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Apr 4 marianbuilt commented on Your Favorite Indie Shop Is Out of Business if $15-an-Hour Happens.
Yesterday we heralded Tom Douglas and Dick's drive in for treating their employees so well, now we're saying their slave drivers. Why? Because someone came up with an arbitrary number and said below this isn't a 'living wage'?

People asked for numbers. Andrew gave them to you. Tom's are similar. But they're liars? Come on. You can't really be so anti business to think we could exist without employers. Or would you like the gov't to run everything?

If a business is successful, they don't deserve to be. If they're not, they shouldn't be in business. This is the cry from 15now
Apr 2 marianbuilt commented on Total Compensation Is the Only Way to Raise Workers' Income and Preserve Your Local Favorite Small Business.
@13 I have yet to see any benefit package that cost my employees more than it cost me, the business owner. But if you know of some, I'm all ears. Before you vilify me as a greedy business owner in the process, please note that I am for raising the minimum wage, my lowest paid employee makes $20/hr before any benefits, and I cover more than the allotted 50% of the benefits I do offer.

Now, could you explain to me how someone in the union, paying union dues, and earning less than what should be minimum wage is better off. Without using Dave as an example?
Apr 2 marianbuilt commented on Total Compensation Is the Only Way to Raise Workers' Income and Preserve Your Local Favorite Small Business.
@9 what the fuck, seriously?! You're supporting the union exemption simply because you think it's right wing to oppose it?!
Apr 2 marianbuilt commented on Total Compensation Is a Deceptive System That Would Effectively Gut a $15 Minimum Wage.
@8 how does raising minimum wage change any of the already in place enforcement laws? Won't the same problems still exist?

@9 wow. Very eloquent. So people who own business are not allowed to speak out as to how to raise the minimum wage? That kind of talk weakens your position.
Mar 30 marianbuilt commented on What If We Made Only Businesses with $1 Billion in Yearly Sales Pay $15 Minimum Wage?.
Your report also says that 8% of minimum wage workers are on food stamps and only 2% are on welfare so there goes your 'gov't subsidized labor' argument.
Mar 30 marianbuilt commented on What If We Made Only Businesses with $1 Billion in Yearly Sales Pay $15 Minimum Wage?.
Removing a tip credit is not the same as raising the minimum wage. Retail and manufacturing employees did not see wages go up. So again, it hasn't been done before.

And if (by your own research) Seattle's current minimum wage is already above the poverty line, I fail to see how increasing it will bring people out of poverty.

Don't ever talk about someone's employees when you don't have the first clue. My lowest paid employee makes $20 before benefits and bonuses. My highest paid clear more than myself most months.

You're having trouble reading even your own research. It's too bad you have such a closed mind and such hate for small business owners. Try introducing yourself and meeting a couple to see their perspective. It's good to see both sides of the argument.

You're more than welcome to come down to my shop and have a chat. But please remember, I am a proponent of raising the minimum wage.
Mar 30 marianbuilt commented on What If We Made Only Businesses with $1 Billion in Yearly Sales Pay $15 Minimum Wage?.
You cannot seriously think you will be addressing poverty in its entirety by raising the minimum wage. If we are going by 'living wage' models, those models must take into account people working full time. So I'm right.

And you have no idea whether or not it will hurt small business because it hasn't been done. You have no record of a 61% increase in minimum wage across the board. All you have is the removal of a tip credit. Minimum wage should be higher. But it should reach that level responsibly.
Mar 30 marianbuilt commented on What If We Made Only Businesses with $1 Billion in Yearly Sales Pay $15 Minimum Wage?.
@141 the low wage worker has as many paths to higher income as most business owners. It's a lot easier to educate, or train yourself into a better job than it is to make a business successful.

And there's more to it than just money. Many of these small business owners could be making more and working less for a larger company. Many left better paying jobs. Part of it is the potential for reward, yes. But a larger part is the ability to do what they love. I think you would be surprised if you found out how much the average small business owner actually makes. It definitely is a 'labor of love'. And profits are not the end all be all of everyone's efforts.

What they provide the community goes beyond monetary value as well. So many contribute culture and diversity. But they have to pay a good wage to do so, no one is arguing that. The only thing being discussed is that it shouldn't happen overnight, it should be phased in.
Mar 30 marianbuilt commented on What If We Made Only Businesses with $1 Billion in Yearly Sales Pay $15 Minimum Wage?.
@140 those articles you posted define poverty at a certain level. Seattle current minimum wage is already above that. And everyone here is trying to raise it more.
Mar 28 marianbuilt commented on What If We Made Only Businesses with $1 Billion in Yearly Sales Pay $15 Minimum Wage?.
@119 mistook you for someone else. My apologies. Removing a tip credit still is not raising wages across the board. You still have no example.

@120 I agree with you. Minimum wage should be much higher, and I see the benefits.

@121 I'm sorry, did the employees' wages at mcdonalds change in 1988? And I never said anything about tips. I don't own a restaurant.
 

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