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  • Group pushes for higher minimum wage in Santa Fe County

    Jaco Foster carries out an order at Cafe Fina on Friday. The city of Santa Fe’s living wage does not apply to the restaurant south of town on Old Las Vegas Highway, but owner Murphy O’Brien says he pays employees at least $11 an hour because it’s the ‘right thing to do.’ Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

  • Group pushes for higher minimum wage in Santa Fe County

    Cook Hector Calles prepares an order at Cafe Fina on Friday. The city of Santa Fe’s living wage does not apply to the restaurant south of town on Old Las Vegas Highway, but owner Murphy O’Brien says he pays employees at least $11 an hour because it’s the ‘right thing to do.’ Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

  • Group pushes for higher minimum wage in Santa Fe County

    Luis Leon takes customer orders at Cafe Fina on Friday. The city of Santa Fe’s living wage does not apply to the restaurant south of town on Old Las Vegas Highway, but owner Murphy O’Brien says he pays employees at least $11 an hour because it’s the ‘right thing to do.’ Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:40 am, Wed Sep 4, 2013.

For the past few months, members of the New Mexico chapter of the national labor advocacy group Working America have been going door to door in Santa Fe County. They have been gathering signatures from people who support extending the city of Santa Fe’s minimum wage into the rest of the county. So far, the group has gathered about 4,000 signatures, including nearly 500 gathered via an online petition.

Working America’s New Mexico director, Chelsey Evans, said the group wants to gather 6,000 signatures before approaching the Santa Fe County Commission about the possibility of increasing the lowest wage people in unincorporated parts of the the county can be paid from $7.50 per hour to $10.50 per hour.

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  • Edprof posted at 12:27 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

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    Perhaps Mr. Murphy O'Brien will never be a millionaire; perhaps he already is. Same for Simon Brackley, yet I venture to say that both are at least economically comfortable. But true happiness, fulfillment and success are measured by generosity of soul and living the spiritual precept behind "Whatsoever you do to the least of My brethren, that you do unto Me." There is no contest between the actual good Mr. O'Brien accomplishes as compared to the greed Mr. Brackley "works" to sustain. Thank you for uplifting our city/county, Mr. O'Brien.

     
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