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Category: minimum wage
February 6, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Raising the minimum wage: A path to educational opportunities

Columnist Richard S. Davis argues that improved education and training opportunities, not minimum-wage increases, would result in greater economic mobility [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. In actuality, if we are to educate and train more Washingtonians, we must increase the minimum wage. The person being educated or trained needs…


Comments | More in Education, minimum wage | Topics: education, Jennifer Moon, Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Minimum wage: A coordinated effort to deceive the public on downsides

Guest Columnist Michael Saltsman [“How businesses will respond to $15 minimum wage,” Opinion, June 30], of the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), has a history of lobbying against benefits for workers across the country. His model? Survey hundreds of businesses who already oppose workplace standards and present data as unbiased research.  According to More

Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: $15, employment policies institute, Michael Saltsman

June 26, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Minimum wage: Executives need to stop complaining

I wish the business community would stop whining about the minimum wage [“A rare voice on minimum wage,” Opinion, June 22].  They have been doing this since the minimum wage was initiated and it is really getting old. I would remind them that their employees would appreciate the opportunity to make a profit (and start a savings…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Elizabeth M. Williams, Erik Smith, Minimum Wage

June 5, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Minimum wage: Wage hikes can lead to automation

A fellow engineer, many years ago, referred to minimum wage laws as “Make Work Laws for Engineers” [“Seattle’s minimum-wage win spurs talk to target more cities,” Local News, June 4]. The history of the last 200 years clearly shows large masses of workers being replaced by machines. Automation today is not only easier to…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: $15, engineers, Minimum Wage

June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Minimum wage: A $15 wage would knock entry-level job seekers out of the market

The love affair over giving low-wage employees a $15 minimum wage is growing daily [“Workers see $15 wage as ‘peace of mind’,” Local News, June 1]. Who came up with $15 as what was required to make life easier for these unfortunate people? If I recall, someone who started it all just picked it…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: $15, Ed Hickey, entry-level jobs

May 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Minimum wage: A model for the nation

The $15 minimum-wage proposal passing is a huge step for the economy [“$15 minimum wage proposal heads to Monday City Council vote,” The Today File, May 29]. Many minimum-wage workers today are not teenage kids, but rather parents and adults who need to support themselves and families. To assume that one can look down…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: City Council, Jena Lovejoy, Minimum Wage

May 27, 2014 at 7:04 AM

$15 Minimum wage could supplement seniors’ incomes before retirement

The proposed $15 minimum wage might make Seattle the retirement capital of the country [“$15 minimum wage would support a student; encourage the economy instead,” Northwest Voices, May 21]. Though most of the minimum-wage debate is focused on the effect the wage increase could have on the demand for minimum-wage workers, one must also consider the…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: $15 minimum wage, part-time jobs, Retirement

May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

$15 minimum wage would support a student; encourage the economy instead

$15 would support a student, and many others As a high-school student about to graduate, I believe the change in the minimum wage to $15 would be highly effective for all residents in the Seattle [“New poll shows big support for $15 minimum wage,” Local News, May 14]. This new poll that shows big…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Annette Alt, businesses

May 14, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Minimum wage: Raising the wage to $15 would cause excess of labor

Price controls do nothing to improve the economy as a whole [“How a $15 minimum wage could affect services to poor, vulnerable,” Opinion, May 12]. With regard to price floors like the minimum wage, the higher the floor the greater the economic harm. If this were not true, then why not raise the…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Minimum Wage, Nick Wold, unemployment

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