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Mar 29 ahumanbeing commented on Are Those New Surcharges on Your Receipts Politically Motivated?.
The very fact that people are so angry about the receipt they get at a restaurant and how WHERE the prices are seems to be the very reason business owners are trying to make it clear. People overreact about changes in prices, prices in general, etc. None of this is important. Eat there or don't.

No mention here that it is much easier and cheaper for a business to add a surcharge vs. changing the prices of each meal. Think a little bit about it. Plus the wages are going up every year so most of the these restaurant owners are adjusting constantly. They also don't know how it will impact the costs of their supplies as their local suppliers also have increases in wages to handle.

Why so much hate? Everyone is calling business owners cheap, while complaining about their own pocketbooks. If you want employees to make more, you have to pay more. That is how it works, period. A 61% raise can not be absorbed from the profit.
Sep 19, 2016 ahumanbeing commented on Hate Read This Seattle Times Story About the Struggle of Two Upper Middle Class People in the Suburbs.
We hate people because they do everything they are supposed to do and still struggle to meet their goals? Wow. Let's not forget that these folks pay $50,000 just in income tax yearly.

They aren't whining. They are asking for help in meeting their goals. They are met with hate? Wow.....
Aug 17, 2016 ahumanbeing commented on Secure Scheduling Is Seattle's Next Big Labor Fight.
"(Supporters of the law point out that bosses can use mass communication and avoid predictability pay. For example, in Jones's hypothetical scenario, he could text all of his employees asking if someone wants to pick up an extra shift, and in doing so avoid paying higher wages to fill a sick employee's shift at the last minute.)"

I'm sure employees will appreciate all those texts and responses. Oh, and they have to save those texts for three years. All very reasonable, right.
Aug 17, 2016 ahumanbeing commented on Secure Scheduling Is Seattle's Next Big Labor Fight.
This is all about the union's power. This is not about workers. Retail and restaurant workers want flexibility, that is often why they work in these industries. It is rare for employers in this city to treat people like some of these individuals claim they are treated.

If you don't have your Monday schedule until Monday morning, that business is going to fail and you should jump and turn right or left and you'll find a better business to work for.

When someone calls in sick, the business should not be punished for offering those hours to someone else. And quite honestly they should be able to offer those hours to the people they know need them, not the person who is quickest to text back. Now, the business is not going to pay a minimum of $26 with taxes to fill that position for that shift. That just is crazy, and it is an everyday thing for these businesses.

It is also going to push people out of jobs that might be less reliable, people with health issues, such as frequent migraines, or a parent or child they need to care for. Now, employers can handle these issues, but they won't if it costs them that much. And it won't help morale if those remaining employees are made to work harder because another employee didn't show up.

It doesn't stop there. I encourage people to read the proposed law. They aren't just targeting big business, they added that exemption last week, but I guarantee it will be short lived.

Last night some thoughtful business shared some things that concerned them, and the union reps mocked and insulted as well as the employees who came forward to oppose the bill. Apparently these union organizers believe they are the only ones who understand the employer-employee relationship. I'm sure the city will just go ahead because after all they in debt to the unions.
May 11, 2016 ahumanbeing commented on Why Aren't These West Seattle Workers Making the Right Minimum Wage?.
Call me naive, but I have a hard time a company this size wouldn't meet their legal requirements. It just doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe very small businesses that are unaware, but certainly this company has HR? I wonder what isn't shared here. I do have experience however realizing that people (smart professional folks) sometimes aren't really clear about what they are paid, so maybe there is some confusion?

If it is just blatant, then why would it take this long. You take your paycheck in with your hours and it shows you your hourly wage. End of discussion. You take legal action against the company. Okay, I know it isn't that easy, but a year if there is such blatant disregard?
Apr 18, 2016 ahumanbeing commented on University of Washington Report on Minimum Wage Shows "Little or No Evidence" of Price Increases in Seattle.
Still a bit early. Retail can't raise their prices, they compete with Amazon. They either make it or they don't. We are still only at $12 for small business, $13 for big. Let's give it a little time before we conclude this is a success or failure.
Apr 18, 2016 ahumanbeing commented on University of Washington Report on Minimum Wage Shows "Little or No Evidence" of Price Increases in Seattle.
Interesting. I see it every day, prices going up. But hey, if the studies don't show it, they don't show it.

#3 How can someone be so ignorant? There are so many, many, many laws coming at small business owners every day from city, county, state and federal it is pretty hard to stay on top of them and work 80 hours a week at your small business.

And of course the city sent one postcard the day before the change went into place. Pretty easy to miss.
Jan 8, 2015 ahumanbeing commented on Northgate Mall Wet Seal Employees Slam Company with Sign in Store Window.
@ 46

Retail employees have no idea how much the company is making just because they see the sales. Of course, a public company makes the financials public so that is no secret.

If you don't like working retail do something different. Personally, I think it is a way better environment working with customers than sitting in a cubicle pushing papers, trying to meet random deadlines.

Most retail businesses give their employees steep discounts on products.
Oct 14, 2014 ahumanbeing commented on Ed Murray's Black Former Press Secretary, Who Was Making Less Than Her White Colleagues, Claims Discrimination.
#13 - Have you every had employees?

There are times you simply have to tell them not to interrupt you. Or maybe worked with an annoying co-worked. I had a staff member who had to tell her office mate "do not talk to me" because he kept interrupting.

That doesn't speak to discrimination. It is ridiculous to think he hired someone then when they made serious mistakes he let her go, and that somehow it is related to gender or race?

$5,000 difference is a drop in the bucket. When you hire a new person, they negotiate or you round it up because you really want that person. It doesn't mean even that they are more or less experienced, just that they are in a position to negotiate at a given time. Perhaps if the next guy made $120 there would be something to discuss.
Jul 21, 2014 ahumanbeing commented on Interim Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Named.
You really have to wonder why we can't keep a superintendent. As it was Banda was the only candidate willing to take the job and he decided to get out after just one year. The other candidates dropped out of the race.

The district is way to big.