Businessman to Businesses: Let the Wage Hike Stand
Mel Katz joined us on the podcast this week to talk about who benefits from a minimum wage increase and why businesses with the power to stall the measure should step down.
Mel Katz knows a lot about jobs in San Diego. As executive officer and co-owner of staffing firm Manpower San Diego, he’s spent the last 37 years recruiting workers for local businesses.
So he brings a certain degree of authority in his endorsement of the minimum wage compromise approved by City Council last month, then vetoed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer last week.
If Monday’s Council vote overrides the mayor’s veto, Katz said he wants the measure to move forward as planned without any more interruptions. Here’s what he and Irwin Jacobs wrote in a U-T op-ed Friday:
It will benefit the San Diego economy, and be good for local businesses. We urge our local business community, let’s not delay, let’s not divide, and let’s not throw good money after bad. Please drop the referendum threat.
Katz joined VOSD Radio‘s Scott Lewis, Caty Green and Andrew Keatts this week to break down what San Diego can learn from other cities about the minimum wage, why he thinks a referendum wouldn’t work and what the future might hold for the city’s status as a mecca for conventions.
Jump to 22:14 to hear Katz’s interview.
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