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Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage Increase? How Baker’s Pride Saves You Dough

Is the minimum wage going up in your state?

According to The Fairness Project, a nonprofit organization pushing for economic fairness through ballot initiative campaigns, minimum wages in twenty-two states and the District of Columbia will rise in 2017. In addition to the list of states, many cities will institute similar hikes.

Executive vs. Legislative vs. the Electorate

Rather than battle a Republican Congress, the Obama administration’s strategy was to circumvent Congress and push cities and states to adopt its proposals, which included higher minimum wages.

Grassroots movements sprang up across the country, convincing massive numbers of voters to support higher pay initiatives. Per Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of The Fairness Project, 75% of the raises came from ballot initiatives. As opposed to major shifts in the views of elected officials, he attributes the new labor laws to the electorate and their votes.

From Sea to Shining Sea

States that passed ballot initiatives to raise their minimum wage are red states and blue states, east to the Atlantic coast and westward to the Pacific, north to the Canadian border and south to the Mexican Border. They include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, New York and Vermont also passed legislation to raise minimum hourly wages.

The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009. The current nominee for labor secretary, Andrew F. Puzder, opposed efforts to expand overtime compensation and raise the federal wage to $10.10, an amount far below the $15 minimum wage advocates’ desire.

How Baker’s Pride Saves You Dough

The gains for workers, though, come at the expense of their employers. Baker’s Pride provides baked goods companies with co-packing and private labeling assistance, which allows our partners to maintain or increase production capacity without taking on the accompanying labor cost increases. To learn how we can help, visit our homepage, or call 319-753-6488.