Skip to comments.Seattle to enact $15 minimum wage
Posted on 06/02/2014 5:18:57 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, equaling the highest minimum wage in the nation.
The law will phase in the higher wages over a three- to seven-year window, depending on the size of a company. Corporations that employ more than 500 workers will have to pay $15 an hour by 2017 if their employees dont receive company-paid health care. Smaller businesses can wait until 2019 to reach the higher rate. All workers will receive the highest wage by 2021.
The people who work for a living have basically seen no increase in their incomes since the 1970s, Mayor Ed Murray said in an interview. With the federal government fairly stuck, and as we see states more and more adopting that same dysfunction, cities are the place to lead right now.
Murray spent his first four months in office hammering out an agreement to raise the wage through a task force that included labor, business and nonprofit representatives. Labor groups had threatened to put a wage hike on the ballot this year if the city didnt increase the wage on its own.
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2021? lol, do they realize what janet yellen will have done to the value of the dollar by then?
And the jobs will magically disappear........
Strike Seattle off of my wish list of places to visit. F’em!
Good. We can’t have all those people who can’t produce at least $15 worth of goods every hour in our sophisticated city.
Some of them are black, ya’ know?
I am in favor of raising it to $5000 an hour; that way, the average worker would only have to come to work for 20 hours a year to make $ 100,000, lots of additional folks would be hired for the remaining 2000 hours a year and everyone would be well off.
An example of why government can not run anything, as if the VA was not enough.
So raise every minimum worker to $15.
The worker now making $15 will insist on a a raise, maybe to $20.
The supervisor making $20 will have to be raised to $25 or $30....and so it goes.
All because of some kid just out of school who has absolutely no experience and who should probably pay to get the experience.
Using Karl Marx’s ideas to help the middle class is like using Adolph Hitler’s ideas to help the Jews.
That's funny, since the Washington state minimum wage has increased to $10-something from $2 or whatever.
Keep at it Washington State, you’ll make California look like pikers soon.
Stingy bastards. I would have made the minimum wage $100/hr.
Union wages are tied to the minimum wage (2x, 3x, etc.), so what you describe will automatically happen.
Teenagers and young adults in their 20s, especially blacks and other minorities, aren’t going to be able to find jobs. No one makes “minimum wage” forever. It is an entry level wage to test people out. By definition it can’t be a “living wage.” That’s like walking into a company as a 22 year old out of college and demanding $80,000 per year. If the company is required to pay it, the company won’t hire. Sure, it will pay an experienced person the “minimum wage” but it won’t take a chance on an unemployed teenager or young adult. Then they get stuck in the mythical “cycle of poverty.”
How are businesses with locations in cities near by SEA responding? Closing their SEA location(s)
And how many businesses wil go belly up as a result?
Yes, and Seattle will become Detroit West
The law will phase in the higher wages over a three- to seven-year window, depending on the size of a company.
Why? If the increase grows the economy implement it immediately and don’t limit the size of a company either.
Seattle leftists should be enraged at this slow implementation:))
Every business in Seattle will be checking the actual boundaries of the city and will no doubt be looking to move at least 1 foot beyond that line.
Were there no MBA’s on the city council? They do know what inflation is, right?
Seattle’s new motto:
Detroit of the West
[ Stingy bastards. I would have made the minimum wage $100/hr. ]
I have wondered if the way to fight socialism is to give the supporters of such exactly what they wants with an extra helping of warts....
All of those fast food workers demanding $15.00 an hr will be replaced by kiosks.
So...just like unions, they cut their dicks off to spite their face.
no more tipping folks....ain’t that grand?...
Why stop at a free basic income? Thats such a puny concept! Instead, lets make everyone RICH by giving a trillion dollar coin to every adult in the U.S. Then wed all be rich! And no one would ever have to work again! Since wed ALL be RICH!
Myself? The first thing I would buy is a pony. And a jet airplane. Oh, and then I would buy the Mona Lisa. And the Broncos. Gosh, I just LOVE being RICH! And not having to work!
BTW, the trillion dollar coins could be made from a base metal like nickle, so they would be cheap to make, and a few extra ones could be minted for the government itself, so taxes could be completely eliminated and yet government could still perfectly function and be debt free to boot! Its such an elegant solution I dont know why it hasnt been implemented yet!
It is in this case because as soon as they admit that an amount is too much you have them.
Once hyperinflation kicks in $15 an hour will be pennies.
As Mencken wrote, “Give the people what they want, and give it to them good and hard!”
I guess they never heard the Term “Merit Based Pay”.
The more you contribute to the Company’s bottom line, the more the Company Compensates you.
I started my Working Career as a Midnight Shift Mail Clerk. I ended my Career with the same Company as a Regional Vice President. I worked my Butt off and worked my way up.
The idea that the Liberals think that a Midnight Shift Mail Clerk will always be a Midnight Shift Mail Clerk is an insult to hard working people everywhere.
If you choose to stay in a Job with no real responsibility, the Salary you receive would remain commiserate to your Contribution to the Company’s success. Artificially inflating Compensation will result in less Midnight Shift Mail Clerks, period.
‘Stingy bastards. I would have made the minimum wage $100/hr.’
AND that is exactly how the Republicans should be handling this problem. They should force a bill through the House for a minimum wage of $75HR. Let Harry Reid NOT pass it. Any time the minimum wage is brought up: ‘We tried to raise the wage to $75HR. They hate all workers!” Sometimes you have to fought the absurd with the absurd.
A hotel at SEATAC (town surrounding airport) closed eight rooms so they didn’t have to pay the $15/hr. (hotels with more than a certain amount of room would have to pay). How many other businesses will find a way round that? Plus, people won’t be tipping at restaurants who had to raise prices - saying of course people would go there anymore. Socialists think that businesses are welfare organizations.
Another Peoples Republic of Seattle marxist.
Hope businesses flee like deer before a forest fire.
There is plenty of room in Texas for them.
Should really benefit Bellevue, one of the richest cities in the US.
And the most liberal. Poor folks still paying for the monorail that never happened.
News in November (and beyond in Seattle: Unemployment soars..).
All that rain *and* $8 Big Macs? Scratch Seattle off my “places to see” list.
Of course it is when socialists use OTHER people’s money.
Socialism works until it runs out of other people’s money.
Party on, Seattle! /snurk
Watch for unemployment to increase and prices go up. I pity the poor fools who believe that this will be a great windfall for the unskilled minimum wage workers.
Of course you’ve never heard of Zimbabwe..
Seattle is a great place. Loved it - too bad it’s so liberal. Most people there are well off. I don’t think too many people make the minimum wage anyway and by 2021, $15.00 could be the national minimum wage anyway. I think it will happen.
Heck, make it $50.....everyone will be rich!/s
The mandatory increase to this wage level will generate greater competition for the given work tier; thus, resulting in more productive workers, leaner operations, and fewer heads on the payroll.
Detroit West. Only fools believe that all good comes from grubment.
Commie pigs spending other people’s money again.
And less employment overall.
This is good news. If Republicans were smart, they’d make the case to abolish the minimum-wage at the federal level. There’s no need for a federal minimum wage. If Seattle or any other leftist armpit wants to commit economic suicide, I say go for it. Seattle is ironically making the case that local and state government works best.
By 2021, $15/hr will be chicken feed.
errr, 20-30% inflation, or more.
Seriously, buy silver and gold. The worst is yet to come.
SEATAC already did that, and FRom what I read today, it is not working out too well. I’ll see if I can find the article I read and post it.