The A’s Have It

Media outlets have been all over the announcement this week by Amazon that the company will raise the current $11/hour minimum wage for its lowest employees across the United States to $15 an hour beginning November 1 of this year. Voters in Arkansas will likely be asked next month to consider increasing the current state…

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SEIU Wants NLRB Clock Turned Back

Through the veil of the Fight for $15 movement that it has bankrolled, SEIU demanded that two of the republican members of the National Labor Relations Board recuse themselves this week from decisions involving a pending settlement of a major McDonald’s case. The settlement was rejected by an NLRB administrative law judge last month and…

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Appeals Court Upholds Pro-Union Pins on QSR Uniforms

The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an NLRB ruling that allowed QSR employees to wear pro-union pins and buttons on company uniforms during working hours. The case stems from an In-N-Out Burger policy that prohibited employees from wearing any pins or buttons on their work uniforms. Two employees of an In-N-Out store…

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Competitor News

We know that Starbucks closed all their US stores this past Tuesday in order to host a 4 hour racial sensibility training program in the wake of the two men being arrested in Philadelphia for not making a purchase. As a result of that incident, Starbucks will now allow anyone to use their restrooms, whether…

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Minimum Wage Roller Coaster

An increase in the Louisiana minimum wage suffered the same fate as pay equity legislation when the senate voted down a bill that would have increased the state minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of only 5 states that do not have a state minimum and hence, defer…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

Technically, the Fight for $15 began at the start of this decade with President Obama pushing an increase in the federal minimum wage in his 2010 State of the Union address, but the effort continues at full speed in state houses and town halls across the country. In North Dakota, advocates are planning to put…

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Maryland County OKs $15 Minimum Wage

Maryland’s Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an ordinance this week that will increase the county minimum to $15 per hour by 2021. Under the provisions of the new law, the current wage minimum of $11.50 an hour will increase at different stages and in different increments every year beginning next  July depending on the number…

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The Poison Spreads

If it keeps up at the current pace, we’ll have to consider adding it as a weekly feature, but since the slime of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault/harassment stories came out, there has been a fairly steady drumbeat of terminations and resignations in a host of industries across the country – some of which may…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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Seattle Mayor Resigns, Millionaire Tax Challenged

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who dropped his campaign for reelection back in May, resigned this week as Mayor in the face of the fifth person (this one his younger cousin) coming forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Murray officially vacated the office effective at 5PM on Wednesday and City Council President Bruce Harrell…

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