Low Wage Workers Should Think Twice About a $15 Minimum Wage

McWorker

– 10 November 2015 –

Clusivius:

Clusivius-sqLow-paid workers across the U.S. are demanding a $15 minimum wage, up from existing rates that vary among states and localities but meet, at the very least, the $7.25 federal limit.

Low-wage workers across the country joined fast-food employees in the largest-ever strike to hit the industry in the fight for higher pay. They hope to capture the attention of 2016 candidates by striking one year from Election Day.

Hundreds of protesters marched in downtown Brooklyn early on Tuesday, blocking traffic and carrying banners that demand that elected leaders implement a $15 an hour minimum wage and union rights.

In addition to New York City, workers began a walkout of their jobs starting at 6 a.m. in cities Chicago, Atlanta and Kansas City, among others.

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio joined the protesters later on Tuesday morning to show his support.
“In New York City, we have well over a million people who don’t make 15 dollars an hour – a million people trying to struggle to get by.

And this movement shined a light on that reality and said: ‘we’re not going to go on like that,’” the mayor said to a group of demonstrators.

I sympathize with these workers, if not their manipulators. Plenty of poor people are working three or more part-time, low-paying service jobs, or menial factory jobs, whose families depend on this meager income.

The situation came about—in part—because many employers have cut the hours of full-time workers to part-time to avoid the insurance requirements of ObamaCare for those who work 30 hours or more. Also, modern business models all but require the tightest profit margins possible, using economies of scale, getting the most out of fewer workers. Add large-scale immigration, legal and illegal, to the mix, and suicidal trade pacts, and we have a large supply of very cheap labor.

And now many people can’t get full time employment while others have to work 60+ hours on the road because it costs too much to hire more.

Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage will only help a small number of these part-time low-wage, low-skilled workers.

As the cost of labor increases, employers who are already running under tight margins will have to reduce their labor pool to compete, or else go out of business. Consumers will see more automated check-outs at retail stores, and automation will replace other services, such as fast food work.

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The restaurant industry is on the verge of an automated revolution. Do these protesters want to speed these changes into being?

Doubling the minimum wage would give the robotics industry a major boost. And once the industry reaches a critical mass, the prices for robots or other automatons will drop. Once automation becomes cheap enough, whole swathes of workers in the service sector, as well as what remains of our manufacturing sector, will find themselves unemployed.

What will societies do with all of these unemployable poor? The government can’t pay them all to do nothing, and even if the nanny state could somehow support these people they would still demand more benefits, like spoiled children.  It is a recipe for senseless revolution.

C. F. van Niekerk:

150708-van-NiekirkFrankly, I welcome automation.

The services that so many of these low-wage workers provide are often sub-par, even revolting. How many times must I deal with rude incompetent snots who obviously find my presence a terrible inconvenience to them? And what has happened to standards of appearance?

In recent years I have quit going to several businesses because I don’t want to see the freaks who work there.

I recently was served at a local credit union by a very polite but ghastly fat black(?) woman(?) with a fuzzy growth of black beard wrapped around its chin(?) like a wreath. It was too much uncertainty! Too much ambiguity and ugliness! I won’t ever go back. It took me days to recover!

We need more automation!

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“Welcome to Taco Bell! Uh-hee-hee-hee! Uh-hee-hee-hoo-hoo!”

Ugly, Barney-Rubble-looking dykes took over the Taco Bell/Long John Silver’s near my workplace.  First it was the manager, then one of the cooks, and then the whole place fell to the onslaught. It reached a point where I couldn’t even consider the possibility of eating there without my mind forming a vision of three smelly tortilla-wrapped clam meals, all orbiting through the air around Barney Rubble’s chuckling face, clad in her(?) purple uniform. I won’t go back there either.

More automation, please!

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