St. Louis Alderman Boost Minimum Wage

Minimum wage increases continue to ripple across the country with the St. Louis Board of Alderman being the latest to propose a local minimum.  The Board returned this week to debate a substitute proposal (the original called for $15/hour but couldn’t get enough support) that would hike the wage to $13/hour by 2020.  Although it…

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Federal Franchise Bills Filed

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) filed two important bills this week aimed at protecting franchisees.  The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) would prevent misleading or false information in the franchise agreement, prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions and would provide franchisees with the right to discuss their experiences with the franchisor and to join an independent…

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Kansas City Follows Suit

Kansas City, Missouri became the latest big city in the nation to adopt its own minimum wage when the KC City Council voted 12 – 1 last week to impose a city minimum wage of $8.50 effective August 28.  The issue is certain to be challenged legally however, as existing Missouri law prohibits local communities…

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Wisconsin Senate Repeals Prevailing Wage

Wisconsin Senate Repeals Prevailing Wage – In another blow to organized labor interests, the Wisconsin assembly joined the state senate in approving the state’s two-year budget including a proviso that repeals the state prevailing wage law.  The budget including the elimination of prevailing wage is now before Republican Governor Scott Walker, expected to announce his…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

It seems to be the issue that gives us more and more fodder each week and this week is no exception to highlight minimum wage issues.  First off, there is still a great deal of activity in Missouri over the question as municipalities scramble to try and beat the August 28 effective date of a…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still In News

It seems to be a drumbeat that we’ve been hearing forever, but there were more minimum wage issues of which we took note this week.  Speaking of New York, the Governor Cuomo Wage Board, charged with increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers throughout the state, has yet to issue their final recommendation, but…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

In the seemingly endless weekly drumbeat of minimum wage issues around the country, we see some quick movement in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri.  The drive stems from a pending bill that ironically prohibits cities/towns from establishing their own minimum wage and from banning plastic bags.  HB722, which passed the…

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Right To Work Rejected in Illinois, Vetoed in Missouri

The Illinois House last week rejected Right To Work legislation last week on a mostly party line (71 democrats, 1 republican) vote of 72 – 0, with 37 republican members voting present another 4 not voting.  The vote was a defeat for Governor Bruce Rauner, who has championed right to work as a vehicle to…

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Right To Work Done, Wisconsin Looks At Prevailing Wage

With organized labor racking up a number of wins across the country from NLRB rulings, minimum wage increases, and the like, it is refreshing to see what Wisconsin Governor (and as-yet-unannounced GOP Presidential candidate) Scott Walker is now pursuing along with the Wisconsin legislature – repeal of the state prevailing wage law.  This week, the…

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Upcoming Events

We have two meetings that members will want to attend before summer arrives – the first will be held at the Holiday Inn, Boardman, Ohio on May 21.  Registration for this meeting, which will feature franchisee attorney Pete Silverman, a partner with the firm Shulman, Loop & Kendrick in Toledo, Ohio, is now available on…

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