Army and Air Force Exchange

No Relief On Military Bases

The question of increasing the minimum wage on military bases around the nation now appears to be firmly decided – against fast food businesses operating under a federal service contract.  The Department of Labor has rejected requests for an exemption from the increased federal minimum wage for QSRs operating on military bases and other government…

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More Politics On Minimum Wage

You will recall that initiatives to increase the federal minimum wage began when President Obama identified it as a goal of his second term back in 2013.  Although the issue has been a non-starter at the federal level in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden was trying to breathe more life into it at a speech…

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Minimum Wage Increases Still In The News

As we get closer to the November elections, the important issue of minimum wage increases continues to make headlines on both coasts and in a host of other communities across the country.  This past week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seemingly took a page from President Obama’s playbook and – by Executive Order…

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LA Minimum Wage Sent To Mayor For Signature

Out on the West Coast, the Los Angeles City Council surprised no one when it gave final approval to an increase in the minimum wage required for hotel workers to $15.37/hour.  The ordinance, which will likely be subjected to legal challenges from the hotel industry, was sent to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for his…

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California Back in the News As LA Votes to Hike Hotel Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles City Council this past week, on a 12 – 3 vote, took steps to dramatically increase the minimum wage to $15.37 per hour by 2017 for hotel workers in the City of Angels!  The specific proposal came about after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed gradually increasing the minimum wage for all…

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Representing Her Constituents?

As you all know too well, last week was the latest SEIU and affiliate-planned worker protests seeking a mandated $15/hour minimum wage and the first undertaking on the foundation of civil disobedience.  In the aggregate, dozens of protesters and SEIU agitators were arrested in a number of cities across the country.  What you might have…

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Fast Food Workers Arrested at Fight for $15 Rallies

According to national news reports, fast food workers, joined by SEIU members, and other activists and protesters engaged in civil disobedience to draw attention to their efforts to force unsustainable increases to minimum wages around the country.  Media stories, such as this one from the New York Times and this from the LA Times, seem…

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Chicago To Push Minimum Wage At City Level

In a reversal of his earlier position on the issue, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel this week announced that he will try to pass a minimum wage ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the Windy City to $13/hour by 2018 – regardless of what is done with the minimum wage at the state level in Illinois. …

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No News On IFA Injunction vs. Seattle Minimum Wage

The federal court has yet to rule on the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of the new municipal minimum wage law until the court hears the IFA challenge.  You will recall that the Seattle law, signed into law back in June of this year, provides a 7 year phase-in for…

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