Says minimum wage a starting point

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 20, 2013 

Congratulations to the people of SeaTac who signed the petition and then voted to force their employers to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in their city. I am sure you are all rejoicing and happy about getting a pay raise from the state minimum wage of $9.04 an hour. I also hope you are ready for the fallout and the ramifications of your voting and your actions. You should know that your employer has to sell more products to pay your wages and make more money to keep his or her business from going broke. The hourly wage is not the only extra cost your employer will have to endure. Did you know they also match your Social Security deductions dollar for dollar when you get paid? I would imagine that in order to make the business work that some employees will have to be let go and the employees left behind will have to do more work to make up for the ones let go. Each company does business to make money. Some places might just close the doors. When they close the doors, all employees will lose their jobs. Minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage for workers. It is a starting point and is designed to give you an incentive to work hard and move up in the company to a higher wage for doing more work and having more responsibility. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

Julian McAllister

Bellingham

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