News October 7, 2013

EPI Ads Warn Congress of Unintended Consequences of Minimum Wage Hikes

It’s become fashionable to lament “Congressional inaction” in Washington, DC. But as demonstrated by a minimum wage-focused ad campaign this month in the DC Metro’s “Capitol South” station, there are times that the economy is better off when Congress fails to act. The first two ads point to Congressional leaders…
News September 4, 2013

HuffPo gets it wrong – again – on the minimum wage

On Monday, July 29th, the internet was buzzing over a Huffington Post story about a new report from a “University of Kansas researcher” that claimed McDonald’s could double its employees’ wages and only raise the price of a Big Mac by 68 cents. Two days later — when it was…
News August 29, 2013

WSJ Ad: Robots Will Replace Striking Fast Food Workers—Even in the Kitchen

Today, the Employment Policies Institute is running a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal  illustrating the consequences of a $15 minimum wage. It coincides with union-organized fast food strikes that are expected to take place today in at least 35 major cities. There’s an old saying – “be…
News August 19, 2013

Think Progress Agrees: Higher Wage Equals More Automation

It’s not surprising that low-margin businesses facing higher mandated labor costs often opt for cost-saving (and labor-reducing) changes to stay in the black. What is surprising is how some proponents of a minimum wage hike have unwittingly pointed to these changes as proof that mandates are a good thing. Liberal website ThinkProgress — whose parent organization, the Center for American…
News August 14, 2013

Effect of Slashing CEO Salaries on Employee Wages: Zilch

Recently, the SEIU orchestrated walk-outs at fast food restaurants across the country. Among the protestors’ demands was that they start making $15 per hour – more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In support of this demand, labor-backed policy groups rehashed a frequent complaint about the…
News August 8, 2013

How to Price New Jersey Teens Out of Jobs

Common sense tells us that some seemingly good ideas can actually have dire consequences. For New Jersey, the “good idea” that isn’t comes in the form of a proposal to amend the state constitution to raise the minimum wage — and then put further annual raises on autopilot. Today, the…
News July 31, 2013

About that 68-Cent Big Mac Price Increase

Bloggers went wild yesterday over a new “study” from Kansas college student Arnobio Morelix, who claims that McDonald’s could double every employee’s salary and benefits and only increase the price of a Big Mac by 68 cents. It’s tough to evaluate the validity of this claim, since it…
News July 26, 2013

USA Today Ad Warns Protesters of Consequences of Wage Hikes

On Monday, labor-supported activist groups are staging strikes at restaurants in major cities across the country to demand a $15 per hour wage—a more than 100 percent increase over the current federal entry-level wage. In response to these walk-outs, the Employment Policies Institute is running a full-page ad in USA…
News July 24, 2013

“Day of Action” on the Minimum Wage Ignores Economic Reality

On Wednesday, July 24th, union-backed activist groups are staging a “day of action” to push for a higher minimum wage. These rallies get only half the story right: A day of action is needed, but it’s needed for the victims of a higher minimum wage. The labor unions who are…
News July 16, 2013

An Unproductive Argument for Raising the Minimum Wage

Does a bad idea become a good one when you pair it with a fancy chart? The labor-backed Economic Policy Institute (EcPI) seems to think so. Recently, it rehashed the discredited idea of a minimum wage tied to economy-wide productivity, complete with a fancy chart to make the concept seem rational. …