Independent News

March 7, 2011 - New Zealand's largest casino has begun locking out its workforce in an attempt by the company to force unionised employees to accept a new agreement. Read more.


New Bedford, Mass.: Union at City Hall rally: 'We need more money'
South Coast Today

March 5, 2011 - Citing paltry wages and the recent deaths of two human service workers in the state, the SEIU Local 509 staged a rally in front of City Hall late Friday morning. Union members called for higher pay and safer working conditions. Read more.


Chicago: Eateries At Midway Seek ‘Living Wages’
Southwest News Herald

March 4, 2011 - Concession stand workers at Midway Airport are seeking pay raises. Read more.


Virginia: Straight to the Point
The Cavalier Daily

March 2, 2011 - THE LIVING Wage Campaign at the University — represented in part by Workers and Students United — hosted a rally last week to raise awareness of its agenda and attempt to pressure school administrators to consent to instituting an artificial minimum wage Read more.


Bahamas: Defining a Living Wage is the Bare Minimum
The Tribune

March 1, 2011 - I would argue that a living wage could provide more insight to the challenges that the 'man on the street' faces, especially in these trying times. Read more.


London: What it Means to Work on the Shop Floors of Oxford Street
London Evening Standard

March 1, 2011 - We spend billions in Europe's busiest shopping street, yet what do those who serve us earn? David Cohen investigates which stores pay the London Living Wage. Read more.


London: Firms Should Get Tax Breaks to pay Living Wage, says Ed Miliband
The Guardian

February 28, 2011 - Labour leader makes suggestion as new research shows 22p in every pound of increased wages between 1979 and 2005 went to society's highest earners Read more.


Illinois: Living Wage Campaign to Host Conference in April Featuring Barbara Ehrenreich
The Daily Northwestern

February 28, 2011 - The Northwestern Living Wage Campaign will bring author Barbara Ehrenreich to campus in April to lead off a two-day conference discussing the validity and viability of implementing a living wage at NU. Read more.


Virginia: Students Rally for Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

February 28, 2011 - As the Board of Visitors convened Friday, more than 200 workers and University students assembled on the southern part of the Lawn, unfazed by the gusty winds, to march for a living wage. Read more.


London: Opinion: the Liberal Democrats should support a Living Wage
The Liberal Democratic Voice

February 28, 2011 - The Living Wage is a term which has gained ground in mainstream politics over the past year or so. Ed Miliband has used it in attempts to forge his political identity. Boris Johnson has spokenof his support for the concept and would like to see it introdu Read more.


LONDON: Low pay: A Wage to Live With
People Management

February 24, 2011 - More employers – even in tough times – are committing to paying their lowest paid workers one-third more than the statutory minimum. Anat Arkin finds that the benefits of the ‘living wage’ work both ways Read more.


Virginia: Wage Against the Machine
The Cavalier Daily

February 24, 2011 - OUR students, administrators, peer institutions and community all agree that paying workers a living wage is the right thing to do. Read more.


University of Virginia Living Wage: That'll be $11.44
Charlottesville News & Arts

February 22, 2011 - On the first day of spring semester, representatives of Students and Workers United for a Living Wage met with President Teresa Sullivan to discuss fair wages for all University employees. Read more.


Kenora, Ontario: Call for Living Wage for Disabled
Miner and News

February 18, 2011 - During the Week of Action Against Poverty, Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) executive director, James Retson is calling on Canada to commit to a living wage for the nation's disabled — and is hoping to make it an election issue. Read more.


British Columbia - Study: Living Wage Set at $13.45/hr For Individuals
Williams Lake Tribune

February 17, 2011 - The community of Williams Lake has a living wage benchmark. Read more.


Vancouver: Surrey Council Needs To Endorse New Westminster’s Living Wage Policy
The Link

February 13, 2011 - The time has come for Surrey to follow the lead of New Westminster and endorse a living wage policy. Read more.


Springfield, IL: Groups Seeks $10 an Hour Minimum Wage
The Herald Review

February 12, 2011 - Illinois’ minimum wage should be pushed above $10 an hour over the next few years and then tied to the cost of living, advocates said, launching a new campaign to increase a rate that’s already higher than that of its neighbors. Read more.


Living Wage Proposed for Airport Concession Workers
Chicago Tribune

February 9, 2011 - Airport concessions workers would be paid at least $11.03 an hour under a union-backed living wage proposal, which supporters acknowledge could raise the prices of food, drinks and other goods at O'Hare and Midway. Read more.


Vancouver: What Does $14.16 Per Hour Buy a Household in Cranbrook?
BC Local News

February 9, 2011 - Read more.


Aldermen Say Airport Workers Should Get ‘Living Wage’
Chicago Sun-Times

February 9, 2011 - The captive audience of consumers at O’Hare and Midway Airports has grown accustomed to paying higher prices. But they might want to hang onto their wallets. Read more.


Chicago: Concession Workers At Chicago's Airports Want To Keep Jobs, Earn A Living Wage
Progress Illinois

February 9, 2011 - With a massive bidding process for food and retail outlets at O'Hare and Midway now under way, concession workers don't want to be left behind. A new ordinance seeks to shore up their jobs and wages. Read more.


Chicago: Proposed City Law Would Protect Airport Restaurant Worker Jobs, Wages
Crain's

February 8, 2011 - An ordinance could be headed to the City Council that would make it more expensive for companies to run restaurants at the city's airports. Read more.


