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  •  Never could understand cheapskates. (21+ / 0-)

    Here in Seattle, we've got this nice little local fast-food chain called Dick's Drive-In. They've been around since the late 40s, and have all of six stores. Made the owner, Dick Spady, a wealthy man, and they are still gong strong. They have also received some national recognition. They use the same formula for success they used when they opened. Hire decent people, pay them a fair wage, and treat them decently. Seattle has one of the highest minimum wages in the country, and people start at Dick's at above minimum wage, plus they get health care. Employees also get tuition or childcare assistance.

    It should be a no-brainer. Labor is in one sense like any other product, you get what you pay for.

    Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

    by rhonan on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:53:57 PM PDT

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      Aunt Pat, rhonan

      Im a Seattleite also, Im not sure Dick's is a good comparison. Dick's is a right of passage for lots of people here, especially college aged folks. I do agree with what you are saying though.

      •  Still a good comparison. (0+ / 0-)

        Dick's competition is mostly national fast-food chains that treat their employees the same way Walmart does. Part of why Dick's is a right of passage is that decent wages make the job attractive. You get old guys reminiscing with not so old guys about their fond memories of working at Dick's because they were treated well enough to enjoy working in fast food for a while. Content people work better and care more for the company. I never worked at Dick's, but worked at another fast-food restaurant when I was young. I don't look back on it fondly, because I was over-worked, making minimum wage, and treated like an expendable commodity. I did what the boss demanded, didn't care about the company, and left for the first better offer.

        Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

        by rhonan on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 06:49:12 PM PDT

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    •  Too many "businesspeople"... (5+ / 0-)

      ...aren't that good at running or building businesses. We've conflated the extraction of profit with the health of a business, and by the same token the pay of executives with their performance.

      The reality is that any braindead schmuck CEO can enrich himself, and even generate short-term profit for his company.

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