The great unknown: The $15 minimum wage

By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

The push to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour has caught fire among Democrats. Once considered politically unrealistic even by many on the Left, it has since been approved in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Do Unions Represent The American Worker?

By Lloyd Billingsley, The Daily Caller

Democrats are divided over President Obama’s new Trans-Pacific trade deal, but AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka doesn’t like it at all. “This agreement is not worthy of the American people and the American worker,” Trumka recently told Gwen Ifill of the PBS NewsHour. For their part, the American people and the American worker might question Mr. Trumka’s presumption to speak for them.

Whitehouse, Reed don’t pay interns

By Michael Saltsman, Providence Journal

New faces will soon fill the halls of Capitol Hill office buildings as students fresh off their final exams come to Washington for summer internships. Many of them will be in the offices of the 199 congressional sponsors of the recently proposed Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage by 66 percent from $7.25 to $12 per hour. This includes the offices of Rhode Island Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, both Democrats, who are sponsors of the bill.

Labor board overreach

By Richard Berman, The Wall Street Journal

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), stacked with Democratic appointees loyal to Big Labor, enacted new procedures to govern unionization elections.


By William Bibelow,

The latest battle in the intra-party struggle between moderate and more leftist California Democrats comes from the East Bay, where a state Senate seat pits Orinda Democrat Steve Glazer, who has championed banning transit strikes and higher standards for teacher tenure, against union-backed Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord.