Skip to comments.(Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant: We're moving forward with $15 per hour
Posted on 03/16/2014 6:52:39 AM PDT by Libloather
SEATTLE Kshama Sawant said she needs to see progress on a $15 per hour minimum wage soon, or she and her supporters will move ahead without the help of her fellow city council members and the mayor. She said if there is not significant progress soon she will start collecting signatures to put a minimum wage measure on the ballot. Sawant said signatures are due June 10.
The socialist council member is holding a rally this coming Saturday where she will lay out her latest plan of action moving forward.
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I'm guessing they were just random pot smokers wandering around.
Somebody tell them that $15 is not half enough. Raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $30/hour.
Human labor??? Too expensive!! Just put everyone on welfare and have them buy the stuff the machines make. Sustainable? Probably not, but who cares? Short-term thinking is what it’s all about, and right now driving low-skill workers out of the workforce sure seems like a swell idea! What could go wrong?
All this does is move the pay scale up, create wage-push inflation, and make American products less competitive internationally.
She’s an immigrant academic/politican who has never made a payroll in this country.
Great idea, but not radical enough!
$100/hr for everyone!
Maybe we should make sure that no one in Seattle makes less than anyone else in Seattle? So, no matter what job you have, you make the same hourly wage!
My first full-time job out of college in the early 00s netted me just over $15/hr with benefits. I was able to move out of my mother’s house and get a cheap apartment with a buddy of mine in a not-so-nice part of town. Granted, it was my first job, I was a college graduate, and less than 5 years later, I was making almost double that. It was a start.
The problem, as I see it, is that these welfare mommies and losers want to subsist on this pay including the buying of new cars, big screen TVs, eating dinner out at fancy restaurants every night... this is scraping-by money, this isn’t what any normal person would call a living wage, but I digress because I’m starting to sound like a liberal.
Does she pay her ‘supporters’ $15 an hour ?
This is great! It’ll be just another in a great chain of Democrat initiatives that have the end result of screwing over all of the people who listened to and followed them.
Another reason to call them uninformed or just plain stupid?
Are the Administration and Unions trying to shift subsidies onto the private sector?
The constant push for higher minimum wages, as high as $15, would shift the burden of subsidizing low income and low information people to the private sector.
Government will be praised as heroes while (un) intended consequences would make life worse for those poor subjects who will follow like lemmings down the proverbial cliff.
What they will encounter is to lose eligibility for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid and other State and federal programs, leaving them worse off than before. Because of their newly found wealth, they would be classified as the new middle class courtesies of their compassionate Administration. All the while the federal coffers would increase because of cost savings.
The evil Corporations would be blamed for causing this problem for not paying for extra subsistence.
I dont believe that that calculation has not already been made by the Agencies?
This is only my personal opinion and I could be wrong.
Oh, I just love how socialists work tirelessly to increase the gap between the rich and the poor. It gives them more “social injustice” to whine about!
They still haven't put together the cause and effect of attacking and laying burdens on business and the negative impact on those people in the middle class and at the bottom of the economy.
They never will.
Not surprising since Seattle has a statue of Vladimir Lenin, one of the godfathers of communism and inspiration for Earth Day.
Obviously non-profit organizations will be exempt from the law. Also, most likely exempt will be those employers who sign collectively bargaining agreements with left-wing unions such as the SEIU.
She is a complete nutcase. Seattle does this, and watch all the business flee to the east side of Lake Washington.
I’m surprised these idiots don’t tout the ‘Basic Income Guarantee’.
You have some very good points. I see things like inflation ramping up with the increase in the ‘base’ wage. I also conversely see businesses large and small saying ‘To heck with this I’m going to automate everything!’
I can also see the Alternative Minimum Tax kicking in for more and more people. Yep that’ll teach them to actually work when being on welfare brings home more money in the long run.
Why stop at 15 go for 50 or a 100. Heck, we could all be Zimbabwe millionaires.
Somebody’s got to pay. Those who pay for the goods services taxes and anything tied to the cost of the minimum wage increase.
This spells INFLATION or currency devaluation. Bad for you bad for me bad for the country but evidently inconsequential to liberals.
[Idiot] Sa[v]ant said she needs to see progress on a $15 per hour minimum wage...
