Tom Douglas: $15 wage not for all

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by Linda Brill / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 7:00 PM

There is a new voice in opposition for a $15 minimum wage for all workers in Seattle.

The city's unofficial restaurant czar, Tom Douglas, says it could force him to raise prices by 20 percent and possibly close some restaurants.

Douglas wrote in a letter to his employees, "I would like to see a minimum wage increase (who decreed that it has to be $15?) phased in over 5 years for non tipped staff."

Douglas wrote, "If $15 NOW has its way without any consideration for tip enhanced wages, fine dining restaurant prices would immediately jump 20%."

Douglas is joined by the Seattle Restaurant Alliance's Nick Musser, Manager of the Icon Grill.

According to Musser, "We make two and a half percent profit. That's not even enough to cover what it would cost to increase my service folks to $15 an hour."   

The $15 wage supporters, who have focused on non-tipped fast food workers, say tipped workers should get the increase.

Sage Wilson, with Working Washington, said "We think everyone should start off at $15, as a basic floor. It should be 15 plus tips, not 15 minus this or 15 minus that."

 

 

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