Minimum Wage


V.26 No.10 | 3/9/2017
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Robert Maestas

Newscity

Death Penalty Bill Stalled

Death penalty reinstatement stalls, N.M. schools face budget crisis and House approves minimum wage increase.
V.26 No.5 | 2/2/2017
News City
Robert Maestas

State Democrats Propose Raise in Minimum Wage

State lawmakers propose increased minimum wage and APS breaks ground on a new West Side school.
V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016

The Daily Word in the Fight for $15, Steve Bannon being racist, and Kanye being Kanye

I want the "George Bush hates black people" Kanye back

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Tens of thousands of workers at airports and fast food restaurants are planning a massive strike after Thanksgiving as part of the Fight for $15 minimum wage movement. There will be strikes at 20 different airports, including O'Hare in Chicago and Newark Liberty in New Jersey.

Donald Trump's selection for chief White House Strategist and white nationalist Steve Bannon says he's not a white nationalist. This is the same guy who said there's too many Asians in Silicon Valley.

The Israeli government has announced plans to demolish Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the country's southern Negev region that is home to Palestinian citizens of Israel. At least 30 residents will be displaced.

Mike Pence went to go see Hamilton performed in New York over the weekend. The cast took the opportunity to deliver a message to the vice-president-elect about how many of them were immigrants and children of immigrants, and asked him to consider them and their lives in his administration. Which Donald Trump, of course, took as a personal attack.

Kanye has been extra Kanye-ish this week. Ugh.

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The Daily Word in Cuomo's passing, WIPP and TV bloopers

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Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo died yesterday at the age of 82 from natural causes.

Police believe a man in California killed his wife and son, and critically wounded his daughter, before taking his own life on New Year's Eve.

Jeb Bush resigned from all his board memberships and is possibly eyeing a presidential run.

Immigrants who are now in the US illegally may be able to get driver's licenses in California.

23-year-old Christian Gomez of Florida is being accused of decapitating his mother on New Year's Eve.

Gov. Susana Martinez' inaugural ball attracted a lot of protesters.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson says a minimum wage increase that was supposed to take effect on Jan. 1 didn't happen due to a “simple oversight.”

After a leak at WIPP in February 2014, the US government has denied $8 million of performance-based pay to the contractor running the joint.

ICYMI: The Huffington Post has a collection of 2014 TV news bloopers that are worth checking out.

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The Daily Word in a handsome mug shot, Lance Armstrong and "The Visor"

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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency doesn't have to apologize following accusations of a cover-up.

All it takes is a good-looking mug shot to spark a lot of “likes.”

Judge Robert Wilkins rules against Lance Armstrong; therefore, he'll most likely have to pay some mad cash to the U.S. Postal Service.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he “stepped right in it” after making comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism, but he offered no apology.

The Obamas want their daughters to work minimum wage to see “what it's like to do that real hard work.”

RIP Stephanie Kwolek: the chemist who invented the tough fibers used in Kevlar body armor.

Take a tour of Downtown's Anasazi building before its Monday grand opening.

A female bicyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a garbage truck.

Anders Hsi wants to give “The Visor” to the homeless.

So … you gonna call CPS on this woman, or should I?

V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
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Letters

Wherein the readers compose ABQ zoo poetry and respond to Paul Gessing’s thoughts on minimum wage, and Weekly Alibi issues a correction for NM Street Press’ “Mediating Heroin and Harm Reduction.”

V.23 No.9 | 2/27/2014
Jesse Schulz

NM Street Press

Wage Increase Ballot Measure Sinks in Committee

State legislature opts for more jobs, more poverty

In our august collaboration with media partner NM Street Press, Barron Jones examines how three votes defeated House Dems’ efforts to get a minimum wage constitutional amendment on your November ballot.
V.23 No.1 |

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The Daily Word for a New Year

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I'm crawling out of bed on New Year's Day just for you, beloved readers.

But hey, happy new year! Let's all look forward to the year of the swan, the salamander, the e-engagement, the modest sheath dress, the brain, the bros, the pitcher, the light heavyweights and 48 other things proclaimed by writers all over the world.

Somebody made a big mess in Times Square last night. About 50 tons of mess. And somebody else has to clean it up.

If you head out for breakfast today you might notice that your Albuquerque servers are a little bit happier. About a buck fifty an hour happier, in fact.

And the Boy Scouts of America will be slightly more tolerant starting today.

But those opposed to Obamacare will be fuming.

Hey! A lot of people saw a lot of monsters last year. Monsters like big gold fish, suspicious logs in lakes, mangy dogs and a giant squid.

And now I'm going back to sleep.

V.22 No.49 |

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The Daily Word in cemetery Christmas trees, a not-so-terrible pope and Bubba the rogue goat

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Christmas will be here before you know it, but that's no excuse to steal trees from dead people.

After seeing how much fun Albuquerque had with it, Valencia County is considering an abortion ban of its own.

North Carolina police have successfully captured Bubba the rogue goat. APD take note: they didn't shoot him.

109 gun related state laws have been passed since the Newtown massacre. 70 of them loosened restrictions.

Another Albuquerque restaurant decided that it could cut costs by not paying its employees the legal minimum wage. But it turns out that the Feds look down on that sort of thing.

Should the teachings of the church be allowed in the public square? What if it's the Church of Satan?

