The Flip Side of the Union Organizing Coin

Notwithstanding efforts by “zealous advocates for social change” and others around the country, we’re encouraged now and then to see public officials advocating a return to a freer economic market that can produce real economic benefits.  In that vein, so-called Right to Work legislation appears to be gaining ground in a couple of different states. …

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Right To Work Upheld in Indiana

In neighboring Indiana, the state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state right to work law, dealing a blow to organized labor, which had strongly opposed the law when it was passed in 2012.  Generally, Right to Work laws prohibit an employer from requiring union membership or requiring the payment of any monies (including union…

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Conversation with Franchisees Video

Six Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners discussed issues of importance during the 2014 National Conference. View clips from that conversation below.  Franchisee Conversation – Part 1 Franchisee Conversation – Part 2

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State Minimum Wages on the Ballot

Ballot measures mandating increases in the state minimum wage were approved in each of the four states where it was presented to the voters.  Alaska voters approved a new minimum wage of $9.75 by January, 2016.  Thereafter, the state wage will be adjusted based on inflation or be set $1 higher than the statutory federal…

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Wisconsin Sued Over Living Wage Ruling

We reported to you back at the beginning of this month on a ruling by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that rejected a complaint by labor advocates that about 100 low-wage workers were not being paid a “living wage” as required by a 1913 state law.  Well, it seems that one of the labor-backed…

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More Politics On Minimum Wage

You will recall that initiatives to increase the federal minimum wage began when President Obama identified it as a goal of his second term back in 2013.  Although the issue has been a non-starter at the federal level in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden was trying to breathe more life into it at a speech…

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Representing Her Constituents?

As you all know too well, last week was the latest SEIU and affiliate-planned worker protests seeking a mandated $15/hour minimum wage and the first undertaking on the foundation of civil disobedience.  In the aggregate, dozens of protesters and SEIU agitators were arrested in a number of cities across the country.  What you might have…

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Illinois Bans the Box on Job Applications

Seemingly following suit with a handful of other state around the country, Illinois legislature recently passed and Governor Quinn signed into law legislation that “bans the box” on job application questionnaires.  “Ban the box” legislation restricts the ability of potential employers to ask applicants about any criminal record they may have until such time as…

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Illinois Adds Pregnancy Accommodation to Human Rights Act

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that provide additional protections for pregnancy and childbirth.  Under the amendments, pregnancy is defined to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.”  The law also takes effect on January 1, 2015 and its key…

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Chicago To Push Minimum Wage At City Level

In a reversal of his earlier position on the issue, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel this week announced that he will try to pass a minimum wage ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the Windy City to $13/hour by 2018 – regardless of what is done with the minimum wage at the state level in Illinois. …

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