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    District of Columbia approves $15/hour minimum wage

    District of Columbia approves $15/hour minimum wage


    By Ian Simpson
    June 7, 2016

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    A supporter holds a sign aloft while listening to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a rally to celebrate the state of New York passing into law a $15 minimum wage in New York April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    By Ian Simpson

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The District of Columbia's city council approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, a rate adopted by a growing number of U.S. cities and states seeking to battle income inequality.


    The council voted unanimously to pass the measure boosting the minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2020, with subsequent hikes tied to inflation. A final vote will come later this month, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has backed the bill.


    Once approved, the U.S. capital will join California and New York in making $15 the hourly minimum. At least eight cities, including Seattle, have also approved the $15 base.


    "Raising the minimum wage will help address the issues of residents being pushed out of the District due to rising costs of living and income inequality," Council member Vincent Orange, a sponsor of the bill, said in the hearing.


    He and other supporters say Washington's robust economy and growing population mean it can support a higher minimum wage.


    The District of Columbia's base wage is $10.50, and will go up by $1 on July 1 under existing law. The federal minimum is $7.25 an hour.


    The $15 minimum is estimated to raise wages for 114,000 workers, or about 14 percent of the District of Columbia's workforce, according to an analysis for the council by the non-profit Economic Policy Institute.


    The higher pay proposal was supported by unions but was opposed by the District's Chamber of Commerce.

    It said the District should not raise wages until neighboring suburbs do.


    The District of Columbia's booming restaurant industry also opposed it. Restaurant owners and the local restaurant association said that higher costs would lead to layoffs.


    Some lawmakers said the measure did not go far enough to address a widening income gap and 18 percent poverty rate. Council member David Grosso added an amendment requiring the government to study a minimum income system to help the poorest residents.


    "Raising the minimum wage is a good thing, but is $15 enough? Or should the number be $35, or $50 an hour?" he asked.


    Under the measure, the minimum for workers who get tips, like waiters and bartenders, would also be $15 an hour by 2020. Following talks with unions, restaurateurs and community activists, employers would have to make up the difference between a base for tipped workers that will be $5 an hour in 2020, up from the current $2.77, Orange said.

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    Most secretaries and office workers make $13-$15 an hour...are they going to get $7 an hour wage increase? They have to wear nice clothes and shoes, speak clearly, have an education, spell, have computer and customer service skills and know how to use various software.

    Minimum wage was never meant to support a family of six...it is a stepping stone to responsibility and a better career.

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    Minimum wage hike could mean a raise for all

    by Katie Lobosco @KatieLobosco
    January 14, 2014: 7:26 AM ET




    When New Jersey increased its minimum wage this year, Dolores Riley gave raises to all 16 employees at her childcare center. But it wasn't because they were all making $7.25 an hour.

    In fact, only five staff members at Gramma's School House were affected when New Jersey upped its minimum wage to $8.25. But Riley didn't want to increase the pay of the least experienced employees without also rewarding those who had been there the longest. So she increased everyone's pay by $.25 an hour.

    She says it will increase her labor costs by $10,000 to $15,000 annually, a fact she's not happy about, since she'll be taking a pay cut to cover it.


    Riley is not alone. When there's a minimum wage increase, some small business owners will raise the pay for most, if not all, hourly workers in order to preserve their wage structure and retain quality employees.


    Related: Maryland is a minimum wage battleground


    That's what economists call a ripple effect, meaning an increase in the minimum wage spills over to higher wage brackets.


    On Jan. 1, 13 states raised their minimum wage (by varying degrees), and on July 1, California will increase its by $1 an hour.


    As a result, the Economic Policy Institute estimates about 4.6 million workers will see their wages increased, 2.6 million of whom are directly affected as the new minimum wage exceeds their current hourly pay. The other 2 million already make slightly more than the new minimum wage but will benefit from the ripple effect.


    And it could well be the entire country that sees an increase soon. Congressional Democrats and President Obama are pushing to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2015.


    For Joann Marks, who owns Florida-based marketing company Cosmetic Promotions, that would require raises for all six of her hourly workers, even though they are paid at least $10 an hour, well above Florida's current minimum wage of $7.93.


    She would also increase the pay of two of her salaried employees. Broken down, their compensation is equal to about $11 an hour, and Marks wants to pay them more than just above the minimum rate.


    Related: The real low-wage issue: Not enough hours


    When wages increase, business owners are left with two options: cut back on staff or raise prices. But sometimes, one or both of those can't be easily altered.


    About 75% of Cosmetic Promotions' business comes from partnerships with chain stores where prices are already set by a contract. So Marks expects to cut one worker from her staff of 15 if the new federal wage is approved.


    "We work better with all these people, but we'd survive if we had to lose one," Marks said.


    Meanwhile, Riley's hands are tied when it comes to the number of employees at Gramma's School House.

    The state mandates how many caregivers she must have in the room based on the number of children.


    And raising prices is not appealing. As the economy weakened, parents lost jobs and no longer needed her services. Riley says she's making only a quarter of what she made before 2008 and enrollment is still declining.


    "I just keep paying out of my own pocket," she said.

    Do you own a small business and oppose a minimum wage increase? Or do you welcome the change? Tell us how a minimum wage increase affects your business.

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/14/smal...mum-wage-hike/

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