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  • 70% Of Jobs Added In January 2016 Were Minimum Wage Waiters And Retail Workers

    02/05/2016 8:52:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/05/2016 | Tyler Durden
    For those curious where the big jump in earnings came from, the answer appears rather simple: the reason, according to the BLS' breakdown of jobs added in January (per the Establishment survey), of the 151,000 jobs added in the past month, retail trade added 58,000 jobs in January, while employment in food services and drinking places, aka waiters and bartenders, rose by 47,000 in January.In other words, 70% of the job gains in January went to minimum wage workers. So how does one explain the snap higher in January wages? Simple: state regulations demanding higher wages for minimum wage...
  • Oakland’s Minimum Wage Is Up, Wal-Mart Is Out

    01/30/2016 8:44:31 AM PST · by upchuck · 64 replies
    daily signal ^ | Jan 22, 2016 | Leah Jessen
    A minimum wage of $12.55 an hour in Oakland, Calif., may be the culprit for a Wal-Mart store's closure. Wal-Mart announced Jan. 15 it will close 269 stores globally, including 154 locations in the United States-affecting about 10,000 associates across the nation... snip Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democrat, has been leading statewide efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15. "This higher city minimum wage eliminated the jobs of the very workers advocates wanted to help," said James Sherk, a research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation... snip The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that most...
  • Data Show These 6 Big Cities Aren’t Faring Well After Minimum Wage Hikes

    01/28/2016 6:25:23 AM PST · by ChessExpert · 28 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | January 20, 2016 | Leah Jessen
    “Cities like Portland, Maine, and Buffalo, N.Y., that are just beginning to implement similar minimum wage increases should slam on the brakes before too much damage is done,” Heritage’s Furth said. “Once you kill a downtown, it’s hard to bring it back.”
  • W-a-l-m-a-r-t does not spell welfare

    01/22/2016 12:49:36 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/22/16 | David Hunter
    Unlike government, which never has a bottom line and seems not to care one whit for economic consequences in U.S. deficit spending and counting)--such is not the case for any business or any rational person managing a household budget Apparently the liberal MSM and politicians confuse the name Walmart with the concept of welfare. The first is a publicly-traded retailer with stockholders that expect the company to remain profitable. The second is a government-sponsored entitlement program for the needy. The two are examples of entirely different economic animals: the first provides purpose, the semblance of independence and potential upward mobility,...
  • Buddy, Can You Spare $15 an Hour?

    01/21/2016 6:26:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Two years ago, Thumbtack -- a startup that connects consumers with local contractors -- conducted a survey to see what they thought of proposals to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, as per President Obama's bid "to give America a raise." The survey found that that a plurality of the small businesses that used Thumbtack thought a wage hike would be good for the economy. Most thought that a minimum-wage increase would have no effect on their hiring or firing decisions. But what happens if Washington passes Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' proposal to more than double...
  • "SLAVE LABOR": Hillary Confidante Pushes Manufacturing in Ghana with its 23¢ Minimum Wage

    01/18/2016 5:40:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | January 18, 2016 | Richard Pollock
    Cheryl D. Mills, long-time friend and confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, is promoting a 23 cents-an-hour wage in the West African nation of Ghana to lure textile and apparel industry companies to invest there even as the former secretary of state advocates a $15-an-hour "livable wage" here. Mills' newly formed firm, the BlackIvy Group, LLC., makes the pitch with a powerpoint presentation that was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Critics interviewed by TheDCNF charged that the presentation promotes "slave labor" and "slave wages." The campaign by Mills' firm to attract investors to Ghana on the basis of...
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • Minimum Wage Dishonesty

    01/13/2016 4:56:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2016 | Walter Williams
    Michael Hiltzik, a columnist and Los Angeles Times reporter, wrote an article titled "Does a minimum wage raise hurt workers? Economists say: We don't know." Uncertain was his conclusion from a poll conducted by the Initiative on Global Markets, at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, of 42 nationally ranked economists on the question of whether raising the federal minimum wage to $15 over the next five years would reduce employment opportunities for low-wage workers. The Senate Budget Committee's blog says, "Top Economists Are Backing Sen. Bernie Sanders on Establishing a $15 an Hour Minimum Wage." It lists...
  • 6 Big Cities See Hiring Fade After Minimum Wage Hikes

