They went there: Seattle just enacted a $15/hour minimum wage

posted at 8:41 pm on June 2, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Last week, Michigan became the latest of a handful of states to officially raise its minimum wage this year, with a gradual four-year phase-in that will take its floor from $7.40 up to $9.25 an hour — but over in the city of Seattle, things just got real. Say hello to what will soon become the highest minimum wage in the nation, via the AP:

The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A newly elected socialist City Council member had pushed the idea as well.

“This legislation sends a message heard around the world: Seattle wants to stop the race to the bottom in wages and that we deplore the growth in income inequality and the widening gap between the rich and the poor,” Councilmember Tom Rasmussen said.

The measure, which would take effect on April 1, 2015, includes a phase-in of the wage increase over several years, with a slower process for small businesses. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase. Those providing health insurance will have four years to complete the move. Smaller organizations will be given seven years.

The plan includes a phase-in of the wage increase over several years, with a slower process for small businesses. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase. Those providing health insurance will have four years to complete the move. Smaller organizations will be given seven years.

Well. Their purported goal might be to “stop the race the bottom” when it comes to income inequality, but what they’re really doing is hastening it, as Seattle may soon see. The full phase-in is going to be gradual (which I really don’t understand, by the way, if part of these progressives’ sincere theory is that these companies have this money in profits and executive pay to throw around anyway), but most businesses will have to hike their minimum wages from the already highest-in-the-nation $9.32 to $11/hour by next year. Seattle’s is going to become the highest minimum wage by a long shot, even if national Democrats somehow do end up getting the arbitrary, job-killing, and ludicrously one-size-does-NOT-fit-all minimum wage of “$10.10″ on which many of them are sure to campaign.


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…they are all going to work…on their health care web site!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

F’ing morons. Good, I can cross through Seattle as somewhere I’ll never move to.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Stand back for the hiring frenzy!!!

/s

ThePrez on June 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

“Those providing health insurance will have four years to complete the move.”

Oh, they’ll have the U-Hauls packed up long before then.

Bruce MacMahon on June 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

The sooner Boeing bails to Charleston the better. Let the Seattle-suck begin!

dmann on June 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM

And then businesses will start to shut down, and people will flock to red states bringing their toxic liberal ideology with them. Just friggin’ great.

higgins1991 on June 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM

The sooner Boeing bails to Charleston the better. Let the Seattle-suck begin!

dmann on June 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Given how this will drive up the local price of hamburgers they’ll have no choice.

DarkCurrent on June 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM

And the dumb shits will be scratching their collective asses when unemployment skyrockets.

No worry. They’ll just raise taxes and increase the amount of unemployment pay.

GarandFan on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Despite the instinct to piss on the Seattle socialists, let’s think about this. It’s a very expensive city full of unnecessarily expensive products and ludicrous real estate. What industries that will be affected actually pay anyone less than $15 an hour now, and how long before the law actually takes effect? Tons of exemptions, I assume?

Jaibones on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

The plan includes a phase-in of the wage increase over several years, with a slower process for small businesses. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase. Those providing health insurance will have four years to complete the move. Smaller organizations will be given seven years.

So basically by the end of the decade, Seattle will resemble Detroit.

Doughboy on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

We know two things now;

Where NOT to start or bring a business, and which city will be the next Detroit.

Diluculo on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Utopia is finally realized!!!

trs on June 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

And then businesses will start to shut down, and people will flock to red states bringing their toxic liberal ideology with them. Just friggin’ great.

higgins1991 on June 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Hey, don’t lump us all in as flaming liberals. There are a few conservative pockets left on the west side of the Cascades. Although this is making the idea of fleeing to a red state all the more appealing. Oklahoma is starting to look nice to me, landlocked though it is. I like the people, the food and the wide open spaces. Unfortunately, tornadoes like the wide open spaces, too, which is what is keeping us from packing up right away and moving there. Still…stuff like this is making me think tornadoes are a small price to pay for freedom and an income. o_O

theotherone on June 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Isn’t there a good burger restaurant in Seattle? Let me know when they start hiring robots. :)

22044 on June 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I can’t get out of this state fast enough.

Helloooo Texas!

Though Eastern Washington is really nice.

exliberal on June 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Cool…
Now my brother who works for the Boeing Union..
Can ask for a raise since hamburger flippers are on his shirt tail….

Electrongod on June 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

So basically by the end of the decade, Seattle will resemble Detroit.

Doughboy on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

The Socialist, Marxist playbook always ends the same way (Detroit), only question is how long it takes to get there.

It’s never succeeded even once, anywhere.

Sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Though Eastern Washington is really nice.

exliberal on June 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Yeah, that’s another option, although Seattle pretty much decides how the rest of the state goes, particularly during election time (they seem to find enough votes stuffed in trunks whenever they need it).

theotherone on June 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM

For all those idiots that worked their butts off to earn a raise to $15/hour over the last few years, here’s a nice big middle finger that you’re not worth anything special after all. Because your employer sure as hell isn’t going to have any money lying around to ratchet Everyone up the pay scale. Have fun with your $25 tall frappuccinos ya hippies!

CapnObvious on June 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I’m wondering if larger national companies will raise prices or layoff people everywhere, not just Seattle, to compensate, giving the impression that the deleterious effects are minimal to nonexistent.

Dongemaharu on June 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

LOL, can’t wait to see the outcome of this.

HumpBot Salvation on June 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

And the dumb shits will be scratching their collective asses when unemployment skyrockets.

No worry. They’ll just raise taxes and increase the amount of unemployment pay.

GarandFan on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

No they know why. But if anyone points it out they will yell”racistttttttt!” Or whatever the insult of the day is.

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Quite simply: The reason why they set such long phase-in periods is to make it harder to observe the economic impact of the change. A single change point would make it obvious that raising the minimum wage results in people being fired.

OneArmPaperHanger on June 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Great linky

No whining…. you wanted it you got it

cmsinaz on June 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

DarkCurrent on June 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Only burgers with arugula and virgin islamic goat cheese!

dmann on June 2, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Those Starbucks tall coffees will be $10 a cup in no time there

cmsinaz on June 2, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Speaking of Socialism:

Historic $15 Dollar Wage Lootery Happening in Seattle,..like NOW:

1h
Photo: Crowd waits for Seattle City Council vote on $15 minimum wage – @evanbush
see original on twitter.com

https://twitter.com/evanbush

https://twitter.com/hashtag/minimumwage?src=hash

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Though Eastern Washington is really nice.

exliberal on June 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Yeah, that’s another option, although Seattle pretty much decides how the rest of the state goes, particularly during election time (they seem to find enough votes stuffed in trunks whenever they need it).

theotherone on June 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM

If an earthquake were to put the entire I-5 corridor underwater, the west coast is red.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Vote is in:
=============

Evan Bush @evanbush · 19s
.@Mayor_Ed_Murray in celebration mode after #minimumwage vote. Seattle gets $15 an hour.

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Seattle, WA, US
33m
Seattle City Council approves plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage over the next 7 years – @seattletimes
Read more on seattletimes.com

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Next up, city council changes town’s name to New Detroit.

City motto, “Same as the old Detroit!”

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

And cue The Exodus From Seattle in 5…4…3…2…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

So basically by the end of the decade, Seattle will resemble Detroit.

Doughboy on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

.
Dittos … says it all.

listens2glenn on June 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

I’m wondering if larger national companies will raise prices or layoff people everywhere, not just Seattle, to compensate, giving the impression that the deleterious effects are minimal to nonexistent.

Dongemaharu on June 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

No. Business does not cut off its nose to spite its face. Profit margins are thin enough as it is. Contraction would be more likely.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Evan Bush @evanbush · 2h

.@Mayor_Ed_Murray in celebration mode after #minimumwage vote. Seattle gets $15 an hour.

https://twitter.com/evanbush

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Evenin’, Doc!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 9:08 PM

The sooner they feel the pain the better. It will never be their fault though.

MT on June 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Hey Seattle….hope you like your burgers served by a vending machine. Coming soon to a restaurant near you…

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM

And cue The Exodus From Seattle in 5…4…3…2…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Newtie and the Beauty: Thats about it, er, right!:)

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Good evening, Newtie!

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Business owners just became Sleepless in Seattle.

Bitter Clinger on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

We already know when Seattle turns into Detroit, it’ll be because

A: Republicans
B: Tea Partiers
C: Racism
D: Sexism
E: Anything but Democrat socialist policies like this.

Baggi on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Results for #minimumwage

https://twitter.com/hashtag/minimumwage?src=hash

???????????????????????????????

CASSIΞ ‏@cassiemnrbanasz 1m

Suddenly have a HUGE desire to move to Seattle… #MinimumWage #15AnHour
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canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Switzerland has no minimum wage, and one the of lowest unemployment rates in the western world. Any connection? Hmmmmmm…..

Seattle’s unemployment rate is 5.3%, WA @ 7.0. Watch these numbers they are sure to rise over the next couple of years.

