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  • Half-baked worker empowerment: What’s behind the closure of ROC United’s new restaurant

    January 2020 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  New York Daily News

    Call it the restaurant opening that wasn’t. Five weeks after its Dec. 10, 2019, premiere — a reopening in the wake of a closure in 2017 — the New York City restaurant COLORS closed its doors. Management gave the head chef and restaurant employees just three days warning, and delivered the bad news via text message. Restaurant deaths are hardly unique, but COLORS’ closure is not like the others. A…
  • Opinion: Gov. Newsom’s Future of Work Commission Risks Taking State Backward

    January 2020 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Times of San Diego

    Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Future of Work Commission visits San Diego this week, where its members will discuss potential changes in employment law to match the 21st century labor market. The commission’s goals are laudable; unfortunately, its appointed members have ideas that will take the state’s workforce backwards, not forwards.Start with commission co-chair Mary Kay Henry, who serves as president of the Service Employees International Union. SEIU has spent north of $100…
  • California businesses at the breaking point due to minimum wage hikes

    December 2019 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    California’s minimum wage rises to $13 an hour on Jan. 1, and a number of its localities now have wage rates above $15 an hour. Labor groups promised that $15 would be an economic boon for the state, while then-Gov. Jerry Brown worried that “economically, the minimum wage may not make sense.” The state’s experience with rapidly rising wage rates show the former governor was right to…
  • Rising minimum wage hurts more than it helps

    November 2019 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Tri-City Herald

    Just because an idea is politically popular doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Someone should tell that to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, most of whom have come out in support of a $15 federal minimum wage. The evidence coming out of Washington State suggests such a policy is bad news for employers and employees alike. Washington considers itself a leader on mandated wage rates. Seattle was…
  • $15 minimum wage hurting (not helping) restaurants, workers as more states prepare to hike

    November 2019 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Fox Business

    A new year is fast approaching and 2020 could be a painful one for our nation’s restaurants: 24 states and the District of Columbia will raise their minimum wages effective New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Labor unions and their allies are cheering the policy change, but the evidence shows unreasonable wage floors are no cause for celebration — they are, in fact, destroying restaurant scenes in some of the…
  • Is Denver’s restaurant boom about to go bust?

    October 2019 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Colorado Sun

    The Denver City Council is poised to one-up the state by raising the city’s minimum wage to more than $15 an hour by 2021. This decision will add Denver to a growing anthology of cautionary tales from across the country. The role that restaurants and bars played in the city’s revitalization is well known. In the 1990s, the city experienced a rapid development boom, particularly in the…