Clothing Store GAP Raising Employee Minimum Wage to $10, Gives Perfect Reason Why

gapThe debate over the minimum wage has been fierce lately, with most Democrats backing a push to raise it to $10.10 and Republicans strongly opposing such action.

But of course they do.  If it were a tax break for the super rich, they’d vote in favor of it unanimously.  If it’s something to help out the poor, they’re almost always against it.

And yes, I’m aware the CBO released a report that said raising the minimum wage could cost 500,000 jobs.  That report also said it would lift 900,000 out of poverty.  And let’s not ignore the fact that many economists have said that raising the minimum wage is good for the economy.

Well, the clothing store GAP recently announced that it’s going to be raising the minimum wage it pays its employees to $10 per hour.  But it’s not just the fact that they’re raising their minimum wage.  I believe the reason why they’re doing it is just as important as what they’re doing.

GAP Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy said, “To us, this is not a political issue.  Our decision to invest in frontline employees will directly support our business, and is one that we expect to deliver a return many times over.”

Amazing isn’t it?  Common sense being used when it comes to wages.

If a business takes better care of their employees, pays them better, treats them better – those employees are likely to be far more productive and loyal.  They’ll work hard, call in sick less and not quit their jobs as often.

You increase productivity which will boost revenue and you decrease costly employee turnover which saves on expenses.

That’s just common sense.

And let’s not ignore the fact that when Americans are paid more, they have more money to spend, which then boosts consumer spending.  You know, that little thing called “demand” which is much more important for economic growth than tax cuts.

I just hope more businesses start following examples like these.  There’s no reason why businesses can’t pay their workers a living wage and still remain highly profitable.  Because if a company can’t do that, should they be in business in the first place?

A part of an employer’s responsibility should be to ensure everyone working for their company earns enough to take care of themselves and their family.  And if an employer can’t ensure that, well – I don’t feel sorry for them.

Forced slave labor would be extremely cost-effective, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

But of course, this won’t make a bit of difference when it comes to the national debate on raising the minimum wage.  Something the vast majority of Americans support doing.  It’s funny, when it comes to “Obamacare,” something that only about half of Americans oppose (with a decent chunk of the opposition to the law coming from liberals who don’t think it’s liberal enough), Republicans are adamant that the “American people have spoken!”  Which is why they continue to hold pointless votes to repeal the health care law.

Yet when 76% of Americans support raising the minimum wage, suddenly Republicans don’t seem too eager to listen to the American people.

This is just another issue in this country that the vast Americans support, along with expanded background checks and immigration reform, that we might never see passed because Republicans in Congress won’t allow it.

So the question I ask is, “If the vast majority of Americans support raising the minimum wage, but Republicans in Congress who are supposed to represent the American people keep preventing it from happening, just who are they representing?”

Well, I think the answer to that question is pretty obvious.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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