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

CASSIΞ ‏@cassiemnrbanasz 1m

Suddenly have a HUGE desire to move to Seattle… #MinimumWage #15AnHour
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canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Cassie is a textbook idiot. Her time and energy would be better spent getting an education and finding a real job.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Surprise! Leftist minimum wage policy backfires in Seattle suburb

Resist We Much on June 2, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Thanks for that link….
Here is the money quote:

The minimum wage hike, coupled with other anti-business regulations and red tape, are causing headaches for Seattle’s job creators. And unfortunately for those entrepreneurs in Seattle and other major cities, liberal policies like minimum wage hikes and high taxes are constantly threatening economic prosperity, giving entrepreneurs reasons to move their jobs to suburbs or completely shutter their businesses altogether.

Get ready for economic armageddon Seattle…..

The only opportunities here will be for the rich people to buy up all the property and squeeze the middle class and poor out…..Maybe that was the plan all along….

redguy on June 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Headline 6 months from now:

A federal court has assigned a Master to oversee the forced bankruptcy of the city of Seattle

BobMbx on June 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Cassie is a textbook idiot. Her time and energy would be better spent getting an education and finding a real job.
Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Cassie probably has the former and lacks the latter…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

CASSIΞ ‏@cassiemnrbanasz 1m

Suddenly have a HUGE desire to move to Seattle… #MinimumWage #15AnHour
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canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Cassie is a textbook idiot. Her time and energy would be better spent getting an education and finding a real job.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Cassie would be shocked how expensive it is to live in Seattle. Even at $15 an hour you could not afford to live there.

redguy on June 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Well there goes the price of my friggin’ burgers!!!

In other news from the Northleft – our police would like to be able to enforce the law if Eric Holder doesn’t mind:

Seattle police sue Eric Holder

Police in Seattle say new rules stemming from a settlement with the Justice Department over their alleged excessive use of force have now tipped the scales in favor of criminals and that officers are now being unduly hampered in performing their jobs and carrying out arrests.

The city settled in January with the Department of Justice over the federal allegations of excessive force and constitutional violations, NBC News reported.

But police say the terms of the settlement — that police are severely restricted in how they might physically deal with suspects — aren’t sitting well with officers, and they’ve launched a lawsuit in federal court to turn back some of those new rules

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

“This legislation sends a message heard around the world: Seattle wants to stop the race to the bottom in wages and that we deplore the growth in income inequality and the widening gap between the rich and the poor,” Councilmember Tom Rasmussen said.

Such a staggering detachment from reality… on the bright side they haven’t cast any virgins into the volcano to appease the gods of finance… yet…

elgeneralisimo on June 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Look, if the current rate is not a “living wage” and $15/hr is, that anything short of immediate application of the $15 rate is doing a disservice to their citizens. Why so timid, Seattle? Why not just go all in?

Because the long phase in period gives them the opportunity to evaluate the results and stop the bleeding long before $15 is ever reached. It won’t go above $11 before they re-write the law.

BKeyser on June 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM

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canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Cassie is a textbook idiot. Her time and energy would be better spent getting an education and finding a real job.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Judge_Dredd: Lol, I concur,..thats why I wanted to showcase this
tweeting Twit:)

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

The resulting economic collapse will be the next president’s problem even before inauguration if the next president is republican.

Joseph OHenry on June 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

They went there: Seattle just enacted a $15/hour minimum wage

To be followed fairly soon by massive tax increases due to the lost revenue caused by businesses shuttering and cutting back.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Ding-Ding, Another Tweeting Twit:

Truthiest ‏@tmtweetz 3m

GOP is morally, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually bankrupt. I think that about covers it. #bowebergdahl #va #vets #minimumwage #ui

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

The resulting economic collapse will be the next president’s problem even before inauguration if the next president is republican.

Joseph OHenry on June 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

That’s why I’m beginning to hope that the Dems do win the WH again and keep control of the Senate. Let them own all this. Besides, the Republicans won’t fix anything, and I’d like to think there’s a few good ones left (mostly in the House) so for that reason alone I’d hate to see the GOP left without a chair when the music stops playing.

You know darn well the media will have no part of a Republican president blaming anything on Obama the way he did with Bush.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Why’d they stop at $15/hour? No one can live a good life on that little.

Seattle should have set the minimum to $40/hour at least. That’s the very minimum anyone should have to be forced to live on.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

“I can guarantee you’ll be paid a minimum of $15 an hour … if you ever get a job. Until then, enjoy the $0 an hour you’re now getting.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

The only opportunities here will be for the rich people to buy up all the property and squeeze the middle class and poor out…..Maybe that was the plan all along….

redguy on June 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

The uber-rich from Asia already own a lot of property downtown – developers build high-rise condos in downtown Seattle then “sell them” to Asian billionaires so they can launder their money. Or move their money out of China.

