Press Release Archive (Page 9)

  • Conflicts of Interest in Peer Review of LA Minimum Wage Studies

    May 2015

    A "peer review" of three Los Angeles minimum wage studies will be presented to the City Council's Economic Development Committee next week. An early copy was obtained and publicized last night by KPCC. The "peer review" favors the study by a team of labor union-affiliated researchers at UC-Berkeley's Labor Center and Institute for Research on Labor & Employment. Yet the peer reviewers themselves appear to have […]
  • Minimum Wage Hike Hits Hard in Oakland’s Chinatown: Four restaurants and six grocery stores have closed since January

    March 2015

    WASHINGTON - Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) highlighted the devastating impact that Oakland’s new $12.25 minimum wage is having on the city’s Chinatown district. It was reported in the San Francisco Chronicle this weekend that at least ten businesses in and around Chinatown, including four restaurants and six grocery stores, have closed in part due to the 36 percent wage hike. The impact of Oakland’s […]
  • UC-Berkeley Minimum Wage Miss Provides Warning for Los Angeles: Small Business Closures a Warning Sign for Los Angeles

    February 2015

    Washington - Today, the Employment Policies Institute pointed to new credibility problems with a University of California-Berkeley analysis of a $15 minimum wage in San Francisco. These problems call into question the accuracy of a similar analysis that researchers at the school conducted for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Last year, the Berkeley authors estimated that, if passed in San Francisco, the $15 minimum wage would […]
  • EPI Questions Use of Biased Berkeley Researchers for Independent Study of LA Wage Proposal

    January 2015

    For Immediate Release January 12, 2015 Employment Policies Institute Contact: Jordan Bruneau (202) 463-7650 EPI Questions Use of Biased Berkeley Researchers for Independent Study of LA Wage Proposal Highlights Research Team's Past Associations and Past Suspect Methodology WASHINGTON, DC – The Employment Policies Institute today called for skepticism in using a team of biased researchers affiliated with the University of California-Berkeley to conduct an independent study of Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposed $13.25 […]
  • EPI Television Ad in Kentucky Compares Obama’s False Claims on Minimum Wage to Broken Promises on Health Care

    September 2014

    Washington, D.C. – Today the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) is announcing a television commercial airing in the Louisville metropolitan area in Kentucky that compares President Obama's misleading claim that a higher minimum wage doesn't cost jobs to his broken health care reform promise: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." The ad points to a report from nonpartisan government economists at the Congressional […]
  • Media Advisory: Who’s Behind the Curtain of the Fast Food “Strikes”?

    September 2014

    Washington, D.C. – The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) is releasing a media advisory ahead of Thursday’s coordinated fast-food “strikes” planned in major cities nationwide. Below, it lists three key background points and often overlooked questions for the media to ask in its reporting on the protests – information that will make stories on the subject more accurate. The protests are not a “grassroots” effort. They are […]