Protection from Winds of Uncertainty

We’re reading a lot about SEIU of late and the “Fight for $15” effort the union is orchestrating across the country. If you ask me, it’s nothing more than a member recruitment undertaking, but it is having significant impact across the economic landscape. The ranks of organized labor in general, and SEIU in particular, have…

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New York Wage Board Decision Postponed

Coincidentally in the wake of a story that 15,000 New York state workers earn less than $15/hour, the Wage Board appointed by Governor Cuomo postponed their July 13 decision making meeting until July 22 in Albany.  In its July 13 edition, the New York Post reported on some 15,000 state workers earning below what the…

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Connecticut Joint-Employer Expansion Dies with Session

When the Connecticut legislative session ended on June 3, so too did chances for legislation that would have expanded the joint-employer definition (with penalties) to new, dizzying heights!  Identical bills (House bill 6791and S1044 in the Senate) in both branches would have required a franchisor to pay the state a penalty of $1/hour for every…

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Los Angeles Wage Law Closer To Reality

The Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval this week to an ordinance mandating a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020, but held back on some of the more controversial provisions they had been considering.  Unbelievably, the Council is still deliberating whether to adopt an amendment exempting certain unions that may have negotiated lower pay…

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Sure It Costs Jobs, But . . .

In a rare moment of candor, one of the labor unions strongly supporting initiatives around the country to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour admitted that it will cost the country jobs, but still supports it anyway.  Watchdog.com reported this week that IBEW Local 570 in Tucson, AR admitted in a host of tweets on…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do . . .

Hypocrisy was rampant from organized labor this week in the wake of Los Angeles adopting a $15/hour minimum wage over the next five years and then indexing it to inflation beginning in 2022, as we reported to you in SRNS last week.  In the wake of that “victory” by SEIU and its labor allies, Rusty…

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Flawed Thinking Behind the Fight for $15

I was glad to see that most of our Dunkin’ franchise owners made it through another round of “Fight for 15” protests a few weeks ago. We have seen quite the orchestration over the past year by SEIU and their activist friends. Of course, protests are nothing new in our democracy, nor is the willingness…

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What’s Brewing: SEIU, Joint Employer, Healthcare, Fair Franchising

There’s trouble brewing out there for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners as we head deeper into 2015. Labor unions are leading the pack of politicians, activists and regulators taking aim at your businesses. Beyond the expensive new rules and mandates that raise your costs of doing business, unions are aggressively looking for opportunities…

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Fight for $15 Protests . . . Again

SEIU-financed “worker protests” pushing for a minimum wage of $15/hour were held again across the country this week with organizers claiming the largest low-wage worker protest in history.  That may be quite the qualifier, but notwithstanding, Fight for $15 claims that as many as 60,000 people were involved in the latest round of protests, with…

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Connecticut Wants To Fine Wages Under $15

Connecticut last year became the first state to adopt a statewide minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, but as you might expect, that wage is no longer sufficient for some in the Nutmeg State.  Organized labor leaders were advocating legislation this week in Connecticut that will not only increase that minimum to $15/hour, but will…

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