• National Survey of Franchisee Employees Finds Overwhelming Job Satisfaction

    **To RSVP for a 10:30 am press call on 1/10 with the lead survey researcher, email [email protected]** 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 … 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

  • Local Voices in Maine Speak Out Against Extreme Wage Hike

    The debate over whether to raise Maine’s minimum wage by 60 percent (and raise its tipped minimum wage by over 200 percent) is a study in contrasts. On the one side, advocates for the extreme wage increase have been powered by five- … Continue reading

  • “Mainers for Fair Wages” Funded by Out-of-State Cash

    In the pantheon of PAC names, “Mainers for Fair Wages” must rank among the least offensive in American electoral history. However, their benign name hides that which their campaign finance disclosure forms reveal: “Mainers for Fair Wages” is fueled by … Continue reading

  • New Ad: $12 Minimum Wage Chops Rungs Off Career Ladder

    Over Labor Day weekend, calls for an increase in the minimum wage reached a fever pitch. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez joined with labor groups in an attempt to shame politicians that do not support a federal wage hike. Our latest ad, … Continue reading

  • How a $15 Minimum Wage Will Change New Jersey

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is currently deciding whether or not to sign a $15 minimum wage into law, and the Employment Policies Institute today released a new commercial that should help him make his decision. Earlier this year, EPI released an … Continue reading

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