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

September 22, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Raising minimum wage in Seattle

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…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business owners, employment, labor

September 18, 2013 at 6:28 AM

The Affordable Care Act

Time for a bigger change I am convinced that the national health-care reform law is seriously flawed. It is not that the law isn’t good in theory; it is just not workable in a currency-driven economy, such as the one we have now. What we need to do is rethink our economy. A society with a currency-based economy…

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Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, currency, economy

September 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Getting Bertha moving again

Cut out unions Those in charge of the tunnel project should simply hire nonunion workers to deal with the removal of the excavated material from the boring project. [“Bertha stuck, needs help to get out of this muck,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 11.] Since neither union group is willing to make a compromise, the simple solution would…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Bertha, labor, tunnel

September 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Workers protest, campaign for raise in minimum wage

Make their lives easier It has been a long time since my days of making minimum wage. Like many people who start out at the bottom, I applied myself and used the skills I learned on the job and at school to advance myself into the middle class. What I do remember about working minimum-wage jobs wasn’t…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: courtesy, labor, Minimum Wage

September 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Labor dispute halts tunnel work in Seattle

A picket line that needs to be crossed I do not understand the longshoremen’s union’s position on the removal of dirt from the tunnel project. [“Tunnel work grinds to a halt over union dispute,” page one, Sept. 7.] They apparently agreed to arbitration but dislike the July ruling. They were offered a reasonable split of the…

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Comments | More in Labor, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Bertha, ILWU, labor

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

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