Raising minimum wage, destroying jobs

By Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

In the 1970s, when oil prices jumped, most liberals embraced a simple solution: price controls. It should be illegal, they thought, to sell oil or gasoline for more than a certain amount. Americans should be able to drive without being fleeced by oil companies and foreign governments.

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.