minimum wage en City Hotel Workers Go On Hunger Strike <p>Four Providence hotel workers and one Central Falls City Councilor have announced plans to go on a hunger strike to protest a provision in the Rhode Island budget regarding minimum wage.</p><p>The workers plan to camp in tents outside the Statehouse and refuse to eat until their demand is met. They want cities and towns to be able to determine their own minimum wage. Last week, the Providence City Council decided to put raising the minimum wage for hotel workers on the ballot in November.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:25:21 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 35270 at Pell Calls for Raising Minimum Wage, Effective July 1 <p>While fellow Democrats Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo support raising the minimum wage, Clay Pell is upping the ante by calling for pushing the wage to $10.10, effective July 1.</p><p>In letters to legislative leaders, Pell also called for annual adjustments to the wage based on the Consumer Price Index.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:19:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 30369 at Party Lines Drawn Over Minimum Wage Increases Between Gubernatorial Candidates <p>In the governor's race Republicans are responding to Democratic proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage.</p><p>It’s an issue that’s dividing candidates along party lines.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Providence Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras was the first to give specifics about a plan to hike the minimum wage.</p><p>He’s proposing a two-dollar ten cent increase over the next four years; from eight dollars to ten-dollars ten cents by 2018.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:11:37 +0000 John Bender 28095 at Party Lines Drawn Over Minimum Wage Increases Between Gubernatorial Candidates Food Service Work: What About Equal Pay And Health Care? <p>Yesterday, fast food restaurant workers and their supporters went on strike around the country, including here in Rhode Island. Their demand: $15 an hour instead of the minimum wage (which will be $8 in January here in RI).</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:01:41 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25881 at Fast Food Workers Protest For Higher Wages <p>Demonstrators and workers gathered to protest the minimum wage fast food chain Wendy’ s Thursday afternoon in Warwick.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Dozens of people gathered in the light rain in front of Wendy’s on Warwick Ave demanding an increase in lowest level pay from seven dollars seventy-five cents to fifteen dollars an hour.</p><p>The protest was one of one-hundred strikes going on in different cities throughout the country.&nbsp;</p><p>Protestor Bounche Dorbor of Central Falls has been working at Wendy’s for the last five years making seven dollars seventy-five cents an hour.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:43:43 +0000 John Bender 25813 at Fast Food Workers Protest For Higher Wages Child Care Workers are not `babysitters' <p>Organized labor has been beset in recent years with declining membership in the private sector and a corresponding drop in clout at the Rhode Island Statehouse. &nbsp;Unions have taken their lumps recently, but there were signs of a rebound during the recently adjourned General Assembly session.</p><p>Labor did not get nearly everything it wanted; building &nbsp;trades union&nbsp; leaders are unhappy that lawmakers did not approve requiring construction firms bidding on state projects worth $1 million or more to have a union apprenticeship program.</p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 17:02:34 +0000 Scott MacKay 18013 at Attorney Denies Wrongdoing at Disability Employment Nonprofit <div style="margin:0;"><br><p></p><p>The attorney for the former head of an agency that allegedly had disabled people working for less than minimum wage maintains his client did nothing wrong.</p><p>John Cicilline says he has received paperwork from the U.S. Justice Department relating to John Capobianco, Sr. and his nonprofit company Training Through Placement, but he said yesterday he had not yet had time to review it.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:27:48 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 16830 at RI Senate Votes to Hike Minimum Wage to $8 <p>The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that hikes the state’s minimum wage to $8 an hour.</p><p>When Rhode Island’s minimum wage jumped from to $7.40 to $7.75 on January 1<sup>st</sup>, it was the first raise the state had given minimum wage workers in five years. Now lawmakers are looking at bumping it up again to $8 an hour.</p><p>That would match Massachusetts’ minimum wage but come under Vermont’s at $8.60 an hour.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:00:26 +0000 Catherine Welch 15671 at RI Senate Votes to Hike Minimum Wage to $8 Sen. Reed bill will Hike Minimum Wage <p>Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed is supporting a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage over the next three years.</p><p>The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.&nbsp; The so-called “Federal Wage Act” would increase that wage by 95 cents annually until it reaches $10.10 by 2015.</p><p>However the buying power of minimum wage has decreased significantly, and the new boost may not be enough in Rhode Island, says Kate Brewster, the executive director of The Economic Progress Institute.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:09:20 +0000 John Bender 11471 at General Assembly begins budget process this week <p>Legislative committees are set Tuesday to begin reviewing Governor Lincoln Chafee’s proposed budget for the fiscal year starting in July. This is one of many meetings where lawmakers will hash over the budget.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:05:24 +0000 Ian Donnis 9802 at General Assembly begins budget process this week