Vancouver: Surrey Council Should do the Right Thing and Endorse Living Wage
Straight.com

February 8, 2011 - The time has come for Surrey to follow the lead of New Westminster and endorse a living wage policy. Read more.


Group Demands Wal-Mart Pay 'Living Wages' at D.C. Stores
TBD

February 7, 2011 - Some union members are demanding that Wal-Mart Inc. should make promises to workers when it comes to its D.C. locations. Read more.


Egypt: Lack of a Living Wage Called for Desperate Measures
Blog Critics

February 3, 2011 - Could you live off a basic monthly minimum wage of $6.35? (I had to check a couple of sources to verify there wasn’t a typo) No joke. Read more.


Iowa:Waterloo Schools Support Staff Voices 'Living Wage' Concerns
Waterloo Daily Courier

January 30, 2011 - Waterloo Community Schools' support staff asked administrators for a raise Thursday that brings salaries "closer to a living wage." Read more.


South Africa: Decent Work: Key to Growth
Mail & Guardian

January 28, 2011 - The idea of a living wage arises from the observation that although an economy can create employment on the basis of low wages the volume of employment may not be sufficient to counterbalance the effect of low wages on demand. Therefore a living wage woul Read more.


Colorado: A Living Wage is in Order
The Aspen Times

January 28, 2011 - Together, all across America, labor and religious leaders are joining hands and asking for changes in the law. People for a Living Wage, a group of Aspen Skiing Co. employees, has pointed out that some of Skico's jobs pay less than $10 an hour. We may dis Read more.


Virginia: Living Wage Coalition Holds First Meeting of Semester
The Flat Hat

January 27, 2011 - At a meeting Monday in Washington Hall, the Living Wage Coalition discussed its plans for the new semester, one which it hopes will include a living wage for workers at the College of William and Mary. Read more.


Missouri: Panel Debates State's Minimum Wage Law
Columbia Daily Tribune

January 27, 2011 - JEFFERSON CITY — A renewed attempt yesterday to repeal automatic cost-of-living adjustments in Missouri’s minimum wage law became a debate over what is better for business — workers with more money to spend or lower entry-level wages. Read more.


University of Memphis Employees Hold Prayer Vigil for Pay Hikes
WHNT News

January 23, 2011 - The employees gathered Saturday at the school's Wesley Foundation for a prayer vigil seeking pay hikes for university employees. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that about 285 University of Memphis employees make less than $11.62 per hour — the amou Read more.


Maryland: Minimum Wage Of $10 Per Hour Pitched
The Dispatch

January 21, 2011 - A potential increase in Maryland’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $10 per hour by 2013 could have a devastating effect on small businesses around the state struggling to stay afloat in the current economy, according to the area’s represen Read more.


Victoria, BC: Living Wage Crawls Forward in Esquimalt Amidst Divide
http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_south/

January 20, 2011 - It was standing room only as nearly 50 people witnessed Esquimalt council inch forward with the development of a proposed – yet restricted – living wage policy. Read more.


Florida: Groups Sue for Minimum Wage Increase
Highlands Today

January 19, 2011 - Finding fault with the cost of living calculation, two worker advocacy groups are suing Florida's labor agency, claiming the state failed to raise the minimum wage by 6 cents an hour this year to keep up with inflation. Read more.


Colorado: Skico Pay Violates Religious Teachings
The Aspen Times

January 19, 2011 - “Wealthy owners of the means of production and employers must never forget that both divine and human law forbid them to squeeze the poor and wretched for the sake of gain or to profit from the helplessness of others.” — Pope Leo XIII Read more.


Urgent Action: Support Over 300 Cambodian Workers Fired for Striking for Living Wage
Maquila Solidarity Network

January 12, 2011 - On September 18, 2010 over 300 Cambodian garment workers, many of them trade-union leaders, were unjustly suspended or fired from their jobs for participating in a nation-wide strike for an increase in the minimum wage. Read more.


ILLINOIS: ‘Make Job Creation Highest Priority’
The Beacon-News

January 10, 2011 - NORTH AURORA — Threatening snow and a bitter west wind didn’t stop about a dozen protesters from rallying in front of the Illinois Department of Employment Security Friday afternoon. Read more.


Malta: Living Wage Should be Government Priority in 2011, Says GWU President
Malta Today

January 1, 2011 - 2010 had seen a decline in people’s purchasing power due to higher energy costs, General Workers Union president Victor Carachi said in his New Year’s address today. Read more.


Season of Hardship Connects Struggling Workers in Two Worlds
In These Times

December 29, 2010 - Millions of Americans barely scraped by this holiday season, stuck in poverty-wage jobs or mired in unemployment. But the latest retail sector reports show that we did manage to shop a little more, perhaps because people are resorting to the material comf Read more.


LOOKING BACK: New Westminster Adopts Living Wage Bylaw for Employees
New Westminster News Leader

December 29, 2010 - The Royal City notched up one for the history books April 26 by becoming the first city in Canada to adopt a living wage bylaw. Read more.


Vancouver: Book Connects Economic Equality with Social Well-Being and Health
The Vancouver Courier

December 28, 2010 - Who knew? The resounding old revolutionary motto, "Liberte, Egalite Fraternite" is good health policy as well as good rhetoric, some social scientists are now arguing. Economic equality, it turns out, is good for everyone, even those at the top of the s Read more.


