Arizona Joins Fight Against Seattle Minimum Wage

The state of Arizona has injected itself into the Seattle wage issue against franchising in a good way, arguing in an amicus brief that the ordinance violates the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution (which gives the power to regulate commerce solely to the Congress), discriminates and “directly burdens 13 franchisors based in Arizona and…

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Los Angeles Adopts $15/hour

They’ve been moving closer and closer over the past couple of weeks with several preliminary approvals, but this past Wednesday, the LA City Council gave its final approval to a $15/hour minimum wage and sent it to the Mayor for his signature.  By a vote of 12 – 1, the City Council increased the minimum…

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Kentucky, Kalifornia?

I had to read it a couple of times to be sure I got it right, but unfortunately, I had.  The state of Kentucky, home of GOP Presidential Candidate Senator Rand Paul and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, became the latest to mandate arbitrary $10.10/hour minimum wage for some of its employees!  Governor Steve…

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Los Angeles Wage Law Closer To Reality

The Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval this week to an ordinance mandating a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020, but held back on some of the more controversial provisions they had been considering.  Unbelievably, the Council is still deliberating whether to adopt an amendment exempting certain unions that may have negotiated lower pay…

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Sure It Costs Jobs, But . . .

In a rare moment of candor, one of the labor unions strongly supporting initiatives around the country to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour admitted that it will cost the country jobs, but still supports it anyway.  Watchdog.com reported this week that IBEW Local 570 in Tucson, AR admitted in a host of tweets on…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do . . .

Hypocrisy was rampant from organized labor this week in the wake of Los Angeles adopting a $15/hour minimum wage over the next five years and then indexing it to inflation beginning in 2022, as we reported to you in SRNS last week.  In the wake of that “victory” by SEIU and its labor allies, Rusty…

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California Giveth and LA Taketh Away

There was both good news and bad for franchise owners coming out of the Golden State this week as the full California Assembly passed AB 525, the Franchise Relations Act, which will help restore some balance to the franchise relationship.  Just two days later, the Los Angeles City Council, by a 14 – 1 vote,…

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NY Governor Cuomo Boosts Fast Food Wage Outlook

A week ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set the table for increased labor costs in the fast food industry with his edict (published as a NY Times Op-ED) instructing a state Wage Board to make recommendations on increasing the state minimum wage for fast food workers.  This week, we were served the first course…

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Maine Advances Wage Hike

Although not to the extent of New York or Los Angeles, the Maine legislature also advanced a minimum wage hike, moving a bill out of the Labor, Research, Commerce and Economic Development Committee that will raise the minimum wage of $7.50 to $9.50/hour by 2018.  The bill, filed by Democratic Representative Dillon Bates, was passed…

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Perez Wants Minimum Wage Hike And Then Some

Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez made headlines over the past week on two different occasions and with two different issues.  First, he joined activists, elected officials and others to endorse legislation that was newly introduced by Washington Senator Patty Murray and Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott.  The so-called “Raise the Wage Act” would increase the…

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