You know what America should push. The dissolution of municipal, government unions across the board. Get 10 million signatures and force a vote from Americans.
When the rats attack it, use it as a campaign ad. Democrat X supported more money for unions which was kicked back to X as campaign cash. Then show a picture of Detroit with the tag line, “Coming to a city by you.”
That’s how we beat the rats.
Vandalizing that statue should be considered free speech. Over and over, and over . . .
Socialist emigrates to this country and people elect her to public office. That's the real issue and we only have ourselves to blame.
One result I can see happening from forcing the $15 per hour minimum wage is the natural suppression of raises above that rate. The people who were already making about $15 per hour or more simply won’t get a raise in the future. The rookies who just started working at the business got the money, instead. A workers’ paradise—everyone equal! (sarc)
I do think that the $15/hr will pass in Seattle...either thru the city Counsel or thru a public vote. I’ve stopped being surprised by how liberal Seattle has become and what the citizens vote ‘yes’ for...things I would never consider voting yes on.
One issue for the businesses in Seattle is there are very few places for people making min wage to $15 hour to live w/in the core of Seattle. And of course, there is no inexpensive parking available. Employees in those sort of jobs have to take a bus or ride a bike to get to their jobs. But isn’t that how it is in most large cities? My first job in Seattle required a bus ride into the city and I shared a house w/ several other women.
Raising wages to $15 is still not going to be enough to be able to afford Seattle housing. And I think the higher wage will hurt small businesses and will not really achieve the goals of being a ‘livable’ wage. IMO it just pushes the dial to higher prices for everything.
The national debt is nearly $18T. They must devalue the dollar to the point where this debt will amount to nothing.
Per the last two or so elections trends, the east side is no longer a haven of middle or right values. Lots of Lear Jet Liberals these days
Please go ahead...to put an end to this nonsense
Does she think business owners and ordinary citizens don't vote?
Anybody with half a brain knows a minimum wage at $15.00 an hour will increase the cost of just about everything in fast food, retail, small business...etc...
Both of which can be prefaced with the word "idiot".
This is the actual driving force behind the push for "living wages". No one wants to voluntarily join unions anymore, so they are attempting to force the issue by having the companies do the forcing.
And a Happy Meal will be $17. See Norway.
Someone please notify the ILLEGALS and the UNEMPLOYED, who are looking for work, that Seattle is the PLACE to go.
“She said if there is not significant progress soon she will start collecting signatures to put a minimum wage measure on the ballot.”
As a politician, this woman is a fool. Threatening a direct vote on the matter is no threat at all, but merely an invitation for any council members on the fence to duck out of the issue by saying “You know what Kshama, that’s a GREAT idea! Let’s just hold off on this issue while you gather signatures and see if you can get this on the ballot, and if you can, then we’ll know for sure what the voters REALLY want!”
“And a Happy Meal will be $17. See Norway.”
Exactly. And the person making quarter pounders at McD’s for $15 minimum wage won’t be able to afford one.
Precisely. Activists are in the minority pretty much by definition even if they tend to have the biggest microphones. It leads to the mistaken assumption that all that noise means something. A few years ago gun control activists tried this "can't miss" approach in putting their programs to a vote in Washington State in Initiative 676. It got stomped 5-2 even in liberal Seattle.
As a relative guage of Sawant’s wisdom, she was the local Socialist council member who earlier this year told the Boeing union workers that they should turn down the company’s contract offers, forcibly take over the Boeing factories, and convert the “machines” to making things like buses rather than “weapons of war” (like your average airliner). Now she wants everyone to take her advice on minimum wage. Why not?
future member of congress
2 edged sword more money for those who work in must have business and all the fat producing “Fast Food” joints closing down in the city. (however as Walmart proved, if the city does not want the tax revenue the outlying towns do)
It is sobering to realize that this fool taught economics at Seattle Central Community College. Her students should file an educational malpractice suit. I have heard this woman be interviewed; there is no doubt she is a fool beyond description.
She should make her petition demand $50 an hour. Who wouldn't sign up for that?
$50,000 @ year! so that one wage earner can provide a “living wage” for a family of 4. Wait ... that is $30 @ hr.