State House News Service: Biz Owners to Make Plug for Higher Minimum Wage

By Michael P. Norton
State House News Service, Dec 5, 2017

A business owner who raised his company's entry wage to $15 an hour last year says his company has experienced less staff turnover, better customer service, and growing sales since then.

Michael Kanter plans on Tuesday to describe the wage hike's impact as activists submit more than 139,000 signatures to the state in their bid to put a question on the 2018 ballot requiring the minimum wage to rise to $15 an hour by 2022.

"When we announced to customers why we were increasing our starting wage we received more positive feedback than at any other time in our history. And we've seen a big increase in new customers coming through our doors," Kanter, of Cambridge Naturals, plans to say at a press conference outside the McCormack Building at One Ashburton Place. According to Kanter, Cambridge Naturals plans to open a second store in Boston next year. ...

Others planning to back a higher minimum wage include Laura Fisher of Fisher Agencies in Burlington and Mansfield, Dan Rosenberg of Real Pickles in Greenfield and Valerie Gurdal of Formaggio Kitchen in Boston and Cambridge.

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