Botswana: BNF Urges Employers to Pay Workers Better
The Botswana Gazette

December 19, 2010 - Botswana National Front (BNF) labour secretariat has urged employers to remunerate workers better to assure them a decent living. Read more.


B.C., Canada: Extra Foods Workers Rally For Living Wage
Maple Ridge News

December 16, 2010 - More than 100 people, including union members, labour leaders, politicians, and community members, converged in front of the Extra Foods in downtown Maple Ridge on Wednesday to mark the second anniversary of the ongoing strike by workers at the grocery st Read more.


Living Wage Advocate: Laws Have Positive Impact
Workday Minnesota

December 16, 2010 - his study showed two positive effects from living wage ordinances, one for workers and one for businesses. The workers’ wages rose, and businesses saw their job turnover decline by 20%. Read more.


We’ll Pay £7.85 an Hour Living Wage, Say Chiefs Recruiting 130,000 for Olympics
London Evening Standard

December 13, 2010 - Olympics bosses pledged today to support the London Living Wage as they recruit 130,000 people in Britain's biggest peacetime mobilisation of a labour force. Read more.


Report: Idaho Jobs Don't Pay a Living Wage
KTVB - Idaho's News Channel 7

December 12, 2010 - BOISE-- Just a week after the state announced the unemployment rate jumped three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.4 percent, a new report paints a bleak picture for Idaho jobs. Read more.


Report: Idaho Living Wage Jobs are Scarce
Idaho State Journal

December 9, 2010 - Despite widespread talk of economic recovery, jobs that pay enough to meet a family’s needs in Idaho are few and far between, according to a new report released today and prepared by the Alliance for a Just Society. Read more.


HEU’s Living Wage Campaign gaining community support in B.C.
Canada Views

December 6, 2010 - The Living Wage Campaign—an organized effort to raise awareness of poverty and the cost of living in B.C.—is gaining momentum in local communities, thanks to the support of the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU), CUPE’s health services division in the provin Read more.


San Jose to Consider 'Living Wage' Changes at Mineta Airport
San Jose Mercury News

December 6, 2010 - Two years after requiring airport businesses to give their employees a "living wage" -- at the urging of labor leaders -- San Jose officials Tuesday will consider changes aimed at making it more palatable to airlines and other companies they desperately n Read more.


Scotland: Wage Boost for West Dunbartonshire Council Staff
Lennox Herald

December 3, 2010 - FOUR hundred low paid West Dunbartonshire Council workers are set for a £200,000 pay boost. Read more.


Nigeria: I’ll Ensure Ekiti Workers Earn Living Wage
Nigerian Tribune

December 1, 2010 - THE Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has reiterated the support of his administration for workers in the state to be paid a living wage, which would enhance their standard of living and make them contribute to the improvement of the economy of the Read more.


London: Why The Living Wage Makes Sense
The Wharf

November 25, 2010 - Last week, business leaders converged on KPMG's new Canada Square headquarters to discuss the latest developments in the Living Wage, where it was announced more than 100 firms pay the going rate of £7.85 to their lowest paid workers. Read more.


Santa Cruz: Council Majority Deflates Efforts to 'Reconsider' or 'Repeal' Living Wage Ordinance
Daily Sound

November 24, 2010 - Despite an effort by Santa Barbara City Councilman Dale Francisco to “reconsider” the city’s living wage, a majority of the council on Tuesday said the ordinance reflects the city’s values. Read more.


Santa Cruz: Home Care Workers Rally For Better Pay
Santa Cruz Patch

November 24, 2010 - More than 40 people gathered in the courtyard of City Hall to rally on the anniversary of the living wage ordinance. Read more.


Santa Barbara to Consider Expanding Living Wage Ordinance
Daily Sound

November 23, 2010 - Opponents may look to repeal local law at today's meeting Read more.


Vancouver, B.C.: Advocacy Groups Call for ‘Living Wage’
Nanaimo News Bulletin

November 23, 2010 - Advocacy groups around the province are calling for cities and corporations to establish a living wage as more B.C. families find themselves struggling to make ends meet. Read more.


Baltimore: City Council Approves Walmart Proposal
WBAL - TV

November 22, 2010 - BALTIMORE -- Plans to build a 330,000-square-foot shopping center on landmark ground in north Baltimore can proceed, and so will efforts to impose a living wage. Read more.


Working Conditions at OU Less Than Ideal
The Oklahoma Daily

November 22, 2010 - This semester, I spent a significant amount of time trying to learn about the lives of workers at OU as a member of the student coalition behind the Living Wage for OU campaign. Read more.


Illinois: Last Summer, Living Wage Campaign Fought for Janitors’ Overtime Pay
North By Northwestern

November 21, 2010 - One year into its existence, and the Living Wage Campaign is still drawing attention. Read more.


Living Wage Debate: Policies for People to Move up the Ladder
The Malta Independent

November 19, 2010 - “In the local circumstances, alternative policies that enable people to move out of low income or poverty would be more effective than introducing the concept of a living wage,” said Joe Farrugia, director general of the Malta Employers Association, at a Read more.


London: Boris Johnson: Bankers Have ‘Moral Duty’ to Donate Bonuses
The Docklands 24

November 19, 2010 - BANKERS receiving big bonuses this Christmas have a ‘moral duty’ to donate at least some of their wealth, according to Boris Johnson. Read more.


Virginia: All Employees Deserve Higher Wages
The Flat Hat

November 18, 2010 - Living Wages. It’s a phrase that’s been loosely thrown around campus since the beginning of the school year. The aggressive, student-run Living Wage Coalition posted signs demanding “Living wages now!” and accused College of William and Mary President Tay Read more.


Big Firms Sign Up To London Living Wage
Londonist

November 17, 2010 - Companies like Bank of America Merrill Lynch, L'Oreal and JP Morgan have signed up to ensure all staff on their books earn at least £7.85 an hour - the London Living Wage. Read more.


Politics of Living Wage: The 1964 Lesson
The Vanguard

November 17, 2010 - A WEEK ago, the country was in the throes of an avoidable warning strike. It centered around a six-month agreement to pay N18,000 as the new minimum wage in the country. Read more.


London: Greens Call on Mayor to “Step Up Pressure” on Living Wage
MayorWatch

November 16, 2010 - A leading London Assembly Member has called on Mayor of London Boris Johnson to “step up the pressure” on central and local Government to adopt the London Living Wage for public sector and departmental contract workers in the capital. Read more.


Virginia: Livable Wages: Labor Laws
The Cavalier Daily

November 16, 2010 - At the living wage rally last month, students protested what they called the unfairly low wages of many University workers. But not one of those workers joined the students and faculty members speaking at the event, and for the past few years, they have n Read more.


London: Uni Cleaners Celebrate Win for Decent Living Wage
Morning Star

November 15, 2010 - Cleaners and academic staff at the University of East London won a campaign today to introduce the London living wage (LLW). Read more.


New Haven, CT: Living Wage Ordinance Stalled, Not Gone
Yale Daily News

November 12, 2010 - A proposal to expand New Haven’s living wage ordinance, co-sponsored by Ward 1 Alderman Mile Jones ’11, is stalled at the Board of Aldermen. Read more.


Virginia: W&M students Plan More Living Wage Events
The Virginia Gazette

November 11, 2010 - WILLIAMSBURG -- On Nov. 18, students, workers, faculty, and community members will gather on the Sadler Center Terrace for its own "Rally to Restore Sanity" at William & Mary. Read more.


Virginia: Livable Wages: Contract Workers
The Cavalier Daily

November 9, 2010 - The push for higher entry-level wages raises significant questions about the University’s system for contracted workers Read more.


Scots Council Set to Introduce Living Wage for Low-Paid Staff
The Herald - Scotland

November 9, 2010 - Hundreds of low-paid workers at a Scottish local authority could see their salaries rise as councillors hold a special meeting today to discuss the introduction of a £7-an-hour living wage. Read more.


Students Support Fair Wages By Buying Alta Gracia Clothes
Central Florida Future

November 7, 2010 - The next time you are about to buy a T-shirt, you may want to stop and consider the clothing label it was made by. Read more.


Virginia: Living Wage Coalition Sits Down With Reveley
The Flat Hat

November 5, 2010 - The Living Wage Coalition entered the office of College President Taylor Reveley today, presenting him with a children’s book comprised of stories from College housekeepers. Read more.


Scottish Council Workers Would See Rise to 'Living Wage'
The Courier

November 2, 2010 - More than 2000 local authority workers in Tayside and Fife would get pay rises under proposals for a "living wage", The Courier can reveal. Read more.


Rally Seeks 'Living wage' of $11.44 and Up For All UVa Workers
The Daily Progress

October 26, 2010 - Members of the University of Virginia community packed the Newcomb Hall Ballroom on Monday night for a rally in support of a “living wage” for UVa workers. Read more.


Illinois: A Living Wage for Starving Artists
Forest Park Review

October 26, 2010 - This Saturday, Oct. 30, the American Artworks Gallery on Madison St. will hold its grand opening. In so doing, it will introduce a different kind of art gallery to Forest Park's main business district. Read more.


Virginia: Group Seeks Higher Wages
The Cavalier Daily

October 26, 2010 - Students and faculty members called upon University officials to raise wages for the University’s lowest paid workers at a rally in Newcomb Ballroom last night. Read more.


Ontario: Three Steps to Alleviating Poverty
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/editorial/article/2

October 19, 2010 - In 2005, a rallying cry came forth: Let’s make Hamilton “the best place to raise a child.” This declaration was the response of the City of Hamilton to the shameful depths of poverty existing in the city. Many worthy initiatives were undertaken. Read more.


Oklahoma - OUR VIEW: Questions Surround Wage Hike for Employees
The Oklahoma Daily

October 19, 2010 - After Students for a Democratic Society launched a campaign on Monday raising awareness about OU employees who make below a living wage — and The Daily ran a news story and editorial covering the issue — university spokesman Chris Shilling announced that Read more.


Student Group Rallies for Higher Wages
The Oklahoma Daily

October 18, 2010 - An OU student organization launched a campaign today to raise awareness of OU workers making less than the living wage, calculated using Penn State University’s living wage calculator. Read more.


Charlottesville - UVA Living Wage Campaign to Host Rally, Release New Report
C-Ville

October 18, 2010 - The students at UVA are serious about getting the lowest-paid University employees a living wage. Read more.


Olympic Recruits ‘Paid Less Than London Living Wage’
London Evening Standard

October 18, 2010 - Almost one in five Olympic site workers says he or she is being paid less than the Mayor's suggested £7.60-an-hour London living wage, official statistics show. Read more.


