Worked retail? Speak out!

Common Threads Art Collective and Stephanie Rothenberg

A series of public interventions that bring awareness to the experiences of 14th Street retail workers, past, present and future.

Share your thoughts, experiences, and ideas on retail work. This is an open forum for retail workers and their allies to spread the word about what its really like working in and living on retail work in New York City.

Feel free to post comments, articles, photos or interviews.

AIOP in action

What is the most difficult aspect of working in the retail industry?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

10 More Cents

The federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25/hr Friday (7/24/09), concluding the three-phase increase. Opponents of the increase worry the mandate will hurt employers already suffering from the recession. However, roughly 1000 business leaders released a "Business For A Fair Minimum Wage" statement arguing, "Higher wages benefit business by increasing consumer purchasing power, reducing costly employee turnover, raising productivity, and improving product quality, consumer satisfaction and company reputation." Still others believe the wage falls short of a living wage, especially in NY where the rate only rose 10 cents. The minimum wage increase also has no impact for tipped workers who still earn as low as $2.13 in eighteen states.

How does the federal minimum wage increase affect you?