Oped Archive

  • Is Amazon’s holiday hiring foreshadowing the future?

    November 2018 ·  Samantha Summers ·  Reno Gazette Journal

    This holiday season, Santa’s little helpers might come with a battery. While retailers across the country are beefing up seasonal hires to prepare for the holiday shopping apocalypse, Amazon is taking a different tack: hiring 20,000 fewer seasonal hires from previous years and increasing workplace automation. It may be a frightening preview of holidays to come: As mandated minimum wages across the country continue to rise, retailers are forced […]
  • A $15 Minimum Wage Goes National

    November 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Wall Street Journal

    The “Fight for $15” minimum-wage movement has fought its way to the top of Democrats’ 2019 agenda. Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat expected to chair the House Education and Workforce Committee next year, promised a minimum-wage bill would “be one of the first we consider.” Nancy Pelosi boasted last year that a $15 minimum wage would pass “in the first 100 hours” of a […]
  • Tip for Murphy: Leave NJ’s tipped wage alone

    November 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman & Samantha Summers ·  The Burlington County Times

    New Jersey Democrats have rightly proceeded with caution on a $15 minimum wage, citing concerns about negative impacts on young adults and the agricultural industry. But these consequences would pale in comparison to the negative impact on restaurants should the state Legislature embrace Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter’s proposal to upend the state’s tipping system. Sumter’s proposal, which was praised by Gov. Phil Murphy, would raise by more […]
  • Flagstaff considers a do-over on Fight for $15

    November 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman & Samantha Summers ·  Washington Examiner

    Following Amazon's announcement that it was raising its starting pay rate to $15 an hour, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Congress should mandate the same for the entire country. But one of the few U.S. locales to actually embrace a $15 minimum wage — Flagstaff, Ariz. — is currently having second thoughts about the merits of the policy and might soon undo it. The story starts in 2016, […]
  • 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, […]