Scotland: Council Sell-offs Hit Living Wage, Unions Maintain
The Herald - Scotland

October 18, 2010 - Attempts to introduce a “living wage” for public-sector workers are being undermined by councils transferring work to private firms paying less, unions and politicians are warning. Read more.


Oklahoma - OUR VIEW: All OU Employees Deserve Living Wage, Good Conditions
The Oklahoma Daily

October 18, 2010 - Almost one in five Olympic site workers says he or she is being paid less than the Mayor's suggested £7.60-an-hour London living wage, official statistics show. Read more.


Workplace Rights Can Alleviate Poverty
The Sydney Morning Herald

October 15, 2010 - One of the most effective actions that could be taken to alleviate poverty for hundreds of millions of people would be the introduction of a living wage in each country, with an associated increase in OH&S standards. Read more.


University of Virginia: A Living Wage
The Cavalier Daily

October 14, 2010 - At a Sept. 22 public forum about living wage, Newcomb Hall’s South Meeting Room quieted as fourth-year College student Greg Casar read aloud a statement from an anonymous University employee. Read more.


Oklahoma: SDS to Launch Living Wage Campaign for OU Staff
The Undercurrent

October 9, 2010 - Members of Students for a Democratic Society have been reaching out to staff and asking them about their wages and working conditions at the University of Oklahoma. Read more.


UK: Bishops Told to Pay a Living Wage
Ekklesia

October 9, 2010 - Church Action on Poverty has today (10 October 2010) written to all Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops to press them to sign up their Diocese to pay a Living Wage. Read more.


London: University College Union Bosses Demand End to ‘Immoral Poverty Wages’
Islington Tribune

October 8, 2010 - UNION bosses at London Metropolitan have written to the Holloway university’s vice chancellor demanding an end to immoral “poverty wages”. Read more.


Baltimore: Conaway Says Walmart Pushed Her on Living-Wage Issue
The Baltimore Sun

October 5, 2010 - A Baltimore City Councilwoman says she has backed out of talks with Walmart officials about worker pay at a proposed store in Remington after they asked her to withdraw her support for a bill that would require all major retailers to pay a "living wage." Read more.


Northwestern University: How badly do you want a Living Wage?
DailyNorthwestern.com

October 5, 2010 - The Living Wage Campaign has resurfaced in the news lately, from recent trainings to the NU administration's police-enforced refusal to allow students involved with the campaign to directly present petitions to the trustees. Read more.


VIRGINIA: Fighting for Workers' Rights
The Flat Hat

September 30, 2010 - Housekeepers and students won a major victory last week in their campaign for better working conditions and a living wage for College of William and Mary housekeepers. Read more.


London: UCL Agrees to Pay 'Living Wage'
BBC News

September 28, 2010 - University College London, one of the country's leading institutions, is to introduce the "living wage" for all staff - including cleaners working for contract companies. Read more.


University of Virginia: Living Wagers Hopeful New Administration Means Fair Wages
C-Ville

September 28, 2010 - Students want $11.44/hour for lowest paid employees Read more.


University of Georgia - Living Wage Slow to Progress: Workers Want More
The Red and Black

September 27, 2010 - Many of the low-wage workers at the University desire a change for better conditions, wages and benefits. Read more.


Malta: Labour Leader’s Living Wage Proposa
Times of Malta

September 27, 2010 - When Labour leader Joseph Muscat suggested the other day that it was time for Malta to start thinking about the concept of a living wage, he might have set some alarm bells ringing among a cross section of employers. Read more.


Scotland: Iain Gray to Pledge 'Living Wage'
News.Scotsmen.com

September 27, 2010 - SCOTTISH Labour leader Iain Gray will today announce "a living wage" for public sector workers north of the Borde r if they win power next May. Read more.


TUC - Living Wage is Key to Economic Recovery
News on News

September 17, 2010 - A new report published on Wednesday by the Fair Pay Network (FPN) and supported by the TUC, presents the business case for a living wage in the UK and says it is key to economic recovery. Read more.


Census: 1 in 7 Americans Live in Poverty
Associated Press

September 16, 2010 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. Read more.


UK: Living Wage Could Save Dying Economy
The Grapevine Magazine

September 16, 2010 - Approximately 5.3 million British workers aren’t earning enough to live according to a new report from the Fair Pay Network (FPN). Read more.


One in Five UK Workers Earning Less Than Living Wage, Says Report
Personnel Today

September 15, 2010 - The Government and employers have been urged to do more to address wage inequality after a report revealed that more than one in five UK employees earns less than a "living wage". Read more.


New Haven, CT: For a living wage
Yale Daily News

September 13, 2010 - Alderman Mike Jones ’11 is sponsoring legislation that would make New Haven more livable for those who work in its government and its businesses. Since last spring, he has been working to increase New Haven’s living wage and expand it to include more work Read more.


Labour’s Matt Launches Living Wage Campaign
Kilmarnock Standard

September 3, 2010 - LABOUR Holyrood hopeful Matt McLaughlin has launched a campaign for a Scottish living wage of £7.15 an hour. Read more.


Jones ’11 Continues to Push Living Wage Hike
Yale Daily News

September 1, 2010 - It was standing-room only in the Aldermanic Chambers of New Haven City Hall Wednesday evening, as Yale community members and New Haven residents gathered to hear Ward 1 Alderman Mike Jones’ ’11 plan to raise the minimum wage for city employees and corpora Read more.


