When Portland raised its minimum wage…

…things proceeded pretty much apace. From The Christian Science Monitor: So far, Portland’s $10.10 wage hasn’t killed jobs, though some restaurants have cut hours. Many workers already earned above the minimum; tipped servers and bar staff make much more during the summer. Portland’s economy is booming and unemployment is below 3 percent. Even Greg Dugal, …

Nike’s offering paid leave. Will other companies follow suit?

Last week, Nike employees who work more than 30 hours a week will get full paid leave. The new policy says: new parents or [people] who are needed to care for sick family members are now eligible to receive eight weeks of paid leave, the world’s biggest sportswear company said on Wednesday. Birth mothers are …

We all are getting screwed

Leftover sent this, an Economic Policy Institute report I missed last week, that looks at the wage gap between men and women. The introduction gives you an idea of what this report found: …when compared with men, women are still paid less, are more likely to hold low-wage jobs, and are more likely to live …

So who takes the job that no American wants?

Kevin McCarthy didn’t want it. Paul Ryan insists he doesn’t either, so who does that leave for Speaker of the House? A day laborer, or jornalero/a, of course. If no one wants to be Speaker, then such a job would generally go to a hard working immigrant, yes? Seems fair. Check out what the Speaker …