Tag: living wage

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Report: Virginians need living wage jobs

Only 44 percent of current job openings in Virginia pay a living wage for a single adult and only 17 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet.

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Report: Single Virginians need $18.70 an hour for living wage

A new report notes that a living wage for a single adult in Virginia is $18.70 per hour, more than twice the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in Virginia.

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Ken Plum: Not up to the living wage challenge

ProgressVA sponsored the “Live the Wage Challenge” asking elected officials, community leaders, advocates, and everyday citizens to walk in the shoes of a minimum wage worker by living on a minimum wage budget for one week.

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Senate Republicans block local government living wage

Thursday afternoon, Senate Republicans once again blocked Democratic efforts to help ensure that Virginia’s working families earn a living wage.

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Does Jim Webb have a shot at presidential nomination?

Jim Webb became the first contender to formally throw his hat into the ring for 2016 this week, announcing the formation of an exploratory committee that jumpstarts his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Report: Full-time working Virginians lack living wage

Only 26 percent of all full-time workers in Virginia earn a wage that will allow a single working parent with two children to make ends meet.

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Virginia families need higher wages, Medicaid expansion

A new report shows that in Virginia, families are struggling with the reality of making ends meet on a limited budget while state legislators refuse to implement life and cost savings by expanding Medicaid.


Luz Vega-Marquis: A living wage is an equal voice

Although the terms “minimum wage” and “living wage” are sometimes used interchangeably, their meanings are quite different. A minimum wage is the lowest a business can legally pay. A living wage is what its workers need to meet their families’ basic needs – to stave off the choice between a gallon of gas and a gallon of milk.

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State Senate committee reports minimum wage bill

Monday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor voted 10-6 to report a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $9.25. The vote took place along party lines, with all Democrats supporting and all Republicans opposed.

Opportunity Knocks outreach event coming in Staunton

The Staunton City Schools are showing their commitment to the success of every student with its Opportunity Knocks community outreach event at Booker T. Washington Community Center this Saturday.


LeeAnn Hall: Living wage job gap calls for charting a new course for U.S. economy

In August, fast food workers walked off the job in 50 U.S. cities, demanding a raise to $15 an hour. The strikes touched off a national debate about raising wage floors. People who are working full-time should earn enough to be able to make ends meet. A living wage is a basic American value.