Keeping an Eye on Minimum Wages

As we move closer to the New Year, we’ll focus more attention and provide you with details on upcoming increases in state minimum wages across the country. In the meantime however, we want to keep you abreast of some of the wage trends and initiatives we’re still seeing around the country. We told you a…

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And Still, More Minimum Wage

Speaking of unions and SEIU, their push for a $15 minimum wage across the country continues, notwithstanding the ongoing labor shortage and the electoral shellacking many progressive generally received in Tuesday’s elections. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has repeatedly called to raise the state minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) every year since he was elected in 2014.…

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More on ROC Money and Initiatives

We hope it is not lost on our subscribers the importance of their participating in events such as the CFA Lobby Day Forum or contributing to the CFA PAC, but to underscore the significance, consider the following. The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) – some of whose troubles we told you of last week – nonetheless…

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NLRB Turning Blue

Last week, President Biden further prepped the transition within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from red to blue dominance with his nomination of attorney David Prouty to fill the seat currently occupied by Trump appointee William Emmanuel. Although Emmanuel’s term on the NLRB does not expire until August, the President is obviously intent on…

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Targeting FTC Franchise Rule

In a virtual meeting last week of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky set her sights on the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule. Chairwoman of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Representative Schakowsky called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a formal study on the inadequacies…

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Restaurant Workers Sue Michigan

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) along with other advocacy groups One Fair Wage and Mothering Justice this week filed a lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleging that legislative changes made to the state minimum wage law were unconstitutional. To put the issue in context, One Fair Wage initiated a petition drive in 2018…

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McD’s Raises Pay, Braces for Strike

SEIU-backed Fight for $15 is again organizing a strike amongst QSR workers – mostly McDonald’s employees – in 15 selected cities around the country for next Wednesday, timed to coincide with the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Again, SEIU is seeking to generate sufficient pressure on the Golden Arches to get the company to pay a…

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over!

The late New York Yankee hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra is credited with first uttering that now well-known phrase, but it seems Congressional democrats are scheming to take it to the next level. Despite a majority in the US Senate being opposed to a $15 federal minimum wage, and prior rulings by the Senate…

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Forewarned is Forearmed

It will not be a surprise when the issue of raising the federal minimum wage again surfaces in Congress. A proposal by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to raise the current federal wage of $7.25 an hour to $15 per hour may have been stricken from the COVID stimulus bill by the Senate Parliamentarian, but the…

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Other Minimum Wage Issues

While that political theater is playing out on Capitol Hill, the issue of a federal minimum wage hike continues to play out in different ways across the country. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its report on the Raise the Wage Act, which is one of the vehicles in Congress that would mandate…

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