I’ve been an employee at an automotive repair shop in San Luis Obispo for 15 years now. I started working a full-time position at $9 an hour. Though I had an associate degree in automotive, my starting wage was fitting because the quantity and quality of work I was able to produce was low. I was one of numerous people over the years, without experience, that the owner was kind enough to risk hiring and give on-the-job training to.
After talking to him about California raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and knowing from experience what a newcomer to the industry can produce, we determined that we will no longer be able to hire someone like one of our high school interns or anyone else wanting to enter the industry for the first time. Thanks, California, for the wave of part-time jobs and unemployment that’s coming.
-- Greg Larson - San Luis Obispo