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  • LA Unions Lobby for Exemption From $15/Hr. Minimum Wage Law They Pushed

    05/28/2015 10:17:20 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 20 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 27, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    This has to be the month's top entry in the "Just when you think you've seen it all" category — and it will be more than a little interesting to see how the nation's press handles it. As the Associated Press reported a week ago, the City Council in Los Angeles, by a vote of 14-1, ordered the drafting of a law mandating a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2020, noting that "the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti virtually guarantee its eventual adoption." Now that it's almost a done deal, labor unions whose members earn less want...
  • Unions Now Want An Exemption From The Minimum Wage Hike They Pushed

    05/28/2015 6:21:20 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/27/2015 | John Merline
    Those who think the minimum wage doesn't cost jobs might want to have a chat with unions in Los Angeles.
  • L.A. City Council approves minimum-wage hike for hotel workers [unions are exempt]

    05/27/2015 6:43:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
    Big hotels in Los Angeles will soon be required to pay at least $15.37 an hour to their workers... Hotels that have a unionized workforce can be exempted from paying the $15.37 hourly wage, if workers agree in their contract to relinquish that opportunity.
  • L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

    05/27/2015 3:46:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    The L.A. Times ^ | May 27, 2015 | PETER JAMISON, DAVID ZAHNISER AND EMILY ALPERT REYES
    Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business...
  • L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

    05/27/2015 7:59:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 27, 2015 | PETER JAMISON, DAVID ZAHNISER AND EMILY ALPERT REYES
    Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business...
  • Spilling the truth on the fight for a $15 minimum wage

    05/25/2015 2:37:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    nypost.com ^ | may 25, 2015
    Did The New York Times just inadvertently tell us what the real goal of the raise-the-minimum-wage campaign is? A Times editorial last week cheered Los Angeles’ enactment of a $15-an-hour minimum wage — but noted that restaurants, particularly fast-food joints, don’t like it. Said The Times: “The restaurant industry . . . will not go down without a fight.” We didn’t think that bringing down an entire industry was what the campaign for a $15 minimum was supposed to be about. Oops. Back in March, we noted that a similar hikein Seattle’s minimum wage was leading to a spate of local restaurant closings, given that labor costs...
  • Lower Minimum Wage To $0

    05/25/2015 6:50:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    If you love In-N-Out burgers and care about the workers who flip your burgers, then you should support a minimum wage of $0. Deep down, I know you’re tired of seeing actors jump up and down for TV cameras while waving professional signs that read: “McGreedy! McStingy! McPoverty!” or “McShame. McDonald’s. Raise That Wage.” You weren’t born yesterday. You doubt that these protestors come up with these slogans on their own or fashion them into makeshift signs with their own cardboard, sticks and markers. You suspect they were given signs and paid to wave them. Indeed, in recent protests, 84%...
  • Why LA's $15 Minimum Wage Will Really Be $19.28

    05/24/2015 8:57:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jed Graham
    The Los Angeles City Council this week voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But the effective cost for employers likely will spike to nearly $20, at least for full-time workers. Once all the nonwage costs are added, including payroll taxes, paid sick leave and the big one — ObamaCare's employer mandate — minimum compensation for a full-time worker could rise as high as $19.28 an hour by 2020, an IBD analysis finds. That would amount to a jump of $10.67, or 124%, since June 2014. Seemingly absent from the minimum-wage debate has been the reality that...
  • LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

    05/24/2015 6:33:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Eater ^ | May 22, 2015 | Crystal Coser
    Stephane Bombet, Bill Chait, Brooke Williamson, and Alan Schulman give their thoughtful takes on the issue. News broke on Tuesday that the LA City Council voted to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2020. There is no question that the rather polarizing decision will put a serious strain on small businesses in its attempt to close the income gap. Restaurateurs, who manage notoriously thin margins, are hit especially hard with the new legislation. When asked for their reaction to the wage hike, four restaurant owners expressed disappointment for the failure to consider a more nuanced approach that considers...
  • How L.A.’s New Minimum Wage Could Hurt the Poor [by earning too much to get food stamps]

    05/22/2015 9:21:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 22, 2015 | Monica Potts
    If someone’s pay suddenly doubles, she may lose rental assistance, child care subsidies, and more. In L.A., a worker who currently makes $9 an hour and works 40 hours a week (which is not a given, but that would be a full-time workload) will earn $360 a week, or about $1,440 a month and $18,720 a year, before taxes. If that worker is a mom with two children, she is below the poverty line. She qualifies for a bevy of federal and state programs like food stamps, rental assistance, child care subsidies, health care for her children, and Medicaid because...
  • Pending $15 minimum wage forces Seattle pizza shop to close

    05/22/2015 8:37:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    KPLC ^ | April 29, 2015
    A pizza shop owner in Seattle says the city's new minimum wage law is forcing her to close her doors. The new law says businesses have six years to phase into giving employees $15 an hour. Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise when Seattle's minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month. “I definitely recognize that having more money is important, especially in a city as expensive as this one,” he said. He'll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza,...
  • Why Warren Buffett thinks a $15 minimum wage will 'reduce employment in a major way

    05/22/2015 8:27:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/22/2015 | JAMES PETHOKOUKIS, AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
    Wise words from Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha predicts how the rush to sharply raise the minimum wage will end. (Spoiler: badly for the people the policy purports to help.) And Buffett also offers a smart alternative to help low-income workers: In my mind, the country's economic policies should have two main objectives. First, we should wish, in our rich society, for every person who is willing to work to receive income that will provide him or her a decent lifestyle. Second, any plan to do that should not distort our market system, the key element required for growth...
  • Minimum wage threatens Germany’s fave pickles

    05/21/2015 6:46:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 May 2015 14:32 CET
    Vegetable farmers in Brandenburg are worried about the future of the famous Spreewald gherkins, as the new national minimum wage has driven prices up.Spreewald gherkins aren’t just any old gherkins. They hold a certain status in Germany, to the extent that they are designated by the EU as a Protected Geographical Indication, designed to protect local specialties. And yet the greatest threat to their survival isn’t coming from international competitors, but from German politicians. Producers say that the national minimum wage introduced by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) as part of the coalition agreement is forcing prices up. “More than...
  • Minimum Wage? How About a Maximum Wage?

    05/21/2015 2:19:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | by Jack Rothman
    I see that unions, led by the Service Employees International Union, are out in full force championing the $15 an hour minimum wage. Business leaders scoff at this. The average CEO earns just over 350 times as much as the work force below. Those executives need to come down from the stratosphere and breathe real air. If we truly want to make that happen, how about joining the new $15 minimum wage with a $15 million maximum income? Could CEOs somehow manage to subsist on that? I think so. And then all of us could live pretty comfortably and in...
  • Would You Like Fries With That Demonstration?

    05/21/2015 1:22:43 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 21, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the "minimum wage hike" protests today at McDonald's Oak Brook headquarters... On a cool May morning, as McDonalds’ shareholders met to determine the fast food giant’s future course, some 2000 protesters, hailing from as far as Kansas City and New York, descended upon them to present a list of demands. Raise the starting wage to $15/hour, they threatened, lest the company be forever branded with such monikers as Exploiter, Villain, Robber Baron and Tyrant! The Chicago Tribune, newspaper of record in the blighted metro area that McDonald’s calls home, was happy to give front page coverage to these...
  • Los Angeles' Minimum-Wage Hike Is A Job Killer

