October 15, 2020

Where Does the $15 Minimum Wage Amount Come From?

Since 2012, the Fight for $15 movement has popularized the concept of the $15 minimum wage. Since then, seven states have passed legislation to phase-in a $15 minimum wage, as well as various cities, including San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The Raise the Wage…
October 8, 2020

Why do politicians endorse raising the minimum wage, but economists remain skeptical?

Biden continues to push his platform for a $15 minimum wage, doubling down at a campaign event in Florida this week. As a presidential candidate in 2016, Trump signaled support for a $10 federal minimum wage. Presidents and other elected officials have touted minimum wage policy as an…
October 1, 2020

Servers Don’t Support ROC’s Fight to Eliminate the Tip Credit

On Friday, the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee held a hearing on the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and employees in the restaurant industry. Testimonies were provided by restaurant owners and industry representatives, as well as Saru Jayaraman of the controversial labor group Restaurant Opportunities Center…
September 24, 2020

The Corporate Fight for $15: Good for America’s Employees?

As the Fight for $15 heats up across the country, calls for local, state, and federal governments to raise minimum wages have prompted many officials to take action. Some states and cities have already enacted phased plans to achieve a $15 minimum wage over the next few years,…
Florida September 16, 2020

Florida Projected to Lose 158,000 Jobs Due to Proposed Amendment 2

Last week, economists Dr. William Even, Miami University, and Dr. David Macpherson, Trinity University, released “Estimating the Impact of a $15.00 Minimum Wage in Florida.” The study analyzes the impact of passing Amendment 2, a ballot measure which would amend the state’s constitution to raise the minimum wage to…
September 10, 2020

Will a High Minimum Wage Hinder Cities’ COVID Recovery?

Food service and restaurant-related businesses face a particularly long road to recovery after losses due to the pandemic. However, such businesses faced steep barriers to growth in pre-COVID times, particularly in markets with an unsustainably high minimum wage. Numerous studies find that rising minimum wage, particularly…
July 15, 2020

Teens Face Skyrocketing Unemployment Rates Amid Summer Minimum Wage Hikes

Teenagers are going to be hard-pressed to find a job this summer. According to a new analysis of Census Bureau statistics, the youth unemployment rate—including Americans between the ages of 16 and 19—surpassed 30 percent in 26 states as of May. Moreover, the jobless rate rose above 40 percent in…
March 20, 2020

New Study: Higher Tipped Wage = Lower Tip Percentage

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) continues to spend a large portion of its annual budget trying to eliminate the tipped wage. This is despite the fact that restaurant workers support the current system of tipping by an overwhelming majority. A 2016 survey of several hundred tipped workers by industry…
Connecticut March 16, 2020

Connecticut Provides Another Lesson for Wage Activists

The state of Connecticut has become yet another cautionary tale for the #Fightfor$15 movement. Last week, the Connecticut Department of Labor released the state’s revised job numbers from 2019, and the results were not reassuring. For the first time since 2010–when the nation was still recovering from the Great…
February 27, 2020

Wage Hikes Take a Bite out of Big Apple Restaurants

Recently-released data from the New York State Department of Labor show that New York City suffered its second straight year of declining employment in the full-service restaurant industry. Nearly 5,000 full-service restaurant jobs have been lost in the city since 2017. The city hasn’t experienced consecutive years…