BFMW In the News

Crain's Chicago Business: Biz group pushes for higher minimum wage

By Greg Hinz
Crain's Chicago Business, June 21, 2017

Much of the state's business community is vehemently opposed to a bill now on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would hike the state's minimum wage to $15 by 2022. But some firms are all in favor, and they're revving up a campaign to get Rauner to go along.

In a conference call today, owners of three Illinois companies, all in the consumer field where cost-cutting is particularly important, say they've learned that there are distinct advantages to them and their customers to keeping labor happy.

FOX Illinois: Local Businesses Prepare for Potential Wage Increase

By Cymphanie Sherman
Fox Illinois, May 31, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) — A bill which would raise minimum wage in the state of Illinois passed the House on Tuesday. It proposes raising the current minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour.

One local business Café Moxo is already paying their employees $15. “We felt it was necessary for our employees to earn a little more of a wage than they could earn some other places here in Springfield,” explained Mark Forinash, the owner of Café Moxo. ...

Nevada Independent: Peter Frigeri: Sandoval must give Nevada workers a raise

Op-Ed By Peter Frigeri
Nevada Independent, May 25, 2017

As Nevada’s legislative session winds down, lawmakers are trying to send to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s desk several progressive economic measures including an increase in the minimum wage to $12 an hour and new equal pay protections for working women. With polls showing strong public support for higher wages, Gov. Sandoval may soon get to show the voters which side he’s on: whether he stands with struggling working Nevadans – or with special interests who don’t want to have to pay their workers a penny more.

Chicago Tribune: Tim Frick: Raise Minimum Wage

Letter to the Editor By Tim Frick
Chicago Tribune, May 3, 2017

Your editorial “Stifling growth in Illinois: Next step, raise the minimum wage higher than every border state’s” assumes business owners are opposed to a higher wage floor. Well, I’m a business owner, and I believe raising Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 by 2022 is smart business and smart policy to jump-start our economy now and strengthen it for the long term.

PMQ Pizza Magazine: Founder of &pizza Calls For Increase to Minimum Wage

Michael Lastoria: Restaurant chains hurt themselves by supporting current wage model

PMQ Pizza Magazine, April 2017

Michael Lastoria, founder of the hip and stylish &pizza chain, has taken a stand that won’t endear him to many of his fellow restaurant chain operators: He’s arguing for a higher national minimum wage. ... Lastoria believes higher wages boost employee retention and loyalty, saving money over the long term and reducing the need to constantly retrain new workers.