Michigan March 8, 2022

Preview: A $15 Tipped Wage Could Cost MI Restaurant Workers $48 Million in Earnings, 21k Jobs

After failing once in 2018, anti-worker labor activists at One Fair Wage are back trying to eliminate Michigan’s tip credit, despite far-reaching employment and income consequences for employees. The Restaurant Opportunities Center’s activist arm One Fair Wage is supporting another movement in Michigan to raise the state minimum wage…
March 4, 2022

New Study Demonstrates Inflationary Effects of Rising Minimum Wages on Rent

As inflation soars higher than ever in the last forty years, consumers’ purchasing power is dropping steadily. But will proposed minimum wage hikes contribute to these inflated prices? When governments mandate steep minimum wage hikes, employers must alter their business model to account for the rising wage…
District of Columbia February 25, 2022

Disgraced Labor Group Returns to DC To Try to Eliminate Tip Credits One More Time

After a ballot measure defeat in 2018, collapse of its no-tipping experiment, and a discrimination lawsuit – the Restaurant Opportunities Center and its advocacy nonprofit One Fair Wage (OFW) are back in Washington, D.C. to pass ballot measure Initiative 82, another attempt to eliminate the District’s tip credit. Specifically…
February 18, 2022

Update: Minimum Wage Proposals Are Picking Up Across the Country

A handful of states started off the New Year with ballot measure proposals to raise their minimum wages. As state legislatures have kicked into gear, even more proposals to raise state and local minimum wages have emerged. On top of those, this week One Fair Wage, a union-backed nonprofit that…
New Hampshire February 11, 2022

New Hampshire Knows the Devastating Impacts of a $15 Minimum Wage

If activists can’t mandate their job-killing $15 minimum wage at the federal level, they’re going to go after the states. But many New Hampshire lawmakers know the harmful consequences of a steep $15 minimum wage, and have voted to protect employers and their employees accordingly. Last summer, the aggressive anti-tipping pro-union group …
February 4, 2022

New Study: “Fair Work Week” Laws Force Employees To Go Part-Time

So-called “fair scheduling” laws politicians say incentivize full-time jobs actually shift employees involuntarily to more part-time work, a new University of Kentucky study supported by the Employment Policies Institute finds. On top of other restrictive mandates such as steep minimum wage hikes and paid leave requirements which have been demonstrated…
Hawaii January 27, 2022

Hawaii Hurtling Toward Job-Killing $18 Minimum Wage

On Monday, Hawaii senators in the Labor, Culture and the Arts Committee voted unanimously to advance SB 2018, a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $18 per hour by 2026. That represents a near-80% increase over the current minimum wage of $10.10…
Michigan 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…
California 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…