Living Wage Boost Sparks Debate
New Haven Independent

September 1, 2010 - City Hall dispatched department heads and teamed with business at a passionate five-and-a-half-hour hearing with dire new warnings to try to stop a proposed expansion of the New Haven’s living wage law, predicting skyrocketing costs and unforeseen lawsuit Read more.


Supporters Back Bump in New Haven's Living Wage
New Haven Register

September 1, 2010 - NEW HAVEN — A proposal to dramatically expand the city’s Living Wage Ordinance drew dozens of supporters to City Hall Tuesday night for a public hearing on the controversial matter. Read more.


Victoria, BC: Living Wage Protects Community's Future
Times Colonist

August 31, 2010 - The editorial on Esquimalt council's consideration of a living wage for employees and contractors was short-sighted (Aug. 28). Read more.


Victoria, BC: Why Esquimalt Needs a Living-Wage Policy
Times Colonist

August 31, 2010 - We all know that the cost of living on lower Vancouver Island is high, so high that it often drives young families out of our communities. Read more.


Peoria, IL:PARC's Workers Vie for a 'Living Wage'
The Journal Star

August 30, 2010 - Joanne Holbrook, a single mom in Peoria, has to alternate which bills she skips paying for the month because she doesn't make enough money working with individuals with developmental disabilities at People Advocating for Respect and Consideration. ' Read more.


Time to Be Proud of What We Stand for
Huffington Post

August 25, 2010 - Good jobs, thriving communities, a healthy environment can all be achieved in this country if we raise our hands and admit that we really do care about the working poor, the homeless, the unemployed, the general middle income public; that we are ready, wi Read more.


UCATT Welcomes Miliband's 'Living Wage'
Build.co.uk

August 24, 2010 - Construction union UCATT have welcomed an initiative by Labour leadership contender Ed Miliband to cut taxes paid by companies who guarantee paying a living wage to workers. Read more.


Miliband Tackles Low Pay with Tax Cuts Offer for 'Living Wages'
The Observer

August 22, 2010 - Miliband Tackles Low Pay with Tax Cuts Offer for 'Living Wages' Read more.


GUYANA: Workers Should Earn a Living Wage and Old Age Pensioners Should Enjoy Better Pensions
Stabroek News

August 21, 2010 - Workers Should Earn a Living Wage and Old Age Pensioners Should Enjoy Better Pensions Read more.


Arena Could Be Win-Win If We Think Positive
Edmonton Journal

August 18, 2010 - How can the city create wider community benefit by financing the arena and approving the arena district? Read more.


King County, Union Agree on Wage Policy
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

August 17, 2010 - King County and a labor union representing public employees have agreed that workers will forgo cost-of-living wage increases in 2011. Read more.


BANGLADESH: Retailers Must Play a Part in Wage Issue Says ETI
Just-Style.com

August 16, 2010 - The Ethical Trading Initiative has urged retailers sourcing from Bangladesh to "play their part" to make sure workers aren't the first to suffer when brands squeeze costs, cut prices within contract, reduce orders or make last-minute changes with little w Read more.


Amidst Soaring CEO Salaries, South African Workers Demand 'Living Wage'
BlackVoiceNews.com

August 16, 2010 - Thousands of public service workers turned out for a one day strike to demand higher salaries at a time when corporate CEOs and top government officials are enjoying skyrocketing pay packages. Read more.


Baltimore: A Compromise for Remington
Baltimore Sun

August 16, 2010 - Recent opinions expressed on the pages of The Baltimore Sun make it seem like the proposed 25th Street Station project in Remington is a done deal — and that the proposal as written is the only choice for Baltimore. Read more.


Is Any Job Better Than No Job?
Slate

August 9, 2010 - A front-page article in the Wall Street Journal presents a fascinating mystery: Despite persistent high unemployment, some employers are having a tough time filling jobs. Read more.


Living Wage Bill to Rise From The Grave?
The Baltimore Sun

August 9, 2010 - Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young signed a petition today asking the council to reconsider a living wage bill introduced by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. Read more.


NEW ZEALAND: Invest in Jobs and Wages, Not Beneficiary Bashing
Independent News Media

August 9, 2010 - Investment in real job creation and a living wage for everyone is what’s needed instead of hand-ringing about ‘long-term welfare dependency’ and trying to force people off benefits into scarce, low-paid work, the Green Party said today. Read more.


Back Bangladesh on Wages, Retailers Told
Daily Mail

August 8, 2010 - Campaigners against sweat shops have called on Britain’s biggest High Street retailers to support higher wages for factory workers in Bangladesh, after a week of violent clashes there. Read more.


President Obama Discusses Wages at AFL-CIO
C-Span

August 5, 2010 - In his speech delivered to the AFL-CIO Executive Board on August 4, 2010, President Obama explains how providing living wages are important for the economy and for all working families Read more.


CHINA - The Minimum Wage is About Human Dignity and Social Justice
AsiaNews.it

August 3, 2010 - After Hong Kong’s legislature approves a Statutory Minimum Wage bill, trade unions and employer associations are engaged in a heated debate. Hong Kong’s Catholic diocese tells the various parties and public opinion that the heart of the matter is not econ Read more.


Bangladesh: Factory Workers are Entitled to Realistic Living Wage
Clean Clothes Campaign

July 29, 2010 - Garment-workers unions and labour-rights organisations have reacted with indignation and disappointment at the newly-proposed increase of minimum wage in Bangladesh' garment industry. Read more.


