The City of Seattle hosted a “symposium” to trumpet how good it would be if businesses just ignored the realities of the job market and started everybody off at $15 an hour, like Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant tells them.
Unfortunately, some reality got in their way of singing “kumbaya” together.
It seems that rich-guy Nick Hanauer, one of the loudest voices for $15 an hour, got off message by supporting the inclusion of tips and health care benefits in the minimum wage calculation. That led to a sharp – and hypocritical – rebuke from labor leader David Frieboth. Frieboth thought that Hanauer use of common-sense “undermines the mayor’s advisory committee,” because it meant someone other than labor leaders and Sawant would “take positions in public forums” that might slow down the railroading of the minimum wage boost.
Before things got out of hand, Mayor Ed Murray rode to the rescue for his plan to do serious damage to Seattle’s economy. Murray re-iterated his desire to “make history” by jacking up the minimum wage.