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Category: minimum wage
April 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

$15 minimum wage would result in reduced server wages, quality of service

Paul Tong / Op Art

I’m a college-educated fine-dining restaurant server in Seattle. I oppose a $15-per-hour wage [“$15 wage — and tips, too?” Page One, April 21].

I feel it’s already too high as it is — evident in the high prices you find on your menu items to cover the cost. Restaurants operating on a 4 percent profit margin flat-out can’t afford a 32 percent increase in labor costs. To recoup this increased wage, my restaurant has said it would need to add a “service charge” that it could then put toward the increased labor costs.

I would work just as hard so


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April 22, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Minimum wage: What would happen to those currently making $15 an hour?

Regarding Amy Martinez’s article “$15 wage — and tips, too?” (Page One, April 21), the elephant in the room needs to be addressed: What is to happen to those of us who have worked for years to finally earn $15 to $16 an hour? I started in my trade at the minimum wage of $3.23, back…


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April 18, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Minimum wage: Pay only for what someone’s work is worth

The current press for increasing the minimum wage both nationally and locally is justified by appealing to the need for workers to have “a living wage” [“Count restaurant tips in minimum-wage debate,” Opinion, April 18]. As so often happens in public advocacy, this is looking at the situation exactly backward. The first question when…


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April 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Minimum wage: If tips are counted as wages, why not tip everyone?

Much to my surprise, I discovered through The Seattle Times that I have been paying tip workers parts of their salaries [“The ‘theoretical’ and ‘practical’ of a Seattle $15 minimum wage law on tipping,” Opinion Northwest, March 28]. I always thought when I tipped a hardworking waiter, waitress, bellhop, barber, that I was giving…


0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: David Rader, low-wage workers, Minimum Wage

April 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Minimum wage: Too many variables for a $15 wage to work

Jasmine Donovan’s guest column on Dick’s Drive-In and the $15 minimum wage was right on target [“The problem with a $15 minimum wage for Dick’s Drive-In,” Opinion, April 2]. Seattle needs a “smart minimum wage.” Backers of The 15 Now campaign believe that every job, regardless of required skills or performance, should be able to support…


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March 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Minimum wage: Candidate for DelBene’s seat clears up stance

The Seattle Times article “GOP rival may push Rep. DelBene to tap Microsoft wealth again” [Local News, March 4] mistakenly asserts that I oppose an increase in the minimum wage. I am open to an increase in the minimum wage. What I do oppose are politically driven attempts to increase the minimum wage by an arbitrary…


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March 17, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Teen jobs: Important to gain experience young

In The Seattle Times article “Menu grows slimmer for teens who want jobs” [“Business Technology, March 14] business reporter Amy Martinez highlights a very real problem our youths face in finding work. This problem would only be magnified if Seattle’s well-meaning but misguided social engineers are allowed to dictate what businesses should pay people. Ideas really…


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March 10, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Addressing the burdens that often accompany minimum wage work

I was excited to see someone finally address the $15 an hour minimum wage debate and discuss low-wage workers aside from fast-food workers [“Minimum-wage proposal a $15 paradox for the poor,” Local News, Feb. 25]. Don’t get me wrong, I have worked in fast food and I have nothing but respect and care for…


0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Danny Westneat, Jennifer Schladweiler, Minimum Wage

February 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Improving economic disparities: Give workers a basic living wage

Columnist David Brooks states in his column that “ … the majority of workers are not seeing income gains commensurate with their productivity levels.” [“Capitalism for the masses,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. He also states that “ … Republicans need to declare a truce on the social safety net.” So far, so good. However, then…


0 Comments | More in Economy, minimum wage | Topics: American Enterprise Institute, David Brooks, economic disparities

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