Minimum Wage Issues Still Percolating

Minimum wage initiatives, another issue that was initially surfaced by President Obama, continue to make headlines in states and cities across the country.  Just this past week, the Urban County Council for Lexington, Kentucky voted to raise the minimum wage in the city from the current federal floor of $7.25/hour to a minimum of $10.10,…

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NRA Challenge To Fast Food Wage

The first steps in the National Restaurant Association challenge to the New York $15 fast food minimum wage were taken last week as oral arguments were presented before the Industrial Board of Appeals.  The NRA is challenging the $15 fast food minimum on several grounds, notably that the decision to apply the increase to “a…

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Starving Airport Workers and Elected Officials

Maybe it’s the next phase of the so-called Fight for $15, but airport workers around the country undertook a 24-hour fast this week to bring attention to their working conditions and allegedly low wages.  Not surprisingly, SEIU is integrally involved in the protests.  In Massachusetts, the union’s VP explained why, saying that “decades-in-the-making dysfunctional contracting…

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Cook County Looks At Minimum Wage Hike

The Cook County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing this week on the “Cook County Responsible Business Act”, a proposed ordinance that will penalize businesses with more than 750 employees (including franchises) for paying less than a specifically-defined hourly wage.  The proposed ordinance seeks to extort, er . . . collect a fee of…

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Cuomo Accuses Business of Stealing

Incredibly, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo accused businesses of stealing from the taxpayers because the state provides financial assistance to residents earning below certain levels of income.  On a “push the legislature for $15/hour wage” tour, the Governor said that “Business is stealing from the taxpayers of this state” because workers making less than $15/hour…

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Increasing the Minimum Wage, At What Price?

Although all the media covered the strike for $15 an hour by fast food workers in major cities across the country, opponents of the increase rallied in opposition on Wednesday as well.  New York state is now the epicenter for much of the effort with Governor Andrew Cuomo being a major participant.  This week, Cuomo…

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Massachusetts Tip Pooling Bill Advances

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development has reported out favorably legislation endorsed by DDIFO and pushed over the past several years.  The legislation was voted out by Committee and sent for further deliberation in both the House and Senate.  The tip pooling issue surfaced a few years ago with class action lawsuits exploiting…

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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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