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If you live in the City of San Diego you either have been or soon will be approached by a signature gatherer for you to sign the minimum wage petition. If enough signatures are gathered in time and certified, it would put the recently approved City minimum wage ordinance to a vote of the people.

The City’s ordinance would raise the minimum wage in San Diego higher than that set by the State of California. Del Mar Automotive is not affected because we are not in the City of San Diego, but many other repair shops and dealerships in our area will be affected both by the minimum wage and Wage Order 9.

Wage Order 9, issued by the California Industrial Welfare Commission in 2004, requires that employees who are required to provide their own tools be paid double the minimum wage. Virtually all dealerships and auto repair shops require technicians to provide their own tools and this increase will put added pressure on our industry which will result in increased prices for repairs.

There has been no will in Sacramento to amend Wage Order 9 so we are appealing to customers to sign the petition.

If you want to read my personal feelings about union involvement in advertising against signing the petition go to www.allenlphillips.wordpress.com.


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