Readers Respond to living-wage bill
The mayor of Washington, D.C., is considering a proposal that hike the miminum wage in the district for big retailers.
The plan calls for a $12.50 minimum wage – well above the current $8.25 – for employees of companies with $1 billion or more in sales and stores measuring at least 75,000 square feet.
Here’s how HCN readers weighed in:
• “I would wager most independents are paying close to if not more than this now for their frontline people. It would be an interesting comparison.”
• “Electing people that insist on incredible largess seems to be the trend these days. Wages are a function of the marketplace, not government. If enacted, how will this added burden on brick & mortar retailers affect the consumer’s desire to purchase more products from online sellers, who are unencumbered by the added cost?”
-- Michael Slauson
• “I have always felt that wages should be based on mutual agreement between employer and employee -- not mandated by an enforced “minimums” structure.”