Battle in Seattle: Operators face $15 minimum wage

Battle in Seattle: Operators face $15 minimum wage

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With legislation to create a national $10.10-per-hour minimum wage standard on hold, ground zero in the minimum wage battle has shifted to Seattle, where restaurants could be just one city council vote away from having to pay a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Operators there say this rate would strike a mortal blow to their unit economics, and they’ve backed up their argument by showing council proprietary numbers that demonstrate why the $15 rate won’t work.

At present, operators in S

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