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November 28, 2016


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I am going to have to disagree with your viewpoint on this issue. The issue mentioned in the KVIA does not say anything about "up the line" (whatever that means). Nor, does it say anything about the contractor taking any percentage, which would not really affect the contract. The profit, if any for the contractor is surely going to come out of his end. Your wording suggests that Ms. Limon is wanting to raise all contract employees wages, but her focus is only those who currently earn less than the $10/hr. amount. Before you so roundly and completely condemn this idea, why not take a look at what has happened in places like Seattle more than a year after this has been done. Limon is right. We cannot make claims to being progressive if we still pay people less than minimum wage around here.


EP isn't a exactly a hotbed of construction. DFW, which is, Sheetrock guys are making at least 10 an hour without any sort of city code requirement.



Here is what happens when the lowest wage worker is raised to a new minimum of $10. The guy that made $10/hr who may or may not be a supervisor, or more experienced person, etc. will then ask for a wage increase because he has more responsibility than the minimum wage guy who is now at $10/hr. So the cycle goes on - each level of pay in that organization will require an increase. You can't pay a supervisor or more experienced person the same pay as an entry level person. Doesn't work that way. So yes - the cost eventually goes up for all pay levels and yes, the city ultimately pays for that increase in costs in the contract. What the city has to do is revise all their estimated costs for these type of contracts and make sure they are covered in the FY 2017 budget passed in August 2016 for these type of contracts. Construction is a different animal. There is a prevailing wage scale adopted by the City that sets the minimum wages for all construction classifications. Limon can't mess with that - they have to use the adopted wage scale - which currently is from the 2012 wage survey for construction trades.

Vendor.....THANK YOU!

john Dungan,

Read what Vendor wrote. You can't raise one without raising them all. And of course Limon wasn't looking at the whole picture. You're a union guy. What would happen if they raised the guy under you pay and didn't raise yours? You'd be mad.

I think y'all need to take a look at what has happened in Seattle before you make all your dire predictions. Here's a link to a new article, two years in:

And, David K, I am in favor of unions, yes, but that does not make me a "union guy," whatever the hell you think that might be.

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