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Spokane City Council tables paid sick leave proposal

August 15, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday the Spokane City Council announced it has put off considering a paid sick leave proposal until next year's budget work is complete.  The City says the decision is in response to numerous requests for “additional time to public input and a more detailed analysis of potential economic and community health impacts.”

Minimum wage hike is already killing jobs; fast food industry warns more losses are on the way

August 11, 2015 in Blog

In June, Moody’s Investor Service warned a higher minimum wage could erode profit margins in the U.S. restaurant business.  And while supporters of a high minimum wage like to say employers can afford to absorb the reduced profits, the reality is much different.

The CEO and CFO of fast food chain Wendy’s recently explained what a higher minimum wage means for their workers:

Artificially high wages don’t make every worker happy

August 6, 2015 in Blog

In the wake of the $15 minimum wage movement, some employers are opting to voluntarily increase the wages of their workers.   Implementing across the board minimum wages for all of their workers, these employers say the higher wages will boost morale, improve productivity and reduce turnover.  Whatever their motivation, such announcements usually come with a fair amount of media attention praising the employer’s generosity while minimum wage advocates hail the decision as proof every employer can afford to pay a higher wage.

A disturbing example of union hypocrisy, intimidation and media control

July 31, 2015 in Blog

In the midst of organized labor’s demands for a $15 minimum wage for all workers comes the revelation that they do not pay this so-called “living” wage to their employees.

The Washington Times reports that as big labor bosses are boasting of their $15 minimum wage successes at the AFL-CIO’s annual summer meeting, at least one usher working the event told the reporter she did not earn $15 per hour.

Michigan court ruling is another victory against forced unionism

July 30, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday the Michigan Supreme Court upheld that state’s new right-to-work law with its ruling that state workers are subject to the law.  This means public employees are subject to the same protections from forced unionism as those in private industries.

Part 2: Labor bosses think unions will lose landmark right-to-work case…and admit it could be a good thing

July 29, 2015 in Blog

Last week Greg Devereux, Executive Director of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), revealed he, and other union executives, believe unions will likely lose the Freidichs v California case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The loss would render forced unionism for public employees illegal; individual workers would have the right to decide for themselves whether to join a union and pay union dues.

Part 1: Labor bosses think unions will lose landmark right-to-work case…and admit it could be a good thing

July 29, 2015 in Blog

Greg Devereux, Executive Director of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), recently revealed he, and other union executives, believe the era of forced unionism for public sector workers is coming to an end.  And surprisingly, he doesn’t think it will be the union-crippling catastrophe unions have long-claimed.

What a $15 wage will really mean for New York’s fast food workers

July 23, 2015 in Blog

As fast food employers in the state of New York brace for that state’s impending $15 wage mandate, one business owner succinctly explained what the high wage will mean for her business and her employees:

It really is going to come to less people.  What I envision is cutting labor, hiring less people, having less people per shift.”

$15 minimum wage is encouraging a part-time work force

July 23, 2015 in Blog

On the heels of Los Angeles becoming the latest city to pass a $15 minimum wage law and the state of New York moving closer to a mandate requiring a $15 wage for fast food workers, Fox News reports

New report shows $100 buys more in right-to-work states

July 8, 2015 in Blog

The Tax Foundation released a report today showing how much $100 buys in each state.  The same $100 can buy you comparatively more in a low-price state than a high-price state, which shows the true cost of living.

Starbucks prices increasing more in Seattle area…could the $15 minimum wage be a factor?

July 7, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday Starbucks announced an increase in drink prices that will go into effect in its stores around the country.  Most notable though, was the company’s decision to increase prices even higher in the Puget Sound region.   Customers in the greater Seattle area (which includes King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties) will pay an average of about 3.5% more, while customers in other areas will pay just 1% more.

Attorney General Ferguson wants to limit how customers learn about effects of $15 wage law

June 29, 2015 in Blog

As employers in SeaTac and Seattle comply with those cities’ new $15 wage law, some have added a surcharge to their customers’ bills to cover the cost of the higher mandated wages.  The surcharge policy has the added benefit of transparency, showing customers how prices have gone up as a result of the change in the law. 

State continues to stress the lack of an income tax as a selling point for new business

June 16, 2015 in Blog

We previously highlighted how the state Department of Commerce has long used Washington’s lack of income or capital gains taxes as part of their marketing pitch to encourage businesses to come to Washington.  Apparently department officials still believe having no income tax is a strong selling point.  

"Well this article sure brought out some emotions"

June 12, 2015 in Blog

Last Sunday The Seattle Times published an editorial I submitted detailing the hypocritical exemptions unions seek to the restrictive labor mandates they actively support.  In many cities, unionized employers are exempt from paying a higher minimum wage or providing paid sick leave.  

Four studies show Seattle’s dream of municipal broadband would be a nightmare

June 10, 2015 in Blog

Last month I reported on the push by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to get the city in the Internet-provider business with municipal broadband.  In the effort to move Seattle one step closer to that dream of government-run broadband, Mayor Murray commissioned a study to determine the costs and feasibility of making Seattle the first big city in the nation to treat broadband Internet access as a public utility.