Letter: Low wages

February 1, 2014 

Recently, an article appeared in the Idaho Statesman about Idaho having the lowest minimum wage. Evidently, some people found this hard to swallow. I wonder if they would have felt differently had this position been for having the lowest cost of living.

Believe me when I say that in the long term, the result of obtaining higher income by means of a strike or minimum wage is the same.

Shortly after I left Boise 55 years ago for Montana, the employees of Anaconda Co. went on strike. They wanted higher wages. This directly affected the economies of Butte, Anaconda and Great Falls, Mont.

The retail stores showed their concern for the strikers by holding their prices down as much as possible. Those of us who were steadily employed and receiving our pay enjoyed the lower prices at the strikers’ expense. Of course, when the strike was over, the retail prices shot up. This was to be expected. Any costs incurred when bringing the product to market are paid by the consumer. So, in the end, what do you have? Inflation. Can we afford that?

Robert E. Mitchell, Boise

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