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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

3 responses to “Opportunity wage bills an attempt to exploit teenage workers”

  1. salgal

    Give me a HUGE friggin’ break. These bills are dehumanizing to all, workers and management. Because profit of the owner(s) is the only legitimate consideration. How daft that the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the RIHA have rationalized this obvious narrative into some sob story about the owner(s) being in a predicament of eminent ruin if they pay their employees a living wage and treat them with respect. You can’t get it if you don’t give it.

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  2. jgardner

    Not that I imagine you care but the so-called state-of-the-art Allegretto/Dube/Reich study you and the NELP use as support for your claim has been shown to be methodologically flawed by Meer/West, Murphy, and Neumark/Salas/Wascher. Additionally, studies by Clemens/Wither, Baskaya/Rubinstein, Liu, Hyclak/Regmi, Powell, and Totty all suggest that increases in the min wage have negative employment effects on unskilled workers.

    You can call it lots of things but “economic nonsense” is not one of them.

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