    01/09/2016 10:23:38 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | January 6, 2016 | Jed Graham
    U.S. cities that implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more in 2015 have seen a strikingly similar aftermath: Job gains have fallen to multiyear lows at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality venues. The data aren't, for the most part, stark and reliable enough to amount to smoking-gun proof. But Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — all on the leading edge of the push for big minimum wage hikes — all show worrisome job trends.
  • Where The December, 2015 Jobs Were: Minimum Wage Deluge Continues

    01/08/2016 10:03:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/08/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier we gave a big picture explanation how the US can add 292,000 while average hourly wages actually decline. Below is a more nuanced answer, looking at the breakdown of jobs by industry in December. It will probably come as no surprise to anyone that for another consecutive month, the well-paying jobs: mining and logging, wholesale trade, manufacturing, and information barely posted a net increase. Alternatively, the worst quality jobs continued to soar, pushed higher once again by none other than education and health, where Obamacare was once again instrumental to propel healthcare jobs by a 52,600 surge in...
  • N.Y. Restaurant Owners Plead for Mercy as Gov. Cuomo Tightens Screws on Wages [Min. $15/hr.]

    01/07/2016 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/07/2016 | Rod Kackley
    More than 100 restaurant owners in the state of New York are begging Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) not to force them to pay their waiters and waitresses $15 an hour. But it's doubtful he heard them over the roar of union workers at rallies Jan. 4 supporting Cuomo's call for a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage. Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, can see the $15 an hour wage coming, but she's hoping for a five-year moratorium for people who make their livings on tips. She said her organization's members would be crushed...
  • A higher minimum wage doesn't reduce poverty, says ... the federal government

    01/01/2016 7:00:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We reach the end of the year with yet another tale of crazy, one percenter wingnuts trying to claim that jacking up the minimum wage won’t do much to alleviate the issues facing the poorest Americans who the Democrats are seeking to help. This time the hateful claims are coming from… a study published by the federal government. Increasing the minimum wage is an inefficient way to reduce poverty, according to a Fed research paper that comes amid a national clamor to hike pay for workers at the low end of the salary scale.David Neumark, visiting scholar at the...
  • A higher minimum wage doesn't reduce poverty, says… the federal government (Duh)

    12/31/2015 7:30:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 31, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    We reach the end of the year with yet another tale of crazy, one percenter wingnuts trying to claim that jacking up the minimum wage won’t do much to alleviate the issues facing the poorest Americans who the Democrats are seeking to help. This time the hateful claims are coming from… a study published by the federal government. Increasing the minimum wage is an inefficient way to reduce poverty, according to a Fed research paper that comes amid a national clamor to hike pay for workers at the low end of the salary scale.David Neumark, visiting scholar at the San...
  • These 12 States Are Starting 2016 With A Higher Minimum Wage

    12/28/2015 12:39:07 PM PST · by massmike · 37 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 12/28/2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont are all scheduled for minimum wages increases on Jan. 1. Additionally, New York and West Virginia will be increasing their own minimum wages Dec. 31, according to Business and Legal Resources. California and Massachusetts will have the highest Jan. 1 increase at $10.00 per hour. While the District of Columbia will have the highest increase in 2016 on July 1 at $11.50 per hour. Several states including Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan and Vermont are scheduled to increase their minimum wage again at the start of...
  • Kentucky Reduces the Minimum Wage (for state workers)

    12/26/2015 12:29:36 PM PST · by TTFX · 19 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | December 25, 2015 | Robert Wenzel
    "Wage rates ideally would be established by the demands of the labor market instead of being set by the government" he said. "The minimum wage stifles job creation and disproportionately impacts lower skilled workers seeking entry-level jobs," Bevin wrote in his executive order.
  • 15 Questions in Search of a Democratic Debate

