Greater Louisville, Inc. – the self-appointed Metro Chamber of Commerce – has recently released an email to everyone who may have accidentally signed up for a GLI newsletter subscription. According to the email, GLI wants to know what we, the people, think of them:
In case you don’t recall, this capitalist organization was an outspoken opponent of the minimum wage ordinance that passed Metro Council earlier this year, which will gradually raise the wage to $9 per hour by 2017. Apparently, GLI believes that paying workers a fair wage so they don’t have to buy groceries without government assistance is simply just too much. In their own words:
“Consider the situation at one small manufacturing business that pays many of its 20 employees below $10.10/hr. To respond to the proposed Metro-dictated wage increase, this barely profitable business (which has no ability to raise prices) would literally need to DOUBLE its sales just to earn enough profit to stay even.”
At no point does GLI acknowledge that labor – like paper cups and napkins – is a commodity that costs money. If your business cannot survive on paying workers a fair wage, then you have no business being in business. Sorry folks, but that’s just how the market operates. Yet labor seems to be the only avenue in which businesses are willing to cut corners. And GLI has consistently been the pro-capitalist voice that substantiates such nonsense.
If I may quote FDR:
So how did I respond to the GLI email? With this [Note: the bit.ly embedded in the message below redirects to an Insider Louisville story about how and why local entrepreneurs have a hard time finding traction in this city]: