More Minimum Wage Issues At The State Level

As if Seattle and San Francisco aren’t doing enough to damage an already shaky economy, there are a number of equally egregious and challenging proposals in a host of State Houses across the country and especially on both coasts.  California State Senator Mark Leno has his own minimum wage bill (SB 935) pending in the…

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Seattle Approves $15/Hour Minimum

As expected, the Seattle City Council this week voted to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour on a phased in schedule.  By a vote of 9 – 0, the Council approved an amended version of the proposal pushed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the $15 Now organization.  The ordinance requires those companies…

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Where will $15/hour Be Proposed Next?

As we’ve said in the past, legislators and elected officials talk with each other all the time and compare notes, if you will, on what issues may or may not have worked in advancing a given agenda.  In that same vein, you can be assured that a $15/hour minimum wage will soon be proposed for…

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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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