Push for $15 minimum wage spreads to Pierce Co.

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by ABBEY GIBB / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Updated Saturday, May 3 at 6:13 PM

The push for a $15 minimum wage has made its way to Pierce County.
  
Supporters held a rally Saturday in Tacoma. Their goal is to get enough signatures to force the city to follow Seattle's lead and raise the minimum wage.

They say big business can afford to pay $15 an hour, but small business owners say that's not realistic.

"We would have to cut most of our staff and would have to go back to working ourselves all the time.  We worked really hard to get to this point, and a lot of people's work ethics have just dropped.  They feel like they deserve it opposed to they need to earn it," said Dorky's Arcade owner, Caroline Denewith.

"$15 an hour at this point would probably put us out of business," said Greg Troger who just opened Forum restaurant three months ago.

The Tacoma 15 Now campaign hopes to the an initiative on next year's ballot.

We reached out to both the mayor's office and the county executive board. No one was available for comment.

 

 

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