SEIU seeks federal investigation of franchise industry

By Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune

The Service Employees International Union on Monday said it has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the franchise industry, seeking information on how some of the world’s biggest franchise operators, including McDonald’s, set the terms of their business models.

Unions spend big in Chicago City Council races

By Hal Dardick and John Byrne, Chicago Tribune

Just as deep-pocketed business leaders are contributing cash to help Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintain a City Council that backs his agenda, major unions are doling out dollars to try to reshape a council more to their liking.

Young Workers Hurt Most by Minimum Wage Hikes

By Stephen Moore, The Daily Signal

On New Year’s Day, the minimum wage increased in 20 states and the District of Columbia. This follows a year in which protesters hit the streets in major cities, camping in front of fast food stores and demanding a hike in the minimum wage.

Minimum wage battles to continue in 2015

By Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune

Labor notched some big wins last year in its efforts to beef up its ranks. Organizers vow to continue that push this year on signature items such as raising the minimum wage, but business groups are equally adamant about pushing back.

Rauner urges restraint on minimum wage — City Council ignores him

Chicago Sun-Times

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner criticized Democrats Tuesday for creating what he termed a “phony” and “fundamentally wrong” state spending plan he said would create budget deficits “far worse” than what’s been discussed — and urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hold off on his effort to raise the minimum wage in Chicago.

Chicago Set to Raise Minimum Wage to $13

The Wall Street Journal

Chicago is set to become the latest U.S. city to raise its minimum wage, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel fast-tracks a politically popular plan to reach $13 per hour amid his bid for a second term and criticism that he’s out-of-touch with working people.