Living Wage Victory on Long Island
Labor Press

July 28, 2010 - On Monday July 26, 2010, every member of the Nassau County Legislature voted to protect a $1 Living Wage increase for thousands of low-income Long Island workers. Read more.


Will Nassau County Hit the Brakes on Living Wage?
Public News Service

July 26, 2010 - NEW YORK - The battle over the Living Wage Law is expected to heat up again today in Nassau County on Long Island. A special session of country lawmakers has been called to determine whether a one-dollar-an hour pay increase can be put on hold. Read more.


Living Wage Would Ease Economic Injustices
Baltimore Sun

July 26, 2010 - I have great respect for Jay Hancock and in the words of an old country western song was almost persuaded by his reasoning on why a living wage hourly salary for 3,000 Baltimoreans laboring at big box retailers is counterproductive to the local economy (" Read more.


Community Savings Signs Living Wage Agreement
National Union of Public and General Employees

July 23, 2010 - 'We believe that the Living Wage for Families Campaign will help reduce poverty and foster healthier communities.' - Bruce Cook. Read more.


City Councilwoman Clarke Vows ’Round Two’ on Living Wage Bill
The Daily Record

July 23, 2010 - Baltimore’s living wage bill sputtered in committee Thursday night, but the councilwoman who pushed the measure said Friday she will fight on. Read more.


Council to Debate Plan to Pay Living Wage of $10.59 in City
The Baltimore Sun

July 22, 2010 - The Baltimore City Council is slated to hear testimony today on a controversial proposal to require large retailers in the city to pay employees a "living wage" — currently, $10.59 per hour. Read more.


UFCW Poll Finds Support for Living Wage
City Paper

July 21, 2010 - One day before a City Council subcommittee will meet to consider living-wage legislation governing large employers, a public opinion and strategy firm called Lake Research Partners has released a poll indicating that Baltimoreans support such legislation Read more.


Op-ed: 'Living wage' is Key For Baltimore's Economy
Baltimore Business Journal

July 21, 2010 - The Baltimore City Council is considering a new law to guarantee that the city’s major retailers, like Walmart and 7-Eleven, pay employees decent, living wages. Read more.


WeHo Raising Living Wage, Expanding Ordinance
WeHoNews.com

July 19, 2010 - West Hollywood, California (July 19, 2010) - The consequences of local Unite Here 11 persuading the West Hollywood city council to impose a Living Wage codicil as part of the development agreement with the Sunset/Doheny Hotel developer Richard Weintraub a Read more.


The Fight Over Food Deserts - Corporate America Smacks its Way Down
Huffington Post

July 14, 2010 - This June the City of Chicago approved Wal-Mart's bid to open up dozens of new facilities, beginning with grocery stores in the city's chronically underserved South side. Read more.


Waterfront Project Hearing Turns Tense
The Buffalo News

July 13, 2010 - An hour delay and an oppressively stuffy Buffalo Common Council chamber Tuesday evening heated up an already-spirited public debate over how the city should proceed on its massive Canal Side development at Buffalo's Inner Harbor. Read more.


Poll: D.C. Wants to Make Big Box Stores Pay Up, Hire Local
Washington City Paper

July 13, 2010 - Call them prescient: A week after the news breaks that Wal-Mart has finally found a viable place to locate in the District, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has a poll out with evidence that D.C. residents support making big box stores pay a l Read more.


‘Living Wage’ Could Be Factor in Govt Contracts
Political Blog

July 12, 2010 - The White House is looking at a new policy that would give an advantage in bidding on government contracts to companies that offer generous benefits and good pay. Read more.


Chicago Airport Workers Seek Living Wage
Talking Union

July 12, 2010 - Some 2,500 people work at the retail shops and food outlets at O’Hare and Midway airports, and most of them do not make a living wage by the standard of the Chicago Jobs and Living Wage Ordinance ($11.03 an hour). Read more.


Baltimore 'Living Wage' Bill Draws City, Retailers to Clash
Baltimore Business Journal

July 9, 2010 - The city’s largest merchants would be forced to pay their workers at least $10.57 an hour, more than three bucks above what state law requires, under a bill pending before Baltimore City Council. Read more.


All London Underground cleaners get London Living Wage
BBC News

July 8, 2010 - All cleaners working on London Underground are now to be paid the so-called London Living Wage. Read more.


Wal-Mart Does Saul Alinsky
The Wall Street Journal

July 7, 2010 - The retailer brings hope and change to a struggling neighborhood. Read more.


Tube Cleaners Win Fight for London Living Wage
Morning Star

July 6, 2010 - Tube union RMT said on Wednesday that it had secured a massive victory for low-paid workers as London Underground cleaners won their fight for the London living wage. Read more.


The Economic Power of Obama's Pen
Los Angeles Times

July 6, 2010 - By requiring federal contractors to treat workers fairly, such as by paying them a living wage, the president could create far-reaching positive effects on the economy. Read more.


Wal-Mart Deal for Higher Wages in Chicago Highlights Need for Industry-Specific Wage Legislation
Progressive States Network

July 1, 2010 - For the first time in the nation, Wal-Mart has agreed to a higher wage standard at a new store to be built in Chicago, Illinois. The retail giant’s commitment was part of an agreement to assure City Council support for zoning approvals, on which the Counc Read more.


Demand Grows for 'Living Wage'
The Big Issue in Scotland

June 28, 2010 - Cuts will not stop efforts to end in-work poverty, say campaigners Read more.


