Michigan, News May 15, 2018

Let Michigan Servers Keep Their Tips

This fall, Michigan voters may consider a ballot proposal to further increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour—a 30 percent increase over the state’s current minimum wage. However, included in this proposal is a far more radical policy change—the elimination of the tip credit, effectively raising the tipped…
New York April 12, 2018

ROC Wants To Destroy New York’s “System of Tipping”

A full-page ad in today’s New York Post exposes the true motives behind the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and its push to eliminate the tip credit. (For those not acquainted with the tip credit debate, a primer is available here.) ROC’s founder, Saru Jayaraman, has been a long-time…
New York, Research March 2, 2018

What Cuomo Gets Wrong about the Tipped Wage

Governor Andrew Cuomo is eager to abolish New York’s tipped wage. So eager, in fact, that he’s willing to justify his agenda with false data analysis from the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). A new policy brief from the Employment Policies Institute outlines the problems with eliminating tip wages and explains…
News, Texas January 19, 2018

The Tipped-Wage Beer in Texas

Something odd is brewing in Texas. Oasis Texas Brewing Company will release a new pale ale named “$2.13” on January 26th to “bring awareness to the fact that these servers and bartenders in the service industry are making $2.13 an hour,”…
News January 15, 2018

New Year’s Wage Hikes Bring Big Consequences

We’ve chronicled the consequences of a $15 minimum wage our website Faces of $15. Less than two weeks into 2018, the list of tragic stories keeps growing. With Ontario, Canada’s minimum wage rising to $14 an hour, franchisees of Canadian coffee favorite Tim Horton’s…
News December 28, 2017

The Unnecessary Fight for $15

The Trump administration’s tax overhaul prompted Wells Fargo and Fifth Third Bancorp to raise their minimum wages to $15 per hour. OceanFirst Financial Corp., a New Jersey bank, and three of the biggest banks in Hawaii—…
California, News December 14, 2017

New Study Shows Consequences of California’s $15 Minimum Wage

For the past two decades, California has pursued minimum wage levels about the federal standard. It will be the first state to reach a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, in 2022. A new study by Dr. David Macpherson of Trinity University and Dr. William Even…
Arizona, News December 7, 2017

Flagstaff’s Minimum Wage Hike Threatens Elderly and Disabled Residents

Flagstaff, Ariz. will raise its minimum wage to $11.00 on January 1, 2018. That wage is $1.00 higher than Arizona’s $10.00 state minimum wage and $3.75 higher than the federal minimum wage. Hell-bent on higher wages, city council members have turned a blind eye to how this law affects…
Florida, News October 18, 2017

The Pitfalls Of Fighting For $15 in Florida

Across the nation, lawmakers continue to grapple with the viability and impact of increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Last year, the Florida state legislature took up the measure in Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 109, that would begin raising the $8.10 rate, beginning in January 2017.
August 10, 2017

The Fight For $15 Strikes Out

In the aftermath of the 2016 elections, Bloomberg reported that the SEIU planned a significant 30 percent funding cut. The pricey Fight for $15 campaign–on which the union has spent $90-million+ thus far, with little in the way of direct union benefit to show for it–was expected to be on the chopping block. A…