Reaction to NY Wage Board

Since the Fast Food Wage Board appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized its recommendation to increase the minimum wage in New York by 71% to $15/hour, there has been no shortage of reaction (and outrage, justifiably) from the restaurant community.   We took note of two telling interviews.  Dunkin CEO Nigel Travis appeared on CNN and…

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NY Wage Board Okays $15

In what should be a surprise to absolutely no-one, the Fast Food Wage Board appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unanimously voted on Wednesday to recommend increasing the minimum wage applicable to fast food employees to $15/hour.  They suggest the increase be phased in over the next 3 to 6 years, reaching $15 by…

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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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Watch Out What You Ask For . . .

Bringing the old adage to life, the city of Portland Maine is now wondering how to fix the minimum wage debacle they unleashed just one week earlier when the city council voted to enact an ill-advised and poorly written ordinance to create a minimum wage in excess of the state minimum.  Portland passed an ordinance…

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Bangor Looks To Follow Portland

The Bangor City Council apparently likes what it sees in Portland, as it is similarly entertaining an ordinance that would phase in increases to the minimum wage in that city from the current $7.50/hour minimum to $9.75/hour over the next two years.  The Bangor City Council has scheduled a vote on Councilor Joe Baldacci’s proposal…

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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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Who Pays Minimum Wage Increase?

It’s often debated where the funds for increases in minimum wages will come from – advocates say that business can absorb it in their bottom line, while business explains they will likely have to increase prices.  Well, Starbucks gave their answer with the announcement this week that their prices increased approximately 1% around the country,…

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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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Cuomo Wage Board Holds NYC Hearing

Efforts by New York Governor Cuomo, thinly veiled as they may be, to increase minimum wages paid to fast food workers in the Empire State, are seemingly going as planned with his Wage Board holding a hearing this past Monday in New York City.  Cuomo appointed the wage Board last month with the express goal…

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