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  • From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price increases

    08/02/2015 4:12:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    ap ^ | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Apart­ment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.
  • CEO who set his firm's minimum wage to $70K hits hard times

    08/02/2015 11:51:39 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 2, 2015 | DailyMail.com Reporter
    He hit headlines earlier this year for declaring every one of his 120 employees would earn a minimum wage of $70,000. But now Dan Price - CEO of Seattle-based credit card processing firm Gravity Payments, who lowered his $1 million salary to better compensate employees - has fallen on hard times as a result of his bold move. However the 31-year-old, who is renting out his house to keep the salary increases going, refuses to give up. 'I'm working as hard as I ever worked to make it work,' he told The New York Times. 'I haven’t made this little...
  • Liberal Gave All Employees 70k Minimum Wage, Then THIS Happened! (Going Broke)

    08/01/2015 5:39:10 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 8/1/2015 | JASON W. STEVENS
    They say what goes around comes around. In this case, ignore the basic laws of economics and human nature, and you’ll soon find yourself living in a van down by the river. That looks to be in the very near future for one liberal CEO who insisted on making a political statement about the minimum wage, rather than looking after the best interests of his employees and company. We predicted this would happen. But then again, conservatives tend to understand basic economics better than your typical liberal nutcase.
  • A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

    08/01/2015 8:29:29 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 31, 2015 | PATRICIA COHEN
    There are times when Dan Price feels as if he stumbled into the middle of the street with a flag and found himself at the head of a parade. Three months ago, Mr. Price, 31, announced he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and slashing his own million-dollar pay package to do it. He wasn’t thinking about the current political clamor over low wages or the growing gap between rich and poor, he said. He was just thinking of the 120 people who worked for him and, let’s be...
  • Here’s Exactly How Much More Money You Will Spend on Fast Food If Workers Get $15 Minimum Wage

    08/01/2015 7:41:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    Ijreview ^ | July 31, 2015 | REID MENE
    Researchers at Purdue University’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management recently asserted that if McDonald’s were to pay their employees $15 an hour, the cost of a ‘Big Mac’ would go up by 17 cents. According to the study’s findings, the proposed minimum wage hike would, in general, spike the average meal cost at a limited-service establishment to upwards of 30 more cents a visit: Another option proposed by Ghiselli to accommodate the minimum wage increase would be to downsize menu items. For example, burgers would see a 12% decrease in size at most establishments.
  • Higher pay a surprise success for Seattle restaurant (barf alert)

    07/31/2015 4:39:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    AP/CBS ^ | july 31, 2015
    Link only: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/higher-wages-a-surprising-success-for-seattle-restaurant/
  • A CEO raised his company's minimum wage to $70,000 a year, and some employees quit because of it

    07/31/2015 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 31, 2015 | by RACHEL SUGAR
    When Dan Price, CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments, announced he was raising the company's minimum salary to $70,000 a year, he was met with overwhelming enthusiasm. But in the weeks since then, it's become clear that not everyone is equally pleased. Among the critics? Some of Price's own employees. Two of the company's "most valued" members have left the company, "spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises." Maisey McMaster — once a big...
  • Economics 101: Wal-Mart Hikes Minimum Wages, Prepares To Fire 1000

    07/31/2015 7:42:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/31/2015 | Tyler Durden
    "Please remember, these people are our neighbors and friends. You have a skill that will be very much in need when this goes down. You are experts in the job market and you know what it takes to get hired. This is a time for us to step up and do what we can to help."The quote above is from an internal memo sent to employees of Northwest Arkansas recruiting firm Cameron Smith & Associates and references an expected wave of layoffs at WalMart’s home office in Bentonville. The memo was obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, who spoke with Cameron...
  • THE LEFT'S FIGHT-FOR-$15 SCAM

    07/31/2015 3:41:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Mathew Vadum
    The current feel-good push for a $15 an hour minimum wage has nothing to do with helping workers and everything to do with advancing the goals of the left wing, especially the labor movement. This is true despite the occasionally soaring rhetoric of President Obama amid the Left's incessant whining about "income inequality," itself a particularly un-American concept, an imaginary evil that dwells only in the nightmares of left-wingers. The fact gets lost that the minimum wage itself and continuing increases in the minimum wage hurt working people.
  • New York minimum wage increase: Who really pays

