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$15 minimum wage challenge rejected in Seattle (Getty Images)
$15 minimum wage challenge rejected in Seattle (Getty Images)
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$15 Minimum Wage Challenge Turned Away by State Supreme Court

The Washington State Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Seattle's $15 minimum wage law. The challenge was brought by the International Franchise Association and five fast-food franchises, saying the law treats them like large multi-state corporations instead of locally-owned chains.

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Hardee's, Carl's Jr looking hard at automated systems (Getty Images)
Hardee's, Carl's Jr looking hard at automated systems (Getty Images)
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Fast Food Chains Turning to Automation to Fight $15 Minimum Wage

It was only a matter of time. There's been a lot of rumbling over the last couple of years, especially since a number of labor unions, and other groups, have been pushing for a $15 minimum wage. A number of cities, including San Francisco and Seattle as well as others, have adopted it. Some cities are phasing it in gradually, others faster.  The state of Oregon has implemented a STATE-WIDE such wage which will start it's 'ladder' this summer. So how are retailers and businesses responding?

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$15 minimum wage rally coming to Pasco April 15th
$15 minimum wage rally coming to Pasco April 15th (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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$15 Minimum Wage Rally Coming to Pasco McDonalds April 15th

A group calling itself Working Washington plans to stage a rally, April 15th at the Pasco McDonalds starting at 9:45am.

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Despite rallies and protests, state Senate shoots down $15 minimum wage
Despite rallies and protests, state Senate shoots down $15 minimum wage (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Statewide $15 Minimum Wage Bill Stalls in Senate – Won’t Vote on House Bill

Once again, the last line of defense in the State Senate has business owners - especially small ones - breathing a sigh of relief. At least ones OUTSIDE of Seattle.

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Noted outdoor gear maker moving workers to Reno
Noted outdoor gear maker moving workers to Reno (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
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Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Claims First Business Victim – More Expected to Follow

It was inevitable, especially if you consider economic principles. There are more who will follow.

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$15 wage already affecting Seattle businesses
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Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Already Killing Jobs – Even Before it Begins

Seattle business leaders - even some who supported idea - are now "terrified" of $15-per-hour minimum wage.  And there's an even scarier proposal that could move implementation way forward.

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