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By November 8, 2008Labor Unions

And soon you’ll be paying more for the service!

From Crain’s, “Minimum wage, labor laws on new administration’s menu“:

(Crain’s) — When Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats take power in Washington, D.C., restaurant operators are expecting them to push a minimum-wage hike and a union-friendly right-to-organize law — moves that could change the playing field for McDonald’s Corp. and others in the food industry.

Mr. Obama wants to boost the federal minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2011, up from $7.25 an hour in 2009. The president-elect also supports the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to unionize by eliminating secret ballots and requiring only a majority of a company’s employees to sign authorization cards.

“Both of these issues are critical to restaurants,” says Joni Doolin, founder of People Report, a Texas company that tracks employment issues in the food-service industry. She says higher wages will affect mom-and-pop restaurants as well as large chains such as Oak Brook-based McDonald’s. Restaurants will pass increased labor costs on to consumers by raising menu prices, Ms. Doolin predicts.

Blondie has certainly been topical lately.

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