Five things you should know about minimum wage hikes in the United States and across the world: • $15 an hour is a target of fierce resistance in Washington and across much of the world.
The movement is led by the US and many other industrialized nations, including the European Union and Canada.
• $14.50 per hour is the national minimum wage in some states.
• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups argue that the federal minimum wage is too low and that employers should pay more.
• Most Americans don’t know how much it would cost to buy a minimum wage-paying sandal.
• Sandals made popular by the 1980s have been replaced by other footwear, from boots to trainers.
The trend is also growing in the apparel industry, where some of the largest companies use cheap, durable, and comfortable footwear.
• A federal minimum-wage hike would not affect low-wage workers in the industry.
In Washington state, a new law prohibits cities and counties from raising the state minimum wage above the federal one, but a new bill in New Jersey would raise the federal wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.50 an hour.
The Washington city of Seattle is considering a minimum-wage hike, and the city council in Oakland is considering raising it to $10 an hour, which is $5 above the current federal minimum.
• If the federal government raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour, businesses in the U.N. refugee camps in Lebanon would be paid $1 an hour or $2 an hour less than they are now.