    07/30/2015 4:14:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Jeanne Sahadi
    New York's new $15 minimum wage for fast food workers applies to more than 100 brands doing business in the state. The only criteria: They must operate in at least 30 locations nationwide. Laura Jankowski owns three Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchises on Long Island. The brand has 16 locations in New York and more than 400 nationwide. Research suggests that most fast food workers in New York are 22 or older. But Jankowski says the vast majority of her employees are high school and college students. Most earn $8.75 an hour but her shift leaders earn $9.75. The new higher...
  • The absolute worst advice we give to Americans struggling to pay rent

    07/30/2015 1:38:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | July 22, 2015 | Hanna Brooks Olsen
    In urban centers around the country, rental prices are soaring. Cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City routinely report double-digit increases that make it nearly impossible for residents to make ends meet. But it’s not just dwellers of those metropolitan areas who are having a hard time paying the rent. According to a report out this week from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, more than half of renters in America are considered to be financially burdened by their rent, meaning that they spend more than 30 percent of their income just on where they live. High...
  • Why union leaders want L.A. to give them a minimum wage loophole

    07/28/2015 9:25:27 AM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 27, 2015 | Peter Jamison
    ne of the most divisive issues that Los Angeles City Council members expect to confront when they return this week from a summer recess will be a proposal by labor leaders to exempt unionized workers from the city's new minimum wage. The push for the loophole, which began in the final days before the law's passage, caused a backlash rarely seen in this pro-union city and upended perceptions of labor's role in the fight to raise pay for the working poor. Union activists were among the most stalwart backers of L.A.'s ordinance raising the wage to $15 by 2020, and...
  • Socialist Bernie Sanders DEMANDS $15 minimum wage – PAYS interns $12 an hour! LOL!

    07/25/2015 8:52:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | july 25, 2015
    And in today’s edition of “look at this hypocritical liberal,” we have Bernie Sanders, the grump socialist, who demands that everyone in America pay their employees at least $15 no matter what their wages are actually worth in the free market. Now let’s see what he pays his interns! From MRC-TV: Included in the 62 million workers making under $15 hour are members of Bernie Sanders’ own staff. According to the senators’ website, Interns are paid only $12 an hour. In [Bernie’s] bill’s summary, the first bullet point reads, “No one working full time should be in poverty. It is time to pay workers a...
  • Fast Food Franchise Owners Consider Suing N.Y. Over Minimum Wage

    07/24/2015 4:03:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 24, 2015
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York's fast-food industry — and restaurant owners aren't loving it. Franchise owners say they're considering a lawsuit against Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage in their eateries to $15 an hour, arguing that it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant increase in labor costs that won't apply to retail, landscaping, child care or other traditionally low-wage industries. "Singling out fast food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory, harms New York workers,...
  • Dunkin’ CEO: $15 Min Wage Is ‘Outrageous’

    07/24/2015 12:04:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 23, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    Dunkin’ Donuts’ top executive says a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers is “absolutely outrageous.” On Thursday, New York state’s wage board recommended fast food workers make at least $15 per hour. The board said it should happen by the end of 2018 in New York City. Dunkin’ Brand CEO Nigel Travis says the plan will do more harm than good. Travis said he supports governments making “reasonable increases” to the minimum wage, but a hike to $15 per hour represents a 71% increase over the current state minimum. “It’s going to affect small businesses and franchises,” Travis said...
  • Where’s the beef? Fast-food franchisees pan NY wage hike

    07/24/2015 12:28:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2015 8:56 PM EDT | David Klepper and Verena Dobnik
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York’s fast-food industry—and restaurant owners aren’t loving it. Franchise owners say they’re considering a lawsuit against Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum wage in their eateries to $15 an hour, arguing that it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant increase in labor costs that won’t apply to retail, landscaping, child care or other traditionally low-wage industries. “Singling out fast food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory, harms New York workers, and puts...
  • Cuomo on using executive power: 'I run the government'

    07/23/2015 8:01:53 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 24 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 22, 2015 | KENNETH LOVETT
    ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo made it clear Wednesday why he has recently bypassed the Legislature on different issues like raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers. "I run the government," Cuomo said. "I am the executive and therefore I use executive power. And that’s why the executive is given the power," Cuomo said during an appearance on upstate public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom.” Cuomo dismissed criticism that his actions represent a major power grab by going around the Legislature. In addition to creating a board that has recommended raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food workers,...
  • New York Gov. Cuomo to state Economy: "Drop Dead"

