$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

FILE – This Oct. 24, 2016, file photo shows dollar bills in New York. Almost the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field has joined the labor movement driven by fast food workers to implement a federal minimum wage of $15.
Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour.

That near-unanimity reflects the success of an unorthodox campaign by the Service Employees International Union called the Fight for 15. It launched in 2012 to help nonunion McDonald’s workers who walked off their jobs as cooks and servers agitate for a then-unthinkable $15 minimum wage. Now, according to the National Employment Law Project, one-third of the country will have a $15 minimum wage as gradual increases in bedrock Democratic states like California, Illinois and New York kick in over the coming years.

Ernie Tedeschi, an analyst at Evercore ISI, calculated the de facto national minimum wage at a historic high of $12 an hour when accounting for a flurry of recent city and statewide increases . Officially, the federal minimum …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

      

Salt Lake grocery store aims to eliminate plastic packaging

Hello! Bulk Market in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The shop carries many of the things you would expect to see in a grocery store — but they are all in dispensers, not individual containers.
Steve Breinholt, Deseret News
Jamaica Trinnaman, pictured on Thursday, May 9, 2019, opened the Hello! Bulk Market about two months ago at 355 N. 500 West. The shop carries many of the things you would expect to see in a grocery store — but they are all in dispensers, not individual containers.
Steve Breinholt, Deseret News
Hello! Bulk Market in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The shop carries many of the things you would expect to see in a grocery store — but they are all in dispensers, not individual containers.
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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

      

President Trump Has Decided Not to Impose New Tariffs on Cars and Auto Parts – for Now

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump is delaying any decision to impose auto tariffs on car and auto part imports, deciding against ratcheting up trade disputes or impacting talks with European nations and Japan.

Trump announced his decision to delay for up to six months in a proclamation issued by the White House on Friday.

He was required to make a decision on Commerce Department recommendations aimed to protect the U.S. auto industry, based on national security concerns.

Trump directed his trade team to pursue negotiations and address the impact that imports are having on the U.S. auto industry and its ability to invest in new research and development that he says is critical to the nation’s security.

Trump says he’ll decide whether to take further action in 180 days.

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Source:: Time – Business