Jul 18, 2019

House votes to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour

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In a long-sought victory for the left, the House on Thursday approved a measure to raise the hourly federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.

By the numbers: The bill would increase the federal minimum wage, which currently rests at $7.25 an hour, nearly $15,000 a year for those working a 40-hour work week. Just 3 Republicans voted in favor, while 6 Democrats opposed the measure. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.

  • A Congressional Budget Office report indicated that more than 30 million workers would see paycheck bumps with the wage hike, "lifting more than 1 million workers from poverty," the LA Times reports.
  • But, but, but: 1 million–3 million jobs could be lost, per the report.

What's next: The bill is likely to die in the Republican-controlled Senate. States can and have individually raised the minimum wage beyond the federal minimum.

Go deeper: The case for a higher minimum wage

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Bernie Sanders campaign faces anonymous unfair labor practice complaint

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to union retirees and UFCW members on Sunday. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

An unnamed individual in Indiana filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign last week, alleging retaliation against staffers and illegal employee interrogation, Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: Sanders' campaign — which was the first in the 2020 race to unionize — reached a deal with its union on Tuesday to pay field organizers at least $15 an hour. The complaint, which could have been filed by anyone inside or outside the campaign, follows a recent Washington Post report that showed Sanders' field organizers were being paid less than $13 per hour, on average.

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Rahm Emanuel's advice to this week's 2020 presidential debaters

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Rahm Emanuel — former Chicago mayor and chief of staff to President Obama, and now ABC News contributor — posts this open memo to 2020 Dems.

"Don’t Make Detroit’s Debate Miami Part II ... This time, don’t fall into the traps that had many of us shaking our heads during the debates in Miami."
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