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.
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
Paper Jam Press
Hawthorne Auto Clinic
Johnny’s Original Montavilla Barber Shop
Third Eye Shoppe
Eastside Guitar Repair
Tara Tibetan Collection
3 Moons Massage
Holey Mole Food Truck
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.