Across the U.S., Workers at the Bottom of the Ladder Get Pay Raises
This is a simplistic tongue bath article making it sound like all is well, and wonderful, but there are more shoes to drop.
Minimum wage effect? DC restaurants lost more jobs since January than any 6-month period since 2001
Ok, not all low wage earners will get these pay bumps. Unless the workers can maintain productivity at a level which can pay off the new wage, the businesses will have to cut them free. In some cases this will allow the business to obtain a worker who can be sufficiently productive. But often this will not be the case, and then other changes will likely occur.
In today’s ‘challenging restaurant environment’ there’s no way to raise menu prices to offset minimum wage hikes
That limits the cost hike to consumers approach, at least for restaurants.
Starbucks baristas complain of reduced hours, why!
Oh, right, employers can simply cut hours, and reduce personnel on each shift, or require each individual be more productive. This means the wage increase in not actually a wage increase, instead it is an exchange of more money for more productive work. But here it is being accomplished with fewer hours, meaning the worker is now approximately receiving the same amount of weekly pay, but having to do more productive work.
This is not working out like the progressives advertised.
There are no free lunches, and those politicians advertising free lunches are lying to us.