Minimum Wages on the National & State Stages

At the national level, US Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democratic incumbent last week filed a 77-page piece of legislation that is a veritable smorgasbord of the union advocacy issues. Up for reelection in November of this year, Brown appears to be trying to ingratiate himself with all possible factions – including business. Aside from…

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Up & Down on Minimum Wages

The issue of minimum wages was all over the lot this past week with the Supreme Court in Missouri ruling that the state local wage preemption bill doesn’t affect a wage bill in St. Louis, restoring the city’s minimum wage ordinance.  The St. Louis ordinance was passed just hours before the state preemption bill became…

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Lowering Wage Minimums?

Inevitably, there is going to be one that cuts against the grain, and on the subject of minimum wages, it appears that Iowa might just be the one!  Republican Governor Terry Bransford has endorsed a small increase in the state minimum wage (currently $7.25), but also qualified his endorsement by adding that its necessary to…

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Minimum Wage Opponents Look to Amend Wage Hikes

It’s not only organized labor that’s seeking “do-overs” on issues of import to them – elected officials in both Maine and Arizona are planning to make changes to their respective minimum wage hikes. In Arizona, one of four states where minimum wages hikes were approved by the voters on November 8, incoming Speaker of the…

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Restaurants Drop Surcharge

Last week, we advised you of a class action lawsuit pending in California where a number of restaurants had implemented a 3% surcharge to cover increased cost associated with Obamacare.  This week, we note a story in Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) where West Coast based Restaurants Unlimited has eliminated a 2 month old surcharge they…

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Baltimore Sends Minimum Wage Back, For Now

Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young prevailed last week in a political battle with Councilor Mary Pat Clark as her proposal to increase the minimum wage within the city to $15/hour by 2022 was sent back to committee for more deliberation.  Young has gone on record as supporting an increase to as much as…

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Baltimore Moves Minimum Wage Forward

The saga continues in Baltimore with the proponents of a 71.4% minimum wage increase collecting 7 of 11 votes cast by the 15 member Baltimore city council to advance the bill to a final vote coming on Monday.  Of the 4 councilors not voting, 3 abstained and the fourth was absent from the vote this…

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Minneapolis Blocks Wage Bill from Ballot

Last Friday, by a 10-2 vote, the Minneapolis City Council killed a minimum wage charter amendment that advocates planned to see on the November ballot.  The council majority agreed with the legal analysis of City Attorney Susan Segal that the measure did not meet legal requirements and that minimum wage mandates must be implemented by…

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Baltimore Minimum Wage Vote Set for Next Month

The Baltimore City Council is set to decide next month whether it will mandate a city minimum wage of $15 per hour.  Last week, the City Council’s Labor Committee unanimously voted to send the bill to the full council for a vote.  Council President “Jack” Young is staunchly opposed to a $15 minimum as a…

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Baltimore Exempts Small Business From Minimum Wage

She has said she won’t budge on a $15 per hour minimum wage bill she’s sponsored in Baltimore, so Councilwoman Mary Pat Clark introduced an amendment last week to exempt all businesses with 50 or fewer employees or less than $500,000 in gross annual revenue from the mandate.  Ostensibly, she is looking for a way…

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