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Report: Arizona housing costs more than low-wage earners can afford

WASHINGTON — Arizonans have to earn $17.52 an hour, more than twice the minimum wage, to afford a typical two-bedroom home without spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent, a new report says.

March 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Since when can't a teenager get a job?

Dear J.T. & Dale: I have a 17-year-old daughter who has been unable to get a job due to the fact that everywhere she inquires, she is told that the minimum age at that establishment is 18. Since when can't a teenager get a job? I hope you can solve the mystery. — Judy

March 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Area Congress members back president's call for wage hikes and jobs

Area Congress members back president's call for wage hikes and jobs

Members of the Southern Arizona congressional delegation — all Democrats — lauded President Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage, and looked to his State of the Union speech for leadership in creating jobs.

January 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Biz tip: Don't pay for free labor-law posters

If your small business received a recent mailing from the “Labor Standards Compliance Office,” requesting a fee for up-to-date labor notices required by the state of Arizona and the federal government, just toss it.

December 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Tucson beats only Detroit in high-wage job growth

Tucson beats only Detroit in high-wage job growth

A ranking of major metropolitan areas by the share of new jobs paying high wages shows Tucson outpacing only one other metro area — Detroit.

November 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

State minimum wage takes a small step up

PHOENIX — Come January, Arizona’s minimum-wage workers will be able to afford an extra Big Mac a week — but not if they want fries and a drink with it.

October 17, 2013 12:15 amLoading…

Living wage: Paying it would force chains to replace humans with robots

Medieval doctors bled their patients with leaches. Far from improving their condition, it left them worse off. Raising the wages of fast-food workers to $15 an hour would produce similar results for those the proposal is intended to help.

September 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Living wage: Restaurant workers fight for the vast underpaid majority

Walkouts and protests by fast-food workers demanding higher wages and collective-bargaining rights began last November and spread to 60 cities nationwide at the end of August.

September 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Response to poverty: invest in the building blocks of a better economy

The series on poverty the Arizona Daily Star just finished running struck a chord with me, and I’d like to share what I think the federal government is doing right and wrong to address the issue.

August 22, 2013 9:00 amLoading…

Working for McNuggets not fair to low-wage Americans

You might have missed this, if you didn't happen to hit the right fast-food drive-through on the right day in July, but burger-flippers and assorted labor activists staged one-day strikes in cities across the country. They called for the right to unionize and for a raise in the minimum wage …

August 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Longtime Italian eatery La Madrina to close

After 28 years, owner says he can no longer keep up with increased operating costs.

April 15, 2013 2:07 pmLoading…

Should the US increase the minimum wage?

In announcing his wrongheaded proposal to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour, President Obama spoke in lofty terms: "In the wealthiest nation on earth," he said in his State of the Union address last month, "no one who works full time should have to live in poverty."

March 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Should the US increase the minimum wage?

Nearly 8 million Americans go to work every day yet still live below the poverty line. That is in part because the federal minimum wage is too low.

March 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Minimum wage in Arizona set to go up 15¢

PHOENIX - Workers at the bottom of the state's pay scale will soon be able to afford 2 more gallons of milk and a loaf of bread a week.

October 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Workers with Red Lobster, Olive Garden file wage suit

Darden Restaurants Inc. violated federal labor laws by underpaying thousands of servers across the country at Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other eateries, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of the workers.

September 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Tucson event for National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage

The local SEIU chapter has an event planned this week as part of the National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage.

July 23, 2012 11:00 amLoading…

Supreme Court: No overtime pay for Arizona pharmaceutical sales reps

PHOENIX — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected arguments by Arizona representatives of a national drug company that they are not doing sales and therefore entitled to overtime.

June 18, 2012 8:02 amLoading…

Tighter rules sought for those getting jobless pay

PHOENIX - Arizonans who lose their jobs through no fault of their own would have to do more to look for work to qualify for unemployment benefits, under a measure given preliminary Senate approval Tuesday.

March 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Don't expect a pay raise at Pima Community College

With state budget cuts looming, Pima's governing board tells employees not to expect a raise, but benefits will be held harmless.

December 06, 2010 10:02 amLoading…

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