    12/24/2015 10:45:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2015 | Larry Elder
    1) Polls show that, by a large margin, Americans feel we're on the wrong track, both economically and as to foreign policy. Yet none of you offers any criticism of President Barack Obama, who has been in charge for the last seven years. Why, then, should Americans believe that four more years, under your leadership, would be any different from the last seven? 2) Sen. Sanders, you've called for a $15-per-hour minimum wage. But even Vice President Joe Biden's economist, Jared Bernstein, considers a $15 hourly rate so high that it would cause an unacceptable loss of jobs. Is he...
  • Gravity Payments CEO might have had other motives in paying all his workers $70K

    12/03/2015 9:28:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/02/2015 | Taylor Millard
    Back in October we checked in on Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments who gave all of his workers a raise to a minimum wage of $70K per year. Things weren’t going so well for Dan, as he had slashed his own salary, lost some clients and was feeling that the future was uncertain. The one thing we did know for sure was that Mr. Price was a hero to opponents of income inequality and a supporters of a higher minimum wage. (Much, much higher in this case.) It was a noble action intended to help people do...
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit against Scott Walker over minimum wage (WI)

    12/02/2015 12:42:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-1-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison— A Dane County judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker that was backed by a labor group and that sought to force an increase to the state's minimum wage. Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford dismissed the lawsuit that the liberal group Wisconsin Jobs Now had helped bring against the Republican Walker administration as part of an ongoing effort to force an increase in the state's minimum wage. The group and individual workers sought to use a little-known clause in Wisconsin law to raise the state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and pin Walker down on the...
  • TPP Would Authorize Obama to Set $15 Minimum Wage, Card Check,

    12/01/2015 2:17:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Michael Hammond
    If we have learned anything about legislation over the past fifty years, it's that pleasant-sounding legislative statements can be used by the courts and by the Executive Branch to spin complex and intrusive regulatory regimes. Title IX (sex discrimination in schools), the National Environmental Policy Act (environmental impact statements), Title VII (affirmative action), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (expansive and dangerous educational services for bad children) all took nicey-nice legislative language, which seemed innocuous at passage -- and used it to massively enhance the role of the courts and the Executive Branch. So what are we to make...
  • Minimum wage effect? Seattle area restaurant jobs have fallen -900 this year

    11/26/2015 7:04:08 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    AEI ^ | November 23, 2015 | Mark J. Perry
    Minimum wage effect? Seattle area restaurant jobs have fallen -900 this year vs. +6,200 food jobs in rest of state [ Full title ]. What effect will the eventual 58% increase in labor costs from $9.47 to $15 an hour have on small businesses, including Seattle area restaurants? Actually, it will be more like a 95% increase for many employers to $18.55 an hour once all costs and taxes are added. It's too soon to tell for sure, but there is already some preliminary evidence that April's minimum wage hike to $11 an hour, along with the pending increase of...
  • Goodbye, Connecticut: It’s just too expensive here

    11/14/2015 5:38:15 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 24 replies
    Journal Inquirer ^ | November 14, 2015 | Alan and Gerald Zordan
    With the Litchfield hills and Connecticut in our rear-view mirror as we move our 101-year-old manufacturing company to South Carolina, we are nostalgic, excited, and disappointed.
  • Neil Cavuto Repeatedly Confronts Student Pushing Free College Plan With Harsh Facts (Brutal)

    11/12/2015 6:48:44 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/12/2015 | Tré Goins-Phillips
    Keely Mullen, an organizer for the Million Student March movement, joined Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto on the air Thursday to discuss the movement’s demands for free public college, student debt cancelation and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for student workers. In the awkward 9-minute interview, Cavuto repeatedly cited facts and figures that seemed to fluster the student. When asked who would pick up the tab for the demands she listed, Mullen said, “The 1 percent of people who are hoarding the wealth and causing a catastrophe students are facing.” “If the 1 percent just had their taxes raised a...
  • Ben Carson Spurns GOP Base With Support for ObamaTrade TPP