    05/21/2015 7:09:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/21/2015
    "L.A.'s Big Raise For Working Poor," read the Los Angeles Times' front-page headline a day after the City Council passed a $15-an-hour minimum wage. It should have read, "L.A.'s Big Disaster For Working Poor." The moral preening of the City of Angels' leftist political elites after the 14-1 vote comes with a hefty price tag. Forcing employers to pay what politicians believe is fair rather than what the market says is fair will cost many workers their jobs and force them onto welfare. "Today the city of Los Angeles, the second-biggest city in the nation, is leading the nation," said...
  • The True Black Tragedy: Illegitimacy Rate of Nearly 75%

    05/19/2015 1:09:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 19, 2015 | 6:50 AM EDT | Walter E. Williams
    Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today’s black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history. Let’s look at some of it. Today the overwhelming majority of black children are raised in single female-headed families. As early as the 1880s, three-quarters of black families were two-parent. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black families were two-parent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to...
  • Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

    05/19/2015 2:48:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2015 | By JENNIFER MEDINA
    LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest city voted on Tuesday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9 an hour, in what is perhaps the most significant victory so far in the national push to raise the minimum wage. The increase — which the Los Angeles City Council passed in a 14-1 vote — comes as workers across the country are rallying for higher wages. The impact is likely to be particularly strong in Los Angeles, where, according to some estimates, more than 40 percent of the city’s work force earns less than...
  • L.A. lawmakers poised to vote on hiking minimum wage to $15

    05/19/2015 7:57:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/19/2015 | Emily Alpert Reyes
    Los Angeles lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday on a hotly debated plan to hike the minimum wage across the city to at least $15 an hour. If they press forward with that plan, the city could soon join Seattle, San Francisco and other West Coast cities that have boosted wages as part of a national campaign led by labor and community groups to reduce poverty, even as business groups argue the strategy will backfire as employers slash jobs. Workers are currently supposed to earn at least the California state minimum wage of $9 an hour, which will rise to...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a chance?

    05/15/2015 10:41:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05/15/2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. ~snip~ If you tell them in private, "You do not have a chance to be president," they will point to underdogs who won, such as Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan, or front-runners who...
  • The Minimum Wage and the importance of landing that first job

    05/16/2015 6:08:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/16/2015 | Rick Berman
    Customers at the new San Francisco McDonald's on Sutter Street are greeted not with a friendly smile but with the impersonal glare of two human-sized electronic tablets ready to take their order. Not coincidentally, San Francisco’s minimum wage increased to $12.25 an hour earlier this month. The city has long had one of the highest wage floors in the country. These automated ordering systems are a stark reminder that employers can automate jobs when the cost of entry-level service employees becomes higher than what consumers are willing to pay for that service. Employers don’t do this because they’re unkind; business...
  • Is the Democratic Party Becoming Anti-Labor?

    05/16/2015 5:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Studies show there are three things you can do that will almost guarantee you will never live in poverty: (1) finish high school, (2) get a full time job and (3) get married, but wait until you are 21 and don’t have children until you are married. Do these three things and it’s very unlikely you will be poor. If you are, you won’t be poor for very long.So how does public policy affect these choices? Inner city schools dominated by powerful teacher unions are not meeting the needs of poor minority students. The welfare state (185 federal/state means test...
  • Connecticut's Novel Way to Kill Jobs and Tax Employers

    05/14/2015 6:40:56 AM PDT · by all the best · 20 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | May, 14, 2015 | Christopher J. O'Connell
    The state of Connecticut may be embarking on new territory as they seem to be pushing a rather creative way to extract revenue from for-profit businesses. The state legislature of Connecticut has proposed what’s commonly referred to as SB1044. Muddled in the labyrinth known as legal terminology, we find this gem of a sentence in the bill itself: Any covered employer that employs, or whose franchisee employs, any employee (1) who was listed on such covered employer’s or such franchisee’s payroll for at least ninety calendar days prior to the completion of the most recent calendar quarter, and (2) whose...
  • The Average Age Of A Minimum Wage Worker In America Is 36

