Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Politics | Tags: Fast Food, Minimum Wage, robots
So you are demanding that the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour? “You can’t raise a family on the minimum wage” is the common cry. Work at a fast food chain was never meant to support a family. The positions were meant to be for part-time workers,with some full time advancement. There is no shortage of people capable of doing the job. Most of the jobs go to beginners just starting in the job market,
Nevertheless, there is a lot for a new worker to learn: how to interact with customers, how to make change, how to stay cheerful and cope with difficult people and keep the premises clean. Those skills, if well performed, can be a stepping stone to the next job.
The mayor of Los Angeles just signed a $15/hr minimum wage bill into law. The minimum wage will go from its current minimum to $15 an hour by 2020, for businesses with 25 or more employees. The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 since 2009.
Unions have been big supporters of the Fight for $15 movement, so supposedly they backed the effort to make the minimum wage $15 an hour in Los Angeles, which makes sense even if the $15 an hour does not.
Somebody apparently did the math. Unions are now insisting that $15 an hour should not be the minimum wage where unions are involved. Union shops should be allowed to set the wage lower than $15 if that’s what they want to do.
There should be no minimum wage. A wage should be determined by a willing worker and a willing employer. There needs to be a place for real beginners, for people down on their luck who want to earn enough for their next meal. Many people are willing to pay someone to do a dirty job, but if it costs too much — they’ll do it themselves. Think washing windows, raking leaves, digging a ditch. There are lots of jobs for those who are unkempt, don’t speak the language, Here in Seattle, hotel workers and airport workers get the higher minimum wage, but now they have to pay for parking and for meals.
People on the left always envision businessmen and corporate officers as mean and greedy people who treat their workers badly. So they plan to force businesses to do what they say, with no understanding that businesses exist to make a profit. They are not charitable enterprises.
“Progressive,” “socialist,” and “liberals” are today interchangeable terms that describe participants in a moral crusade with a political agenda usually referred to as “social justice.” It can be summed up as equality imposed by the state. The quest for a utopia of equals forges progressive alliances, defines their allegiances and justifies the means they are willing to use to get there.” (David Horowitz: Take No Prisoners)
McDonald’s in Europe just hired 7,000 touch-screen cashiers.
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