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Fight For 15

Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, vetoed legislation late last month that would have made it the first county in Maryland to require a $15 minimum wage. Leggett argues that because Montgomery is not a “destination city,” like Seattle or New York, their “residents will essentially shoulder the bulk of the cost” should a $15 minimum wage be implemented.

A recent report by James Sherk, a former research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, provides evidence that supports Leggett’s reasoning. According to the report, “fast food prices would rise by 38 percent under a $15-an-hour minimum wage and cause a 36 percent drop in employment.” Click here to see a detailed chart of how consumer prices at some of the most popular fast-food restaurants would be affected.

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On January 1, new minimum wages went into effect in nineteen states. Click here to see the list. The effect of an increased minimum wage remains controversial. How much does it benefit individual workers at the cost of the overall economy?

Ed Rensi reported last week in Forbes that due to these raises, some small businesses have had to close their doors – from daycare centers in Washington to independent eateries in Arizona. Even apparel manufacturers in California join a growing list of businesses leaving the state for less-expensive operating costs.

And still the question remains: what is the real benefit for unions, who have reportedly spent over $70 million funding the Fight for $15 campaign? To some major proponents, like David Rolf, the changing landscape is clear. Traditional

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Fight for $15 workers had a big win earlier this month when the Seattle City Council passed “secure scheduling” legislation. This legislation requires large food and retail companies to do two things.

Create schedules at least two weeks in advance; and Pay workers extra when they’re on call and/or when management makes last-minute changes to those schedules.

This article provides a great infographic that outlines the details even further.

While this new piece of legislation is a seemingly great step forward for fast food workers as individuals, the Fight for $15 movement is having a negative on the industry as a whole. Some analysts are even noting the beginning of what they’re calling a “restaurant recession.”

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Earlier this month Don Pablo’s filed for bankruptcy.This is the nation’s second-largest Mexican restaurant

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wi_jobs_nowWisconsin Jobs Now began in 2011 with SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin’s support of nearly $1 million in that first year. This was at the beginning when Fight for $15 was still beginning to try to become a movement. 5 years later and Wisconsin Jobs Now has decided to dissolve its affiliation with the Fight for $15 movement. While the official announcement states this to be a mutual decision between WJN and SEIU, only time will tell the real reasons behind it.

Meanwhile, the Fight for $15 movement has developed a religious stance – one that says if you support this movement, you stand on morally “higher ground.” The Higher Ground Moral Declaration is available for any and all to sign. It equates supporting a $15 minimum wage with the

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Alt Labor

BlackLivesMatterUnions really began embracing their alt-labor organizing approach back in 2012. Groups like Our Walmart and Fight for $15 are the most well-known today. While they continue to claim to be a grassroots effort, began out of the sheer desire of working people to demand more, they weren’t. Unions provided the organization and funding. Now they are moving out of the workplace and into the community (e.g. Black Lives Matter) protesting things like police brutality, racial injustice, and the cyclical cycles of poverty. And now that the veil has been removed, unions are less concerned with covering up their association.

Take the Future Fighters for example. This group

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Fight-for-15In New Jersey, the state Senate approved legislation that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The legislation is now in the hands of Governor Chris Christie, who many believe will veto it.

In line with Christie is Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine. When asked by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters, what his opinion of the movement in Cleveland is, DeWine stated that “cities cannot legally set their own minimum wage.” Fight for $15 activists aren’t letting that deter them, concluding that the Attorney General’s opinion is “only an opinion.”

 

Baltimore and Minneapolis are also moving forward with increased minimum wage initiatives.

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f-4-15The Fight for $15 momentum continues as more municipalities consider enacting an increased minimum wage. Washington, D.C. probably comes as no surprise, and Cleveland is now considering the measure.

In New York, similar to the Obamacare health policy penalty, activists are even pushing for a law that would create a penalty for companies that do not pay a “living wage.”

As is often the case with issues charged by emotion, facts don’t appear relevant to proponents of the movement, or unfortunately even to those public officials making the decisions to implement such a policy. The majority of economists who have weighed in on the issue are concerned that repercussions of a higher minimum wage will be injurious to both large corporations and young workers.

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Mary Kay Henry - President SEIU

Mary Kay Henry – President SEIU

We’ve known that the Fight for $15 movement was started by unions to potentially boost up dwindling membership numbers. Well it looks like it might finally be happening. Last week leaders of the movement met with Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU, where it was decided that Fight for $15 members will vote on an official affiliation with the union soon. Should the affiliation be decided on, fast food workers will not pay dues at first. No doubt SEIU leadership will work that out eventually.

In other alt-labor news, Fight for $15 groups are protesting at McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois; the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has declared a national boycott against Wendy’s; and

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Fight-for-15The Service Employees are finally bringing their internal drama into the Fight for $15 movement. As California’s SEIU State Council leads a proposed ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West is doing the same thing. Both groups propose minimum wage increases, but vary on mandates for sick leave. All endeavors combined, the Service Employees have spent an estimated $80 million on the movement over the last three years.

The mayor of Syracuse raised the wage for city employees to $15 an hour last month; a Beacon Hill committee voted in favor of a $15 minimum wage in Boston by 2018; and, as we all know, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to bring the minimum wage in NYC to $15 by 2018

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f-4-15Momentum has increased a degree or two over the last month. The Service Employees took the “fight” global, – shelling out some serious change to bring foreign legislators and union leaders to Brazil to protest McDonalds. San Antonio proposed to raise the minimum wage for city employees to $13. The University of California stated their intention to raise the minimum to $15 for all employees and contract workers. And last but not least, New York City passed a minimum of $15 for fast food workers. Let’s take a moment to point something out here – “fast food workers” – not all minimum wage workers (to include those in retail, custodial, clerical and landscaping industries). Nope, just fast food workers.

The interesting thing is that even those that support an

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