Big Socialism Lands $15 An Hour Minimum Wage in Seatac, WashingtonPosted: December 30, 2013
Big Labor wins court battle in Washington State, and now employers in SeaTac, Washington wil have to pay transportation and hotel workers $15 an hour.
The minimum wage was $9.32, but with the new ruling, employers will look to cut jobs, and some are even saying that they will close up shop, because they won’t be able to pay the 60 percent increase in worker pay.
Backers of the $15 minimum wage vow to appeal the ruling up the state Supreme Court. One of the biggest supporters is Kshama Sawant, a socialist who also won her election to the Seattle City Council. She plans on making Seattle the next city to have a $15 minimum wage.
“There may be a few jobs lost here and there, but the fact is, if we don’t fight for this, then the race to the bottom will continue,” Sawant said.
Sawant is skeptical that the higher minimum wage will lead to mass layoffs. But the American Car Rental Association estimates 5 percent of low-wage jobs will be cut; and another 5-10 percent of those workers will be replaced by more experienced workers.
The owner of Dollar Rental Cars told Fox News she’ll outsource some functions, change schedules and cut some staff in response to the new policy.
Big Socialism wins today, but who loses tomorrow?
- Businesses brace for ‘serious cuts’ as city enacts highest-in-nation $15 minimum wage (foxnews.com)
- Court Upholds Most of SeaTac $15 Minimum Wage Initiative, but Rules It Does Not Apply to Airport Workers (slog.thestranger.com)
- Judge rules that SeaTac’s $15 minimum-wage measure doesn’t apply to workers (oregonlive.com)
- Judge rules $15 minimum wage in SeaTac, Wash., applies to workers at large hotels, parking facilities, but not most workers at airport – @KING5Seattle (king5.com)
- Part Of Washington State Minimum Wage Hike Measure Struck Down By Superior Court Judge (huffingtonpost.com)
- Judge: $15 minimum wage does not apply at Sea-Tac Airport (q13fox.com)