Tag Archives: Minimum Wage

Jack in the Box CEO: It ‘Just Makes Sense’ to Replace Workers With Robots

Source: Grub Street NY

Boy is it turning into a bad week for people who’d like to defeat the fast-food robot uprising. Yesterday at CNET, Pizza Hut unveiled a driverless delivery vehicle so scary, even Black Mirror tweeted about it. (“We know how this goes,” the show’s account quipped.) Also yesterday,

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Mario Batali Isn’t a Fan of Raising the Minimum Wage

Source: Grub Street NY

At a New York tech conference yesterday, Molto Mario shared some interesting thoughts on how he feels about the rise of the $15 living wage. To put it succinctly, he’s anti-: He said during a panel at Recode’s Code Commerce that support for raising the minimum wage …

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Missouri Just Took Away the $10 Wage St. Louis Gave Its Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

This week, St. Louis became the first major American city to move its minimum wage down, from $10 an hour to $7.70. Earlier this year, Missouri’s Republican-controlled statehouse passed a so-called preemption law intended to stymie local governments that seek to raise wages. It went into effect Monday, …

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Maine’s Restaurant Workers Convinced the State to Lower Their Wages

Source: Grub Street NY

After this week’s news that Seattle’s $15-minimum-wage experiment might actually be lowering residents’ incomes, restaurant workers in Maine find themselves in the strange position of being able to say, “Told you so.” The outcome of their fight with legislators — the latest in America’s ongoing wage …

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New Studies Argue a Higher Minimum Wage Could Backfire on Fast-Food Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

Arguing about whether minimum-wage laws kill jobs is one of economists’ favorite pastimes. That said, the reason they argue is because it’s a topic that defies oversimplification, and a couple of new studies will certainly be more fodder for the …

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Restaurant Workers in 19 States Are Getting New Year’s Raises

Source: Grub Street NY

Considerable pay raises await millions of American restaurant workers when they show up for work in 2017. According to the AP, hourly pay in the new year will increase for minimum-wage earners in 19 different states, plus there are another 22 cities around the country that are also …

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Group Fighting for $15 Minimum Wage Faces a ‘Funding Crisis’ Under Trump

Source: Grub Street NY

2016 may go down as a year American fast-food workers scored major wage victories, but the next four under Trump don’t look likely to be quite as triumphant. In fact, the union that’s funded the hugely successful Fight for $15 movement since it began four years …

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Fast-Food Workers Will Strike for $15 Wages in ‘Hundreds’ of Cities Today

Source: Grub Street NY

The prospect of passing a national living wage looks remote at best under Donald Trump’s White House and a GOP-led Congress, but maybe Fight for $15 figured that’s all the more reason to organize its “biggest day of action yet.” Thousands who work at fast-food chains like …

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Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Plan a $15 Wage Protest at First Presidential Debate

Source: Grub Street NY

Neither candidate unconditionally supports a $15 minimum wage, so when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take part in Monday’s first televised debate, a couple thousand fast-food workers plan to be there to remind them of that fact. Fight for $15, the labor group behind …

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Chris Christie Vetoes $15 Wage Bill for New Jersey Restaurant Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

New Jersey fast-food workers who got warm fuzzies when their state introduced a bill similar to New York’s living wage have had those hopes dashed by their governor. Chris Christie vetoed a bill yesterday that would have made Jersey one of only three states with a …

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Washington, D.C., Is Latest City to Pass a $15 Living Wage

Source: Grub Street NY

Another victory to celebrate.

Fast-food workers in the nation’s capital have a big pay raise coming their way. Lawmakers voted unanimously Tuesday to up the city’s minimum wage to $15. The move will put D.C. among the handful of places (Seattle, New York, and California) where low-income earners are promised the so-called “living wage.” Mayor Muriel Bowser, one of the bill’s key backers, has promised to sign it when it reaches her desk, probably later this summer. The raise takes the usual format of a multiyear phase-in; here, the timeline will turn thousands of restaurant ...

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Supreme Court Won’t Stand in the Way of Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage

Source: Grub Street NY

Safe for now.