    07/23/2015 7:53:00 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 18 replies
    Reason.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Byline (Cuomo Quote): "This is just the beginning. We will not stop until we reach true economic justice." Getta load of Andrew Cuomo, the governor of the once-great state of New York. For the first time ever, reports Business Insider, a U.S. state "may single out one industry for a big wage hike." Under a plan approved by New York's Fast Food Wage Board, a $15-per-hour minimum wage would be phased in over three years in New York City and six years across upstate New York, whose economy has long been the American equivalent of East Germany. The mandate would...
  • Seattle sees fallout from $15 minimum wage, as other cities follow suit

    07/22/2015 3:22:51 PM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.22.2015 | Dan Springer
    Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent.
  • NY board backs $15 minimum wage hike for fast-food workers; Gov. Cuomo expected to OK increase

    07/22/2015 3:24:17 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 41 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 07/22/2015 | David Klepper
    NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers in New York state would see a super-sized raise under a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage — the first time a state has singled out a particular industry for such an increase. The hike, approved Wednesday by the state Wage Board, would increase gradually over three years in New York City and six years for the rest of the state. It would apply to employees at any fast-food restaurant with 30 or more locations, impacting an estimated 200,000 workers. "You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 a year in...
  • Sowell: The Fact-Free Left: Part II

    07/22/2015 1:38:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 22, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    There is no way to know what is going on in someone else's mind. But sometimes their behavior tells you more than their words. The political left's great claim to authenticity and honor is that what they advocate is for the benefit of the less fortunate. But how could we test that? T.S. Eliot once said, "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they...
  • Costs from regulations pile up, hurt small business profits

    07/22/2015 6:01:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    WTOP.com/AP ^ | 07/22/2015 | JOYCE M. ROSENBERG
    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s getting more expensive to be an employer and small business owners say that’s making it harder for them to make money.The health care law, minimum wage increases and paid sick leave laws in some states and cities are increasing costs. Small companies also face the prospect of higher overtime expenses under a proposed federal regulation.“We’re going beyond the point where we can comfortably operate a functioning business and meet the requirements of these laws,” says Diana Lamon, who owns a Los Angeles restaurant, Poppy & Rose and a food truck, Peaches’ Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen,...
  • Minimum wage rise of 50c opposed by business groups (Ireland)

    07/20/2015 12:28:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon, Jul 20, 2015, 01:00 | Elaine Edwards
    Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commission is expected to recommend a rise of 50 cent per hour. The commission will present its report to Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash over the next few days and is expected to recommend an increase of about 50 cent per hour. IBEC, which represents Irish businesses, said the proposal was “at odds with all the economic evidence” and would “heap pressure on companies still struggling to stay in business and erode crucial competitiveness...
  • McDonald’s outlook bleak in face of minimum wage hikes

    07/19/2015 11:34:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/19/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The Golden Arches are looking a little less shiny this year and McDonald’s franchise owners see hard times coming. This time it has nothing to do with the raging national debate over whether or not the McRib is awesome or awful, however. The vast majority of their fast food outlets are not owned by the corporation, but by franchise operators. Those entrepreneurs are regularly polled about their outlook for the coming year and most of them aren’t putting on their happy faces. (From CNBC) Just when you thought it couldn’t get much worse for McDonald’s, it did.The six-month outlook...
  • Kansas City approves minimum wage rise to $13 by 2020

    07/16/2015 10:57:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 9:53 PM EDT | Heather Hollingsworth
    Kansas City’s minimum wage will rise to $13 an hour over about four and a half years under an ordinance that council members approved Thursday, although there are questions whether it could withstand a legal challenge. The ordinance, which makes the city the only one in Missouri to approve a wage higher than the state’s current $7.65 minimum, had the backing of low-wage workers, who burst into applause after council members and Major Sly James voted to approve it. The measure would apply to Kansas City, Missouri and not its sister city in Kansas. […] But business groups are questioning...
  • McDonald's franchisees are terrified for the future

    07/16/2015 9:42:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/16/2015 | Hayley Peterson
    McDonald's franchisees are terrified for the future of the company, according to a new survey. The operators' six-month outlook for McDonald's business is the worst in the 12-year history of the survey, which was conducted by former Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski. "At least half of the operators in my region are on the verge of collapse," one franchisee wrote in response to the survey. "With minimum wage for fast food workers potential increasing to incredibly high levels, we are facing a crisis situation. Another said: "The operators sit on a cliff right now. With sales going in the...
  • Chipotle—GMO and Minimum Wage Issues

    07/14/2015 4:06:32 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/14/15 | Jack Dini
    Chipotle claims they have stopped serving food from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). What are the health risks from eating genetically modified food? There aren’t any. Twenty-five years of scientific studies have shown no evidence of harm from the use of GM crops. A recent report from the European Union found that ‘the main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not more risky to consume than conventional plant...
  • Enjoy your more expensive Chipotle, San Francisco!