    05/13/2015 8:27:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/12/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that 89 percent of all minimum wage workers in the United States are not teens? At this point, the average age of a minimum wage worker in this country is 36, and 56 percent of them are women. Millions upon millions of Americans are working as hard as they can (often that means two or three jobs), and yet despite all of their hard work they still find themselves mired in poverty. One of the big reasons for this is that we have created two classes of workers in the United States. “Full-time workers” are entitled to...
  • Business allies cool to Garcetti's minimum wage plan

    05/11/2015 4:16:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 11, 2015 | By DAVID ZAHNISER
    Luis Lopez used to be a big fan of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Lopez, who owns an auto repair shop, gave $100 to Garcetti's 2013 campaign for mayor. He spread the word about Garcetti on the Facebook page of the local Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as executive director. Now, as the mayor fires up his bid for reelection, that enthusiasm is gone. Lopez doesn't like Garcetti's minimum wage proposal, or the way it was unveiled. He described Garcetti staffers as largely unresponsive on the topic and says he won't vote for him in 2017. "The way he...
  • The Young Lose From a Higher Minimum Wage

    05/09/2015 4:56:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    The Hill ^ | May 9, 2015 | by Jared Meyer
    Warm weather is coming, and with it the perennial student search for a summer job. Though often seen as an economic cure-all, minimum-wage requirements have the unintended consequence of decreasing economic opportunity for young workers and making that treasured summer job harder to find. Over half of those who earn at or below the minimum wage are between the ages of 16 and 24, many in the hospitality and leisure sector. Since the majority of those earning minimum wage are younger workers, increases in the minimum-wage rate affect them the most. Negative effects extend into the future, because young people...
  • Ben Carson backs raising minimum wage

    05/08/2015 9:42:14 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 171 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 08, 2015, 12:12 pm | Ben Kamisar
    Conservative presidential candidate Ben Carson says the $7.25 federal minimum wage should be raised.“I think, probably, it should be higher than now,” Carson told CNBC’s John Harwood in an interview Friday.Carson added that government assistance often provides more than the minimum wage in several states, allowing people to ignore the long-term benefits of a job."I don't necessarily blame people for saying, 'Look, I can stay home and make this money, or I can go and work this little chicken job that doesn't have many benefits,’ ” he said."However, recognize that if you go and take that chicken job, you gain...
  • With all eyes on Senate, Assembly passes bill to increase minimum wage (updated) (new york)

    05/05/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | may 4, 2015 | matthew hamilton
    Members of the Assembly discussed into the late evening Monday a proposal that would increase the minimum wage across the state by the end of 2016 and raise the wage even higher in New York City and its suburbs. It eventually passed 94-43 just after 7:45 p.m. -snip The proposal would raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 by Dec. 31, 2016. The minimum wage in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties would simultaneously rise to $12.50. Another increase to $11.55 statewide and $13.75 in the New York metro area would come by the end of 2017, and yet...
  • Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Killing Jobs, Hurting Students

    05/05/2015 8:39:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/5/2015 | Walter Hudson
    Students at the University of Washington in Tacoma are getting an object lesson in the value of a dollar. As economic dominoes fall in the wake of a municipal minimum wage hike to $15 per hour in Seattle, university students find themselves digging deeper into their pockets to cover higher prices resulting from the mandate
  • Populist opposites: On Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz

    05/04/2015 11:36:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Good morning Austin: Today’s question. Who is more populist – Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz? Bernie, right?I mean his campaign is all about – all about – wealth and income inequality and breaking up the incredible concentration of American wealth in the hands of a tiny few. He’s so far left in the Democratic Party that he’s not even actually a member of the Democratic Party. At a time when Democrats are afraid of being called “liberal,” he’s proud to call himself a socialist. He’s running against the Koch Brothers and Cruz is a creature of the Kochs. So, no...
  • Amid crumbling economy, Venezuela's Maduro raises minimum wage 30 pct

