Pending wage boost provokes minimal outcry from operators

The pending federal minimum wage increase to $7.25 per hour appears to be ruffling few feathers as its July 24 effective date nears.

While none of several operators interviewed cheered the 11-percent increase over the previous minimum wage rate of $6.55 per hour, most reported that they are already paying rates higher than what will soon be the new federal standard.

"Our utility people make $9.10 an hour, so the increase doesn't hurt us," said Neal Gilder,

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