Minimum Wage Roller Coaster

An increase in the Louisiana minimum wage suffered the same fate as pay equity legislation when the senate voted down a bill that would have increased the state minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of only 5 states that do not have a state minimum and hence, defer…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

Technically, the Fight for $15 began at the start of this decade with President Obama pushing an increase in the federal minimum wage in his 2010 State of the Union address, but the effort continues at full speed in state houses and town halls across the country. In North Dakota, advocates are planning to put…

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Maryland County OKs $15 Minimum Wage

Maryland’s Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an ordinance this week that will increase the county minimum to $15 per hour by 2021. Under the provisions of the new law, the current wage minimum of $11.50 an hour will increase at different stages and in different increments every year beginning next  July depending on the number…

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The Poison Spreads

If it keeps up at the current pace, we’ll have to consider adding it as a weekly feature, but since the slime of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault/harassment stories came out, there has been a fairly steady drumbeat of terminations and resignations in a host of industries across the country – some of which may…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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Seattle Mayor Resigns, Millionaire Tax Challenged

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who dropped his campaign for reelection back in May, resigned this week as Mayor in the face of the fifth person (this one his younger cousin) coming forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Murray officially vacated the office effective at 5PM on Wednesday and City Council President Bruce Harrell…

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The More Things Change . . .

Summer is over, so it would appear that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their wholly- owned Fight for $15 initiative picked up where they left off with a strike on the holiday weekend at selected fast food restaurants around the country. SEIU also took the occasion of the Labor Day holiday to officially…

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Minimum Wages Targeted/Vetoed/Filed

No matter which state one is talking about, the question of minimum wages is either at the political forefront or soon to be. As a case in point, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Fight for $15 (but I repeat myself) will announce on Labor Day, a campaign to target elected officials who…

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Across the Aisle, Wage Is Focus

The Republicans (with some Democrats joining) may be focused on issues important to business growth, but the democratic minority in Congress is still intent on increasing the federal minimum wage mandate. Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate this week held a press conference announcing a new marketing campaign plan they have named “A…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, a new website was launched by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) entitled the “Faces of $15” highlighting the victims of the Fight for $15 initiative by SEIU. The website chronicles the impact of the minimum wage on 100 small businesses and employees – not a pretty sight. SEIU gave birth to the Fight…

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