What Have You Done For Me Lately?

As a case in point that minimum wage hikes are never enough, a few months ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney asked for businesses operating at the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport to raise the minimum pay for all full- or part-time workers there to $12 per hour.   After much negotiation, agreement was finally reached and new…

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$15/hour Moving in Baltimore

Down the road from Philadelphia and against the wishes of City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee has indicated initial approval for an ordinance that will mandate a $15/hour minimum wage by 2022.  At Tuesday’s work session on the proposal, Council President Young advised the committee that he would not…

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NLRB Rulings Further Squeeze Business

One week, two NLRB rulings = more trouble for businesses!  The National Labor Relations Board this week continued what could arguably be called its war on small business with two distinct rulings from the agency.  The issue in the first stems from the In-N-Out Burger practice of including “Merry Christmas” buttons on their workers’ uniforms…

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Minimum Wage Actions and Protests

Notwithstanding that they have enjoyed a certain amount of success in the push to increase the minimum wage, organized labor advocates organized a number of protests around the country again yesterday.  Despite it being just a week after New York and California governors each signed legislation adopting the magical number of $15/hour, protest organizers were…

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Cuomo Expands Minimum Wage

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues his aggressive push to establish a $15/hour threshold across the state.  Last week, he participated in a rally in New York City with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, a gaggle of union leaders, elected officials, clergy and other advocates to announce that the minimum wage for state university workers would…

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Union Seeks Exemption from Minimum Wage

Speaking of minimum wages, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor submitted a minimum wage hike proposal to the Santa Monica City Council that exempts the union from the $15/hour wage they advocate.  The union hid the exemption, which would allow those employers with collective bargaining agreements to pay less than the minimum in the…

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Court Rejects IFA Appeal of Seattle Wage

A three judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rejection by the lower court of arguments raised by the International Franchise Association in its lawsuit against the City of Seattle minimum wage law.  You will recall that the IFA challenged the law as being illegally discriminatory against franchises back when…

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Minimum Wage News Around the Country

The issue of minimum wage increases continues to generate much by way of news and headlines around the country.  In Seattle, the International Franchise Association (IFA) was back in court this past week formally appealing an earlier decision by a lower court that denied their motion for an injunction against the Seattle minimum wage law. …

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How’s That Minimum Wage Working?

In large measure, this push for the $15 minimum wage (orchestrated by SEIU and others in organized labor, began in earnest in Seattle, WA as the city adopted the $15/hour rate back in the spring of 2014, phasing it in over a three year period for those businesses (and franchises) with more than 500 employees…

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NY Wage Board Okays $15

In what should be a surprise to absolutely no-one, the Fast Food Wage Board appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unanimously voted on Wednesday to recommend increasing the minimum wage applicable to fast food employees to $15/hour.  They suggest the increase be phased in over the next 3 to 6 years, reaching $15 by…

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