This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
The concept of a “training wage” – one that would allow an employer to pay less than the minimum wage while a young worker learns the rope – makes a lot of sense.
But Senate Bill 5275 – the training-wage legislation that supporters expect will be approved by the Senate – has some flaws that need addressing, either in the House or with floor amendments in the Senate.
Supporters are promoting the bill as a way to provide more job opportunities for young, inexperienced people. But SB 5275 doesn’t specify that the lower wage it would allow – 75 percent of Washington’s $9.19 hourly minimum wage (or $6.89 per hour) – would only apply to young or inexperienced workers. Read more »