City Council Committee Approves Seattle $15/Hour Minimum

In what was described as a boisterous meeting, a Seattle City Council committee yesterday unanimously approved a proposed ordinance creating a minimum wage within the city of Seattle of $15/hour.  The proposed ordinance is scheduled to be voted on by the full Seattle City Council on Monday.  Despite the recommendations of the advisory committee that…

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Competitor News: Panera Bread Will Replace Cashiers

Perhaps looking to get ahead of the onslaught of minimum wage increases that are being kicked around in state houses and city and town halls across the country, Panera Breads recently confirmed to USA Today that by 2016, all cashiers in the company’s 1800 stores around the country will be replaced with kiosks!  Ironically, Panera…

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More Protests For $15/hour Expected Next Week

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on a plan by SEIU (Service Employees International Union) to push another wage strike by fast food workers next week across the country.  In another article, it is reported that McDonald’s workers in up to 150 cities across the US are planning a strike for this Thursday and…

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And More From Seattle

One of the groups pushing the idea of $15/hour minimum wages for fast food workers, 15Now.org, is advocating amendments to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray recently filed proposal to require $15 minimum wage phased in over 3 to 7 years because the proposal doesn’t go far enough!  The Mayor’s proposal, which would require firms with more…

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Minimum Wage Increase Killed In US Senate

The initiative undertaken by President Obama and a host of national Democratic lawmakers to increase the federally mandated minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over a three year period was killed earlier this week in the United States Senate.  Although there were 55 votes in favor out of the 100 total votes in the Senate,…

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Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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Independent Joe: April 2014

With thriving Dunkin’ Donuts stores and various awards under his belt, Larry Lemos credits his parents for much of his success. After emigrating from Portugal to Rhode Island in the 1970s, his parents, Antonio and Maria Lemos, worked for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Joe Batista was the owner and he saw something…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Time Off, Mandates, Protection for Franchisees

Last August, Independent Joe interviewed Yuwen Chen, owner of three Dunkin’ Donuts shops in New York’s Hudson Valley, about paid sick leave legislation that was being considered in New York City and how its passage could affect his businesses 80 miles away. “The costs can really hurt the business owner,” he said, “because not only…

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Federal Mandates Worth Watching: Depreciation, Full-time Overtime

While Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners keep a close eye on the status of various pieces of state legislation, including the minimum wage increase and the paid sick leave act, there are new important items on the docket at the federal level that deserve some close attention too. “One of those items is permanent 15-year depreciation,”…

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Seattle Looking at City Charter Amendment for $15 Minimum Wage

A group calling itself 15 Now is making plans to put the question of a $15/hour minimum wage on the ballot in the City of Seattle if it is not enacted by the Seattle City Council where it is currently pending.  The Council and Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee are in the process…

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