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Opinion: Surviving Whole in a Broken System
Caregiver violence is a form of abuse that affects thousands of Texans with disabilities. And yet, there is a constant need for more caregivers.
"...ratio actually is. On top of that, the starting wage for a PCA is only $8.11, and the average..."

Nov. 19, 2021 Column by Renee Lopez

Advocates Call on City, County to Protect Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Outbreak
Education, health, housing, justice addressed by list of demands
"...As low-wage workers will be among the hardest hit by COVID-19..."

March 16, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018
Days like these
"...that mandated paid sick leave violated the state's minimum wage laws – a dubious and misguided decision in the..."

Dec. 28, 2018 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Point Austin: Slaves for Rent
Sick pay lawsuit confirms what bosses think of workers
"..."What's next?" the bosses erupted. "Living wages!?!" Abominations of Equity..."

May 4, 2018 News Column by Michael King

Firefighters and City Can't Strike a Deal
At an impasse yet again over collective bargaining
"...could, and still couldn't come to an agreement on wages, overtime, or transferability, a policy that allows firefighters who..."

Aug. 18, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

On Consent: AISD Employees See Increased Wages
A 1.5% increase will go to district employees
"...that pay raises are not a given. After a wage freeze during the 2011-12 school year, salaries bounced back..."

May 26, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Zimmerman Does It Again [UPDATE]
D6 council member tells children to "do something useful"
"...the most back breaking work aren’t paid a fair wage and even have to deal with wage theft, followed..."

Aug. 19, 2016 News Post by Michael King

City Council Clashes Over 2017 Budget
Competing ideas on how to spend $969 million
"...restructured its insurance program and proposes a $600/year across-the-board wage increase (29 cents/hour) to compensate for higher co-pays...."

Aug. 19, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

This Is the Box We're In
Council doesn't have a budget, but they're cutting it nonetheless
"...opposed paying for any exemption by cutting city employee wages: "[Support­ers] say stagnant wages are hurting affordability – but..."

June 12, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

The Hightower Report: 2016 Presidential Candidates Address Inequality (Sort of)
Aid goes to the same old corporate elites
"...that money into what he calls a subsidy for low-wage workers. Does he think we have sucker wrappers around..."

May 29, 2015 News Column by Jim Hightower

Obama Talks Economy – Immigration Protesters Outside
Obama knocks GOP for "cynical political games"
"...President, the ultra-wealthy continue to reap the benefits while wages for the working class haven’t kept up with the..."

July 10, 2014 News Post by Mary Tuma

A Whiff of Prosperity
City's proposed budget reflects daylight beyond the tunnel
"...acknowledges as much, noting that staff agreement to delay wage increases beginning in 2009 continues to have a moderating..."

Aug. 31, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

AISD Grossly Underpays
" districts nationwide? I find that appalling. An adequate wage for all AISD employees needs to be a conscious..."

June 25, 2008 Postmarks

Our readers talk back.
"...are. They have made a much stronger commitment to living as car-free as possible; and rarely, if ever, drive...."

May 30, 2003 Column

Capitol Chronicle
The people advising state government "belt-tightening" never seem to have very tight belts.
" positive thinking, and go to work at minimum wage. (Actually, despite all the talk of "incentives to work,"..."

Feb. 14, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Our readers talk back.
" the "poster dude" who has made a full-time living putting up posters for the last 12 years, I..."

Nov. 29, 2002 Column

Our readers talk back.
", Hispanic, African-American, women, senior citizens, or whatever, Glen waged a battle for us all as a tireless fighter..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Column

Postmarks Web Extra
Our readers' letters regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks
"...the value of our solid Constitution. It's not a "living" and "flexible" constitution, as some would say. Especially when..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Column

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...Association meeting yielded few concrete assurances that the association's wage and equity demands would be met, but it did..."

Dec. 11, 1998 News Feature

Canvassing the City for ECHO’s Point in Time Count
Nina Hernandez takes to the 4am streets for annual survey
"...problem, disability, mental health issue, illness, or had experienced wage theft; and whether any of those factors have kept..."

Feb. 2, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

We're 49th! ... Or Just Seventh of 10
Union and Austin ISD argue over teacher pay – and what to do about it
"...not that the city pays its employees a decent wage; it's that the district doesn't. As for the comparison..."

April 9, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Our readers talk back.
"...means in the entire U.S., there are only 30,000 living with ALS. There is no cure for ALS. The..."

Feb. 21, 2003 Column

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
It's time to look more intelligently at economic development
"...2. Austin's cost of living is the highest of any major Texas city; unlike..."

Aug. 16, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Our readers talk back.
"...out of the community by the high cost of living. I came to Austin years ago, when people didn't..."

May 19, 2000 Column

Austin Musicians of Color Talk About the Pandemic's Outsized Impact on Their Communities
COVID-19 extends into all realities of Austin's pervasive inequality
"...some pretty next-level shit. It used to feel like living in a reality TV show – like all three..."

June 19, 2020 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Tovo and Casar Unfiltered on CodeNEXT
The Council members' full conversation with the Chronicle
"...agree that we have to have a higher minimum wage than we have; I agree that there should be..."

Sept. 14, 2017 News Post by Nick Barbaro

The Q&A Hole: What’s the Worst Thing About Austin, Texas?
With Jen Cash, Sam Eidson, Shannon McCormick, Matt Oztalay, and more.
"...them in with zero solutions. And the expense of living here – that’s actually the worst. It’s chasing out..."

Oct. 11, 2016 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Point Austin: Solid State
Leffingwell takes pride in his hometown ... and looks toward one final vote
"...– as he also did – that "we are living today in what is the golden era of our..."

Feb. 28, 2014 News Column by Michael King

A Question of Equity
Is It Time for Austin Actors To Go Union? And Vice Versa?
"...made payments to cover federal payroll taxes on Jeremy's wages. The play opened on schedule and to positive reviews,..."

June 9, 2000 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Carrying the Burden
During Gov. Bush's campaign for his party's presidential nomination last fall, reporters asked the candidate to comment on a federal government report asserting that many Texans, including large numbers of children, were going to bed hungry. "I saw the report that children in Texas are going hungry. Where?" he demanded, going on to say, "You'd think the governor would have heard if there are pockets of hunger in Texas." Indeed, you would, especially if one of those pockets is just a few miles from his front door, Virginia B. Wood explains as she explores the very pockets of hunger in Austin Bush has difficulty fathoming.
"...single elderly people like Helen Gibbs. She's a grandmother living on Social Security disability who stops by for groceries..."

April 28, 2000 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

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