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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 24, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

Hemorrhage of greed

Fast food workers and others protest in front of the Wendy's in Ballard Aug. 29, 2013. They want the minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times]

Fast food workers and others protest in front of the Wendy’s in Ballard Aug. 29, 2013. They want the minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times]

James Sherk claims paying fast-food workers a $15 hourly wage is akin to attaching leeches to their skin, in that it will hurt them economically. [“Should fast-food chains pay a ‘living wage’?”, Opinion, Sept. 21.]

Where is his grave concern for the leeching already at full throttle — massive corporate profits sucking the life blood of American workers?

What’s really needed is a tourniquet to halt the hemorrhage of greed.

Sherk’s prophecy of U.S. economic collapse like that of American Samoa and the end of Big Mac consumption if the cost of a burger and fries increases would be humorous, were it not such reckless disregard for workers forced to depend on such jobs to feed and house their families.

Gwen Lundberg, Seattle

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