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Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean emeritus of FSPH and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management with a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, was quoted on August 4 in a Los Angeles Times column by David Lazarus titled, "Millionaire CEOs should support a living wage for fast-food workers," about the effect of minimum wage levels on workers.
From the column:
"We have mounting evidence that raising the minimum wage won't increase unemployment," said Linda Rosenstock, dean emeritus of UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health. "If anything, it will create benefits for employers."
For example, she said, a living wage improves employee morale, which in turn boosts productivity and reduces costly turnover.
Rosenstock said recent research has shown that low pay can take a toll on workers' health by forcing them to hold multiple jobs or perform double shifts, and to not seek medical treatment when needed. This can result in higher absenteeism.
"Raising the minimum wage can address that," she said.