Small Businesses Support a $15 Minimum Wage for Oregon

In the wake of victories for $15 in Los Angeles and for fast food workers in New York, momentum for a statewide $15 minimum wage in Oregon continues to build. Signature gathering for the ballot is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Bipartisan
Bipartisan Cafe with an “I’d Shop Here” sign in their window to show support for a $15 minimum wage.

Meanwhile, seventeen businesses associations and Portland-area businesses have already signed on in support of a $15 minimum wage (see the full list of over 100 labor unions, community and faith organizations, and small businesses that have endorsed $15 in Oregon). These small businesses support $15 because they understand that when people who live in their communities have more money to spend, that their businesses will have more customers. The businesses and business associations include:

The Main Street Alliance of Oregon

Bipartisan Cafe

Paper Jam Press

Hawthorne Auto Clinic

Shwop

Tom Dwyer Automotive ServiceIdShopHere

Johnny’s Original Montavilla Barber Shop

Third Eye Shoppe

Buckman Cannabis

Hungry Tiger

Eastside Guitar Repair

Veloce Bicycles

The Belfry

Belfry
The Belfry with an “I’d Shop Here” sign in their window to show support for a $15 minimum wage.

Tara Tibetan Collection

3 Moons Massage

Holey Mole Food Truck

MSN Media

It isn’t just small businesses that are coming out in support of a $15 minimum wage. The Oregon-based economics think tank, Oregon Center for Public Policy, has published a report showing not only that a higher minimum wage works for small businesses, but also that Oregon’s small businesses can thrive with a $15 minimum wage.

With small businesses and economists getting on board with a $15 minimum wage in Oregon, it becomes increasingly clear that there is no reason to for Oregonians to settle for less than $15.  The right number for Oregon is $15, because no one who works should live in poverty.

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