New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 31, 1997, Page 7

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 31, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas t Labor Day brings phase two of minimum wage increase By ALICE ANN LOVE Associated Press Writer WASHtNOTON AP Millions of Americans have a little extra something to celebrate this Labor Day a pay raise of 40 cents an hour On Monday the federal minimum wage increases to an hour as part of the second phase of an increase approved by Congress last summer The first phase last fall lifted the nations standard wage for hourly workers to from where it had sat unchanged for more than five years It said Maria Christina Lopez a 38yearold mother of five who has worked six months at a Dairy Queen in Earth Texas because bills and everything are going And the change will affect more people than just the estimated million workers who now make below an hour We have to raise all wages to keep them in said Ed Guerra Lopezs boss who runs Dairy Quten restaurants throughout West Texas We cant pay a crew leader the same as a regular Overall about 10 million minimum wage workers will have benefited from either last falls increase or Mondays increase the Labor Department says Some people last fall got raises that were big enough to push them above the new minimum the agency says Supporters call the raises well deserved Corporate profits and earnings for the average worker are rising This minimum wage increase will help ensure that the lowestpaid Americans also share in this Millions affected by wage increase By The Associated Press A list of the percentage of workers and number of workers in each state estimated to be affected by minimum wage increases last fall and Monday Figures come the Economic Policy Institute a private group that analyzed monthly population surveys done by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics State Pet Ala Ariz Ark Calif Colo Conn Del Fla Ga Idaho 111 Ind Iowa Kan Ky La Maine Md Mass Mich Minn Miss Mo Mont Neb Nev Ohio Okla Ore Pa Tenn Texas Utah Vt Va Wash Wis Wyo Workers said Labor Secretary Alexis M Herman The increase comes at a time when the booming economy has pulled unemployment down to percent its lowest level since the 1960s the claims of the opposition raising the minimum wage had no job loss said Jared Bernstein an economist with the liberal Economic Policy Institute But critics who warned there would be consequences such as reductions in the number of jobs or peoples working hours say the unusually strong economy has simply delayed problems I think there are red flags on the said Jeffrey H Joseph of the Chamber of Commerce The increase could for example make private companies less likely to hire welfare recipients who lose benefits Joseph said I think youll start seeing the movement from welfare to work will slow said Joseph Youre now digging deeper into the welfare ranks to people who have fewer skills yet what were doing now is increasing the price people have to pay for More than 90 percent of the Americans receiving the minimum wage work in privatesector jobs such as retail stores and restaurants Bridging the Between the Doctors Office and the Emergency Room New Braunfels Minor Emergency YOU DONT NEED APPOINTMENT Mies or private household jobs like housekeepers Of those getting the raise roughly 57 percent are women 32 percent are youths ages 16 to 19 and 55 percent work part time according to the Labor Department Mondays increase is the 25th since the minimum was first instituted in 1938 at 25 cents an hour At the new rate yearly earnings for fiilltime work at minimum wage will be about In contrast the government said the 1995 poverty level the latest year available was about for a family of four To alleviate fears that small companies could be hurt Republican lawmakers won tax breaks for small firms before agreeing to the wage hike last year Yet even young workers among the most vulnerable to labor market pressures appear to have been unscathed Their unemployment rate also is down Theres a lot of young people who are starting off at minimum said Juan Harrington a part time worker at a Washington area Safeway who makes just above the minimum wage This will put a little more money in their pockets And labor advocates already are clamoring for an even higher minimum Sen Edward Kennedy D has introduced a bill that would boost it to an hour by 2002 But warns John Doyle spokesman for the Employment Policies Institute a higher minimum can attract students who might not otherwise work displacing less educated adults The higher wage attracts higher skilled said Doyle As an employer I can be told how much to pay but I cant be told who I have to pay it 226 N UNION 6093413 Hours MF 109 Sat 105 Ifs a Cellular Celebration with up to in Rebates on CRYSTALPLMT Petal soft double cell shades and The Value Leader in Single Cell Shades Otties Custom Drapes The Window Shop Offer ends 144 North Castell Street New Braunfels Announcing the Opening of New Braunfels Vision Center PA September Now Accepting 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