For those who have been too often stymied by the choice between playing a board game and handling dead rodents, here's the chess set you've been waiting for.

Pope Francis has been named Time's Person of the Year due to his incredible achievement of not being completely terrible.

V.22 No.37 |

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The Daily Word in New Mexico jobs, Costa Concordia and record-breaking rain

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A shooting at Washington Navy Yard broke out this morning, with police reporting that one of three possible shooters was “down,” though reports aren't clear on exactly what that means. Reports also state that at least seven people have been killed, and eight have been injured. This is still a breaking story, so check news sources for more information.

Engineers are attempting to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the island of Giglio in Italy. The ship, which capsized in January of 2012, killing 32 people, is being watched closely by environmentalists who fear that a toxic spill from the ship could pollute the waters.

Search-and-rescue teams in Colorado are grounded due to heavy clouds in the sky, and more than 1,000 people are still unaccounted for after massive floods in Larimer County and surrounding areas.

New Mexico's health care system is in turmoil as an investigation looks into allegations that 15 of its largest mental health providers defrauded Medicaid of $36 million over the course of three years.

In today's city council meeting, a proposal will be introduced that will make it illegal for Albuquerque's employers to refuse paying the new minimum wage, unless they want to face criminal charges.

The number one issue in New Mexico is jobs.”

Albuquerque's rainfall over the weekend broke a record, y'all.

I think someone in Northampton took Stephen King's IT a little too seriously.

V.22 No.31 |

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The Daily Word in new jobs, wage caps, intoxicated DWI officer

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Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.

Shifts in climate appear to be linked to increases in violence around the world.

A New Mexico DWI attorney is facing charges after authorities say he walked into an Albuquerque courtroom drunk.

US employers add 162K jobs as unemployment rate falls to 7.4 percent.

Petition seeks to change Albuquerque’s minimum-wage ordinance, putting a 3% cap on how much the wage can increase each year.

Dead shark found at the door of a pub in Nantucket.

Woo hoo! Tax-free weekend!

People who are having a worse day than you.

V.22 No.16 |

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The Daily Word in more minimum wage increases, horse murders and George R.R. Martin's new movie theater

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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin just bought the Jean Cocteau theater in Santa Fe. “I’ve always loved movies and I’ve always loved old theaters,” he said, as naked prostitutes writhed around him in a way that didn't really seem to advance the plot.

Despite the opposition of the Obama administration, the wrath of PETA and a voicemail in-box full of death threats, Valley Meat Co. in Roswell is one step closer to slaughtering horses.

Bernalillo County voted to pass its own minimum wage increase. Route 66 Malt Shop co-owner Eric Szeman spoke against it. Because nobody's sick of that guy yet.

It turns out the Elvis impersonator did not, in fact, mail ricin laced letters to the President. Suspicions now fall on his nemesis, the evil martial arts instructor, Master Dutschke. Somehow, this is real.

The Post Office is super mad at Lance Armstrong.

Swedish llamas protect sheep from wolves.

And, as always, when it comes to big news, remember to look for a second source.

V.22 No.10 |

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The Daily Word in book banning, disenfranchised Republicans and gun deaths

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A new election rule looks like it will make it harder for Republicans to become Mayor of Albuquerque, even when Dems split the vote.

And Republicans in Rio Rancho are also feeling disenfranchised.

That whole minimum wage law thing? We're still talking about it. Now the servers have their say.

New Mexico legislators are fighting about whether or not they should be allowed to ban books, especially ones about brown people.

2,635 people have died via gun violence since the Newtown massacre. At least.

Who doesn't love trolling celebrities on Twitter? Watch out, though, because sometimes Internet tough guys meet the real deal.

This just in: Kids everywhere love toys.

Pope? Nope.

Update: Smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel signifying that a new pope has been chosen.

V.22 No.8 |

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The Daily Word in restaurant wages, watered down beer and hidden treasure

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There's treasure in New Mexico! Somewhere! Go get it!

The City has decided that yeah, businesses DO have to follow the new minimum wage law after all. Or at least that one malt shop does. Since everybody made a fuss over it.

Come give your input on making Central Avenue between 1st and Girard a more pedestrian friendly area. Maybe someday they'll get around to the section between San Mateo and Tramway. But probably not.

Amazing video of a pig rescuing a goat was faked by an advertising team, trained animals and divers. Which is also kind of amazing.

Belgian owned brewery Anheuser-Busch (makers of Budweiser and Michelob) is accused of watering down their beer. They deny it, suggest that maybe their products are just terrible.

The Tea Party has gone all tanniny.

And goodbye, Ratzo!

V.22 No.7 |

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The Daily Word in secret Domenicis, Methopoly and Norwegian wood

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Let's all congratulate former Senator Pete Domenici on welcoming a baby boy into the world. Three decades ago. With someone who wasn't his wife.

Mad at Route 66 Malt Shop for refusing to pay their employees the minimum wage? Just make sure you're not accidentally boycotting the 66 Diner.

Get ready for a spring time dust up.

Maybe you're a Breaking Bad fan. Maybe you want to corner the meth market, but without all that blood and killing and crime and stuff. Maybe Methopoly is for you.

Violence and crime are dropping in Juarez, but people don't feel safe there yet.

Norwegian reality TV: 12 hours of chopping wood and then burning it. And then receiving angry emails about how the wood is stacked.

Finally, the last Harlem Shake video you ever need to see.