Archive for Saturday, January 13, 2007

Wages clarified

January 13, 2007


To the editor:

I feel the need to set something straight about the article on the minimum wage increase. I believe that Rudy's Pizzeria was not given a fair shake. Everyone who works there makes a base pay, but also makes commissions and tips. The end result is a wage that is two to three times that of minimum wage and far above what is considered a living wage. People who work at Rudy's do so for years because they do get paid well and are treated with much respect. On top of treating its employees well, Rudy's donates to almost every local organization that asks for help, including churches, schools, charities and more. For 16 years this locally grown business has done right by its employees and the community and deserves to have the record set straight.

Chad Glazer,



Ragingbear 11 years, 2 months ago

Nice to see that Rudy's saw fit to send a letter that parades them around.

Keep in mind that there are TWO minimum wages. The one that most people know of $5.15hr. And the one that is $2.37 an hour for those that have tips. Most likely, the large amounts of tips accumulated being double or triple minimum wage means $4.74-$6.10 an hour...

KS 11 years, 2 months ago

Also keep in mind that any business that receives any type of federal funding or is involved in interstate commerce is subject to the Federal minimum wage act and not the lower State of Kansas.

I see the price of pizza going up!

Richard Heckler 11 years, 2 months ago

Great Pizza+great service=happy customers=job security = economic growth = sharing success with our community.

Many Rudy's pizza employees do in fact seem to stick around.

Hey Chad how about considering French Red Bordeaux and Fat Tire to serve with your outstanding pizza?

Godot 11 years, 2 months ago

Good effort, Chad, but the Sorosites will never allow facts to stand in the way of their perpetuation of a myth.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 2 months ago

"perpetuation of a myth"

Aside from the myth emanating only from your mind and keyboard that Soros has anything to do with this, to which myth to you refer, Godot?

monkeyhawk 11 years, 2 months ago

Epiphany! It has finally dawned on me how merrill acheives his 3-D thoughts.... he is sloshed on Fat Tire and Chiant, all the while conducting traffic. Perfect!

Godot, I don't believe that your Soros assertion is that far off... with 600 ACLU card carriers in our little town, and all the pretty protest signs acquired directly from, I can smell a connection. Besides, isn't that the goal of the anti-everythings - to infiltrate government at the lowest possible levels?

Phil Mitchell 11 years, 2 months ago

Actually, the wages he was referring to are in regard to the regular minimum wage, NOT the server/waiter wage that the uninformed person above eluded to. Having been a past employee, I can say with confidence that Rudy's, along with many other downtown local businesses pay their employees well. They do this in order to attract and retain a good staff, which is much of what makes a good downtown business. A minimum wage hike will make it difficult for local businesses to continue this practice without increasing their prices. Many downtown employees prefer to spend downtown as well. So, they may get paid slightly better after the wage increase, but they will probably have to pay higher prices to support the businesses they love.

Bruce Bertsch 11 years, 2 months ago

The solution at Rudy's is quite simple...Reduce the commissions equal to the amount of the minimum wage increase. Prices remain the same, pay remains the same, employees are retained. Perhaps an increase in the price of "adult" beverages would also help cover the increased labor costs.

Jamesaust 11 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps true, but wouldn't everyone be well off if the minimum wage was $50/hour? Isn't that how it works?

I for one am writing a letter this weekend and asking for a government decree that the wage be $50 (and that temperatures always peak daily at 75 degrees). Its just a matter of moving dollars from pockets that have too much (and giant dredges to pull air from too warm places to colder places). Come on! If we can put a man on the moon then we can rewrite any of the laws of nature.

Ragingbear 11 years, 2 months ago

What? No way.....

Runs out the door screaming

We've landed on the moon!

budwhysir 11 years, 2 months ago

So now I see how it works, if the ljw prints an article about my business that I feel spreads the wrong word, I can write a letter to the editor and show my support for my own business.

I remember the day when the letter to the editor was for expressing other concerns

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 2 months ago

"Perhaps true, but wouldn't everyone be well off if the minimum wage was $50/hour? Isn't that how it works?"

That would hardly be a minimum wage, now would it? So I guess the answer, is no, that's not the way it works.

"If we can put a man on the moon then we can rewrite any of the laws of nature."

By definition, clearly, any laws regarding the minimum wage have absolutely nothing to do with the "laws of nature."

budwhysir 11 years, 2 months ago

Well, for the record, I would like to clarify wages:

Wages are paid money for a job done. This can be a minimum or a maximum job and will constitute min. or max wages. Such as speaking politicaly the pattern in that we look at wages as an end to inflation.

Therefor, speaking in a wing since, we must, shall, and have, put together arguments, pertaining too and focusing on the wage end of minimum and the work end of maximum. In a sense inflating the definitions of both prior and later speaking. Politicaly of course. Thanks

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