Where to Get a Pay Raise

Congress won't give you one--the federal minimum wage is still $5.15. Although 22 states require employers to pay more (and six more may do so in November), activists in Chicago and elsewhere are pressing for a living wage to help the working poor.

IN CHICAGO

A Big-Box Battle

Wal-Mart may have earned more than $11 billion last year, but it's squawking over a $10 bill. The bill in question is a new Chicago ordinance that the retailer fiercely opposes, which will require the company--along with Target, Home Depot and other giant retailers--to pay a starting wage of $10 an hour, plus $3 in benefits, to anyone hired in the Windy City. The living-wage ordinance, passed by the city council after ferocious campaigning by organized labor and its business opponents, is the country's first directed at big retailers. Once enacted, it's set to be phased...

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