    11/11/2015 5:07:25 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 53 replies
    The New American ^ | 10 November 2015 | Alex Newman
    Pediatric neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP frontrunner Ben Carson has easily fended off most of the spurious attacks from the establishment press, but growing conservative outrage over the Carson campaign's recent announcement of support "with reservations" for Obama's deeply controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal may prove more tricky. Ironically, the Carson camp claimed Carson supported the deal, dubbed "ObamaTrade" by critics, as a "counterbalance to China's influence" just two days after the Obama administration publicly invited the brutal Communist Chinese dictatorship and Russia's Vladimir Putin to join the TPP as well. Among many of Carson's conservative supporters, the pro-TPP position is likely...
  • Analysis: Bevin Win in Kentucky Underscores Decimated Democratic Party Under Obama

    11/04/2015 2:30:55 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/4/2015 | Guy Benson
    Last night's off-year elections produced a number of noteworthy outcomes, none larger than Republican Matt Bevin's upset victory in Kentucky's gubernatorial race. Bevin ran as a hard-charging outsider conservative, warts and all. Public polls gave his opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, a modest but stable lead throughout the race's home stretch, averaging out to a three-point Conway advantage in a three-way contest. They were off by double digits. Bevin won handily:DailyKos tweet at link ... Bevin, boosted by a massive investment from national Republicans and help from his former nemisis Mitch McConnell, nationalized the race, tying Conway to President Obama at...
  • So, What ever happened to that guy who gave all his employees a $70K minimum wage?

    11/01/2015 7:00:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    You probably remember the story of Dan Price, the owner of Gravity Payments in Seattle. He’s the guy who decided to give everyone working there a raise to $70K and cut his own pay to the same level in an effort to wipe out income inequality. He became an overnight star on the Left and was making the rounds of all the liberal TV shows. Everybody loved him.Yeah, that guy. What ever happened to him? (Slate) Price isn’t backing down about pay going up. Now he’s going all in. He revealed to Inc. that he has sold all his...
  • BOOM: Rush Limbaugh Goes Nuclear on Trump, Carson Critics… “I Don’t Give a Damn!”

    10/30/2015 9:41:41 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 112 replies
    Conservative powerhouse Rush Limbaugh let loose on liberals and GOP establishment types critical of Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump. On his website, Limbaugh said, “I don’t care what you think of Donald Trump’s personality. Frankly, it’s none of your damn business,” he said. “You go do what he’s done and then tell him he’s worthless. Go do what Ben Carson’s done and then tell him and tell the rest of us that he doesn’t know what he’s doing, or any of the others up there on that debate stage,” he added. Limbaugh remarks come as the popularity...
  • 5 Developed Countries without Minimum Wages

    10/27/2015 9:10:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Investopedia ^ | 08/05/2015
    There is much debate in the United States about the minimum wage. Many people feel it should be higher, since those who earn the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour are often just barely making it. Others feel any minimum wage discourages businesses from hiring more employees, so the issue of how much employees are paid should be left to the free market to determine.Advocates of both options often cite the minimum wage laws of other nations as evidence of the validity of their views. One oft-cited fact is many developed nations without minimum wages have drastically lower...
  • Restaurant group fights New Yorks $15 wage raise for only fast food workers

    10/27/2015 8:04:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in July we covered the controversial (to say the least) move by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to take a page from Barack Obama’s playbook and bypass the state legislature through executive action, raising the minimum wage for fast food chain workers to $15 per hour. This was seen in the more progressive sectors of the activist community as a role model for other states to emulate as long as Congress wouldn’t make such a move on a national level. Protests regarding the fundamental unfairness of this plan, combined with the highly dubious legal nature of the scheme...
  • $15 Minimum Wage Advocate [Service Employees International Union] Wants To Pay You $12

    10/23/2015 3:28:05 PM PDT · by grundle · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 23, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    An advocacy group out of Modesto, Calif. pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage posted a job ad Thursday offering to pay $12 an hour. Below what it is demanding others pay their workers. The Craigslist post was for a job opening at the local Fight for $15 campaign. On the national level, the organization has spearheaded the push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The post was signed by Steven Applebaum who lists his affiliation with the Modesto Fight for $15 campaign. Do you make minimum wage? the posting asked. Can you afford your bills...
  • If McDonalds goes under it will be because they followed liberals to disaster

