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December 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Thoughts on raising the minimum wage to $15

Increasing minimum wage to $15 will decrease the amount of jobs offered

Washington already has the highest minimum wage in the nation [“Seattle on front line of ‘livable’ wage push,” page one Dec. 8]. There is no reason to increase this wage to $15. Think about how many jobs would be lost if everyone’s pay went up more than $5.

Not all companies can afford to pay their workers $15 an hour, which will force them to fire employees and decrease the amount of jobs. The economy has always set the limits on a minimum wage because the workers are paid based off how well the company is doing and whether or not it can afford to hire all of the workers.

Also, if this wage is increased, then it would be an insult to the skilled laborers who received an education and training to get to their jobs in order to make the same money as someone working at a fast-food restaurant.

If people complain about their jobs and the lack of money they receive, then they can quit that job, get an education and work harder for a job that will pay better.

— Cole Burrows, Seattle

Higher wages are not a one-sided issue

I am writing to add my thoughts about the $15 minimum wage issue. I do not see any mention of reasonable compensation for entry-level, trainee positions.

I know from my own business experience the costs surrounding these positions are high due to the need for two, sometimes three supervisory and/or management employees to shadow and coach an unproductive person.

I believe the average untrained person doesn’t give thought to the significant financial investment all companies make to cultivate their workplace brand procedures, policies, people and hardware safety skills.

Low entry-level wages encourage business owners to risk the expenses for on-the-job training, thereby growing more seasoned, independent workers to move up to negotiable higher wage positions.

— Judith Walls, Port Ludlow

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