East Coast Elections 2015

State and local elections were replete with minimum wage ballot issues in a host of venues across the country this week.  We can report on some good results, some not so good, and some activities to be highlighted in the future.  On the positive side of the ledger, the voters in Portland Maine rejected a…

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On the Left Coast

Opponents of minimum wage increases didn’t fare as well in the Pacific Northwest this week, as voters in Tacoma Washington followed the Seattle lead and approved a minimum wage increase.  The silver lining to that cloud however is that the voters approved a $12 minimum, phased in over two years versus a $15 immediate minimum. …

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Further South

The City Council in Mountain View California, located on the San Francisco peninsula, approved an increase in their minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.  The new law phases in the increase from the current $10.30 to $11 in January.  The minimum then jumps an additional $2 per hour in each of the subsequent…

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And Then, There’s The Heartland

The minimum wage issue surfaced in both Ohio and Idaho this past week, but in far less extremes than on either coast.  Voters in the small resort town of McCall, Idaho rejected a ballot question increasing the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour.  Although a small town, the McCall vote was perceived as an important…

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Minimum Wage Staying in the News

As election day draws closer in municipalities across the country, the issue of raising state and local minimum wages continues to percolate in a number of communities.  In the Philadelphia Mayoral race to be decided next Tuesday, democratic candidate and former city councilor Jim Kenney endorsed increasing the city’s $12 minimum wage to a higher…

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Seattle Minimum Wage Costs 700 Restaurant Jobs

A report by the American Enterprise Institute gives us a look at the impact these egregious increases in minimum wages can have on the local economy.  The study shows that during the first 9 months of 2015, the restaurant industry in the state of Washington added some 5,800 jobs outside the city of Seattle.  Within…

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New York Says Wage Hike Has No Impact

Good news for franchise owners: in its infinite wisdom, the New York State Department of Labor declared that the 67% increase in the minimum wage mandated for fast food workers by Governor Cuomo’s Fast Food Wage Commission will not impact profits or the number of employees in a covered restaurant.  Effective December 31, the minimum…

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Syracuse Hikes Minimum Immediately

A 67% increase in worker wages seemed like a great idea, but evidently not quite a quick enough implementation for Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.  Mayor Miner announced this week that she is increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour effective immediately for all Syracuse municipal workers!  The mayoral largesse will cost the city of Syracuse an…

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Court Tosses St. Louis Minimum Wage Increase

A circuit court judge in Missouri has overturned the St. Louis ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the city to $8.25/hour.  The ordinance was scheduled to take effect yesterday, with additional increases to $9 on January 1, 2016, $10 in 2017 and finally to $11 at the beginning of 2018.  There was considerable debate for…

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Fair Scheduling Proposals Spreading

It began (as many of these ideas do) in San Francisco as part of the “Retail Worker’s Bill of Rights”, but the notion of so-called “Fair Scheduling” or “Strict Scheduling” laws is gaining more traction in states around the country.  Last week, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development heard public testimony…

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