Oped Archive (Page 2)

  • The Fight For $15 Sets Its Sights On A $20 Minimum Wage

    November 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Investor's Business Daily

    Has the Fight for $15 set its minimum wage aim even higher? In Oakland, voters will consider Measure Z, which would set a minimum wage as high as $20 an hour — that's $40,000 a year, full-time — for the city's hotel employees. In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors recently reached a deal to fund a minimum wage of up to […]
  • Why Congress Shouldn’t Emulate Amazon

    October 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Roll Call

    Does Amazon’s embrace of the Fight for $15 mean Congress should do the same? New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross recently made that case in these pages, arguing that the retail giant’s embrace of a $15 minimum wage meant other businesses could afford it as well. But Norcross’ argument confuses a voluntary raise with an involuntary mandate: One boosts paychecks; the other could leave employees without any pay at all. Today, […]
  • Who’s Actually Behind These Minimum-Wage Ballot Measures?

    October 2018 ·  Samantha Summers ·  Investor's Business Daily

    Voters in Missouri and Arkansas will head to the polls this November to vote on whether to raise the minimum wage in those states. The ballot measures are the handiwork of seemingly grassroots organizations "Arkansas for a Fair Wage" and "Raise Up Missouri." However, a closer look reveals that each initiative's main supporters aren't local residents, but rather deep-pocketed national labor unions and special interest groups. Consider […]
  • California’s cautionary tale for New York restaurants

    February 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Crain's New York Business

    A proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to eliminate New York’s tip credit has worried restaurateurs, who are already reeling from recent wage hikes. Cuomo counsel Alphonso David recently dismissed these concerns by pointing west. “California, as an example, does not have a tipped wage, and the sky didn’t fall,” he said at a Crain’s forum. David might want to take a closer look at the data. For many […]
  • Opinion: Retail apocalypse has crippled teen job market

    May 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  East Bay Times

    Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start to summer. But for young jobseekers, there is nothing to celebrate. American retailers that have traditionally staffed up in summers are closing at an unprecedented rate. More than 3,500 stores have closed already this year, with at least 10 well-known retail chains filing for bankruptcy protection. These include RadioShack, Payless Shoes, and Rue21, which plan to close more than […]
  • New York City Wants to Supersize the ‘Fight for $15’

    May 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Wall Street Journal

    These are difficult times for the American labor movement. Only 6.4% of the private workforce is unionized, an all-time low. Although dues still put an estimated $9 billion a year into union coffers, according to federal filings, increasing that figure depends on recruitment. Hence the New York City Council’s proposal, expected to come up for vote on Wednesday, that would allow hard-to-organize fast-food workers to […]