minimum wage en Protesters Demand Living Wage for Fast Food Workers <p>The Global Strike for Fast Food Workers is happening across the country and around the world today (Thursday). The protest is a call for higher pay and worker rights for the estimated four million employees in the fast food industry. One of the events is in Eugene.</p><p>It’s lunchtime business as usual at the McDonald’s on Broadway in Eugene….</p><p>But outside on the sidewalk, a handful of activists are protesting&nbsp; the corporate fast food giant. They want to see a “living wage” for its employees.</p><p>Lauren Regan is director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:20:19 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 13741 at Protesters Demand Living Wage for Fast Food Workers Senator Merkley Proposing $10.10 Minimum Wage <p>Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley spoke to constituents outside Kiva Grocery in Eugene today (Friday) to talk about the country’s income gap. He hopes to fight growing inequalities with a couple of pieces of legislation.</p><p>Senator Merkley hopes to raise the federal minimum wage. He says he’s co-sponsoring a bill that would increase it to $10.10 an hour over two years. The law would also include a yearly cost of living increase, which the senator says is critical:</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:05:15 +0000 Karen Richards 6245 at Senator Merkley Proposing $10.10 Minimum Wage Oregon's Minimum Wage Set To Increase in 2014 <p>Nearly 100,000 Oregonians will see an increase in their wages beginning January 1<sup>st</sup>. Those making the current $8.95 will soon be making $9.10 an hour.</p><p>Legislation passed in 2002 matches the State’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. The increase is projected to generate more than $20 million in new economic activity. Charlie Burr is the Communications Director for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. He says most small business owners don’t complain about the increase.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:42:06 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 5454 at Oregon's Minimum Wage Set To Increase in 2014