Skip to comments.Seattle pushing back on the $15 minimum wage
Posted on 07/06/2014 7:19:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
When Seattle passed their new city council ordinance mandating a staged increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, many local businesses – as well as observers across the nation – were left shaking their heads. The rules seemed to be unevenly applied, with some businesses having to comply but not others, as well has having a complete disregard for whether or not the job providing entities would be able to remain competitive and survive under the new rules. As Reuters reports, a coalition of business owners are now moving to exercise the power of public support to put the brakes on this thing before it goes off the tracks entirely.
Forward Seattle, which represents restaurants, retailers and other businesses, handed in just under 20,000 signatures to the Seattle City Clerk on Wednesday, more than the 16,510 needed to qualify for the November ballot, said group co-chair Angela Cough.
The proposal would ask Seattle voters to repeal a $15 minimum wage increase that was approved by a unanimous vote of the City Council last month and signed by Mayor Ed Murray. It is scheduled to go into effect over several years.
The move by city leaders marked the first time a major U.S. city has committed to such a high base level of pay. Seattle is among several cities leading the way in a national push by Democrats to raise minimum wages, and the plan in the Pacific Northwest city has drawn criticism from business groups.
Over at The American Thinker, Rick Moran asks a few pointed questions which the city council might want to consider.
Many voters believe all businesses are rich and don’t pay their employees $15 an hour because they’re greedy.
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Minimum wage is an absolute joke being that they will hire illegals for a fraction of that. I remember in the 70s when I was in High school it was tough to get a job, I can’t even imagine what it’s like now. “Can you work for $3 bucks an hour? Well then get lost. I’ll hire Juan”
Liberals don’t live in reality. They truly believe that you can double the current legal minimum wage with no ill effects at all. This is a result of static thinking.
Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828.
The government has NO business telling any employer what the must pay their employees.
Communist governments start with taxing people.
Can’t pay? They will take your property, business away and they will “manage” it to destruction.
Then everybody will be even, “distributed”.
See shining example of Soviet Union, Cuba, N. Korea, Venezuela, NYC
What do not people get???
“The rules seemed to be unevenly applied, with some businesses having to comply but not others”
Compliance to be determined by the level of “Donations” to SEIU groups and the “right” Democrats, of course.
Just like Chicago...
And that is one of the lynchpins of this MW issue. Republicans need to hammer on this.
Eliminate MW and the illegal alien Mexican problem dries up.
Expect the same with WA's track record and a Communist in charge.
They have a wide menu with all sorts of dishes like Spaghetti, sandwiches and curry. There is only one employee in the store.
It is good stuff, better than McDonald's and cheaper too. That is what you get with a high minimum wage. One job not 25 http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=22698&tc=sr1&con=phto
This is all too funny and a good example of why I left that leftist hell hole.
I remember back when they proposed a ‘luxury coffee’ tax. All those good liberals protested it and had signs in their cafe windows urging people to call their reps and demand they not pass it.
They said the tax of what is really peanuts compared to the minimum-wage tax would hurt their business.
Now they elected the same socialist scumbags (no different than those in the DemocRat party) who put this minimum-wage garbage through.
You want those plastic bag bans gone? The reason why so many businesses are standing up against Seattle is that it is going to hit them in the pocketbook. Make the same situation happen with the bag bans. ‘You won’t bag my purchase for free? I’ll go somewhere else, and you can restock your shelves. You’ll lose a sale and you’ve got annoyed customers in line delayed, and staff doing extra work.
Even in the People’s Republics of Santa Monica and Pasadena, I’ve had managers time and time again hand over bags rather than lose the sale and lose the time and effort. You are the consumer, they want to sell you things, and if you want to make a condition of sale that is ‘illegal’, they will eventually move to get that law reversed.
Yep, a thousand bags is under $20 delivered from your local office supply store or Amazon. Sure, you can lug around dirty bags and put fresh food in it. Or you can actually take a stand and say ‘no.’
Growing up in the 70’s I had some nice low-wage jobs:
Municipal Arena usher - the kind of job people would pay to do. See the event, meet people, take friends. Had to join a union though, to take dues and make sure I didn’t do anything that was someone else’s job.
Night attendant - some cleanup and organizing, take the rare call or delivery, but mostly sit & study or read (today I’d be on smartphone/tablet).
You apply for the job, know the terms, and are happy to get it. Do a good job, get promoted or at least references and networks. If you’re happily working for a low-margin employer, why should Obama or anyone say “If you like your job, you can’t keep your job!”
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