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Soyer: UI needs to raise minimum wage

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May 6, 2016

Hannah Soyer  [email protected] On Sunday, the minimum wage in Johnson County was raised to $9.15 per hour, as part of the plan to have it up to $10.10 by Jan. 1, 2017. However, the University of Iowa has decided that it is exempt from the ordinance, claiming that because it is a state agen...

UI justice forum with Harreld turns contentious

UI president Bruce Harreld listens to the other panelists at the Old Capitol Museum on Monday, May 2, 2016. The panels discussed numerous topics including social justice and themed semester program. (The Daily Iowan/Peter Kim)

Katelyn Weisbrod, [email protected]

May 3, 2016

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld’s academic year is ending similarly to how it began. Tension grew after Harreld refused to respond to numerous questions from community members at a Just Living Theme Semester Planning Committee discussion on Tuesday night. The event also saw several audience...

Minimum wage increase looms in IC

Minimum wage increase looms in IC

Gage Miskimen, [email protected]

April 5, 2016

The minimum wage in Johnson County will be $9.15 per hour in less than a month. Last fall, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance raising the county’s minimum wage gradually in three phases, with the final raise of $10.10 coming in 2017. According to a press release sent April 1 by Iow...

Editorial: Going easy on minimum wage

Editorial: Going easy on minimum wage

March 29, 2016

Income inequality and the minimum wage have become central issues in the Democrats’ campaign rhetoric this election cycle. Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who recently picked up five states in the Democratic Party’s primaries, says in a statement on his website that the current...

Editorial: Inflation or wage exploitation?

The University of Iowa campus looking west from Old Capitol and the Pentacrest.

March 4, 2016

The Johnson County minimum-wage mandate has proven to be a point of contention for low-wage employees and small-business owners since its implementation. The county felt the first wave on the Nov. 1 with the initial hike from the federal minimum of $7.25 to $8.25. The next increment is set for $9.15,...

Johnson County workers deserve $10.10 minimum wage

Johnson County workers deserve $10.10 minimum wage

September 1, 2015

In conjunction with the popularized “Fight for 15” national narrative, the Democratic Party on Aug. 28 incorporated a $15 minimum wage standard into its platform. On Aug. 27, closer to home, local officials reached agreement on implementing a minimum-wage hike. The Johnson County Board of...

Wage rise passes 1st test

Wage rise passes 1st test

Hannah Adamson, [email protected]

August 28, 2015

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Thursday unanimously approved the first consideration of an ordinance that would increase the minimum wage in Johnson County. If approved, the ordinance would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 on Nov. 1. The minimum wage would then be increased...

Supervisors may move on minimum wage

Supervisors may move on minimum wage

August 25, 2015

Johnson County supervisors weigh in on proposed minimum-wage increase. By Gage Miskimen [email protected] Details about an upcoming minimum-wage proposal are still up in the air, particularly how the University of Iowa will respond. At its meeting Thursday, the Johnson County Board of S...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

August 4, 2015

Letters Inaction on minimum wage inexcusable In the last legislative session, the Iowa House Republican leadership refused to debate a Senate bill that would have raised the minimum wage to a paltry $8.75 over two years’ time. Now I’ve heard the business lobby’s arguments against it, and they...