The truth about 450 family wage jobs in Tukwila social card rooms | Letter

The casino supporters allege that if social card rooms are banned, 450 family wage jobs will be lost. According to the city of Tukwila Finance Department, the actual number of full time jobs for the three casinos still operating in Tukwila is 316, with an additional 98 which are part-time.

The casino supporters allege that if social card rooms are banned, 450 family wage jobs will be lost. According to the city of Tukwila Finance Department, the actual number of full time jobs for the three casinos still operating in Tukwila is 316, with an additional 98 which are part-time.

The question as to whether these are family wage jobs is another matter to be considered.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes393011.htm), casino gaming dealers had average annual earnings of $19,890 and an average hourly wage, including tips, of $9.56 as of May 2008. Washington dealers earned higher than the national average, with annual wages ranging from $23,710 to  $31,580 and hourly wages including tips ranging from $11.40 to $15.18 as of May 2008.

Even at the high end, $31,580, dealers fall far short of the family wage standard for King County of $52,509 (for family of 3) to $57,097 (for family of 4) as calculated by researchers at the WSU Social and Economic Sciences Research Center. (http://www.collegeworkready.org/downloads/finalforweb_improvingthe_odds_report_113007.pdf) At the low end, $23,710, dealers earn less than $1500 above poverty level for a family of four. (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/11poverty.shtml)

Most of these jobs are not held by Tukwila residents. There are still more than four years for casino employees to find work elsewhere and many of them will relocate with the casinos at the sunset of Ordinance 2323.

Vote No on Advisory Measure No. 1.

For more facts, visit www.FreeTukwila.org.

 

Jennifer McCoy

Tukwila

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