Buildings full of multi- million dollar condos “sold out” with no lights on at night. It’s the same in Vancouver.

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Mass migration of illegals north from SoCal — in anticipation of being granted amnesty — in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

ShainS on June 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

It’s going to be SO FUNNY.

Tard on June 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Mass migration of illegals north from SoCal — in anticipation of being granted amnesty — in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

ShainS on June 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Doesn’t really matter too much if there are no yobs.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Mass migration of illegals north from SoCal — in anticipation of being granted amnesty — in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

ShainS on June 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

They go to Eastern WA. Cathy McMorris Rodger country.

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I’m really interested to see what’s going to happen.

It’s going to be a disaster of course but the ‘Here’s Why this Happened’ is going to be precious.

Kinda like when the LeftNoids bit(hed about ObamaCare…

‘Well, I don’t mind paying $8.00 for a cup of Starbucks coffee, but I didn’t expect this law to make my cup of morning snotty go up to $12.00..’

or

‘I used to get my lunch at the corner deli- Vegie Sub on a gluten free Chibata for $12.99…now it’s $21.00!!!’

Well, no thank you…

BigWyo on June 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

So much for Seattle….BOOM! $10 Big Macs, anyone? Didn’t think so…it ain’t worth $10.

Who is John Galt on June 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I love experiments! This shouuld be fascinating to watch.

Bets on teen unemployment in Seattle when the $15 goes into effect?

80%

Bets on share of illegal employment (although this will be pretty hard to measure)

talkingpoints on June 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

So, now that the minimum wage is $15 an hour what is this going to do to hiring practices in Seattle? First of all there is going to be a lot less hiring going on. Second the people that are supposed to be helped by this new law are going to be left out in the cold. As an employer I’m going to be looking damn hard at all my current and future employees to see if they are worth that much money. The white elephant in the room is, the people that this law was enacted to help (allegedly) have now been priced out of this and any other job market. Why to go liberals, now I’m going to have to get a second job (at $15 an hour) to pay for all those new people on food-stamps and other government assistance.

MrsGsBoyTommy on June 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Doesn’t really matter too much if there are no yobs.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

True enough: in the short-term — no yobs for citizens.

But illegals will be in high demand as they’re happy to work under-the-table to do the jobs that Americans won’t do for less than $15/hr …

ShainS on June 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

We already know when Seattle turns into Detroit, it’ll be because

A: Republicans
B: Tea Partiers
C: Racism
D: Sexism
E: Anything but Democrat socialist policies like this.

Baggi on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

F. White people didn’t like Motown Grunge.

Resist We Much on June 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Apartment owners in Seattle = Happy

Does anyone doubt that rents will double in Seattle over the next two years.
Hardest hit, illegal immigrants.

Ask anyone in the military what happens to rents around military bases when they get a pay increase.

MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

But on the other hand, people ‘deserve’ to get paid $15 an hour for what a 15 olds have been doing for 50 years for a fair wage…

Judge Smails calls it…

BigWyo on June 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

ROFL

Detroit on the…whatever bay they’re on.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Detroit on the…whatever bay they’re on.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Sound, not bay…Puget Sound.

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Cassie would be shocked how expensive it is to live in Seattle. Even at $15 an hour you could not afford to live there.

redguy on June 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Seattle is a lot cheaper than DC, SF, NYC, and desirable parts of LA, Honolulu, Boston, .

uatu1878 on June 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Seattle is a lot cheaper than DC, SF, NYC, and desirable parts of LA, Honolulu, Boston, .

uatu1878 on June 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Desirable parts of LA? Really?

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

But on the other hand, people ‘deserve’ to get paid $15 an hour for what a 15 olds have been doing for 50 years for a fair wage…

Judge Smails calls it…

BigWyo on June 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

VINTAGE! And he SO nails it.

You’ll get nothing and LIKE IT!

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Switzerland has no minimum wage, and one the of lowest unemployment rates in the western world. Any connection? Hmmmmmm…..

Seattle’s unemployment rate is 5.3%, WA @ 7.0. Watch these numbers they are sure to rise over the next couple of years.

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Swiss labor is NOT cheap.

Sales-staff and clerk wages as well as day-to-day items and fast food prices would make most americans cry.

uatu1878 on June 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

“Puget”—a local Indian word for “high unemployment” :)

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

“Puget”—a local Indian word for “high unemployment” :)

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Great, thanks, I just spit rocky road all over my desk.

