American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The lowest wage, determined by law or contract, that an employer may pay an employee for a specified job.
- n. See living wage.
- n. The lowest rate at which an employer can legally pay an employee; usually expressed as pay per hour.
- n. the lowest wage that an employer is allowed to pay; determined by contract or by law
“In the Lochner case, and in a whole series of cases prior to Lochner being overturned, the Supreme Court consistently overturned basic measures like minimum wage laws, child labor safety laws, and rights to organize, deeming those laws as somehow violating a constitutional right to private property.”
“FDR also initiated laws that fundamentally changed the relationship between capital and labor: the forty-hour workweek, child labor laws, and minimum wage laws; and the National Labor Relations Act, which made it possible to organize broad-based industrial unions and forced employers to bargain in good faith.”
“They are the Maytag workers I've met in Galesburg, Illinois and Newton, Iowa - workers who believed they would retire and never have to work again; workers who now compete with their teenagers for minimum wage jobs at Wal-Mart because their factory moved overseas.”
“It may be true-as some economists argue-that any big jumps in the minimum wage discourage employers from hiring more workers.”
“The next month, Jiang was among five workers who filed a landmark class-action lawsuit against DKNY and all its contractors for failing to pay minimum wage and for withholding millions of dollars of overtime pay for seventy-plus-hour workweeks.”
“Since the Earned Income Tax Credit lifts nearly 5 million Americans out of poverty each year, I'll double the number of workers who receive it and triple the benefit for minimum wage workers.”
“During that time, they're not making enough … What we call their makeup pay will be terrible, between what the minimum wage is and what”
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