    05/03/2015 5:07:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | May 2, 2015
    President Nicolás Maduro raised Venezuela's minimum wage Friday for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world's highest inflation. Speaking at a May Day rally, the socialist leader said he is boosting the minimum wage and pensions for retirees by 30 percent, with two-thirds of the increase coming this month and the rest on July 1. He also said he would raise salaries for government employees and military personnel. The wage increase, while a welcome relief for many workers, fell short of expectations that the embattled Maduro might use Friday's celebrations to expand state control...
  • Labor leader hopes Sacramento council, not voters, will set minimum wage

    05/01/2015 9:41:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sacramento Business Journal ^ | May 1, 2015 | by Allen Young
    A Sacramento labor leader said Thursday he hopes the fate of a proposed $15 hourly minimum wage doesn't come down to a ballot-box battle. Fabrizio Sasso, executive director of the labor council, acknowledged that the ballot measure is a possibility. But he said the group is focusing for now on convincing the Sacramento City Council to adopt the minimum-wage proposal. An overwhelming majority of Sacramento residents favor the idea, he said. The labor group has set clear terms for the kind of council action it wants, however. Its leaders say a minimum-wage measure must: * Set a local minimum wage...
  • When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book Store

    05/01/2015 6:47:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/01/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    ‘I’m hearing from a lot of customers, ‘I voted for that, and I didn’t realize it would affect you.’” So says Brian Hibbs, owner and operator of Comix Experience, an iconic comic-book and graphic-novel shop on San Francisco’s Divisadero Street, of the city’s new minimum-wage law. San Francisco’s Proposition J, which 77 percent of voters approved in November, will raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 by 2018. As of today, May 1, Hibbs is required by law to pay his employees at Comix Experience, and its sister store, Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Avenue, $12.25 per hour....
  • Easy free solution to Baltimore's 8%+ and 37%+ unemployment rates:Increase their minimum wage

    05/01/2015 6:46:57 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 19 replies
    SOL (reference links in body) | 5/1/2015 | sickoflibs
    Some fun relevant facts: Maryland's unemployment rate is ~ 5.5% Baltimore unemployment rate is ~ 8.2 % Baltimore unemployment rate for young black men is ~ 37% %Source CNN Money Maryland's minimum wage is $8.25 per hour Baltimore's minimum (called ‘living’) wage is much higher : ~ $11.50 per hour.source baltimorebrew .com Yep, almost $12 per hour. Recall how we are lectured that outlawing these low paying entry level jobs will create better paying jobs, because they all get a raise which they spend. Yep, no HS degree, no work experience, probably an arrest record (try looting businesses) . Sure...
  • Chuck Schumer invokes Pope Francis to rally support in fight against GOP

    04/30/2015 2:56:11 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/30/2015 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate’s No. 3 ranking Democrat, is turning to the head of the Catholic Church for a little help with policy. “If they won’t listen to @SenateDems maybe they’ll listen to @Pontifex when it comes to #equalpay #FairShot,” Mr. Schumer tweeted Wednesday. Schumer also linked to an article from The Washington Post in which Pope Francis said Wednesday the fact that a pay disparity exists between men and women is “pure scandal.”
  • San Francisco set to introduce nation's highest minimum wage

    04/30/2015 4:09:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 30, 2015
    San Francisco is getting ready to raise its minimum wage to $12.25 an hour, a rate that will have the city joining Oakland as the locales with the nation's highest legally mandated pay for non-salaried workers. San Francisco's new minimum is set to go into effect on Friday. It was approved by voters as part of an initiative that will increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2018. The National Employment Law Project estimates that 142,000 workers will receive the higher wages.
  • Owner of pizza shop says new Seattle minimum wage law is forcing her to close

    04/29/2015 4:34:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Tina Patel
    The owner of Z Pizza says she’s being forced to close her doors, because she can’t afford the higher labor costs. ... Ritu Shah Burnham doesn’t want to go out of business, but says she can’t afford the city’s mandated wage hikes. ... Shah Burnham is concerned about where her employees will end up when she does close. “I absolutely am terrified for them. I have no idea where they’re going to find jobs, because if I’m cutting hours, I imagine everyone is across the board.”
  • Los Angeles Latinas Fast to Raise Minimum Wage

