Oped Archive (Page 8)

  • Labor’s minimum wage loophole leaves its members behind

    July 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    Santa Monica’s yearly minimum wage increase went into effect on July 1 and reached as high as $15.66 per hour for hotel workers. But at least one group of employees didn’t feel the benefit: Hotel employees represented by UNITE HERE Local 11. This isn’t a quirk in the city’s minimum wage law, but rather an intentional omission designed to grease the proverbial skids of Local […]
  • The Minimum Wage Debate Gets Its Biggest Scandal In Years

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    What did Seattle Mayor Ed Murray know, and when did he know it? That's the question that commentators of all political persuasions are asking, after Seattle Weekly confirmed a suspicion raised by this column: That the Mayor's office deliberately sought to undermine a new University of Washington (UW) report on the city's minimum wage experiment by seeking out a different report that was guaranteed to reach a positive conclusion. Here's the order of events, as established by Seattle Weekly: To review, the […]
  • New Report Marks The Beginning Of The End For ‘Fight For $15’

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    What a difference a week makes. Last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray trumpeted a new report on his city's minimum wage experiment, from a team of researchers sympathetic to the cause. As I wrote at the time, the Mayor's request of this report was unusual, given that the city had already funded a separate University of Washington study. Today, the reason for the Mayor's actions is clearer: A […]
  • Capitol Hill’s hypocrisy on intern pay

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Hill

    It's intern season in the nation’s capital, where hundreds of young adults decamp to D.C. for the summer to learn the legislative process. Who knew they'd also get an object lesson in Capitol Hill hypocrisy? The recently-introduced Raise the Wage Act of 2017 would increase the federal minimum wage by 107 percent, to $15 an hour from $7.25. A new Employment Policies Institute analysis shows that 95 percent of […]
  • The Problems With A New Study On Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    The headlines were ebullient: "Minimum Wage Increase Hasn't Killed Jobs in Seattle." So said a report from a team of researchers affiliated with the University of California-Berkeley, timed for the three-year anniversary of the law. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray conveniently had an infographic designed and ready to go for the study's release. His office excitedly tweeted that the policy had "raised food workers' pay, without negative impact on employment," linking to an uploaded […]
  • Opinion: Retail apocalypse has crippled teen job market

    May 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  East Bay Times

    Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start to summer. But for young jobseekers, there is nothing to celebrate. American retailers that have traditionally staffed up in summers are closing at an unprecedented rate. More than 3,500 stores have closed already this year, with at least 10 well-known retail chains filing for bankruptcy protection. These include RadioShack, Payless Shoes, and Rue21, which plan to close more than […]