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September 23, 2013 at 7:18 AM
Thousands of readers took interest in my blog post last Monday highlighting the principles behind Seattle’s beloved Dick’s Drive-In chain, known for paying employees at least $10 an hour and offering benefits. Jim Spady, the company’s vice president and legal counsel, still adheres to his father Dick Spady’s core business philosophy: make a profit first, then take care of your employees and community.
Spady’s views resonated with folks who are thinking about the local and national debate about whether to raise the minimum wage from $9.19 to $15 per hour. Check out some of the most thoughtful viewpoints from readers to my blog post below.
A proposition to raise the minimum for airport-related employees is on the ballot in SeaTac. Fast-food workers in Seattle have attempted strikes demanding the same. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn opposes a land-use permit for a Whole Foods development in West Seattle over the grocer’s wages.
First, here’s an informal poll:
Now, time for some of your edited comments. (more…)
September 16, 2013 at 7:37 AM
Every time I walk over to Dick’s Drive-In on Capitol Hill, I have a mass craving for this:
And every time I order something, my eyes fixate on this recruitment sign:
Flipping burgers and making shakes pays $10 an hour to start? Merit raises? Employer-paid insurance? Up to $8,000 for child care or college tuition? A 401(k) retirement program with employer match? Paid time for volunteer service? Up to three weeks paid vacation?
Yes, it’s true. Minimum requirements must be met, but every one of those benefits is available to the 180 employees who work for Dick’s Drive-In. Since the first restaurant opened in January 1954, tens of thousands of workers have started their careers in one of the chain’s six Seattle-area locations.
As local fast-food workers join a nationwide movement for a $15 minimum wage, Dick’s approach is a much more realistic, time-tested model for local businesses to emulate. Mandating a massive increase from Washington’s current minimum wage of $9.19 is too much, too fast for the small restaurants that are hiring inexperienced employees.
So how exactly is Dick’s able to offer more than the minimum wage and a plethora of benefits when its menu charges no more than $2.70 per item?
Jim Spady, the restaurant namesake’s son, company vice president and legal counsel, has surprisingly simple answers based on his dad’s business philosophy. (Dick is turning 90 next month and remains president of the company.) (more…)