UPDATE 3-Seattle approves hike in minimum wage to $15 per hour

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codingkid wrote:

This will be an interesting experiment to watch.

At face value this looks like a win/win for both workers and local business because workers will spend more and some percentage of that will be spent locally. Effectively this means local businesses will see more customers, and will have to meet that demand by hiring more workers (who will also earn $15 and hour).

Sure prices will go up in order for businesses to pay that $15 per hour, but prices will not go up as much as one would think because business volume will also go up (due to the working class having more money to spend). It will all balance itself out, with everyone doing better in the end.

Jun 02, 2014 8:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jusdaguy wrote:

Walmart is going to pull up roots and move, guaranteed. They did the same thing in Germany years ago.

Im gonna laugh when this backfires. Im not sayin the workers dont deserve a higher wage, most people do to thrive nowadays, but trying to force a business like walmart to pay its workers higher wages is a joke.

Jun 02, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lord_Humungus wrote:

Well it’s official. Just wanted to say congratulations to the city of Seattle, and the massive entry level layoffs that will occur, the teen unemployment that will skyrocket, and the invariable quality control issues that will come from skeleton crews at many businesses, particularly fast food. Minimum wage is meant for 16 year olds. Show me anyone “supporting a family” on minimum wage, I’ll show you someone whose labor isn’t worth a dime.

Jun 02, 2014 9:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
restroot wrote:

“We forced the establishment to lift the wages of 100,000 low-wage workers in Seattle, to transfer $3 billion from business to workers at the bottom of the pay scale over the next 10 years. So, where does that $3B come from? Increased prices, share holders, pension funds, reduced employees, there is not a pot of gold sitting there for the taking! Population of Seattle, 634,000
21% are under 18 or over 65, that leaves 410,000 of working age, so 25% of the workforce is uneducated, working at minimum wage?

Jun 02, 2014 9:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
McKay wrote:

kind hearted but poor public policy, we all want people to have the best but companies and especially small business people will move

Jun 02, 2014 9:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
McKay wrote:

kind hearted but poor public policy, we all want people to have the best but companies and especially small business people will move

Jun 02, 2014 9:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Qwarthonn wrote:

@Jusdaguy, There are no walmarts within the city limits.

Jun 02, 2014 9:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
spnws wrote:

I’m a small business owner from a suburb outside of Seattle. Seattleites and their representatives are SOOOO out of touch with mainstream America, it’s laughable. They just elected a socialist city counsel member and an Extremely left wing mayor. They deserve what they will get from this. Business will flee downtown and will head to more conservative cities. No other cities in Washington state are even thinking about something this radical. Seattleites are in their own little world.

Jun 02, 2014 9:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hedonikos wrote:

Yes. By all means. Let us not force a corporation who has one of the highest profit margin in the world to pay a worker a salary that would at least pay rent. It is so much more important that the 1 percent keep hanging on to the entire wealth of the world. Humanity will live an eternity feeding off the despair of others created by the mindset presented in these comments so far. smh

Jun 02, 2014 9:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GarrettF wrote:

I wish I was a landlord there. First thing I would do is raise the rent significantly.

Jun 02, 2014 11:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
J.Gibson wrote:

I hope Wal-Mart DOES pull up roots, if only it would also wither and die in the heat as well.

Jun 02, 2014 11:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
J.Gibson wrote:

I hope Wal-Mart DOES pull up roots, if only it would also wither and die in the heat as well.

Jun 02, 2014 11:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
J.Gibson wrote:

I hope Wal-Mart DOES pull up roots, if only it would also wither and die in the heat as well.

Jun 02, 2014 11:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Randyyvr wrote:

If I were to have a business in Seattle after the mandatory minimum wage hike, I’d increase my price and blame it on the new minimum wage while paying the employees cash for less than $15/hour. They don’t have to claim tax and I don’t have to pay the tax people anything. This will be a win win situation alright!

Jun 02, 2014 12:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Randyyvr wrote:

Where I live, there are lots of immigrants and most of them own their own house while making minimum wage. The reason is they live together as a big family with a few incomes combined. The only loser after this big hike in minimum wage will be the government from lost of tax revenues due to under the table work.

Jun 02, 2014 12:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TeaPerson wrote:

But…but…but… That can’t be done!!

Growing economy, Rising house prices, Thriving industry, investing in the city….and a nice place to live… All that AND a high minimum wage? The sun is going to explode! The sky will fall!! Locusts! Famine!!

Somebody Call the GOP!! it’s crazy talk I tell you! Crazy talk!!

Jun 03, 2014 1:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TeaPerson wrote:

“Walmart is going to pull up roots and move, guaranteed.”

Wow… Sounds like a win/win to me. Bye Bye Walmart… Don’t let the door hit you on the way out…

Jun 03, 2014 1:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TeaPerson wrote:

Just like Boeing, Microsoft. Amazon, Starbucks, and the Seahawks… etc. etc.

Seattle will show the way….. And the world will not explode… Although several GOP heads may…

Jun 03, 2014 2:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TeaPerson wrote:

I am a small(ish) business owner is (West) Seattle that alo owns many rental properties…

Guess what? The world won’t end with a $15 minimum wage…

Jun 03, 2014 2:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lusomet wrote:

Good luck to ya, Seattle! But I don’t think it’s going to work! After all, this will hurt small businesses big time. How many mom+pop stores can afford to pay their employees $15/hour. The McDonald’s, Walmart’s, and Starbucks can probably afford to take the hit at their Seattle locations (if they decide to stay), but the small guys will have to close up shop.

I don’t see how Seattle thinks this is a good idea. So, not only do we have to give these people welfare checks, EBT cards, free housing, free tuition, free transportation, etc., they now want higher salaries? Good grief! I have student loans I pay back ($350/month), high rent costs ($1700/month), $350/month health insurance (from Aetna), $26/month car insurance (thank god for Insurance Panda), $400/month for food+drink, gas/tolls/parking ($150/month), and I work 60 hours a week. If anyone should be complaining, it should be me.

Bring on the robots and more automation! And please, don’t raise the minimum wage in NYC!

Jun 03, 2014 11:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JillCitizen wrote:

Did anyone think it ironic that the airport employees were not included? So it is still safe to have someone making $8 an hour to clean planes, etc? Based on the job these entry level folks are doing, I would think a college degree will be necessary for $15 an hour? Grill managers would necessarily need degrees. And won’t that just return the unskilled, uneducated workers to even lower paid jobs? All in a moldy city with the dubious honor of creating burnt bean coffee. Thankfully, the east side of the state is another world.

Jun 05, 2014 12:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JillCitizen wrote:

Did anyone think it ironic that the airport employees were not included? So it is still safe to have someone making $8 an hour to clean planes, etc? Based on the job these entry level folks are doing, I would think a college degree will be necessary for $15 an hour? Grill managers would necessarily need degrees. And won’t that just return the unskilled, uneducated workers to even lower paid jobs? All in a moldy city with the dubious honor of creating burnt bean coffee. Thankfully, the east side of the state is another world.

Jun 05, 2014 12:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
blogoleum wrote:

Nine thirty-five is the current minimum, so $15 is $5.65 above that, and over 7 years … is 80 cents a year.

I think Fast Food workers bust their asses, and deserve this huge raise.

But lots of small business employees aren’t working in refined environments like Burger King, et al, where the tasks are scheduled down to the minute. These employees will be getting phat paychecks while not busting their ass.

Food Service may be mundane, but food goes in your body, and the wages we pay those folks should be commensurate with the standards we expect of them.

Jun 06, 2014 9:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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