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September 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

How low can you go? I was struck by the presentation of the “no” position in the minimum-wage debate. [“Should fast-food chains pay a ‘living wage’?”, Opinion, Sept. 21.] It makes sense that entry-level positions are just that: for people entering the job market, learning to be reliable and able to follow directions. But this sensible…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Labor, Politics | Topics: entry-level positions, fast food, job market

September 24, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

Hemorrhage of greed James Sherk claims paying fast-food workers a $15 hourly wage is akin to attaching leeches to their skin, in that it will hurt them economically. [“Should fast-food chains pay a ‘living wage’?”, Opinion, Sept. 21.] Where is his grave concern for the leeching already at full throttle — massive corporate profits sucking the…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Seattle | Topics: corporations, fast food, labor

September 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

Share the wealth The recently published “no” argument in minimum-wage debate is baffling. [“Should fast-food chains pay a ‘living wage’?”, Opinion, Sept. 21.] The writer references medieval doctors bleeding people and wages of Mexican workers, considers a tiny island in the Pacific equivalent to the U.S. economy, and suggests that the economic role of minimum-wage jobs is…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: economy, families, fast food

September 5, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Fast-food workers push for higher minimum wage

It’s up to you Let me see if I have this straight, the fast-food workers want $15 per hour because they can’t live on minimum wage. [“Labor turns up heat over low wages,” page one, Sept. 2.] I’m sorry, but I take issue with that idea. Both of my children worked fast-food jobs while growing up…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: fast food, labor, living wage

August 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Fast-food workers demand higher wages

An unrealistic wish To all those fast-food workers who are now demanding a $15-an-hour wage: as the old saying warns, be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. [“Behind the fast-food protests,” Business, seattletimes.com.] If you do get it, it’s almost certain that a lot of you will have no jobs at…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Seattle | Topics: fast food, living wage, Minimum Wage

August 2, 2013 at 6:08 AM

Pay fast-food workers sufficient wages

Fast-food job not a career I am getting very tired of people whining about their low-paying jobs. [“Guest column: Show respect for fast-food workers with sufficient pay,” Opinion, August 1.] You are responsible for your well-being. If you don’t think you’re being paid enough, get a different job. If you can’t afford your rent, move. If…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Seattle | Topics: fast food, full time, jobs

June 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Food workers demonstrate

Franchise pays wages, not corporation The organizers of today’s food-service worker’s strike claim that large corporations can afford to raise wages because of record profits [“Fast-food workers protest,” NWFriday, May 31].Yes, it is true that Subway, for example, has record profits, but Subway Corp. does not pay the workers’ wages. The wages are paid by…

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0 Comments | Topics: demonstration, fast food, pay