    07/11/2015 8:59:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    If you’re out on the left coast and heading out for some tasty Chipotle goodness tonight, be prepared to dig a little deeper when you pay the check. Prices are going up and it’s not just because of the cost of beef. (From the Chicago Tribune) In its weekly survey of 10 Chipotle markets, Chicago-based William Blair found that Chipotle raised prices in half of the markets that the investment firm surveyed — San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Orlando. In most markets, the price increases occurred due to the rising cost of beef.The city by the bay, however,...
  • Governor's finance office opposes bill raising minimum wage in California

    07/10/2015 3:28:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Citing significant new costs to the state and a negative effect on businesses, the Brown administration’s Finance Department is opposing a bill that would raise California's $9 minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1 and boost it again to $13 in 2017. “The Department of Finance is opposed to this bill because it results in significant, unbudgeted costs to the General Fund,” the report says. “Further, Finance notes the net impact of an increased minimum wage on California’s economy and state budget is likely to be negative.” “For the economy, losses from higher production costs to businesses would...
  • ‘Something I’ve Never Heard of’: Calif. Dem’s ‘Offensive’ Action Toward GOP Member Caught on Tape

    07/10/2015 3:37:39 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 9, 2015 | oliver darcy
    A Republican California assemblyman was left stunned Wednesday when the Democratic chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment committee cut off his microphone and then ordered security to physically remove the microphone from the meeting. The incident occurred during debate over legislation that would increase the Golden State’s minimum wage to $11 in 2016 and $13 in 2017. The current minimum wage is $9 an hour and is set to already rise to $10 an hour next year. Republican Matthew Harper said that Democratic chair Rodger Hernández cut off a witness testifying mid-sentence. When Harper, who Hernández had already recognized as...
  • Abrusci’s Italian Restaurant institutes “no-tipping” policy effective July 20, 2015.

    07/08/2015 2:14:12 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 57 replies
    abruscis.com ^ | july 7, 2015
    Following the growing US anti-tipping trend due to rising minimum wages, Abrusci’s Italian Restaurant today announced that it will be instituting a “no-tipping” policy effective July 20, 2015.  The tip line on checks will be replaced with a 20% service charge that goes directly to restaurant payroll and benefits.  Customers will be able to evaluate their server, their meal, and their overall experience via a confidential survey that will be provided with each check and deposited in a survey box on departure. Most servers will be moved to a 34 hour work week and will be compensated with an annual...
  • Who-d a-thunk it? SF minimum wage increased 14% and local Chipotles just raised prices by 10-14%?

    07/08/2015 3:34:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 7/8/15 | Mark J. Perry
    From an equity research report issued to investors by global investment banking and wealth management firm William Blair on Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) – “Price Increases Have Begun Early in Third Quarter” (received privately): • In our weekly survey of ten of Chipotle’s markets, we found the company implemented price increases in half of the surveyed markets this week—San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Orlando. In most markets, the price increases have been limited to beef and average about 4% on barbacoa and steak, toward the lower end of management’s expectation for a 4% to 6% price increase...
  • $15 Minimum Wage Advocacy Group Posts Facebook Job Listing That Pays $12 An Hour [AFL-CIO]

    07/06/2015 5:40:14 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 26, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    A simple Facebook comment exploded into a big reveal on the hypocrisy of some groups spearheading the fight for a $15 minimum wage. “It was a paid advertisement that came through on social media,” Cody McLaughlin told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I thought it was funny so I posted a comment.” The advertisement was for a job opening at the advocacy group Working America. The group was looking to hire field managers to launch a grassroots effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. For his own amusement, McLaughlin asking if it paid $15 an hour. “Hi...
  • Minimum wage advocates struggle to walk the talk: Editorial (Oregonian stumbles into truth!)

