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November 10, 2013 at 8:05 AM

SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage: lessons learned from a fast-food career

Workers in 62 cities are participating in a national strike for a $15 minimum wage (Fight for 15/MCT).

Workers in 62 cities are participating in a national strike for a $15 minimum wage (Fight for 15/MCT).

No need for $15 minimum wage

After reading the article regarding the $15 an hour minimum wage for employees of SeaTac —attention is now turning to increasing the required minimum wage within Seattle — I find myself wondering if all of these jobs are worth getting paid $15 an hour ? [“Backers of SeaTac’s $15 wage floor eye Seattle,” page one, Nov. 7].

Specifically referencing the fast-food industry, and speaking as someone who worked a number of jobs in the business, there are a number of things you can expect to take away from a career working in fast food.

First, you will get a newfound respect for customer service skills. Second, you will come away with a comprehensive knowledge of nutritional values of fast food. And third (and most important) you will understand that working in the fast-food industry is intended to be a “steppingstone” career, not necessarily to provide the worker with a living wage.

I believe that requiring a heightened minimum wage can only result in negative consequences to business owners, especially within SeaTac, who have to pay higher rent to operate within an airport. Also, by raising the minimum wage, small-business owners may reduce the number of workers able to be hired, in a time when finding a job is already difficult.

Cody Brunsdon, Bellingham

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