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Associated Press (AP): Obama Tries to Get Paid Leave for More Workers

By Nedra Pickler and Darlene Superville
Associated Press (AP), January 15, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Barack Obama launched a fresh push Thursday to bring paid sick and family leave to working parents and other private-sector employees as the White House unveiled proposals that could benefit tens of millions of people. ... "Forty-three million Americans do not get paid sick leave," Obama said after a lunchtime discussion about juggling work and family with a group of women at a Baltimore cafe that offers paid sick leave to its small workforce. "It's a pretty astonishing statistic."

White House Blog: These 3 Women Talked with the President Today

By David Hudson
White House Blog, January 15, 2015

Earlier today, President Obama took a quick trip to Charmington's Café in North Baltimore, Maryland to talk with three women -- Amanda, Vika, and Mary -- before he announced new steps his Administration is taking to help working families across the country.

As the President noted at the café today, 43 million Americans still don't get paid sick leave. "That means that no matter how sick they are, or how sick a family member is, they may find themselves having to choose to be able...

Baltimore Sun: Obama, in Baltimore

By Ian Duncan and Christi Parsons
Baltimore Sun, Jan 15, 2015

Story Includes VIDEO

President Barack Obama surprised lunchtime diners at a Baltimore cafe Thursday with an unannounced stop to promote a proposal to guarantee paid sick leave for millions more American workers. After lunch at Charmington's in Remington, the president said families should not have to choose between their health and a paycheck.

In a launch that recalled his campaign last year to raise the minimum wage, he signed an order Thursday to give six weeks of paid maternity or paternity leave to federal...

Times-Picayune: Women tell President Obama why paid sick leave is important

By Bruce Alpert
Times-Picayune, January 15, 2015

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made the case for mandatory paid sick leave for most employees by recounting his luncheon conversation Thursday with three women, including the operator of a Baltimore, Md., coffee shop and a school nurse. The president met the women over lunch at Baltimore's Charmington's coffee shop and cafe, including Amanda Rothchild, co-owner and managing partner of Charmington's and Mary Stein, a mother of two and a school nurse.

Rothchild, the president said, provides her employees with paid sick leave, and pays them more than the...

York Daily Record (PA): Tom Wolf's agenda: Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour

By Ed Mahon
York Daily Record (PA), Jan 15, 2015

Tom Wolf, who was elected governor in November, wants to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Here are five things to know about the issue.

1. Pennsylvania's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

That's the same rate as the federal minimum wage. Nationwide, 29 states have a minimum wage above the federal level, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

2. Wolf says raising the minimum wage would create jobs.

Wolf's "Fresh Start" policy plan, released in February 2014, says raising the minimum wage to...

Independent Newspapers (RI) Editorial: Minimum wage boost helps the state economy

Independent Newspapers (Northeast Independent, South County Independent, RI), January 8, 2015

As of Jan. 1, the state’s minimum wage is $9 per hour, up from $8. Rhode Island joined 20 other states in boosting the minimum wage for workers at the bottom, including Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. It’s worth noting the federal minimum wage is just $7.25 per hour.

At $7.25 per hour, a 40-hour-per-week employee’s gross income totals about $15,000 per year; at $9 per hour, the gross total is $18,720 annually. Those working minimum-wage jobs in Rhode Island – service sector positions...

BCTV: A New Year's Resolution that Lawmakers Should Find Easy to Keep: Increase the Pa Minimum Wage in 2015

By Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center
BCTV (Berks County, PA) January 7, 2015

Here's our suggestion for a New Year's Resolution PA lawmakers should make along with losing weight and spending more time with the family: increasing the Pennsylvania minimum wage. As detailed in our end-of year press release, 20 states and the District of Columbia will raise their minimum wages tomorrow but Pennsylvania will not.

We documented in the 2014 State of Working Pennsylvania (SWPA), there is a desperate need for a minimum-wage increase. As of 2013, nearly one in five...

Washington Post: Maryland businesses among many grappling with a higher minimum wage

By J.D. Harrison
Washington Post, January 5, 2015

Maryland’s minimum wage was one of many that increased at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, in the first of a series of raises that will eventually push the state’s pay floor above $10 an hour. Under legislation approved last summer, Maryland’s minimum hourly rate increased from $7.25 to $8.00 on the first of the year, and it will increase again to $8.25 in July. The minimum will tick up several more times over the next three years, reaching $10.10 in 2018.

One of the...

Maui News: Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage goes up 50 cents

By Sarah Ruppenthal
Maui News, Jan 3, 2015

For an estimated 37,000 workers across the state, 2015 brings new change - 50 cents to be exact - as Hawaii's minimum wage increased from $7.25 to $7.75 per hour on New Year's Day. And that's just the first step in an incremental, four-step wage increase signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in May. Hawaii is now inching toward a $10.10 hourly minimum wage, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. In the interim, the state's minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $8.50 an hour...