    07/06/2015 5:05:21 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/06/2015 | Oregonian
    . . . . Consider what happened in Los Angeles. Last month, the city council approved a five-year plan to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Late in the campaign for that increase, labor unions, which had led the push for a higher wage, made a surprising request: They wanted collectively bargained contracts to be exempt from the new standard. The mayor said no, but some other cities have such exemptions and the issue is unlikely to go away in Los Angeles. The unions' request reflects realities of both economics and politics. Politically, the $15 wage push is,...
  • Progressive Paradise Lost

    07/04/2015 10:07:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Salim Furth
    It’s a progressive paradise.Public employees get 30 vacation days a year. Anyone who works over eight hours in a day gets paid time-and-a-half. Employees have strong rights.The minimum wage is high: 77 percent of the median wage.Environmental regulations are settled beyond the pressure of local economic interests. The forests and mountains are pristine destinations for ecotourism.Energy costs are kept high, pushing consumption down to a level deemed “socially beneficial”. Utilities have strong public backing and provide jobs to thousands.Union jobs in shipping are protected from outsourcing to cut-rate foreign competitors.The social safety net is buoyant and provides a solid working-class standard...
  • Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage

    07/01/2015 10:41:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2015 12:07 PM EDT | Sudhin Thanawala
    They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage. California legislation believed to be the first of its kind in the nation is set to change that. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday and sent to the governor for his signature would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage and overtime and sick leave if they work for professional sports teams based in California....
  • Hewitt: 5 bold reforms Hillary should champion to devastate the GOP and ensure a long ‘Clinton Era’

    06/16/2015 7:04:24 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 42 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-16 | Benjamin Weingarten
    1. A constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College and substituting in its place a direct election of the president by popular vote. 2. A constitutional amendment abolishing the two term limit on the presidency. 3. A constitutional amendment mandating that 5% of GDP be spent on the Pentagon’s budget, with safeguards that the money actually be spent on soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and the equipment they need, and not on absurd “tack-ons” like “green energy” production for military bases. Rebuild the military and detach it from the GOP, and do so before a coup becomes a reality in the...
  • Editorial: Fight for fairness for fast-food workers

    06/18/2015 4:42:04 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | june 17, 2015
    In agonizing detail, fast-food workers are testifying about struggling to live on the meager salaries paid by their industry. Holding two or three jobs. Bunking with strangers four to a bedroom. Relying on food stamps to feed families. Scrambling when employers change schedules on a whim. Striving for education and to move up without a minute to spare. As Gov. Cuomo watches amber encase his legislative agenda, New York’s roughly 200,000 fast-food employees should be grateful he has the power to set some minimum wages on his own. There’s little doubt a wage board convened by Cuomo will recommended hikes...
  • McDonald’s Announces Its Answer to $15 an Hour Minimum Wage – Touch-Screen Cashiers

    06/16/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 73 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    This is exactly what the left pushed for… Fast food chains were never meant to be a place for someone to raise a family of 6, they were to be part time positions with some full-time advancements. Mostly the fast food restaurants were for school aged kids to learn how to interact with people, with a job, to offer spending money, and to begin responsibility learning for their future.
  • Gap to close 175 stores, cut jobs at headquarters

    06/15/2015 4:06:50 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 30 replies
    (Reuters) - Apparel retailer Gap Inc (GPS.N) said it would close a quarter of Gap specialty stores in North America over the next few years, including 140 this year, potentially affecting thousands of jobs as the company struggles with a slump in sales at its namesake brand. San Francisco-based Gap also said it would cut 250 jobs at its headquarters. The company did not say how many employees would be laid off as a result of the store closures. As of Jan. 31, Gap had about 141,000 full- and part-time employees in about 3,700 company-owned and franchise stores worldwide.
  • Before big speech, Clinton steps to left—but not too far

    06/12/2015 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2015 1:33 PM EDT | Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas
    Union members broke into cheers when Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported a $15-an-hour national minimum wage. “Thank you for giving me this chance to tell you all how much I support your movement,” she told a conference organized by the Service Employees International Union. “I want to fight with you every day.” Clinton’s words last weekend weren’t quite the endorsement they may have seemed. The next day, her campaign clarified her remarks, saying while Clinton supported the general push for higher wages, she wasn’t backing the more contentious $15 hourly minimum. In the eight weeks since she announced her...
  • Senators Want Higher Minimum Wage — Except for Their Unpaid Interns

