Seattle Restaurant Sees Success Thanks to Higher Wages

food-878448_1280A Seattle restaurant has raised menu prices 21% to allow them to pay the new $15 minimum wage to all employees 2 years ahead of schedule. Tips are no longer required and customers seem to be on-board with these changes.

It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent higher than before. One waitress is saving for accounting classes and finding it easier to take weekend vacations, while another server is using the added pay to cover increased rent.

Seattle’s law, adopted last year after a strong push from labor and grassroots activists, bumped the city’s minimum wage to $11 beginning April 1, above Washington state’s highest-in-the-nation $9.47. Scheduled increases that depend on business size and benefits will bring the minimum to $15 within four years for large businesses and seven years for smaller ones.

Find out more at CBS Money Watch.

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