    10/21/2015 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 164 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 21, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    I saw a sad but not totally unexpected news item from John Hawkins this morning regarding one of America’s premiere dining outlets… McDonald’s. The House That Ronald Built has fallen on hard times, with some estimates indicating that a significant portion of the franchises are currently insolvent or seriously in the red. The dire warnings from franchise owners are including phrases such as, “these are the final days.” (Yahoo News) McDonald’s franchisees believe the brand is in a “deep depression” and could be facing its “final days,” according to a new survey.“We are in the throes of a deep depression,...
  • Acting Up Against the Minimum Wage

    10/21/2015 3:10:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 19, 2015
    Los Angeles actors sue their labor union to preserve small theaters. On Saturday in federal court in Los Angeles, a group of actors and other workers sued Actors Equity Association to stop the union from forcing theaters with fewer than 100 seats to pay union members at least $9 per hour. The rebels, who seem to have a better grasp of economics than the union leadership, warn in their lawsuit that forcing the rules on theaters that used to be exempt will force many to close altogether ... just as young, unskilled workers in the restaurant industry are willing to...
  • Wal-Mart: Wage hikes are killing profits

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wall Street rolled back Wal-Marts stock price Wednesday after the retailer issued a gloomy outlook. Wal-Mart said the strong dollar was hurting sales this year and that wage increases for its employees would eat into profits next year. Shares of Wal-Mart plunged 9 percent to a three-year low on the news.
  • Labor coalition calls for minimum wage higher than $15 per hour

    10/13/2015 8:39:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 13, 2015 | Ned Resnikoff
    Analysis: With $15 minimum wage campaign gaining political traction, group says workers need more for a living wage. As the nationwide campaign for a $15 hourly minimum wage gains traction, some labor groups have set their sights on an even higher number: $16.87 a demand that could help push the $15 figure closer to the mainstream of American politics. A new report, published Tuesday, from the Alliance for a Just Society, a coalition of labor organizations, argues that $15 an hour is less than a living wage in most states. A single, childless adult earning $15 per hour would...
  • Millennial voters weigh in on 16 candidates

    10/12/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WGNO-TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Anthony Perrucci, CNN
    CNN asked millennial voters from a range of backgrounds to weigh in on whether, and how well, the 2016 presidential candidates are reflecting the priorities of their generation the largest and most diverse demographic cohort in American history as they make their case to voters. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors. Elizabeth Elizalde, 22, is a New York-based journalist and a former CNN en Espaol intern. Follow her on Twitter @EElizalde5. Im a 22-year-old Latina living in New York City, and as a recent college graduate, I know the struggle of making ends meet. My...
  • Its Getting Harder To Move Beyond A Minimum-Wage Job

    10/11/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ben Casselman
    Minimum-wage jobs are meant to be the first rung on a career ladder, a chance for entry-level workers to prove themselves before earning a promotion or moving on to other, better-paying jobs. But a growing number of Americans are getting stuck on that first rung for years, if they ever move up at all. Anthony Kemp is one of them. In 2006, he took a job as a cook at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Oak Park, Illinois. The job paid the state minimum wage, $6.50 an hour at the time, but Kemp figured he could work his way up....
  • Obama: Customers will accept paying more for higher minimum wage

    10/07/2015 4:40:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 95 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/7/15 | Sean Higgins
    President Obama said Wednesday that consumers would be OK paying higher prices if they knew it was the result of an increase in the national minimum wage. He argued that there was therefore no practical reason for anyone to oppose a hike. "I think that most of us are price-sensitive. We're not looking to over-pay. On the other hand, I'll bet that a lot of folks here, if they go to a restaurant, and they know that the people working there are making a living wage, the fact that they may be paying an extra dollar for a burger, would...
  • Dunkin' Donuts franchisee closing 100 stores

