By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2015
It is the height of absurdity to believe that the same organization that feels it is proper to hold meetings in restaurants that have been found to have engaged in wage theft can be counted on to deal fairly with employees claiming wage theft or other forms of worker abuse.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 27, 2015
According to Perez, Seattle “has had the highest minimum wage in the country over the last twelve years, and they have no tipped credit… If the opponents were correct, then every time you fly to Seattle, you ought to bring a bagged lunch, because all the restaurants should be going out of business.”
Posted in Economics, Featured, Labor, National News, State House | Tagged Barack Obama, Bob Bacon, David Cicilline, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Gold International Machinery, minimum wage, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, tipped minimum wage, Tom Perez | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 24, 2015
In the future predicted by the leaders of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, there will be fewer and fewer people able to pay taxes or in any way participate in the economic system of our state. Robots, however, will be productive and very taxable.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Poverty, Rhode Island, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged Bob Bacon, Mike Araujo, minimum wage, Paul Krugman, RIHA, robert reich, robots, ROC United RI, tipped minimum wage | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 2, 2015
“The fact is that the people who work for tips in Rhode Island use public assistance at a rate twice that of any other employee,” says Mike Araujo of ROC United RI, “Of the 20,000 people who work for tips in Rhode Island we’re talking about 10,000 who are on assistance. Clearly, every penny counts to these people.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Bill Kitsilis, Bob Bacon, Chris Blazejewski, Chris Tarro, Gregg’s Restaurants, Joey DeFrancesco, K Joseph Shekarchi, Mike Araujo, Providence Renaissance, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, RIHA, ROC United RI, Thomas Palangio, tip theft | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2015
“There’s already massive movement towards technology that will eliminate the need for labor,” said Bob Bacon of Gregg’s Restaurants, “In many restaurants now you have touch pads. Guess what’s next? Pretty soon you’re placing your order on that thing and it’s going to take ten less people to serve you your dinner.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Politics, State House | Tagged Antonio Giarusso, Bob Bacon, david bennett, earned income tax credit, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Gregg’s Restaurants, john simmons, K Joseph Shekarchi, Lenette Boisselle, Medicare, minimum wage, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, robots, Thomas Palangio, walmart | 18 Responses