Newsom Can’t Hide Behind Pandemic

By Edward Ring
In his 2021 State of the State Address, Governor Newsom’s focus, to the exclusion of nearly everything else, was to defend his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A quick review of the 3,634 word transcript indicates only 20 percent of his remarks had to do with anything else. It’s understandable that Newsom would focus on the pandemic....

TAGS: infrastructure, Minimum Wage, Newsom, Pandemic

California Cities Hike Minimum Wage as Economy Falters

By Edward Ring
Until further notice, California’s economy is in free fall. As of April 6, California’s Employment Development Department reported receiving 1.9 million new unemployment insurance claims within barely three weeks. As reported in the San Jose Mercury, during the entire 2008 Great Recession, only 2.2. million unemployment claims were submitted. It’s impossible to know how long these unemployment claims...

TAGS: coronavirus, Edward Ring, Edward Ring, Gavin Newsom, Minimum Wage

Seattle’s Minimum Wage: Bad Hygiene and Lower Wages

By California Policy Center
California’s minimum wage is set to gradually increase to $15 by 2022, following in the footsteps of minimum wage pioneer city Seattle. Unfortunately, the unintended consequences of Seattle’s minimum wage experiment are starting to show, both in deteriorating restaurant quality and in decreasing wages for low-income workers. According to the latest study, Seattle’s 2016 minimum...

TAGS: Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage – It’s All About Perception!

By Dave Bego
Recently, the “Fight for Fifteen” demonstrations at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart stores across the country have sparked empathy in the news coverage by the main stream media. The liberal coverage of these outlets portrays employees as being taken advantage of and in need of increased wages and benefits. As with most things in life, it is...

TAGS: Fight for Fifteen, Minimum Wage

Raise the Minimum Wage, or Lower the Cost of Living?

By Edward Ring
Increases to the minimum wage in California are moving closer to reality. As reported on March 30th by, “Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis will ask their colleagues to approve spending up to $95,000 to have the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation review a series of studies of the issue performed...

TAGS: cost of living, Minimum Wage

Oakland City Council Staff Reports Reveal True Impact of Minimum Wage Increases

By Kevin Dayton
Controversy continues at the Los Angeles City Council about the selection of the University of California Institute for Labor and Employment (part of the University of California Miguel Contreras Labor Program) to produce a second taxpayer-funded study to prove again that adopting a city minimum wage ordinance would be a wonderful exercise in Progressive compassion....

TAGS: City of Los Angeles, Minimum Wage

Big Labor's Conundrum

By Dave Bego
Over the past four decades, Big Labor has continued to see its membership shrink drastically as its leaders use the same failed tactics involving forced unionism. The argument that most workers are better off without unions today is supported by the fact that unions now represent approximately 11.3% of the total workforce and 6.6% of the private...

TAGS: card check, Dave Bego, Minimum Wage, National Labor Relations Board, NLRB

More Taxpayer Money Spent Justifying Union Political Agenda in California

By Kevin Dayton
About 95% of the public policy studies and reports circulating among California state and local governments reject a free market approach to societal challenges. Instead, these studies and reports advocate more government spending, more government programs, and more government intrusion into commerce and personal behavior. Obviously “Progressive” intellectual thought in California gets a disproportionate share of funding....

TAGS: Community Benefits Agreements, Minimum Wage, Project Labor Agreements, University of California Miguel Contreras Labor Program

Meet "McCashier" Your $15.00 Per Hour McDonald's Worker Replacement

By Mike Shedlock
Editor’s Note:  Successful union activism in support of a $15/hour minimum wage will not only reduce the supply of entry level jobs – it will have a disproportionate negative impact on small businesses. Large corporations will invest directly in – or offer their franchisees access to – specialized automation equipment. Small businesses will not have...

TAGS: automation, Fight for Fifteen, Minimum Wage

Why Raising Minimum Wages Does More Harm Than Good

By Mike Shedlock
On Friday, Salon reported Breaking: Massive Black Friday strike and arrests planned, as workers defy Wal-Mart.  Defying the nation’s top employer and a business model that defines the new U.S. economy, Wal-Mart employees and allies will try to oust shopping headlines with strike stories, and throw a retail giant off its heels on what should be its happiest...

TAGS: Minimum Wage, seiu, Wal-Mart