    10/04/2015 3:10:46 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 65 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 02, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    Looks like America will run a little less on Dunkin. Dunkin Brands, the parent company of Dunkin Donuts and the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain, announced Thursday that one of its franchisees it will be shutting 100 stores across the country in the next 15 months, reports Forbes. [....] Dunkin said a spike in the cost of eggs due to the recent avian flu outbreak in the U.S. was a reason along with concerns with the rise in minimum wage laws in cities across the country. Last month, New York became the first state to raise the minimum wage for fast-food...
  • California Labor Union That Fought for $15 Minimum Wage Now Wants an Exemption

    10/01/2015 11:06:11 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 30, 2015 | Natalie Johnson
    The labor union that led the charge for a $15 minimum wage hike in cities across California is now moving to secure an exemption for employers under union contracts. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor buried the exemption on the eighth page of its 12-page proposal for the Santa Monica City Council to review Tuesday while deciding whether to follow Los Angeles and increase the minimum wage. The loophole would allow employers with collective bargaining agreements to sidestep the wage hike and pay their union members below the proposed $15-per-hour minimum wage. James Sherk, a research fellow in labor...
  • Liberal Reasoning: Idiotic or Dishonest?

    09/23/2015 6:05:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Many people argue that liberals, socialists and progressives do not understand basic economics. I am not totally convinced about that. Take the law of demand, for example, one of the fundamental principles of economics. It holds that the lower the cost of something the more people will take or do of it. Conversely, the higher the cost the less people will take or do something. By their actions, liberals fully understand the law of demand. Let's look at some proof. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to establish a tax on gun and ammunition sales. Hillary Clinton has called for...
  • Mapping the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Cost of Living

    09/14/2015 5:38:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Atlantic's City Lab ^ | September 10, 2015 | Tanvi Misra
    The minimum wage peaked in 1968 at $8.54 per hour, after adjusting for inflation. The current $7.25 is far too low for the 3 million hourly workers who earn at or below that threshold, and certainly not at par with the wage hikes instituted by other countries with similar economic trajectories. Heres The Economist on Americas embarrassingly low minimum wage: Given the pattern across the rest of the OECD, a group of mostly rich countries, one would expect America, where GDP per person is $53,000, to pay a minimum wage around $12 an hour. That would mean a raise of...
  • A maximum minimum: Gov. Cuomo's proposal for a $15 minimum wage for all New York workers

    09/14/2015 5:19:21 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | september 14, 2015
    Gov. Cuomo is swinging for the fences with his forceful call to raise New Yorks minimum wage to $15. Thats a hike of more than 70% over the current hourly minimum of $8.75 rising to $9 in the new year and would be the highest statewide rate in the nation. Making his vaulting aspiration all the more stunning is the fact that, just this February, Cuomo was pushing $11.50 as the appropriate level and dismissing Mayor de Blasios goal of $13 as a political non-starter. By May, however, the governor was engineering a $15 minimum for fast-food...
  • New York state OKs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

    09/10/2015 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 10, 2015 8:00 PM EDT | Deepti Hajela and David Klepper
    New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hourthe first time any state has set the minimum that high. Gov. Andrew Cuomos administration formally approved the increase Thursday, a move the Democratic governor announced at a labor rally with Vice President Joe Biden. Cuomo said he would work to pass legislation setting a $15 minimum for all industries, a promise that comes as more and more cities around the country move toward a $15 minimum wage. Every working man and woman in the state of New York deserves $15 an hour, the governor...
  • New York state APPROVES $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers...first time ANY state...

