Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop

Advocates in the state of Maine are proving that ol’ adage now that Question 1 has been rejected by the voters. Just days after the initiative to add a 3.8% surcharge to incomes over the Social Security limit ($128,400/year) was rejected by voters in the election last week, the Maine People’s Alliance shifted their focus…

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Summer Season Help Wanted

These are the vacation spots that symbolize an idyllic summer: Cape Cod to Mackinac Island; Ogunquit, Maine to Hilton Head. They’re as American as apple pie. But increasingly, these hot spots have relied on foreign workers to do jobs that would otherwise go unfilled. With an unemployment rate hovering around 4 percent and a scarce…

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July 1 Trigger Date

Each year as July rolls around, and with it the start of state and municipal fiscal years, we also see many minimum wage hikes taking effect. In the interest of keeping our readers informed of these changes, we believe that the following minimum wages increases take effect Sunday: Washington DC from $12.50 to $13.25; Chicago…

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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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Man Bites Dog!

Not really, but I didn’t want this item lost in the above paragraph! Maine, which raised the state minimum wage this month to $10/hour on its way to $12 by 2020, is now considering legislation, LD1757, that would drop the 2018 wage to $9.50/hour in July. The increase was mandated after a voter initiative was…

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Ed Wolak’s Successful 5-Decade Journey

Ed Wolak was a teen when his mom applied for a job at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Manchester, New Hampshire. “It was a new business to us. No one knew it was a chain,” says Wolak. His mom worked part-time at the location for a few years, and encouraged her daughter to apply. “My sister…

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Maine Unions Accept Right To Work

Members of two of Maine’s larger public employee unions have voted to ratify contracts effectively implementing right to work provisions in the state for the first time. The Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME) accepted two year contracts that specifically eliminates the current requirement that…

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Dunkin’ Foundation Brings Joy to Children and Franchisees

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines joy as “a source or cause of delight.” There is no doubt that the Joy In Childhood Foundation is just such a fountain of delight for youngsters across America and around the world who benefit from the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. Formerly known as The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins…

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Minimum Wage Machinations

The drumbeat has gone on for the past several years now, and it continued this week in the state of Delaware. At the last minute, the Delaware state senate on Tuesday postponed an expected vote on legislation hiking the current state minimum wage of $8.25 to $10.25 an hour by 2020 and subsequently tie future…

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Maine Senate Kills Union Ratification Bill

Speaking of Maine and the state senate, the Maine senate voted 20-13 last week to kill a bill that would have required a union ratification vote every two years in union workplaces. The bill, LD 1553, would have mandated that union workers ratify their collective bargaining representation by secret ballot every other year. In addition,…

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