Basic Needs Too Costly For Many
Clarion Ledger

June 17, 2010 - "One thing we know: If women can't make a living wage, they can't support their families," said Carol Penick, executive director of the Women's Fund of Mississippi. Read more.


'Dozens' of Wal-Marts in Chicago?
Chicago Sun-Times

June 16, 2010 - City could get stores if Daley breaks logjam on living wage demand Read more.


Council Committee Approves living-Wage Plan for Lowest-Paid Metro Workers
Tennessean

June 14, 2010 - Metro government's lowest-paid employees stand to make an extra $3 an hour under a living-wage measure approved by a key Metro Council committee today after a noisy debate. Read more.


Living Wages Are Key to Poverty Eradication
Los Angeles Times

June 14, 2010 - The poor need not always be with us. That goal can be achieved if we ensure that workers are paid enough to feed their families. Read more.


Raising Wages Key to Sustained Economic Recovery
Citizen-Times.com

June 13, 2010 - Increasing workers’ wages to a living wage (now $11.35/hour for Buncombe County) provides just the sort of stimulus our local economy requires. Research demonstrates that workers who earn a living wage rely less on social services and public benefit progr Read more.


Miami Beach Makes Good on Living Wage Law
Miami Herald

June 11, 2010 - Miami Beach's lowest paid employees will see a pay raise nearly a decade in the making after elected officials voted to obey the city's own laws and increase its living wage. Read more.


Boris Johnson Announces 25p Increase in London 'Living Wage'
The Guardian

June 9, 2010 - Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, today announced a 25p increase in the London "living wage", bringing to £7.85 the hourly rate that Londoners are judged to require to lift them out of poverty. Read more.


Thanks To Walmart Business Model – We’re Becoming Part Time Workers with Government Benefits
On My Watch

June 6, 2010 - Having gutted so many small, rural communities of their local stores, Wal-Mart then moved to the burbs where they performed well and now they are into the final phase of their growth plan – the invasion of urban areas. Read more.


N.Y. Senate Passes Prevailing-Wage Bill for Utilities
LoHud.com

June 3, 2010 - ALBANY — The state Senate passed a bill this week that would require public utility companies to pay prevailing wage for cleaners, security guards, doormen and other service workers, but opponents of the bill worry that the added cost may be passed along Read more.


Campaign for Living Wage
Musings from Medway

June 2, 2010 - Leadership contender, Ed Miliband has launched his 'Living Wage' campaign to highlight why, when some of the leading company chief executives can make millions, there security guard or cleaner, doesn't get a living wage. Read more.


For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection
New York Times

June 2, 2010 - In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care. Read more.


Victoria's Living Wage Rises Again
Victoria News

June 1, 2010 - A new study confirms this isn't an easy area to live in for people who don't rake in a ton of cash, not that the information is much surprise to residents. Read more.


B.C. City's Adoption of 'Living Wage' Just the Beginning: CCPA
Epoch Times

May 26, 2010 - A few weeks ago, a small city just east of Vancouver did something unprecedented in Canada—it enacted the country’s first living wage bylaw. Read more.


National Gallery Staff Walk Out Over 'Living Wage' Row
BBC News

May 13, 2010 - Staff at the National Gallery have staged a lunchtime walk-out to demand the £7.60 per hour London Living Wage. Read more.


Miami Beach's `Living Wage' Due For First Hike Since 2001
Miami Herald

May 13, 2010 - Miami Beach's lowest paid workers are one step closer to a hard-fought raise. Read more.


Commission Votes To Increase Living Wage Rate
SEIU 32BJ

May 12, 2010 - Labor and Community Groups Rally for Living Wage and Good Jobs Read more.


'Major Retailers' Would Pay Employees City Living Wage Under Proposal
The Baltimore Sun

May 3, 2010 - Opponents of Remington Walmart had asked for living wage stipulation Read more.


Cheating U.S. Workers
Znet

April 12, 2010 - Hundreds of thousands of workers are being cheated by U.S. employers who blatantly violate the laws that are supposed to guarantee workers decent wages, hours and working conditions. Read more.


Plan to Seek Use of U.S. Contracts as a Wage Lever
New York Times

February 25, 2010 - The Obama administration is planning to use the government’s enormous buying power to prod private companies to improve wages and benefits for millions of workers, according to White House officials and several interest groups briefed on the plan. Read more.


China's Wage Rates for U.S. Workers
Counter Punch

February 4, 2010 - Optimism dominated Obama’s State of the Union address. He confidently stated that the financial system had stabilized, and economic growth had begun. Read more.


Solis Defends Labor Dept. Focus on Enforcement
Workforce Management

February 3, 2010 - Labor Secretary Hilda Solis defended her agency’s emphasis on enforcement against Republican charges that regulations hinder job creation at a Capitol Hill appearance on Wednesday, February 3. Read more.


America’s Low-Wage Future
Working-Class Perspectives

January 11, 2010 - British historian E.H. Carr once said something to the effect that while no serious scholar makes up the facts, they all choose which facts “to put on stage.” Read more.


Cities, Counties Take Back Corporate Tax Breaks
Associated Press

January 7, 2010 - Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal's a deal. Read more.


Good Jobs, Healthy Cities
The American Prospect

October 19, 2009 - Lately, more and more city governments, prodded by local activists, have been using their gatekeeper powers to successfully promote growth with equity, starting with wages. Read more.