It’s all about profit
Re: “The real effects of raising minimum wage”, (Citizen, Jan. 4)
Dara, you are blowing off steam without actually studying the points I made in my letter.
Do not criticize if you have not done your homework. I am so happy that my letters upset you so much.
You mention that hiring signs are up everywhere. My letter states that these signs apply to replace people that have quit their jobs.
Dara, you mention that I have no comprehension as to why self check outs are being implemented. Cannot stop laughing from your comment. I do, you don’t. An owner wants to keep his bottom line profit. I refuse to use [self check outs].
You say that you have not heard one person wishing that they would agree to be paying medical premiums again. Are enjoying paying more property taxes and higher car insurance rates because of the elimination of the medical premiums, a better solution.
You mention that waiting in line ups for check out at retailers has nothing to do with the minimum wage increase. Then how come the wait times get longer each year after a minimum wage increase. You failed to mention this.
You mention that there is nothing wrong with the employer health care tax. In my letter, I stated that under the B.C. medical billing, the City of Vancouver paid out $4 million per year in B.C. medical billings. Under the new health employer tax the City of Vancouver now pays out $9 million per year. Total NDP cash grab, when the solution was to leave the B.C. medical billing as is and just lower the income tax rates.
Now Dara, remember that your local McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Tim Hortons, Wendy’s, A&W, and Subway as examples, these outlets are all franchisee owned. No corporate ownership. These franchisees each month have to pay out a percentage of their gross revenue in regards to franchisee fees. Corporate controls the menu pricing. Now put yourself in the shoes of a franchisee. Each month you have a bottom line profit. That is your money. Your NDP government now makes you pay out more wages because of minimum wage increases. This now comes out of your bottom line profit.
Your NDP government brings out legislation in a new health care employer tax, 1.95 per cent times your total payroll costs must be paid to the NDP government. This now comes out of your bottom line profit.
Dara, admit it that you as a franchise owner would lay off staff, reduce working hours, and not hire any new employees unless some employees quit their jobs. If you did not do this, then your bottom line profit decrease immensely, something that you do agree with.
In summary, do not criticize me in how a retail business operations functions, because if you were a franchisee owner, you would adopt my facts, reality, and common sense approach.