The federal minimum wage for workers who depend on tips is $2.13 hourly and it hasn't risen in more than 20 years. And employers routinely cheat the tipped workers.
The workers are still part-timers, and their compensation is still far from the level that New Haven school custodians enjoyed before the privatization hit.
Today, fast food workers around the world are engaging in a one-day strike calling for higher wages and the right to form a union.
"Federal employees are a devoted and resilient bunch. They despise what politicians have done to them."
Most Californians are well aware that the state minimum wage is going up to $10.00/hour. But when and how?
Eddie Mallon is 70 years old. As a Laborers Local 147 member in New York, he worked as a sandhog for 44 years. He doesn't now, because that job - eventually - will kill him.
Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill prohibiting cities, counties, and their citizens the right to set a mandatory minimum wage.
Working families across the country have been leading movements to raise wages at the state and local level.
With GOP opposition keeping the federal government from moving on Obama-backed legislation that would create massive numbers of jobs, the unions, at their legislative conference mapped out specific proposals to get the job done.
U.S. Unemployment rose by 0.1 percent in February, to 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.