I Support the Fair Wage Bill Because:
While I support a higher wage for security, the introduction of this 'bill' will cause massive problems in the industry. Has anyone thought to where this money will come from? Did you think that suddenly there will be money to bring over 120,000 licensed guards up to this pay grade?
Before you say 'the government' well, they are broke. the only thing that makes government salaries go round are our tax dollars and these are rapidly becoming limited.
If you say 'security companies' these entities have already limited funds. If you're making 13/hour and suddenly they are forced to ante up another 2, you can bet that the Clients will not fork over that extra 2 dollars, especially, for example, if a new contract has just been signed. It will have to come out of the company's coffers and we all know that's not likely to happen. So either a wage freeze will result AT 15 forever or companies will go bankrupt.
If this becomes legislation, you'll give ammunition to those companies who are paying their people over 15 and possibly give teeth to clawback proposals from employers at contract renegotiation time. There are unionized and on unionized people going to suffer.
Who set this ridiculous bar at 15 dollars anyway? I know this sounds like gold if you're still living at home and have no bills but I STARTED making 15 dollars 20 years ago. have things really gotten better? Why not 18 or 25 dollars?
We have to stop with knee jerk reactions to bad working conditions and think things through. more money does not equate with better working conditions.