Event staff deserve more I love the city of Seattle and value the many public events that provide enrichment for the city. I have joyfully attended many of these events. It came as quite a shock to me when, instead of joining in the fun, I was participating in these events as an employee. The large venues in…More
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Consider the source As people read the recent guest column by Michael Saltsman, they should recognize the real agenda of ‘fiscally-conservative’ think tanks like the Employment Policies Institute, which is to preserve profitability on the backs of those who can’t help themselves. [“Sick-leave pay not a cure-all,” Opinion, Aug. 20.] This same organization opposes the minimum…More
There are other underpaid people out there Mayor Mike McGinn expressed concern about the $16 hourly wage at Whole Foods, while most teachers and child-care workers in the city earn much less than that. [“McGinn goes all out on Whole Foods,” NW Sunday, July 21.] Mayor McGinn, are you saying that people who work with food…More
Medicare for all Froma Harrop is so right about a “Medicare for all” health plan. [“Column: Curse of the full-time job,” Opinion, July 16.] Employers would be free to allow job-sharing, employees could choose part-time work, and a huge cause of labor strife would disappear. Anne Thureson, SeattleMore
Couples need options for working less hours Our society has changed from most women being homemakers, to most women being wage-earners outside the home. Children and marriages have suffered through this transition. It’s time we make the next transition, with parents sharing the homemaking and wage-earning to best benefit the children and marriage. The only way we can…More