    04/29/2015 2:23:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 29, 2015 | BY GRISELDA NEVAREZ
    Wednesday was Anggie Godoy's 14th day since eating her last meal: French fries covered with grilled meat, cheese and guacamole. She hasn't had anything to eat since then - just water. "There are days where it's good and there are days where it's bad," she said about her fast. But what keeps her going is knowing that she's fighting for something just as critical to her survival. The 19-year-old daughter of Guatemalan immigrants is among a group of women who are close to completing a 15-day fast in Los Angeles. They hoped to persuade city council members there to raise...
  • Sen. Patty Murray, Democrats to propose $12 federal minimum wage

    04/29/2015 2:07:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | April 29, 2015 | By Joel Connelly
    A phased-in, $12-an-hour minimum wage will be proposed Thursday by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., with Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on hand to offer support. As many as half or more of the Senate’s 46 Democrats are expected to support the proposal. The $12 wage is higher than the the $10.10-an-hour minimum wage proposed by President Obama. Once a bipartisan cause — the last minimum wage increase was passed by a Democratic controlled Congress and signed by President Bush — efforts to raise the current $7.25-an-hour federal wage have been blocked in Congress. Speaker...
  • Is Rick Santorum losing his core audience?

    04/26/2015 9:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s one name you haven’t seen here at Hot Gas quite so much this election cycle… at least so far: Rick Santorum. After a somewhat shocking start to the 2012 election trail, followed by a gritty, “outlast everyone else” campaign against Mitt Romney, Santorum seemed to have cemented a place as a serious contender in national GOP politics. Further more, he’s made no secret that he’s interested in another grab at the brass ring this time. But where is the splash for him this year? One reason for the lack of media coverage is that the former Pennsylvania Senator hasn’t...
  • The $15 Question: Who The Hell Are You?

    04/23/2015 8:27:06 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 20 replies
    Self | 4/23/15 | Me
    Do Americans, excluding the Marxist in the White House, actually believe private enterprise is obligated to share or "redistribute" their profits with the general public; albeit paid employees, the unemployed or complete strangers? If I have a job and my neighbor doesn’t, or God forbid I make more money, am I obligated to give this person a percentage of my income? Is “Bob” going to give me his money if I lose my job and become homeless? Hell no! People open businesses to make money…period! It’s not rocket science or a Right-Wing conspiracy. It’s called risk, work, reward! If a...
  • McDonald's Caves

    04/23/2015 1:27:29 AM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 23 2015 | By William Sullivan
    Under the direction of new CEO Steve Easterbrook, who took the corporate helm on March 1st, McDonald’s is “finally deciding to give some of its workers a raise,” the Huffington Post declares in an article from April 1st. McDonald’s had just announced its commitment to “give employees a 10% increase in wages” just “two weeks ahead of a planned international strike organized by the movement Fight for $15, which urges fast food employers to pay workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour.” Despite the context in which the media (and pretty much everyone else) frames the decision, according to...
  • Oh My: Some People Support A $50 Minimum Wage

    04/18/2015 9:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Dan Joseph is on a mission. Who supports a $50/hour minimum wage? What better place to put forward such a bold initiative than in the free speech zone on the sanctified grounds of George Mason University in Virginia. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Now, while Joseph was able to find a few supporters, some students on campus knew that raising the minimum wage will lead to job losses and increased pricing for some goods. One man called the law racist and he’s not the only one. The late economist Milton Freidman described minimum wage laws as the most anti-African-American law on the books, as he...
  • The Looming Minimum Wage Hike: Stuck on Stupid

