May Day Strike Planned by SEIU

No doubt the NLRB wouldn’t see this as an ‘unfair labor practice’, but the SEIU – USWW (Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West) along with the Food Chain Workers Alliance and a host of others are calling for another nationwide one-day strike on May 1. The liberal media organization, Buzzfeed (more Fake News?),…

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Minimum Wages on the National & State Stages

At the national level, US Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democratic incumbent last week filed a 77-page piece of legislation that is a veritable smorgasbord of the union advocacy issues. Up for reelection in November of this year, Brown appears to be trying to ingratiate himself with all possible factions – including business. Aside from…

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Ohio Governor Stops Cleveland $15 Wage Vote

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law this week a bill to block a special election question on raising the minimum wage in Cleveland to $15 an hour.  We told you a few weeks ago that the Ohio legislature was moving the bill through the process quickly to get it to the Governor by the…

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With New Year Comes Minimum Wage Hikes

With the flip of the calendar to December, we need to be aware of pending increases in state minimum wages across the country.  To that end, on January 1, 2017 the following increases will become effective: Arizona to $10 per hour; Arkansas to $8.50; California to $10.50; Colorado to $9.30; Connecticut to $10.10; Hawaii to…

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SEIU & Fight for $15

We thought GMOs had been dealt with and you may have forgotten about SEIU and their efforts orchestrating the Fight for $15 efforts around the country, but post-election, they’re back like a bad penny!  Next Tuesday, November 29, service workers (including baggage handlers, cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants) at O’Hare International Airport will walk off…

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Baltimore Moves Minimum Wage Forward

The saga continues in Baltimore with the proponents of a 71.4% minimum wage increase collecting 7 of 11 votes cast by the 15 member Baltimore city council to advance the bill to a final vote coming on Monday.  Of the 4 councilors not voting, 3 abstained and the fourth was absent from the vote this…

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I have $15, Can I get $17? Do I Hear $21?

Like the successful auctioneer, advocates for increasing the minimum wage across the country just won’t settle on a number until the last of the “bidders” has fallen silent.  The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROCU) is one of the union-funded front groups that have been instrumental in singling out and targeting the restaurant industry for minimum…

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What Have You Done For Me Lately?

As a case in point that minimum wage hikes are never enough, a few months ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney asked for businesses operating at the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport to raise the minimum pay for all full- or part-time workers there to $12 per hour.   After much negotiation, agreement was finally reached and new…

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$15/hour Moving in Baltimore

Down the road from Philadelphia and against the wishes of City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee has indicated initial approval for an ordinance that will mandate a $15/hour minimum wage by 2022.  At Tuesday’s work session on the proposal, Council President Young advised the committee that he would not…

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NLRB Rulings Further Squeeze Business

One week, two NLRB rulings = more trouble for businesses!  The National Labor Relations Board this week continued what could arguably be called its war on small business with two distinct rulings from the agency.  The issue in the first stems from the In-N-Out Burger practice of including “Merry Christmas” buttons on their workers’ uniforms…

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