Living Wage http://wesa.fm en With a Raise in the Minimum Wage, Where Would Businesses Find the Money? http://wesa.fm/post/raise-minimum-wage-where-would-businesses-find-money <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last Wednesday, the US Senate voted down a proposal by President Obama to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.</span></p><p>Many contend that such a steep raise would cripple job growth and small businesses. Others say more money and spending power for workers would be a boost for the economy overall.&nbsp;</p><p>Art Helms, a Wendy’s employee and member of <a href="http://onepittsburgh.org/">One Pittsburgh</a> has been organizing for fair pay and a union for fast food workers in Pittsburgh.</p><p>He said he makes less than $10 per hour and has worked for Wendy’s for 27 years.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:18:39 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28793 at http://wesa.fm With a Raise in the Minimum Wage, Where Would Businesses Find the Money? Adjuncts: Wage & Benefit Disparities In Higher Education http://wesa.fm/post/adjuncts-wage-benefit-disparities-higher-education <p>The story of <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/death-of-an-adjunct-703773/">Margaret Mary Vojtko</a>, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University has gone <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/adjunct-obituary-duquesne_n_3956003.html">viral </a>and it’s sparked a <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/duquesne-disputes-claims-over-death-of-adjunct-professor-704143/">debate </a>about fair compensation for adjuncts.</p><p>Dan Kovalick, senior associate general counsel of the United Steelworkers (the union currently seeking to organize adjunct instructors at Duquesne) who wrote the op-ed piece believes that the adjuncts should have an increase in pay and should be entitled to benefits. Kovalick argues that, with heads of Universities making six-figure salaries and in some cases millions of dollars, teachers should be able to get an increase in compensation.</p><p>He also points out that parents of students, are spending tens of thousands of dollars on their child’s tuition and seeing that their child’s teachers are not making a livable wage. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:45:44 +0000 Nick Frost 17154 at http://wesa.fm Adjuncts: Wage & Benefit Disparities In Higher Education