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  • Letters to the editor: Nancy Kricorian, Hannah Arendt, minimum wage and more

    May 4, 2016 | 9:12 am

    School Chums Discuss Middle East Problems

    Rob Eshman and his old school friend who is working with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement tried to find common ground on Israel-Palestine and raised the question: Do you have a better idea or a better strategy to get...

  • Why do Jews support a $15 minimum wage?

    By Dennis Prager

    April 27, 2016 | 8:51 am

    The majority of Jews support increasing the minimum wage to $15. If asked why, they respond that a person cannot support a family on the current minimum wage, that it is matter of social justice and the Jewish obligation of tikkun olam (repairing the world).

    I have no doubt that...

  • California lawmakers approve hiking minimum wage to $15

    March 31, 2016 | 4:07 pm

    A plan to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 passed both houses of the state legislature on Thursday, putting the state on track to become the first in the nation to commit to such a large pay hike for the working poor.

    The measure, incorporating a deal...

  • My First City Council Meeting

    July 6, 2015 | 4:17 pm

    I went to my first city council meeting on Tuesday, May 19th and it was an unexpectedly chaotic experience. We had to listen to the meeting in the overflow room because the room in which the meeting took place was full. Despite this disadvantage we still witnessed some exciting and...

  • Fighting for Paid Sick Days in LA City Hall

    June 11, 2015 | 4:15 pm

    I have lived in Los Angeles for 19 years, but yesterday was my first time ever at LA City Hall. I went to represent NCJW/LA in a joining of the Paid Sick Leave delegation, part of the Raise the Wage Coalition. I was amongst lawyers, workers, organization members, advocates and...

  • In a war against wage theft

    May 27, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    “At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor and his life depends on it. …” – Deuteronomy 24:15

    Last week, Los Angeles’ City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The decision was greeted with...

  • Los Angeles gives preliminary approval to $15 minimum wage

    May 19, 2015 | 4:13 pm

    The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9, in a victory for labor and community groups that have pushed for similar pay hikes in several U.S. municipalities.


  • What makes a wage just?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 3, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Raising the minimum wage is a mitzvah. 

    The Rambam says that ensuring others have work that can sustain them is the highest rung on the hierarchy of tzedakah (Mattanot Aniyim, 10:7). In Judaism, tzedakah does not mean charity but justice. We rectify social wrongs and fulfill our...

  • Who really creates jobs?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    August 14, 2013 | 11:15 am

    There he goes again. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently told Fox News host Chris Wallace that “the government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does.” That’s a favorite mantra of Republicans. It may make a good sound bite, but there’s not a bit of truth in it.


  • Is our Labor System Broken? A Jewish Call for Minimum Wage Increases!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 11, 2012 | 6:31 am

    Lessening the gap between the rich and the poor is one of the most crucial moral issues to address in America today. Much of the problem has to do with fair wages. Some progress has been made. At the beginning of 2012, eight states raised their minimum wage, yet the federal wage...

  • Olmert goes to China; Hezbollah is back; Euro righties caucus; Jews get blamed again

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Goes to China

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert traveled to China for talks on the Iranian nuclear threat. Monday's trip also marks 15 years of relations between the countries and seeks to expand Israel's current trade relations. Olmert's family has historic ties to China:...