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  •  indeed (0+ / 0-)

    My business will need to change or die. I understand that.

    But for any business, mandating that the entry-level worker gets a three dollar raise means that the employer will be unable to give a raise to the experienced worker who has been working hard, learning new skills and warrants a merit-based raise. That will be the initial reaction, anyway, until the surviving businesses raise prices. And with indexing the rate to inflation, it seems like it will accelerate inflation.

    By the way, my cashiers earn more than minimum, but if this increase happens I don't see how I will be able to hire first-time workers or special needs workers, which is a real shame. I don't know where those people will find work.

    •  the problem of course (0+ / 0-)

      is that 40+ hours of minimum wage is not a living wage. All ships rise with the tide? Obviously not given the current economy.

      Where anyone gets work in this post New Deal country is getting sketchier and sketchier. I'm old chasing kids around learning two new skills a year and it's touch and go.

      But forcing the minimum closer to a living wage seems like a price that must be paid. And it would be a level playing field so your competitors would have the same issues.

      If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

      by jgnyc on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:10:24 PM PST

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