Millions of American low wage workers?got raises this week, after 20 states and 21 cities boosted the minimum wage. Alabama wasn’t one of those states, and none of those cities is in Alabama.? Alabama is one of only five states that has no state-mandated minimum wage, and not likely to pass one any time soon. If the GOP Supermajority has proven anything since 2014, it’s that they can take any bad situation and legislate to make it worse.? In 2016, Republican lawmakers were so terrified by the prospect of local activism that they passed a preemptive law to give more power to the legislature to regulate employment.
“The new law prohibits any “local governmental entities from requiring minimum leave, wages, or other benefits for employees.” It also provides the state legislature with the authority to “establish uniform employment policies and regulations.”
Legislators Blocked Local Minimum Wage Increases
During the 2016 session, state legislators jumped into action after the Birmingham City Council voted to raise the minimum wage inside city limits to $8.50/hour with a later increase to $10.10.? Success in Birmingham buoyed a statewide effort by advocates working with City Councils in Huntsville, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa to pass similar measures. The increase had s