To the Editor: David Card's 2021 economics Nobel Prize for early 1990s research that included showing that New Jersey raising its minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.05 an hour did not result in job cuts did not surprise me.
Employers do not hire people out of charity, no matter how little they can pay them. Those who are willing to pay poverty wages to maximize profits will not hire anyone they don't need.
But if most workers followed Beth McGrath's lead, ("'I Quit.' Her Message Traveled Far Beyond Louisiana Walmart," by Richard Khavkine, Oct. 8 Chief-Leader), employers would have to offer decent wages and benefits as well as treating their workers like human beings.
Otherwise, they'd face mass resignations—if anyone had agreed to work for them in the first place.
Retired transit worker
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