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Living on little

December 11, 2016 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Marissa Barnett
More than 2.4 million Texas workers earn less than $10.10 per hour, according to a 2015 study by the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities. An estimated 400,000 workers in Texas are paid at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Fourth Galveston Annual Living Wage Conference set for Sept. 26

August 24, 2016 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Stephen McIntyre
Labor Day is on the first Monday of September and on the last Monday we will be holding our fourth annual Galveston Living Wage Conference from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1010 35th St., in Galveston.

Park board raises wages for lowest paid employees

June 16, 2016 - The Galveston County Daily News - By John Wayne Ferguson
The Galveston Park Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to begin paying the organization's lowest-paid hourly employees more.

Employment survey could be beneficial for local residents

September 29, 2015 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Joseph Baucum
Gulf Coast Interfaith, an organization representing multiple religions and denominations, is asking for Galveston residents to complete a confidential employment survey. Lisa Windsor, a retired United States Army Colonel, highlighted the survey at Gulf Coast Interfaith's third annual Galveston Living Wage Conference.

Galveston Living Wage Conference set for Sept. 28

September 20, 2015 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Steve McIntyre
The upcoming 2015 conference on Sept. 28at St. Patrick Catholic Church is sponsored by Gulf Coast Interfaith, Galveston Coalition for Justice, Galveston Northside Taskforce, NAACP Galveston Unit No.6180, LULAC Council No. 151, Gulf Coast Homeless Coalition, The Children’s Center Inc., Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Galveston County Commissioner Stephen Holmes, the Rev. C. Andrew Doyle of Episcopal Church of Texas, Baptist Ministers’ Association of Galveston, Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston Catholic Diocese, United Way of Galveston, The Jesse Tree, St. Vincent’s House, Galveston Ministerial Alliance, Galveston Catholic Charities, National Employment Law Project, Students Together for Service,and Galveston County Labor Council-AFL/CIO.

Let's talk some more about a living wage

December 17, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Steve McIntyre
The three of us met around my kitchen table on the morning of September 6, 2012 to have a conversation about the wages and working conditions of low-wage workers in Galveston. ... Our Third Annual Galveston Living Wage Conference will be held on the last Monday in September, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Mark Your Calendar.

A living wage is good for all

November 30, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Steve McIntyre
Over two years ago on June 1, 2012 Archbishop emeritus of the Galveston-Houston Diocese Joseph A. Florenza wrote a guest column in the Houston Chronicle concerning the struggle of Houston janitors to get a higher wage. He said in part: "The concept of the common good should never be forgotten."

Conference to focus on minimum wage issues in Galveston

September 22, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News - By John Wayne Ferguson
The national discussion about the issue of providing a living wage to low-income employees will take center stage at a conference on the island next week.

The quiet conversation about a living wage

September 1, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Heber Taylor
Quietly, a discussion has been going on in Galveston County about the notion of a living wage. The discussion has not been initiated by political parties. The conversation has been largely initiatedby people of faith, people who unashamedly talk about the obligation to love their neighbors as theylove themselves.


Celebrate hard workers, fair bosses

September 1, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Steve McIntyre
All of us have worked for someone who has caused us to bite our tongue as he walked by barking another order to do something faster or over one more time. Some of us quit but many of us bit ourtongues and kept working day after day.

It's the 'let them eat cake' mentality - again

August 11, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Steve McIntyre
All of us remember the recent arguments for the way our economic system should be set up.

Tougher wage-theft law offers hope for poor workers

August 31, 2011 - The Houston Chronicle - By Harvey Rice
Thomas Cameron hopes a toughened Texas anti-wage-theft law that takes effect on Thursday will help him recover the money he says a Galveston cleaning company owes him.