Minimum Wage Advocates Hold Convention in Chicago

As outrageous decisions such as this one are announced in Washington, those same groups agitating for $15/hour protests across the country held what they called a Fight For 15 Convention in Villa Park, an affluent suburb of Chicago, last weekend.  The convention was organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is the radical…

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San Diego Increases Minimum But Mayor Will Veto

This past week, San Diego joined the chorus of local communities caving in to establish local minimum wages, mandating that employers within the city pay workers a minimum of $11.50/hour by January 2017.  San Diego’s first term Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, has indicated that he will veto the ordinance, after which, the democratically controlled council…

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California Dreamin’ of Municipal Minimum Wage Patchwork

As we’ve cautioned in past issues, the ripples from Seattle’s successful implementation of a $15/hour municipal minimum wage continue to encourage other municipalities to implement their own minimum wage rules.  There are palpable efforts underway in a host of California cities to establish their own municipal minimums in excess of the state minimum which just…

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Milwaukee Sends Minimum Wage Question To The Ballot

Increases to state minimum wages (and creation of municipal minimums) continues to dominate much of the local political discussion in certain progressive pockets around the country.  And now, here come initiatives from a county government about the issue as well.  Despite the urging of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele that the money for the referendum…

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What’s Brewing: New Green Laws, Wage Theft Lawsuits, Mandatory Sick Leave

While you’ve been busy running your franchise and serving your customers, legislators, lawyers and union activists have busy doing what they do best—agitating non-issues into confrontations, passing new laws, formulating new regulations and filing new lawsuits. And, more often than not, these new rules and regulations are threatening to change how franchise owners run their…

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Seattle’s $15/Hour Minimum Creates Buzz

Seattle’s adoption of a $15/hour minimum wage has generated plenty of news buzz and reaction from a host of areas.  As we reported last week, the International Franchise Association (IFA) filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law under both state and federal constitutions for violating a slew of constitutional provisions.  Media coverage of…

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Chicago And Others Considering $15/Hour Ordinance

Last week, we reported that elected officials in the “City by the Bay” had reached agreement on an effort to put a $15/hour minimum wage proposal before San Francisco voters as a ballot referendum this coming fall.  Now, the issue has been raised for consideration in Chicago as just a few weeks back, several Alderman…

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On The Positive Side Of The Minimum Wage Ledger

As discouraging from the small business perspective as minimum wage news from around the country has been over the last several months, there actually is some good news, albeit limited in scope and reach.  Nonetheless, a few months ago, organized labor and some of their supporters in lower wage positions pushed the city leadership in…

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IFA Sues Over Seattle $15/Hour Minimum Law

As had been anticipated, the International Franchise Association has filed a legal action challenging the passage and enactment of Seattle’s new $15/hour minimum wage.  The lawsuit, which had been promised by the IFA since last week, challenges the validity of the Seattle ordinance under a broad and lengthy array of charges including: violating the US Commerce…

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I Left My Heart (and my bottom line) In San Francisco

We wondered aloud last week where the idea of a $15/hour minimum wage would next rear its head and it didn’t take long to find out.  On Monday of this week, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced a “negotiated compromise” that seeks to raise the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15/hour, the highest in…

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