Inflation Fuels Larger Wage Hikes

While many of today’s younger workers – and voters – may not have experienced the bite of inflation eating more of their compensation, those of us who more clearly understand the meaning and impact of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) are already seeing some effect from inflation. Among the many states, counties and cities that…

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Minimum wage on state ballots in 2022

Notwithstanding the economic realities of the ongoing labor shortage and the BLS data showing wages exceeding $15 per hour in supermarkets and restaurants  across the country, advocates continue to push. In Nebraska, a host of community organizations announced the launch of Raise the Wage Nebraska, a 2022 ballot initiative campaign that would increase the current…

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Tipping and The Minimum Wage

It seems there are some out there who refuse to acknowledge that the tip credit and the minimum wage can and should be allowed to peacefully co-exist. As a case in point, in the wake of President Biden’s Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour, DOL issued a proposed…

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Delaware Eyeing $15 Minimum

Notwithstanding that the current labor shortage is driving wages up without any kind of government mandate being necessary, efforts continue to impose a $15/hour minimum wage. While there’s still no movement in Congress on the national minimum (currently $7.25), Delaware – the home state of President Biden – is moving towards setting a $15 state…

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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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Labor’s Friend in the White House

Back during the 2020 Presidential Campaign, then candidate Joe Biden made it clear where he would come down on labor issues, pledging to the AFL-CIO at a Labor Day event that he will be “the strongest labor president you ever had” when he is in the White House. Well, he’s only been there two days,…

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Miscellaneous

Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that average hourly earnings for all employees actually increased 0.1 percent from September to October 2020. Notwithstanding ongoing challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and its recent spikes, real average hourly earnings year over year increased 3.2 percent from October 2019 to October 2020. The Consumer…

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Minimum Wages Amid Coronavirus

One could rightly conclude that the middle of a severe economic downturn resulting from a widespread global pandemic would not be a good time to consider increasing a state or local community’s minimum wage. But that wisdom apparently doesn’t hold with some in Portland Maine. Aside from the presidential decision on November 3, voters in…

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Democrat AGs Look To Restore 80/20 Rule

Despite the fact that the U.S. Department of Labor has been grappling with the broad issue of compensation rules for tipped employees for several years and seemingly finalized its changes last February, the issue continue to rear its head. Just a few weeks ago, the democrat attorneys general of 18 states and the District of…

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Pondering the Presidential Trail

As the US House prepares to move 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump over the next few weeks, we thought it might be timely to highlight some of the plans being put forward by announced candidates for the presidential nomination. Perhaps most relevant to our subscribers are recently released plans by former Vice President…

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