Oped Archive (Page 3)

  • Let servers keep their tips

    May 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Detroit News

    Detroit’s burgeoning restaurant scene has been the subject of national attention. But a proposed ballot measure to raise the base for restaurant servers by more than 200 percent threatens to halt to the restaurant industry’s growth in Detroit and beyond. Start with some background: Michigan’s minimum wage was raised to $9.25 in four steps starting in 2015, as part of a bipartisan deal between Republicans and […]
  • Time to find that summer job? Think again

    May 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman; Samantha Summers ·  My Central Jersey

    School’s almost out, and the only thing hotter than the weather is parents’ desire to get their teens out of the house and into the summer workforce. This summer, that’ll be easier than usual; the teen unemployment rate has dipped below 13 percent — a level not seen since the Clinton years. But it’s not all good news. Despite the low youth unemployment rate, the number […]
  • Cuomo’s about to crush New York restaurants

    April 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  New York Post

    It’s déjà vu all over again. Less than four years after Gov. Andrew Cuomo convened a wage board to study tipped-employee pay, the Labor Department will hold a series of hearings to decide whether New York should follow seven other states and eliminate the tipping system entirely. The first hearing, on Friday at SUNY-Farmingdale, will pit service-industry staff who value their tip income against labor advocates who prefer […]
  • Higher wage means fewer jobs in N.D.

    April 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Grand Forks Herald

    North Dakota's secretary of state recently approved for signature collection a ballot initiative that would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 by 2021. To get a sense of how radical that is, that's a 107 percent increase over the state's current minimum wage--at a phase--in that would happen even faster than scheduled increases in California or New York. Before voters rush to endorse this […]
  • Minimum wage hike will cut worker salaries

    March 2018 ·  Frayda Levin, Michael Saltsman ·  Daily Record

    In his inaugural address, Gov. Phil Murphy told his colleagues in the legislature, “Send me the bills … to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour,” promising a stronger, fairer economy as a result. On January 25, Senator Troy Singleton gave Murphy what he wanted in S1142, the first step to reaching a $15 minimum wage. Unfortunately, raising New Jersey’s minimum wage will likely […]
  • Sexual Harassment Is Awful. But It Has Nothing To Do With Tipping.

    March 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes.com

    Does the option to leave a gratuity for a waiter or waitress encourage customers to sexually harass these employees? That's the message currently being promoted by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), and echoed in dozens of recent news articles. It's a popular talking point. But it's not worth the paper it's written on. ROC is a controversial labor advocacy organization with its own history of alleged bad behavior; it was […]