Washington Supreme Court Restores SeaTac’s $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage

Voter-approved Proposition 1, which provides for a $15-an-hour minimum wage along with paid sick leave for hospitality and transportation workers in the Washington State community of SeaTac, has been revived by the state Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 vote. After voters approved the measure two years ago, a King County judge ruled that the city of […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Grants Freedom from Agency Fees

The Michigan Supreme Court, in reviewing a suit against the state’s recent right-to-work law, which frees employees from having to join unions and pay full union dues, ruled 4-3 this week that public employee unions cannot collect agency fees either. The ruling not only affirms Michigan as a right-to-work state but also frees employees who […]

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Walmart Could Be on the Hook for $100 Million in Back Trucker Pay

Walmart’s policy of paying its truck drivers by miles driven and activities performed violates California’s minimum wage law, a federal judge has ruled, putting the retailer on the hook for as much as $100 million in back wages. “The court finds that the pay policies detailed in the [company’s trucker] manuals violate California minimum wage […]

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A Tale of Two Lawsuits

Former UPS driver Kathy Young, who accused that firm of pregnancy discrimination, will have her day in court again, but Ellen Pao, who accused her firm of gender discrimination and retaliation, is walking away empty-handed. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that Ms. Young’s lawsuit against UPS for refusing to grant her light duty while […]

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Minnesota Cafe Fights Back: Adds Minimum Wage Charge to Bills

Earlier, we learned that business owners in the SeaTac community of Washington had found innovative ways to combat the effects of a mandated new $15-an-hour minimum wage — charging for parking, ending free food, making employees pay for uniforms — and now a Minnesota restaurant has taken the battle to the customers. The Oasis Cafe […]

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Recall of Seattle’s $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage Fails

Two signature-gathering efforts to place a referendum on the ballot to eliminate Seattle's mandated new $15-an-hour minimum wage have failed. Needing 16,510 voters' signatures to make the ballot, an effort by business group Forward Seattle qualified 14,818 signatures out of 18,929 obtained. Save Our Choice fared even worse, garnering only 455 valid signatures. In June, […]

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UAW Opens Office Near VW Plant in Tennessee

After losing a unionization vote and agreeing not to attempt any organizing efforts for another year, the United Auto Workers (UAW) has nonetheless opened an office near the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected its organizing effort just months ago. Volkswagen Chattanooga released a statement saying the establishment of a union local "is a […]

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Massachusetts Enacts Highest Minimum Wage Law Among All States

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick today signed S.2195, “An Act Restoring the Minimum Wage and Providing Unemployment Insurance Reforms,” a bill that "gradually raises the minimum wage to $11 over three years, lowers unemployment insurance (UI) costs for employers across the state, strengthens safety protections for workers and makes permanent the multi-agency task force charged with […]

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Seattle Passes Historic $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage Ordinance

Despite reports that nearby SeaTac, which enacted a similar $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance encumbered by subsequent job losses, reductions in hours, elimination of overtime and implementation of paid parking for employees, Seattle has passed its own historic minimum wage hike. Depending on the size of the business, the Emerald City's $15-an-hour mandate will be phased […]

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Michigan Joins Growing Ranks of States Raising Their Minimum Wage Rates

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation last night to raise the minimum wage in Michigan over four years to $9.25 an hour, up from the current $7.40 an hour. The new minimum wage will thus be fully in force by 2018, and each year thereafter the rate will be raised either by the rate of inflation […]

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