    04/18/2015 9:53:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2015 | William Sullivan
    We might be inclined to laugh off the national demonstrations calling for a $15/hr minimum wage for burger-flippers, as the suggestion should be received as utterly ridiculous in any intelligent economic debate. But the left isn’t laughing. They’re undoubtedly ecstatic at the media legs such demonstrations have maintained against all odds, and they can’t wait to roll out these downtrodden fast-food workers as a reason to increase the federal minimum wage, victims as they are of an evil system of economic organization that dares assign a value to labor performed in the context of supply and demand. That evil is,...
  • ‘Can’t make this stuff up': Jonathan Hoenig catches ‘McHypocrites’ red-handed [photos]

    04/17/2015 6:24:18 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | April 15, 2015
    Jonathan Hoenig @JonathanHoenig Several folks protesting McDonalds pick up dinner from McDonalds. pic.twitter.com/iEWoZDh4c1
  • McCaskill For Hillary: "Varied & Strong" Resume, "What's Far Left Going To Do? Embrace Ted Cruz?"

    04/15/2015 11:24:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | April 15, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL (D-MO): Frankly, Darrell Issa is so over the top. He is like the lead drum major of the Hillary haters. And they're a legion out there. But let's get to the policies. And that's what the American people are going to do, Chris. They're going to look at these people, and they're going to decide who has the stable of a resume that is incredibly varied and strong? Who is confident? Who has gravitas on the world stage, and who cares about them in terms of the policies? This parade of characters they have, none of them...
  • CEO pay cut may backfire; new payroll nearly 300% greater than profits

    04/15/2015 9:44:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    examiner.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | timothy whiteman
    Some call it pay inequity, others call it wage gap. Whatever you call it, Dan Price has caused quite the media frenzy regarding his recent announcement that he'll slash his $1 million annual salary down to $70,000. As reported by both The New York Times on April 13, 2015, and also by CNN on April 14, 2015, the 30-year-old CEO of Gravity Payments has upped the pay of every employee to at least $70,000 while cutting his own down to the same amount. -snip Nonetheless, it appears that the reporting media seems to have missed that while Gravity Payments annually pulls in $2.2 million, even...
  • Gravity Payments Owner Drastically Cuts $1M Salary and Sets $70,000 Minimum Wage for All Staff

    04/15/2015 9:20:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    In a jaw-dropping move Monday afternoon, Dan Price, the 30-year-old founder of Gravity Payments, a credit card processing company in Seattle, Washington, announced to his 120-person staff that over the next three years, every single employee — even the lowest paid clerk — will be paid a minimum annual salary of $70,000. And he wasn't joking. "My jaw just dropped," Phillip Akhavan, 29, who earns $43,000 working on the company's merchant relations team, said in an interview with The New York Times. "This is going to make a difference to everyone around me." The announcement stunned the staff and triggered...
  • Protests for $15-an-hour wages set to expand Wednesday

    04/15/2015 4:59:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 15, 2015 | by CANDICE CHOI, AP FOOD INDUSTRY WRITER
    The fight to redefine a McJob is heating up. Protests for pay of $15 an hour and a union for fast-food and other low-wage workers are set to take place around the country Wednesday, marking the biggest effort yet in an ongoing campaign by labor organizers. The Fight for $15 campaign is being spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union and began in late 2012 with fast-food workers. Since then, organizers have used the spotlight to rally a variety of low-wage workers, including airport workers and home care workers. On Wednesday, adjunct professors will be the latest to join in...
  • This company is setting its minimum wage at $70,000

    04/14/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | 04-14-15 | by Benjamin Snyder
    And its founder is taking a big pay cut to make it happen Credit card processor Gravity Payments is making its minimum wage $70,000 a year, the New York Times reports. Founder Dan Price recnetly announced the ambitious plan to a room of about 120 staffers. The raises will take place over the next three years, with about 70 Gravity employees set to see fatter paychecks because of the new policy. Price himself is taking a pay cut from about $1 million to $70,000 to help make it happen. The reason: He read an article that more money for people...