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Ontario to raise minimum wage to $11.40 per hour

The general minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $11.40 from $11.25 per hour on October 1, 2016. It is part of the province's plan to build up Ontario and to help low income workers.

Alberta NDP government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour

Edmonton - The Alberta provincial New Democratic Government (NDP) led by Rachel Notley is following through on a promise made during last year's election campaign that the minimum wage in Alberta would be raised to $15 an hour.

Fight for $15: California, New York governors raise minimum wage

In an historic move to address the growing problem of income inequality, the governors of the two most influential states in America signed bills raising their respective minimum wages to as high as $15 in the coming years.

California leaders agree to hike minimum wage to $15 by 2022

Sacramento - Lawmakers and labor unions in California have agreed to raise the state's minimum wage to $15, by far the highest in the United States, by 2022.

Retailer Sports Direct searches staff on their own time

A major British employer, Sports Direct, is conducting extensive searches of its employees as they leave its premises (in case of the employee theft). The searches take place outside of paid work time.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signs $15 minimum wage law

Los Angeles - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a law on Saturday raising the city's minimum wage from $9 per hour to $15 by 2020, a historic move that will affect hundreds of thousands of workers.

Op-Ed: Vic Fedeli should propose eliminating minimum wage for youth

Toronto - Is anyone paying attention to the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race? Probably not because we're still hanging our heads in shame for voting for Kathleen Wynne's Liberals. But we should start honing in on this race.

GOP congressman: Keep minimum wage low 'for minorities'

A Republican US congressman is raising eyebrows and ire after saying the minimum wage should be kept low for "minorities" and "unskilled" workers.

Government employees march in D.C. for higher pay, a union

Washington - Hundreds of federally-contracted government workers staged a day-long protest strike Thursday in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to issue executive orders that would increase pay and benefits for workers on government contract.

Socialist group pushing $20/hour min wage posts $13 per hour job

A Seattle-based socialist group that has been pushing for a minimum wage of $20 per hour posted a job that pays $13 per hour.

Tory welfare minister says disabled 'not worth the full wage'

The UK opposition Labour Party is urging a welfare minister to resign, after comments made at a Conservative Party fringe meeting suggested disabled people could be paid less than the minimum wage.

35 cent minimum wage fee angers Minnesota cafe customers

Stillwater - Customers are voicing their anger on social media sites for the Oasis Cafe after owners added a 35-cent tax to their tickets. Owners state that they need the fee to cover local raises in minimum wage.

McDonald's loses crucial labor ruling

New York - For many years McDonald's was able to avoid many cases and claims by putting responsibility on the franchisee. After a ruling they are now known as a joint employer of workers at franchises, which means they have many more responsibilities for workers.

San Diego minimum wage to rise in 2015

San Diego - Some big changes are coming for San Diegans working minimum wage jobs: effective next year, the minimum wage will rise to $9.75, and companies will be required to give all workers five sick days a year.

Op-Ed: Outsourcing America: $3 an hour

Pittsburgh - Remember your old office job? The one you got laid off from? The good news is you can get it back. The bad news? No overtime, no benefits- and you'll have to underbid $3.00 an hour contractors from Pakistan.

Ikea set to raise U.S. minimum pay to 'living wage' levels

Ikea, the Swedish home furnishings giant, will announce today that the minimum starting wage for its U.S. workers will rise an average of 17 percent to $10.76 per hour.

Wal-Mart workers strike for higher wages

Dayton - Wal-Mart workers around the country staged a strike against the low wages of the company. This comes at the same time as the annual shareholders meeting and at a time when higher wages are on discussion panels everywhere.

McDonald's CEO: 'We will support' a minimum wage hike

Chicago - The CEO of one of the world's largest fast-food corporations, known for paying its workers what critics claim are poverty wages, has announced his company will support a minimum wage hike.

Seattle City Council approves $15 minimum wage

Seattle - The Seattle City Council unanimously voted to approve a $15 hourly minimum wage, the highest in the nation and nearly equal to the highest in the world.

McDonald's new ambassador 'Happy' is scaring the social media

It seems McDonald's new Happy Meal ambassador, dubbed rather originally "Happy," is not going down well on the social media. Going more by the name of "McScary," people are just not impressed.

No fries with that — McDonald's HQ closes before worker protest

Oak Park - The world's largest fast-food chain's corporate headquarters near Chicago closed Wednesday after hundreds of McDonald's employees threatened to protest demanding higher wages.

San Francisco has highest minimum wage, small biz growth in U.S.

San Francisco - The U.S. city and state with the highest minimum wages are also the two places enjoying the fastest small business growth in the nation, presenting a conundrum for those who claim raising the minimum wage harms small business.

On May Day, Seattle mayor unveils plan for $15/hour minimum wage

Seattle - Seattle's progressive mayor used May 1, International Workers' Day, as an opportunity to unveil a plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour and above in the coming years.

Switzerland to vote on world's highest minimum wage

Berne - Swiss voters will head to the polls in May to decide whether to raise the wealthy alpine nation's minimum wage to 22 Swiss francs ($24.73) an hour, by far the world's highest.

Op-Ed: The Price of Freedom — What are we sacrificing now?

The proposed budget cuts by the Secretary of Defense are nothing more than a red herring from an administration with out of control spending habits, desperate to make the Affordable Care Act work, and a habit of targeting the military.

Op-Ed: Cameron's wisdom and Obama's folly

Washington - The British Prime Minister and the American President both want to raise the standard of living for their citizens. But how to do it?

Op-Ed: Obama's minimum wage attempt offers nothing for middle class

Ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight, it might be helpful understand the scope of the mathematics that are being tossed around on the minimum wage question.

Op-Ed: Who does the minimum wage help and hurt?

London - Chancellor George Osborne has announced an increase in the minimum wage? Clearly he doesn't know anything about economics, or maybe he does?

Video: Santa Claus got arrested at the White House

Washington - It seems that Santa himself has been a very bad boy. He got arrested at the White House the other day. He really wasn't asking that much, just an increase in the minimum wage, but it seems his Christmas wish didn't come true.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama talking sense and nonsense

Washington - In his recent speech on the economy, Barack Obama made a number of good points, but his proposed solutions to the problems are a different matter.
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McDonald"s Corp. corporate headquarters in Oak Park, Ill.
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A view of Canadian money
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A customer reads a newspaper inside as fast food workers attend a protest against McDonald's outside one of its restaurants in New York, December 5, 2013
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Fast food workers attend a protest against McDonald s outside one of its restaurants in New York Dec...
Fast food workers attend a protest against McDonald's outside one of its restaurants in New York December 5, 2013
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Fast food workers attend a protest against McDonald s outside one of its restaurants in New York Dec...
Fast food workers attend a protest against McDonald's outside one of its restaurants in New York December 5, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Eduardo Munoz
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Protesters got a small raise after rallying against the current payment situation in Minnesota, now business owners are reacting to it.
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Inside the Bei McDonald's. Photo taken: Oct. 2, 2004.
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Fast food workers attend a protest against McDonald s outside one of its restaurants in New York Dec...
Fast food workers attend a protest against McDonald's outside one of its restaurants in New York December 5, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Eduardo Munoz

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