How will your organization be affected by a local minimum wage? (November 2022 Update)
- This decision has very real consequences to my organization that I have not yet had time to understand. Why hasn’t my voice been heard in this discussion?
- The affects of the pandemic and stimulus response have drastically changed the relationship between me and my employees, this will create even greater divisions.
- The State Legislature has mandated new costs and responsibilities on my organization. Implementing a local minimum wage that has not been substantiated by good data feels like I’m being punished for offering good jobs at appropriate wages for my industry.
- My organization does not have the luxury of raising prices to account for increased personnel costs. Our contracts/grant support is locked in. [I will lose customers that are already stretched by inflation]
- I have employees that will either need to reduce their hours or stop working all together to avoid losing public benefits that exceed the increase on their paycheck. This means I will need to find another qualified employee in a very tight labor market.
- Minimum wage is not a substitute for a so called ‘living wage’. Employers cannot be held accountable for all the influences on the cost of living. I don’t control housing costs, I don’t control transportation costs, or where my employees live and with whom they choose to live.
- What is the driving force behind moving this process along so quickly without talking to more than a few employers? I am an employer, but I’m also a member of this community. Let’s sit down and talk about how we can solve problems together.
Source: Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce