January 21, 2022

Existing Wage Increases Aren’t Enough: Wage Activists Set Sights on Michigan

Just as the New Year ushered in a historic number of state and local minimum wage increases, union and progressive activists are pushing to raise the stakes even further. Just as California became the state with the highest minimum wage in the country on January 1, raising its wage to…
January 14, 2022

California Lawmakers: Leave the FAST Recovery Act in 2021

Last year, union-backed state Rep. Lorena Gonzalez and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) attempted a regulatory takeover of the California fast food industry by a state appointed unelected council. Gonzalez’s legislation, entitled the “FAST Recovery Act,” pointed to a severely biased study authored by reliably left-wing University of…
January 7, 2022

“Tips on Top” is an Empty Promise

Rising minimum wages have seen a significant amount of spotlight entering the new year. But wage floors for tipped restaurant employees are also going up in 2022. This year, twenty states are raising their tipped minimum wages along with 56 localities. Notably, efforts backed by One Fair Wage, an…
December 30, 2021

Previewing the Minimum Wage Landscape for 2022

An Overview of 2021 This past year marked a vigorous debate over minimum wages. At the federal level, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment to a pending COVID relief bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and eliminated the federal tip credit. The nonpartisan…
December 17, 2021

California’s Cautionary Tale about the Minimum Wage

California dreaming continues at the expense of the state’s own employees. As of January 1, California will be the first state to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage for most businesses (employers of 25 or fewer will reach $15 next year). The Golden State was one of the…
December 9, 2021

New Year, Higher Wage Hikes

As is the case every year, the holiday season brings news of states and other localities announcing their minimum wage rates for the coming year. While higher wages in theory sound like a holiday gift, the employment loss they bring with them is less than festive. View a full list…
December 3, 2021

Will a $15 wage mandate actually help federal contractors’ employees?

Last week, the US Department of Labor finalized a rule to mandate a $15 hourly minimum wage for all federal contractors, stemming from President Biden’s executive order issued earlier this year. After the failed attempt to enact the Raise the Wage Act which would have required a $15 minimum wage…
November 19, 2021

Newsflash: Minimum Wage Hikes Can Contribute to Inflation

As inflation has reached historical levels, lawmakers and analysts are grappling with the causes, including the shocks from the pandemic, both related to government-imposed restrictions and shifts in consumer demand. This week on Twitter, one New York Times writer said the recent media headlines concerned about inflation are just…
November 12, 2021

Why do tipped restaurant employees support the current tip credit system?

One Fair Wage, a nonprofit affiliate of the radical Restaurant Opportunities Center, has been on a mission to end the tip credit in states across the country. Over the last several weeks, One Fair Wage president Saru Jayaraman has been trying to export this movement to New York,…
November 4, 2021

Biden DOL Nominee’s Study Finds Amazon’s Wage Hikes Caused Significant Job Loss

A new study finds recent large minimum wage hikes from companies like Amazon, Walmart, Target, CVS, and Costco have had significant negative consequences for employees in geographical “commuting zones” surrounding these large employers. This conclusion comes from a rather surprising source: a set of generally pro-minimum wage hike advocates…