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Grading Ypsi-Arbor bars and restaurants on their COVID friendliness

As you can see in the above graph from Bridge Magazine, we’re seeing an uptick in new COVID-19 cases here in Michigan since Governor’s Whitmer’s stay-home order was lifted on June 2. On June 11, just three days after our bars and restaurants reopened, we saw a low of just 74 new cases across the […]

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Mark’s Covid Diary… June 16, 2020

Since we last spoke,

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Zingerman’s founder Paul Saginaw on his time with Obama, the importance of raising the minimum wage, and why business owners should invest in their employees instead of their lobbyists

Early last winter, when the National Restaurant Association issued a formal statement about how raising the minimum wage would kill their industry, Paul Saginaw, one of the co-founders of Ann Arbor’s iconic Zingerman’s Deli, felt compelled to respond, and argue in favor of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25. “We would be irresponsible employers […]

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As it’s become impossible to pass laws in Congress due to Republican obstructionism, the fight for the minimum wage has moved aggressively to the states… Here’s what’s happening

Last night, Zingerman’s co-founder Paul Saginaw and I met up for a late dinner at Dalat to discuss the various campaigns being waged across the country right now to raise the minimum wage, and how it came to pass that he’s become a spokesman for the movement. My hope is to share my notes later […]

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Wal-Mart, instead of raising wages, asks their non-starving employees to donate food to those employees who are

As we’ve discussed in the past, Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, relies heavily upon the American taxpayer to subsidize its “everyday low prices,” and, of course, it’s enormous corporate profits. Not only does the company routinely, as part of its standard human resources protocol, direct its poorly-paid employees to various state and federal assistance programs, […]

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