ROFL

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Great, thanks, I just spit rocky road all over my desk.

ROFL

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

A pause in comments at Hot Air as computer screens across America are cleaned.

Good one, Doc.

MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

And if you live in Seattle and through merit, skill and hard work, are currently making $15/hour……well, don’t be expecting to suddenly get bumped up the pay scale.

You’ll just take on extra work that temps at the current minimum wage used to do in addition to your existing work.

can_con on June 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM

“Puget”—a local Indian word for “high unemployment” :)

Doc Holliday on June 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

lol

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

The thing of it is, if I’m a skilled worker now making $15 Hr. I will be demanding a raise. I get raised to $20 Hr, the supervisor over me making $20 Hr. will demand a raise…and so it goes. That is why the union is so for this.

Barred on June 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Great, thanks, I just spit rocky road all over my desk.
ROFL
Meople on June 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

A pause in comments at Hot Air as computer screens across America are cleaned.
Good one, Doc.
MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

[passing sham-wows and Windex to all and sundry, except those on the "Verboten" list...puts under "Cleaning Supplies--Spilt Milk"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

The thing of it is, if I’m a skilled worker now making $15 Hr. I will be demanding a raise. I get raised to $20 Hr, the supervisor over me making $20 Hr. will demand a raise…and so it goes. That is why the union is so for this.
Barred on June 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Gee, I sure hope the unions aren’t expecting their membership rolls to increase–because they won’t. Lordy, that means *gasp!* higher dues from their current members–unless the current members decide they don’t WANT union representation <—insert Oscar's shocked Shocked! expression here…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Yes, yes, we all know the basic economics of it: when the price of something goes up by 50 or 60 percent, everyone will demand much more of it, right?
Then, after breaking the economic system, the gummint will be ‘forced’ to step in and ‘correct’ it.
The main point being continuous, never-ending gummint intervention, ’cause they have SMART POWER!!© Elev3nty+++!!! Yes, we can!!!

DublOh7 on June 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

The thing of it is, if I’m a skilled worker now making $15 Hr. I will be demanding a raise. I get raised to $20 Hr, the supervisor over me making $20 Hr. will demand a raise…and so it goes. That is why the union is so for this.

Barred on June 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

And that’s why the businesses will close up and move on.

Waiting for the next huge city tax hike to be enacted, when enough businesses flee and the city gubmint can’t pay the (now higher) union wages.

Seattle meet Detroit, Detroit – Seattle.

When will people stop listening to and voting for, dumb$hlt liberals?

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

[passing sham-wows and Windex to all and sundry, except those on the "Verboten" list...puts under "Cleaning Supplies--Spilt Milk"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Doc owes us all a pay raise to pay for that.

MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

The full phase-in is going to be gradual (which I really don’t understand, by the way, if part of these progressives’ sincere theory is that these companies have this money in profits and executive pay to throw around anyway)

Bingo… And while they’re at it, what’s wrong with $25/hr? The former MS exec is worth $20Bil, why shouldn’t we all be have some of that wealth?

mankai on June 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Doc owes us all a pay raise to pay for that.
MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Sham-wows are made in Seattle?? o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

No worry. They’ll just raise taxes and increase the amount of unemployment pay.

GarandFan on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I collected unemployment once. My checks came from the state fund paid for by employers and were based on my earnings. Check off another increased direct cost to employers, even those without layoffs. Go gummint, you can do it!!

DublOh7 on June 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Bingo… And while they’re at it, what’s wrong with $25/hr?
mankai on June 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Because the Swiss voted THAT down resoundingly…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Bingo… And while they’re at it, what’s wrong with $25/hr? The former MS exec is worth $20Bil, why shouldn’t we all be have some of that wealth?

mankai on June 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Bah, no one can have a good life on $25/hour. They should raise it to at least $40/hour. That should be the minimum the poor minimum wage burger slingers should have to be forced to live on.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

So basically by the end of the decade, Seattle will resemble Detroit.

Doughboy on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

This. ^^

TarheelBen on June 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Hey, maybe that’s one way to get rid of unions:).

Barred on June 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I can’t get out of this state fast enough.

Helloooo Texas!

Though Eastern Washington is really nice.

exliberal on June 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Yeah, as Governor of Texas, I’m going to enforce strict border control – no one from any liberal states will be allowed to move here.

;)

Midas on June 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Do idiot progressives understand that a $15.00 per hour employee actually costs the employer more than $15.00 per hour?

Wendya on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

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