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Jury: GEO Group owes immigrant detainees $17M in back pay

SEATTLE — A federal jury has determined that The GEO Group must pay nearly $17.3 million to immigration detainees who were paid $1 a day to perform tasks such as cooking and cleaning at the company's for-profit detention center in Washington state.

Mistrial halts case on minimum wage for immigrant detainees

SEATTLE – A trial over whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage – instead of $1 a day – to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention center in Washington state has ended with a hung jury.

Jury deciding if immigration detainees must get minimum wage

SEATTLE – A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation’s biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage – instead of $1 a day – to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state.

Rescue aid package may reduce inequality, but for how long?

WASHINGTON – Democrats have celebrated President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan as a blow against one of America’s most entrenched economic woes: The vast inequality that divides the richest from the rest – a gap made worse by the viral pandemic.

Coeur d’Alene nonprofit worried about effects of minimum wage hike on disabled workers

Tesh, Inc., a nonprofit assisting disabled children and adults, would have to end their sheltered employment program if a provision in the federal minimum wage hike bill is passed. Supporters say the ability to pay disabled workers rates below the federal minimum is undignified, but Tesh's leadership says ending the program would effectively price their clients out of work. 

History of the minimum wage in the United States

The government has been involved in minimum wage rules and legislation ever since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act into law on June 16, 1933. At times, the nation’s minimum wage has been set at something that seems reasonable for working-class folks. At other times, perhaps not quite so much.

Senate Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief bill OK in sight

 The Senate seemingly killed progressives’ last-ditch effort to include a minimum wage hike in the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Friday, as the chamber began climactic votes on the huge package embodying President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority.

Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

WASHINGTON – The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate.

COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

WASHINGTON – The Senate parliamentarian dealt a potentially lethal blow Thursday to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress, Senate Democratic aides said.

For Senate rules arbiter, minimum wage is latest minefield

WASHINGTON — She's guided the Senate through two impeachment trials, vexed Democrats and Republicans alike with parliamentary opinions and helped rescue Electoral College certificates from a pro-Trump mob ransacking the Capitol. She also does spot-on impersonations of senators including Bernie Sanders.

Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers?

President Joe Biden's effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out of his parents' house in Orlando, Florida, and maybe scrape together money for college.

Dems attempt to push through school funding, wage increase

WASHINGTON – House Democrats on Tuesday muscled past Republicans on portions of President Joe Biden’s pandemic plan, including a proposed $130 billion in additional relief to help the nation’s schools reopen and a gradual increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Budget office: $15 wage would reduce poverty, increase debt

WASHINGTON — Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour would reduce the number of Americans living in poverty and boost wages for millions of Americans while adding to the federal debt and joblessness, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office projects.