    06/12/2015 11:09:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, is a proponent of increasing the minimum wage for low-skill, limited-experience workers. Unless, that is, they work for him. Earlier this year, Peters joined with 32 of his colleagues to co-sponsor a bill that would hike the federal minimum wage mandate to $12 an hour by 2020. "Nobody who works full time in this country should have to live in poverty, but that is the brutal economic reality for millions of families across the country right now who can't make ends meet in the face of stagnant wages and increased costs of daily necessities," Peters said...
  • A $15 Minimum Wage Would Put All Working Americans Into The Global 1%

    06/12/2015 7:09:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/12/2015 | Tim Worstall
    I’ve been trying to think through a way of really getting across the point that a $15 an hour minimum wage for the US is really just too high. And I may have found it: a $15 per hour minimum wage would put all workers in the US into the global 1% by income. Well, all those workers in the US who managed to keep their jobs when there’s a $15 an hour minimum wage at least. Given that the US labour force is rather larger than merely 1% of the global labour force this isn’t really going to work,...
  • LA City Council Adopts Minimum Wage Ordinance (cheapskates go only as high as $15/hour)

    06/10/2015 3:43:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 6/10/15
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Members of the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years. Officials explained the minimum wage will go from $9 per hour to $10.50 an hour beginning in 2016. The rate will then jump to $12 in 2017; $13.25 in 2018; $14.25 in 2019; and $15 by 2020. “We are already seeing the fruits of our labor as our own state and other cities nationwide begin exploring policies to increase their local minimum wage,” said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson.
  • MSNBC: Hillary supports the fight for $15 minimum wage - just not the wage itself

    06/08/2015 4:59:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/15 | Robert Laurie
    MSNBC: Hillary supports the fight for $15 minimum wage - just not the wage itselfIf you’ve been paying attention to the demands of the guy who hands you your fries at the drive-through, you know that he’d like to make more money. No, he doesn’t have any discernable skills, but that’s not the point. Some people make more than he does, and that’s unfair. He is demanding fifteen dollars an hour. Never mind that, if we raise the minimum wage to $15, jobs will be lost, businesses will close, and the cost of living will jump accordingly. More is better....
  • Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didn’t explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, “I want to be your champion.” * On “Face the Nation” yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would “go after” state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • Obama set to use sneaky administrative maneuver to force huge wage increase

    06/08/2015 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/15 | Dan Calabrese
    The overlord of overtime. Obama set to use sneaky administrative maneuver to force huge wage increaseHis cheerleaders at the worst web site in the world call it “the most ambitious government intervention on wages in a decade,” and since this is the Obama Administration we’re talking about, you surely won’t be surprised to know it’s happening without any involvement from Congress. Barack Obama isn’t going to get Congress to pass a statutory increase in the minimum wage, but he’s very skilled at finding ways to push executive authority to the legal limit - or beyond - to accomplish goals he...
  • Hillary's high risk faux Primary race

    06/07/2015 2:45:43 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | June 4, 2015
    So Linc Chafee is in the race. This brings the number of contenders up to four. You have an embittered, kleptocratic and entitled Social Security recipient; you have a sex-obsessed, corrupt septuagenarian Socialist; you have a big city machine Progressive; and you have the Wonder-Bread-and-Velveeta pragmatist. Of this crew, the only one that is a real contender is Martin O’Malley. But the real reason this bunch of northeastern Progressive white guys are in the race is to give the illusion that Hillary is not cruising to a coronation. There is undoubtedly some hope, too, that inevitable debates with one or...
  • NYC mayor: America has a 'democracy problem' (needs different voting laws alert)

    06/07/2015 11:52:45 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said on Sunday that Americans would benefit from reformed national voting laws. “We have a democracy problem,” de Blasio told host John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Our elections are governed by state law and for a long time I’ve believed we need to make a fundamental series of reforms,” he said. “Let’s face it, a lot of the people in the political class have tried to discourage voter involvement and a lot of incumbents prefer a very small electorate,” he added. De Blasio said he disagrees with Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)...
  • De Blasio still won't endorse Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid

    06/07/2015 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Daily News via MSN ^ | 6/07/15 | ADAM EDELMAN
    Mayor de Blasio is playing hard-to-get with his former boss and presumptive 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. For the third time, de Blasio refused to endorse Clinton on national television, sidestepping questions about throwing his support behind the former New York senator. "As for the Democratic field, each of the candidates is beginning to address these issues," de Blasio said on CBS' "Face the Nation" about whether any of the declared Democratic presidential candidates had adequately addressed issues like income inequality and a higher minimum wage. "I'm waiting to hear a fuller vision from each, on how they'll actually tackle...