One Size Doesn’t Fit All

The so-called Fight for 15, being directed, financed and staffed by labor union SEIU, is predicated on selling the notion that in every nook and cranny of the nation, a minimum wage of $15 is necessary for employees to attain a “livable wage”.  In Websters online dictionary, the “living wage” is generally defined as an…

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California Agrees on $15 Minimum Wage

In a surprise one-sided agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and labor unions agreed to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  Small businesses are said to be granted an additional year to comply. The agreement resulted from discussions between the legislature, the Governor’s office and a number of labor…

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Starving Airport Workers and Elected Officials

Maybe it’s the next phase of the so-called Fight for $15, but airport workers around the country undertook a 24-hour fast this week to bring attention to their working conditions and allegedly low wages.  Not surprisingly, SEIU is integrally involved in the protests.  In Massachusetts, the union’s VP explained why, saying that “decades-in-the-making dysfunctional contracting…

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SEIU Makes Political News

That same national union that is leading the so-called Fight for $15 as well as airport hunger strikes and a host of other initiatives to try and grow their membership made political news a few weeks ago with a presidential endorsement to much fanfare.   The national union’s Executive Board last week announced its endorsement of…

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Further South

The City Council in Mountain View California, located on the San Francisco peninsula, approved an increase in their minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.  The new law phases in the increase from the current $10.30 to $11 in January.  The minimum then jumps an additional $2 per hour in each of the subsequent…

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NLRB Expands Union Reach

The National Labor Relations Board expanded the reach of SEIU Local 1199 in a decision it upheld last month stemming from a Massachusetts case.  In Southcoast Hospital Group and 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, the NLRB upheld the decision of an administrative judge that the hiring and transfer policy of the hospital group violated…

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NLRB Charges Union with Violations

In a “man bites dog” story if ever there was one, the National Labor Relations Board filed charges last week against a California healthcare union, Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West!   The union is accused of forcing a nurse’s aide to pay dues without advising him of his right to opt out…

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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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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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More Minimum Wage Machinations

In the seemingly endless weekly drumbeat of minimum wage issues around the country, we see some quick movement in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri.  The drive stems from a pending bill that ironically prohibits cities/towns from establishing their own minimum wage and from banning plastic bags.  HB722, which passed the…

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