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  • Harvard Study Finds Minimum Wage Increase Causes Restaurant Decrease

    At our sister site, Faces of $15, we’ve been documenting the “death march” of Bay Area restaurant closures due to dramatic minimum wage increases. Now a new Harvard Business School study provides additional analytical support to our observational findings. The study concludes that … Continue reading

  • The Real Faces of 15

    A new commercial from the Employment Policies Institute shows the hardships caused by dramatic minimum wage increases across the country. While “Fight for 15” protests occur today, there are numerous stories of the harm of a $15 minimum wage increase. … Continue reading

  • The Fight For $15 Loses Steam

    Last week, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed legislation to create a $15 minimum wage in the city. On the other side of the country, the City Council in Flagstaff, Arizona, took the rare step of rolling back a planned increase … Continue reading

  • ‘Fake News’ About Andy Puzder’s Popularity

    As part of its smear campaign against Labor Secretary-designate Andy Puzder, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) this afternoon will release a “poll” from Hart Research Associates, the pollster for unions and liberal advocacy groups. NELP has a recent history … Continue reading

  • National Survey of Franchisee Employees Finds Overwhelming Job Satisfaction

    Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr), has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for Secretary of Labor, and his confirmation hearing is scheduled for the week of January 16th. The nomination has generated considerable interest in … Continue reading

  • Democrats, not Republicans, Killed $15 in Cleveland

    Earlier this year, the SEIU attempted to ram through a proposal in Cleveland to raise that city’s minimum wage by 85 percent to $15. The Cleveland City Council, consisting of 16 Democrats and 1 Green Party member, overwhelmingly rejected the idea, and … Continue reading

  • As The Ball Drops, The Minimum Wage Rises In 42 States and Municipalities

      With January 1, 2017 around the corner, 42 states and municipalities are poised to ring in the New Year with extreme minimum wage increases.  Nineteen states are raising their starter wages on New Year’s Day and some of the … Continue reading

  • Discredited Berkeley Team Again Praises Wage Hikes

    Earlier this year, the Albany Times-Union explored the cozy relationship between labor unions and a research outfit at the University of California-Berkeley. The Berkeley team–which is partially funded by and works closely with organized labor–is often called upon when a favorable report … Continue reading

  • New Faces of $15 Documentaries Showcase Real Victims of Fight for $15

    As another round of coordinated minimum wage protests occur, the consequences of dramatic starter wage increases — including lost jobs, reduced hours, and business closures — are playing out in real time. EPI has been documenting these consequences through its project Faces … Continue reading

  • Out-of-State Donors Max Out for Minimum Wage

    While the success of minimum wage ballot measures this election cycle might suggest a renaissance in state grassroots passion, a closer look at the financing of the associated ballot committees reveals an out-of-state funding apparatus. Arizona, Maine, and Colorado saw an … Continue reading

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