Before the pandemic, it was hard to argue against raising the minimum wage. Now denying a raise to the lowest-paid workers in the United States, deemed essential, seems inhumane. Yet just this week, the Congressional Budget Office offered up ammunition to opponents of raising worker pay. The federal agency, which […]

Text size ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images The last time the federal minimum wage was increased, “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas was the No. 1 song on the radio, and I was a recent college graduate frantically searching for work during the peak of the Great Recession. That was […]

© RNZ / Nate McKinnon The chair of The Warehouse Group has defended the company’s decisions to claim $67.8 million through the government’s wage subsidy scheme and to lay off hundreds of staff and cut back hours for others. The Group, which owns […]