The Minimum Wage Battle Heats Up In NY

Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

June 18, 2015– The Minimum wage battle heated up this week in New York as Fast Food workers filled an auditorium on New York University’s campus to testify before a panel appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine the wage issue.  This hearing comes on the heals of last week’s historic increase in Los Angeles to $15 per hour for their minimum wage. ( See http://newyorkovertimelaw.com/blog/los-angeles-becomes-largest-city-to-enact-15-wage-law/)

At the hearing more than 30 Fast Food and other workers testified about their inability to survive, live, and afford housing on the wages they earn under the current economic scheme.   They, boldly, are seeking an increase from $8.75 per hour to $15 per hour in order to offset the economic disparity between their wages and their cost of living.

NYC’s Mayor, Bill De Blasio, and Governor Andrew Cuomo have been vocal advocates of this historic increase for the 180,000 Fast Food workers residing and working in New York State.  Despite the opposition of major employers over the alleged adverse economic impact of these significant wage changes it is expected that increases will be announced shortly.  The Los Angeles increase seems to have been the momentum shift these East Coast workers were looking for.

To read the entire NY Times Article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/nyregion/board-hears-support-for-raising-food-workers-minimum-wage.html?_r=1

Employment Resources For Veterans

October 30, 2014–  As Veteran’s Day 2014 quickly approaches we have decided to provide some resources to assist the men and woman who have dedicated themselves to protecting the freedoms and lives of ordinary Americans in finding employment after their service with the military is complete.   The list is not exhaustive and is not in any order of priority:

1.  http://www.military.com–  Military.com offers a careers section with the “largest veteran job board in the world.” Individuals can search for jobs, create and post resumes, network with other veterans and find nearby career fairs. There’s a list of military friendly employers, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Allstate, Walmart and Boeing.

2.  http://www.vetjobs.com–   VetJobs makes it easy to reach transitioning military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members and veterans that have separated over the last several decades and are now productive members of the civilian work force in all disciplines, and their family members.  VetJobs is a leading source for candidates with security clearances!

3.   http://www.fedshirevets.gov–  America’s Veteran is the official website of the U.S. Government, operated by the Office of Personnel Management to help vets find jobs in the federal government. Individuals can search for jobs as a veteran, transitioning service member or family member.

4.   http://nvf.org–  Since 1985 ​the​ National Veterans Foundation has helped over 350,000 veterans and their families with crisis and information services through ​the nation’s first toll-free, vet-to-vet hotline for all U.S. veterans and their families.​

5.   https://www.robinhood.org/vetresources–  A network of sites offering veterans access to social services. Counselors work with veterans to determine which benefits they are eligible for in as little as 15 minutes, and then guide them through the application process and connect them to other on-site services.

6.  http://www.veterans.ny.gov–  New York State’s Official Veteran’s resource page.

7.  http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/veterans/returningvets.html–  Nassau County’s Official Veteran’s resource page.

8.  http://www.nyc.gov/html/vets/html/services/employment.shtml–  New York City’s Official Veteran’s resource page.

HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY and thank you for your service!

Does Low Unemployment Signal the End of the Recession?

August 7, 2014– Does Low Unemployment signal the end of the Recession?  July’s Unemployment Report, released by the Department of Labor earlier today, indicates growth in many major hiring sectors of the economy.   For the sixth straight month hiring increased and the unemployment rate decreased.   Is this trend an indication that the painful financial times are over and that a robust economy is right around the corner?   Perhaps; however, there are certain disturbing trends in the employment data which may make a celebration premature.

One of those negative trends is that the number of part time workers who are employed, yet would desire more work hours, held steady at, a staggering, 7.5 million Americans.  This number is an indicator that employers are still very gun shy about hiring full time workers, or converting part time employees to full time status, where they may earn, much needed benefits and overtime pay.  In recent years this segment has given rise to the popularity of the term, “underemployed“. Continue reading “Does Low Unemployment Signal the End of the Recession?”