Minimum wage, maximum perversion

By Antony Davies & James R. Harrigan,

Seattle’s Freedom Socialist Party recently advertised for a part-time web designer, offering $13 an hour. The problem? That very group advocates a $20 minimum wage. Doug Barnes, the party’s national secretary, was pretty clear on the matter, saying “We can’t pay a lot more than $13.” He just wants a law requiring everyone else to do so.

Labor’s Minimum Wage Mayhem

By Sean Redmond, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Labor unions and their worker center allies have garnered a fair amount of attention in recent months, with made-for-media protests against large retailers and fast food companies in a quest for inflated wages and benefits.

How businesses will respond to $15 minimum wage

By Michael Saltsman, The Seattle Times

THE scene on June 2 at City Hall was exuberant, as Seattle’s nine councilmembers voted unanimously to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour — the highest in the nation — over the next seven years. Outside the city limits, however, reactions have been more muted.