minimum wage http://wfpl.org en Mayor Greg Fischer: Minimum Wage 'Has Not Been a Big Topic’ in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischer-minimum-wage-has-not-been-big-topic-louisville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Greg Fischer is supportive of a gradual increase to the minimum wage, but the Louisville Democrat said today that it hasn't been a major issue locally.</span></p><p>"Obviously there hasn't been any significant increase in decades in that, but frankly it has not been a big topic of conversation in our city," said Fischer. "I would be supportive, however, if it was."</p><p>Fischer, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors, made the comments during an interview with NPR's Here &amp; Now.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:17:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9624 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Greg Fischer: Minimum Wage 'Has Not Been a Big Topic’ in Louisville Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement http://wfpl.org/post/metro-employee-minimum-wage-bill-expected-have-little-effect-local-movement <p>An ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees sailed through the Louisville Metro Council last week without much fanfare or opposition.&nbsp;</p><p>Though the ordinance affects only five city workers, some see it as significant in a larger citywide minimum-wage push.</p><p>The <a href="https://louisville.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1735773&amp;GUID=A6A11540-6031-4E21-AD7F-BD33D321065E&amp;FullText=1">legislation sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12,</a> will increase the hourly pay of the city's approximately 5,500 full-time employees to $10.10.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:19:31 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9537 at http://wfpl.org Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement Council Democrats Support Louisville Minimum Wage Hike http://wfpl.org/post/council-democrats-support-louisville-minimum-wage-hike <p>A majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats are in support of raising the pay of local workers as other cities begin to take the lead on the issue.</p><p>Raising the hourly wage has been a heated debate across Kentucky's political landscape, including the U.S. Senate race between likely Democratic nominee Alison Ludergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 18:43:30 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9324 at http://wfpl.org Council Democrats Support Louisville Minimum Wage Hike Matt Bevin Questions Constitutionality of Minimum Wage http://wfpl.org/post/matt-bevin-questions-constitutionality-minimum-wage <p>Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin says the federal government has no role in setting a minimum wage, which he suggests violates the U.S. Constitution.</p><p>The Tea Party-backed candidate made the comments during a campaign stop in western Kentucky this week.</p><p>"I don't see anywhere that it has been constitutionally-defined," Bevin told <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/05/09/3436014/matt-bevin-minimum-wage-unconstitutional/">Think Progress</a> when asked if it was unconstitutional.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:09:31 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9317 at http://wfpl.org Matt Bevin Questions Constitutionality of Minimum Wage Mitch McConnell-Led Filibuster Halts Minimum Wage Bill in Senate http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-led-filibuster-halts-minimum-wage-bill-senate <p>Senate Republicans successfully blocked a key Democratic proposal on Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.</p><p>Led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., <a href="http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&amp;session=2&amp;vote=00117">all but one GOP senator voted to sustain a filibuster </a>against the measure, which failed to reached the needed 60-vote threshold.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:47:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9253 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell-Led Filibuster Halts Minimum Wage Bill in Senate Minimum Wage Hike Hurts 'Minorities and Youth' Job Chances, Rand Paul Says http://wfpl.org/post/minimum-wage-hike-hurts-minorities-and-youth-job-chances-rand-paul-says <p>Speaking in west Louisville this week, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned that a hike to the minimum wage would hurt job opportunities for racial minorities and younger workers.</p><p>Paul made the comments at a roundtable discussion with community and business leaders that his office organized to <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-holds-economic-freedom-zones-roundtable-west-louisville">field questions about his Economic Freedom Zones</a> proposal.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9237 at http://wfpl.org Minimum Wage Hike Hurts 'Minorities and Youth' Job Chances, Rand Paul Says Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-minimum-wage-forum-highlights-tipped-workers-struggles <p>As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.</p><p>Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.</p><p>Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.</p><p>But those in attendance said they were disappointed even fewer council members—save Democrats Attica Scott, David James and Chairwoman Barbara Shanklin—attended the special hearing.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:23:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9143 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles Bus Tour Backing Minimum Wage Hike to Visit Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/bus-tour-backing-minimum-wage-hike-visit-louisville <p>A national effort supporting an increase to the minimum wage is coming through Louisville this week.</p><p>The multi-state <a href="http://www.raiseto1010.com/">"Raise the Wage" bus tour</a> is meant to pressure members of Congress to support a bill raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.</p><p>Raising the rate is a key issue for Democrats such as U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose campaign confirmed with WFPL that she plans to join the tour in Louisville.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:42:23 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9022 at http://wfpl.org Bus Tour Backing Minimum Wage Hike to Visit Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for Minimum Wage Hike http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-calls-minimum-wage-hike <p>In a House floor speech Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky called for an increase to the federal minimum wage.</p><p>A hike to hourly wages has been a popular issue for Democrats in 2014, and has been a clear contrast in the U.S. Senate race.</p><p>The congressman is co-sponsoring the <a href="http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/460">Fair Minimum Wage Act</a>, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour incrementally over three years.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:07:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8982 at http://wfpl.org Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway http://wfpl.org/post/bill-raising-metro-louisville-minimum-wage-underway <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.</p><p>Last month, Scott asked for<a href="/post/councilwoman-attica-scott-seeks-raise-minimum-wage-metro-louisville"> a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area.</a> The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8891 at http://wfpl.org Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway