Oped Archive

  • The region’s most divisive union

    March 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    Two years of morning protests and bullhorns. Welcome to Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, where labor organizers from UNITE HERE Local 11 — Los Angeles’ most aggressive union — have set up shop in hope of unionizing two local hotels. On many mornings, local residents are woken at 7 a.m. by protesters shouting into bullhorns, the loud noises echoing between hotels and high-rises. The police department […]
  • Wage hike a publicity stunt

     ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Detroit News

    Shortly after announcing his candidacy for mayor of Detroit, state Sen. Coleman A. Young II proposed raising Michigan’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. It appears the state senator has the same careless touch in crafting economic policy that his father often had in running the city. The younger Young launched his campaign with familiar rhetoric, contrasting the new wave of prosperity downtown with the continuing […]
  • Minimum wage boost would damage economy

     ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Quad City Times

    Gov. Terry Branstad is half-right on the minimum wage. Last month, the governor threw his support behind "a modest increase" in the Iowa’s minimum wage as well as a measure that would restrict municipalities from increasing their minimum wage above the state level. He's wrong on the first point but right on the second. A review of the best minimum wage research, published by the Federal Reserve […]
  • What a Gig Harbor toy store can tell us about Washington’s minimum wage

    February 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  Tacoma Tribune

    The early evidence of Washington state’s minimum wage increase is in, and the results so far are not promising. In January the state’s starter wage increased to $11 on its way to $13.50 by 2020. Since then, numerous small businesses in the state have been forced to cut job opportunities or close their doors in response. O’Doherty’s Pub in Spokane is closing, with the owner citing the […]
  • Proposal to hike Nevada’s minimum wage will erode state’s entry-level job market

    February 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Las Vegas Review Journal

    This year, Nevada’s small business and entry-level employees probably won’t hit the jackpot. The Legislature is considering minimum wage legislation proposed by state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, a Las Vegas Democrat, that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 for all businesses and $12 for businesses that do not offer health insurance. This 33 percent minimum wage hike will raise new barriers to the job market […]
  • ‘Fake News’ Fools Critics Of Trump’s Labor Nominee

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    The column headline was sensational: Donald Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary, CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder, "sticks taxpayers with the cost" of supporting his employees and the employees of his franchisees. As proof, the author--Los Angeles Times labor columnist Michael Hiltzik--pointed readers to a policy paper from the union-backed National Employment Law Project (NELP), which claimed that Puzder's restaurant company receives an estimated annual taxpayer subsidy of $247 million. The NELP […]