Gainesville Sun: Satchel Raye: Raising the minimum wage will help Florida succeed

Op-Ed By Satchel Raye
Gainesville Sun, Oct 8, 2020

I was a 30-year-old dishwasher when I got married. I knew my wife loved me for me since I didn’t have any money. Twenty-two years later, I’m still married to the same wonderful woman and now I pay out over $1.5 million in wages each year as the owner of Satchel’s Pizza and Satch Squared in Gainesville. I was secretly an entrepreneur waiting for my chance.

As a lifetime restaurant worker, I knew what it was like to live on low pay that doesn’t even cover the basics. I remember what it felt like having to ask for a 25-cent hourly raise, and I would ask every year.

At 35, I inherited my grandparents’ house and finally had the collateral to borrow money and open that pizza place I always wanted. I knew right away that I was going to pay higher wages and give out dollar raises before people asked because I wanted people to enjoy working for me and I wanted them to be able to make a living. ...

Paying a living wage is good for everyone. That’s why I support ballot Amendment 2 to raise Florida’s minimum wage. ...

At my restaurant, turnover is low and training new workers isn’t needed as often, which saves us money. Employees really get to know the job, down to every little detail.

Customers notice the staff retention. Not only does it reflect well on how we operate our business, but employees get to know the customers. We’re rooted in our community and it shows. ...

Satchel Raye is owner of Satchel’s Pizza and Satch Squared in Gainesville.

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