Cape Gazette: Minimum wage bill returns in Delaware

By Melissa Steele
Cape Gazette,  March 12, 2021

... In a press conference March 8, Sen. Jack Walsh, D-Stanton, said raising the minimum wage is about giving workers a living wage. “Somebody who puts in a full day of work should be able to put a roof over their heads,” he said. “They deserve our help in lifting them out of poverty.” ...

The bill proposes to incrementally increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.

Lewes businesswoman Courtney Sunborn ...  started her cleaning business, Ecolistic Cleaning, 18 years ago and ... today she starts [employees] at $14.50.

Sunborn said she knows other cleaning companies pay minimum wage or close to it, and legislation is needed to bring up wages. With a gradual yearly increase, she said, businesses would have time to acclimate to the new minimum wage.

“I think businesses that haven't made the switch don't even realize that there are so many benefits,” she said. “For me, I'm paying more, but they are more committed to the job.”

Sunborn said she has less turnover, which saves her money on training employees, and satisfied customers give word-of-mouth references that save her on marketing expenses.

She said she still makes a profit despite paying her employees more.

“Part of doing business is figuring out how to make all the numbers work,” she said. “My business model is a testimonial that it can work. My clients stick with us because I have such reliable staff who are happy to do their jobs.” ...

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