    09/10/2015 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/10/15
    New York state APPROVES $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers...the first time ANY state has set it that high New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour the first time any state has set the minimum that high. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration formally approved the increase Thursday a move the Democratic governor announced at a labor rally with Vice President Joe Biden. Cuomo said he will work to pass legislation setting a $15 minimum for all industries a promise that comes as more and more cities around the country...
  • Its impossible to afford NYC rents on the minimum wage

    09/09/2015 4:31:04 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | September 9, 2015 | katherine clarke
    A study found there is not one Big Apple neighborhood where a worker earning the state minimum can afford the median rent. In fact, a New Yorker would need to make at least $38.80 an hour or more than four times the $8.75 minimum wage to afford the citys median asking rent of $2,690, if the worker is shouldering the rent alone, according to the real estate website StreetEasy. What really sticks out here is the number zero the number of neighborhoods where minimum-wage workers can afford the median rent, said Alan Lightfeldt, a StreetEasy data scientist....
  • McJobless in Seattle as order screens arrive: Labor Day reality check for $15 minimum wage

    09/08/2015 4:46:43 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 73 replies
    While it seems liberals may think that raising the minimum wage will raise living standards for poor Americans, they should have seen this coming. With Los Angeles joining Seattle in setting a $15 minimum wage (Los Angeles by 2020, and Seattle by 2021), it stands to reason that McDonalds would find a way around simply paying workers more, as Vox pointed out the obvious fact that the reality is that McDonalds just wants to make money. Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/09/08/mcjobless-in-seattle-as-order-screens-arrive-labor-day-reality-check-for-15-minimum-wage-249245#ixzz3lC5wR0te
  • Labor and the State: A Lesson in Counter-Productivity

    09/08/2015 4:04:32 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 8, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Like many speakers, as a starting point for anecdotes, or as an establishment of credentials, I sometimes start out my lectures by mentioning how long Ive been with my current employer, how long Ive had my license, or how long Ive been in my industry. Last week, I caught myself as I mentally added up the latter, and realized that I have been in the workforce now for forty-four years. Yes, that IS a long time for a 52-year-old. But it is probably a story worth recounting, particularly when Labor Day rolls around, because as I think back on my...
  • Dr Ben Carson goes left on these issues:

    09/07/2015 11:22:48 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 96 replies
    September 7, 2015 | Self
    Dr Ben Carson is a fine mine, with integrity. However Carson goes left on these issues: Allow semi-autos only in remote rural areas. Says that conservatives that wont talk about gun control have an infantile attitude. For socio-economic Affirmative Action. Supports raising the minimum wage. Want stiff tariffs to limit trade. Deportation of any illegals is moral low ground. A pathway to citizenship is the only humane and reasonable thing to do. Wants a c r a z y 30% Ethanol Standard. Implies climate change is one justification for that 30% ethanol standard.
  • Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Bad Idea

    09/06/2015 5:38:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Hillary Clinton has a solution to the problem of low wages: Government should make them higher. Paul Krugman, writing in The New York Times, endorses the idea. There was a time when Krugman dismissed rhetoric like Clinton’s as economic quackery. These days he’s trying to sell the same snake oil as the politicians. As I wrote in a column at Forbes, here is what economists know about the labor market: Employees tend to get paid their marginal product – the value they add to final output. In a competitive market this is almost a truism. Wages are not a gift....
  • Why Walmart Is Reducing Worker Hours, After Raising the Minimum Wage and Other Lessons in Reality

    09/02/2015 6:57:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/02/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    News item: There is a new cholesterol-control drug on the market, Repatha, which is enormously beneficial to people who suffer serious side effects from the statins commonly used to control cholesterol or who derive no benefit from statins. Some 17 million Britons are potential beneficiaries of the drug, but they will not be able to use it, because the United Kingdoms version of Sarah Palins death panel which bears the pleasingly Orwellian name NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says it is too expensive. The United Kingdoms single-payer health-care system is effectively a monopoly, and...
  • The State Supreme Court Has Ruled Airport Workers Get the $15 Minimum Wage. Heres Why.

    08/31/2015 1:52:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Seattle Weekly ^ | thu., Aug 20 2015 | Casey Jaywork
    The Washington Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that the city of SeaTacs groundbreaking $15 minimum wage law applies to the SeaTac airport, and not just the city outside of the airport. The decision reversed a lower courts ruling and is a major victory for labor over business. On one side stood the Port of Seattle (which owns and operates the SeaTac airport) and business interests including Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association; on the other, the city of SeaTac and the SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs, which pushed the original $15 initiative in SeaTac and is a project of...