A Minimum Wage Initiative Fails

Notwithstanding the difficulties small businesses continue to encounter in the current economy, the push to increase minimum wages continues to swirl, but this week we can at least report some good news on the subject. A proposed ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $15 an hour by 2028 has failed to…

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Tipped Wage Again Heading to Ballot

Proponents of Initiative 82 in the District of Columbia have submitted 34,000 voter signatures – over 8,000 more than required – to place the ballot initiative on the June primary ballot eliminating the tipped wage in the Nation’s Capital and forcing employers to pay the full DC minimum wage beginning in 2027. Currently, the minimum…

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More Battles on the Union Front

In case the ongoing unionizing efforts in QSRs wasn’t enough, One Fair Wage, the union advocacy arm of the Restaurants Opportunities Center (ROC) United, has appealed a decision dismissing a lawsuit challenging the validity of the tipped minimum wage to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th District. In the One Fair Wage,…

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More on ROC Money and Initiatives

We hope it is not lost on our subscribers the importance of their participating in events such as the CFA Lobby Day Forum or contributing to the CFA PAC, but to underscore the significance, consider the following. The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) – some of whose troubles we told you of last week – nonetheless…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

It seems as though a couple of strong advocacy groups are using that old saying as their present day guiding light! First, let’s consider the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), a controversial advocacy group that fancies itself a strong employee advocacy group. The group, which is currently pushing for elimination of the entire tipping system,…

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Tipping Over the Wage

Efforts are underway in the state of New York as well as in the District of Columbia to eliminate the so-called tipped wage within the restaurant industry. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put a target on the tipped wage in his December state of the state address when he advocated phasing it out to bring…

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Know Your Enemy, ROC Enlists Hanoi Jane

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) were founded in 2001 by immigration attorney Saru Jayaraman along with some restaurant workers who survived the attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Ostensibly, they organized to help restaurant workers recover from the terrorist attacks and organize moving forward. They were funded by a number of foundations,…

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