The overwhelming response to the story was simple concern over their own money, worried that of course, raising minimum wage is going to add to inflation. Businesses are concerned that their costs are rising.
All those statements may be true, but they quickly dismiss a couple of points. First, inflation impacts minimum wage workers just as much — more, in fact — than everyone else. If you’re looking for a cost of living increase, why wouldn’t they?
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But perhaps most importantly, rising labour costs is something businesses are just going to have to get used to. Everyone is looking for workers and labourers are exerting their power, finally. They are going to find and choose the jobs where they can make the most money, just like everyone else. Minimum wage just isn’t going to cut it. And if those workers can’t afford to live here, they’re not going to be available at all.
We’ve heard of numerous restaurants shutting down this year because they can’t find staff at all. I’ll bet $15.60 that if they raised their pay and treated their employees with respect, they wouldn’t have this issue.
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Marshall Jones, managing editor
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