The parent company that owns retailers T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods announced on Wednesday a plan to raise their workers’ wages to $9 an hour in June, with an eventual rise to $10 an hour by 2016. The move makes TJX Cos. the latest mega-retailer to jump on the competitive wages trend, following an announcement from Wal-Mart just last week.
In the long view of history, technological advancement unleashed by the Industrial Revolution has come to be seen as a net positive for economic development and everyone’s well-being, even those workers who initially lost their jobs. There’s reason to wonder, however, if this “second machine age” may be different.
In SeaTac, Wash., home of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, citizens voted last year to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. However, a court decision — now being appealed — has excluded the 5,000 or so workers on airport property from receiving the increased benefits. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, rooted … Continue reading
Over the past year, a small but growing chorus of fast food workers has pushed for "living wage" pay raises. A recent study found that more than 50 percent of fast food employees depend on public assistance. Kwame Holman reports on a recent national strike and examines why some experts argue against raising the minimum wage. Continue reading
There are signs of progress in organizing food and other aid for devastated Philippine communities, but logistical issues continue to complicate delivery. Meanwhile, doctors are unsure how much longer they can keep patients alive without supplies. John Sparks and Mark Austin of Independent Television News report from Tacloban. Continue reading
Relief workers are making efforts to deliver life-saving food and water to typhoon survivors, but there are people in cut-off communities who have not been reached. Alex Thompson of Independent Television News reports on the challenges to provide relief to some of the Philippines’ most desperate victims. Continue reading
SeaTac, Wash., is aptly named after the airport located there. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the city’s largest employer and could soon be boosting their minimum wage for employees to $15 per hour. Paul Solman reports on the debate surrounding the nation’s latest living wage initiative, SeaTac’s Proposition 1. Continue reading
China’s young migrant workers are the driving force behind the country’s rapid urbanization, but they struggle to build families while working demanding factory jobs. Photographer Jia Daitengfei has documented these struggles with a series of portraits, taken on the very assembly lines that so often tear couples apart. Continue reading