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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Chicago's discriminatory practices

The Chicago City Council just approved a "living wage" requirement of $10 an hour (plus $3 in fringe benefits) in their city.

While I disagree with increasing the minimum wage because I believe it simply leads to inflation, which leads to more minimum wage hikes, which are bad for the economy, etc...., I disagree even more with the discriminatory application of this new requirement.

Chicago's new $10 an hour policy is only applied to "mega-retailers with over $1 billion in annual sales and stores of at least 90,000 square feet".

Hmm...who fits that description? Could it be...Wal-Mart?

Don't get me wrong. I can't stand Wal-Mart. I don't go there because I don't like the way they treat their wholesalers, based on what knowledge I have of the company. I also prefer to support stores that are cleaner and easier to shop.

But this is wrong. To single out a company just because they're bigger than you'd like is wrong. It's more than wrong; it's socialistic.


Blogger kristi noser declared,

"You have to pay through the nose if your logo includes a blue star, a red circle, or an apostrophe ess."
This is really unfair, not to mention that mom and pop will not be able to get anyone to work for them cuz they don't have to pay the "big bucks".

7/27/2006 5:50 PM  

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