One of the small things that makes Portland a nicer place to live that most places in the states is a small cardre of business owners who aren’t so focused on growth that they grind their employees into meat bits.
Case in point: If a New York based resturant owner was to come to Portland, they’d immediatly start lobbying to recind the minimum wage for servers since they get tips (the state of affairs in most other places).
In Portland? There’s resturant owners who want the city to require that employees have paid sick leave. It’s not that Portland’s a workers paradise or anything (this is America after all), but there are small pockets where even people making lower middle class to poverty level wages can claim a bit of human dignity.