“We have a culture in Seattle that if you’re not on board with the cause 100 percent, then you’re vilified. That’s got to loosen up, or we’re really heading for trouble.”
That’s Dave Meinert, owner of six bars and restaurants in town. He was one of only three on a 24-member advisory task force who dissented as the $15 wage plan was adopted in a progressive cheering parade three years ago.
One of his places that used to open at 11 a.m. now opens at noon, leading to a reduction of one hour per day, times three workers, equaling 21 fewer paid hours per week.