Supporters of America’s $15-minimum-wage experiment can breathe a little easier: The Supreme Court Monday refused to hear an appeal filed by the fast-food industry that challenged Seattle’s 2014 law, the country’s first to mandate a citywide “living wage.” It’s the first time SCOTUS has weighed in on the legality of the trend, which has now spread from New York to San Francisco, and activists say it’s a good sign the justices don’t plan to get in their way.

Franchisees for big chains like McDonald’s had argued the law is discriminatory because it treats them like they’re corporations ...

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Restaurant Workers Will Get a Big Boost As New York Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Source: Grub Street NY

Cuomo announcing his support for a $15 minimum wage last September.

It’s another victory in the fight for $15. New York will become the second state to raise its minimum wage to $15, courtesy of a budget agreement between Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators. The increase will be, like in California, phased in over several years, and it’ll vary by region: While this will happen by 2018 in New York City, it will take six years before Long Island and Westchester hit the mark.

This is certainly a step forward for Cuomo and his colleagues in the labor ...

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Will Labor Laws Kill Food Co-ops As We Know Them?

Source: Grub Street NY


Maybe a dying breed.

With the minimum-wage fight now a major 2016 political issue and everyone from McDonald’s to Danny Meyer getting attacked over worker pay, food co-ops are worried that their prized alternative model built on member volunteers will be the next target. Since most co-ops rely on members to unload produce, stock bins, and work the registers in exchange for (at best) a discount, the National Labor Review Board is currently going after companies for underpaying for these kinds of activities, as co-ops do seem to be getting a pretty good deal on their labor.

As a result, ...

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Restaurant Association Begs Cuomo Not to Raise Wages for ‘at Least’ 5 Years

Source: Grub Street NY


Making it look easy.

New York restaurateurs worried about an impending $15 minimum wage have warned that paying workers more will, among other things, cause price hikes and unnecessarily compensate people with “no experience or skills.” Those warnings haven’t carried much weight with Governor Cuomo, so the New York State Restaurant Association is back again, this time with a more passive-aggressive letter demanding the state halt future wage increases because the current ones are “hardship” enough.

The argument this time is that employers can’t handle the new tipped-wage increase that starts January 1, upping servers’ hourly pay from $5 ...

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Editorial: Stirring Up the Restaurant World

Source: NY Times Food

The real power in Danny Meyer’s new policy is its potential to force a broader debate on tipped work.

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Bizarre Times Square Ads Protest Cuomo’s $15 Fast-Food Wage

Source: Grub Street NY


“Flop” is pretty accurate.

On Monday, a weird billboard went up in Times Square bizarrely arguing that Governor Cuomo’s plan to pay fast-food workers $15 an hour is a bad move, because it will empower people with “no experience or skills.” Tone-deafness aside, its appearance raised questions about the Employment Policies Institute that’s purportedly behind the ad. Thankfully, the Daily News has done the gumshoeing.

It’s apparently a front group run by Richard Berman, a PR man nicknamed “Dr. Evil” because his past work includes defending Big Tobacco and sparring with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. (60 Minutes once ...

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Fast-Food Workers Celebrate Minimum-Wage Victory As Franchisees Fight Back

Source: Grub Street NY


Fast-food workers at a protest on April 15.

As expected, New York Governor Cuomo’s wage board officially recommended a proposed minimum-wage increase for fast-food workers, which will nearly double their hourly pay in a series of increases over the next six years. The recommendation has been billed as a major victory for the workers and their supporters, not just because of the change that will happen in New York, but because Cuomo believes that it’ll cause a ripple effect across the country. Seattle and Los Angeles have both previously approved gradual $15 minimum wage hikes, but this is the first ...

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New York Wage Board Officially Recommends $15 an Hour Pay Rate for Fast-Food Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

As anticipated, Governor Cuomo’s wage board convened this afternoon in lower Manhattan and officially recommended that wages for fast-food workers be raised to $15 an hour. The move was expected, but it’s nevertheless a big victory for advocates of pay raises for fast-food workers around the state. Currently, the state minimum wage is just $8.75 an hour. The board’s proposal involves phasing the increase in over several years. In New York City, the minimum wage will increase to $10.50 on December 31, 2015, the increase as follows:

• December 31, 2016: $12.00
• December 31, 2017: $13.50
• December ...

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