Tl;dr: Seattle firms need to pay employees decently which is bad for hungry right-wing journalist's wallet.
(Edit: my argument is not that this is somehow a bad thing to write, but that it's an opinion piece disguised as neutral reporting)
I assume the Costco they mentioned in passing still has the nation wide 1.50 hot dog and soda deal and Costco is a lot better place for workers in terms of wages and benefits over Subway. Did the writer forget this detail or did he drop it because it didn't match his narrative?
If you’re interested in this story, Google for “Tim Horton’s minimum wage Ontario” and you’ll find plenty of similar coverage, and not just Timmies... A few weeks ago, minimum wage was CA$11.60 an hour in Ontario, it’s now $14 an hour, and will increase to $15 in 2019. But most chain stores haven’t raised prices, so you get conflict, and where there’s conflict, there’s no end to the news coverage...
My god, well stop the presses. One Subway stopped serving foot long sandwiches for 5 dollars.
The real "minimum wage" is actually "zero."
> The biggest cost driver, as Jones' sign mentions, is Seattle's highest-in-the-nation minimum wage. It went from $9.47 to $11 per hour in 2015, then to $13 per hour in 2016, with a further increase to $15 per hour planned.
Good thing businesses just got a big tax cut which will help offset those wage increases. Some companies even voluntarily raised their minimum hourly wage to $15 as a result of it.
"The net outcome: In 2016, the 'higher' minimum wage actually lowered low-wage workers' earnings by an average of $125 a month."
No, it turned some of the low-wage workers into higher-wage workers, leaving not as many low-wage workers and therefore less total work done and money earned by low-wage workers. Which was the goal.
Now if the goal of raising the minimum wage were to ensure wages were low, you're right, it's a disaster!
Well, this is the last straw. Socialism has officially ruined this country.