Thursday, January 05, 2006

City minimum wage is good for all

The U.C. Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations released a study yesterday measuring the impact of San Francisco's minimum wage laws on the city's economy. It turns out that requiring city employers to pay workers a minimum of $8.50 an hour (as opposed to the California's $6.75 minimum wage) isn't hurting employment growth or spurring business closures in the city. Big surprise: Restaurant owners, who employ a large percentage of the city's more than 54,000 workers who earn the minimum wage, contest the validity of the study. They claim that the minimum wage has hurt business in the city by slightly raising the price of a meal at a restaurant.

Um, last time I checked, restaurant dining is not a basic necessity. That's why we tax it, and why it's a perfect commodity to absorb the cost of a fair wage for San Francisco's hardest working people.


  • At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    $8.50 is still such a small amount. Maybe the restaurant owners need to reflect that a little more money in their employees pockets will keep turnover from being so great. Training gets very expensive.
    A friend


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