Leftists Celebrated $15/Hr Minimum Wage, Now They Can’t Figure Out Why They’re Being Fired

H/T Western Journal.

These $15/Pr Hr Minimum wage people are victims of the old adage of”Be careful of what you wish for as you just might get it.” 

In the years since New York and other liberal cities celebrated raising the minimum wage for workers to $15 an hour, many fast-food restaurant employees have reported being inordinately terminated for minor infractions.

To combat the issue of such terminations, which they see as “unfair,” two Democratic city council members in New York have introduced bills that would diminish the power employers have over their workforce.

According to the New York Daily News, a bill from council members Adrienne Adams and Brad Lander, who represent districts in Queens and Brooklyn respectively, would prevent employers from terminating employment for any reason other than “misconduct or failure to do the job.” The bill also equates employers reducing their employees’ hours by 15 percent or more to the employees being fired.

Another bill introduced by Adams and Lander would force establishments to base firings or layoffs during times of economic hardship on employee seniority.

The proposed “Just Cause” legislation comes after a number of restaurant employees complained in a survey of losing their jobs for minor infractions, or in some cases, for no reason at all.

“Too many fast-food workers have been fired without a just cause, without a warning, without even any notice,” Lander said. “And if you can be fired simply on the whim of an angry boss or a disgruntled customer’s complaint, then you’re far more vulnerable to harassment or abuse.”

While it is certainly valid to fight being unjustly fired, employees, along with Lander and Adams, should also be aware of how increased operating costs might leave businesses with no other choice but to let go of employees whose wages are costing them too much.

Restaurants that have managed to stay afloat, despite having to hike up their prices and pass the increased operating expenses along to their customers, could decide that the cost of doing business is simply too great.

That could leave many more young or unskilled workers with no jobs at all.

Raising the minimum wage for food workers may have seemed like a good idea to workers at the time, but it has clearly come with many negative consequences in New York and other cities.

A minimum wage hike hit restaurants in Seattle particularly hard, where dining establishments simply cannot afford to stay open.

As a result, many food workers in the city have found themselves without a paycheck. The city’s reeling business community is still struggling to adapt to the added labor costs.

“In order to buy great product and pay a great wage that people can live on in our city … the math just doesn’t work,” Seattle chef Matt Dillon said to the Seattle Times when he announced his restaurant would be closing. “There’s gonna be a reckoning, big time. I don’t think it’s gonna be pretty.”

Seattle’s minimum has risen progressively since 2014 and will top out at $15 an hour next year, according to CNBC.

New York City is taking the issue farther by proposing to become the first city to dictate to restaurants when and how they will deploy their labor force.

Businesses in the Empire State, with already razor-thin profits margins, could choose to continue to offset payroll costs through automation or through staff reductions.

Computers, after all, don’t get sick, don’t take smoke breaks and won’t argue with customers.

Restaurant owners could also choose to pack up and leave cities and states where it is becoming cost-prohibitive to operate.

As one New York restaurant chief executive told The New York Times, “Ultimately I’m a fan of making our employees’ lives better but some of these rules make it really, really challenging for us to operate.”

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is currently the frontrunner to win the party’s nomination, supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour — a move supported by other Democratic candidates.

Billionaire Tom Steyer has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $22 an hour, FOX Business reported.

In evaluating a nationwide minimum wage increase, the Congressional Budget Office concludes, “By boosting the income of low-wage workers who keep their jobs, a higher minimum wage raises their families’ real income, lifting some of those families out of poverty. However, income falls for some families because other workers lose their jobs and business owners must absorb at least some of the higher costs of labor. For those reasons, the net effect of a minimum-wage increase is to reduce average family income.”

If Democrats have their way, businesses seeking relief from the undue burden of government over-regulation might just find themselves with no safe place to operate, and workers will find themselves without a place to work.

Remember: New Reports Confirm $15 Minimum Wage Bill Will Cost Americans 1.3 Million Jobs

H/T Flag And Cross.

DemocRats are too blinded by their ideology to see or care about the cost of $15 per hour minimum wage.

The cost of lost jobs and mom and pop businesses closing and higher prices on everything.

How do Democrats feel about this?

A $15 minimum wage for low-skilled workers sounds good in theory. If companies can afford it, then do it. But most businesses can’t afford it. That’s why there is such pushback.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that spiking wages will cause companies to cut back workers’ hours, stop hiring, raise prices, and potentially go out of business entirely. And yet, uninformed liberals keep fighting the fight just to hear their own voices.

From Daily Caller:

House Democrats’ proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would most likely leave 1.3 million Americans jobless by 2025, according to a study released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

  

Noting a “considerable uncertainty” about the impact a $15 per hour minimum wage would have on employment, the CBO estimated that “there is about a two-thirds chance that the change in employment would lie between about zero and a reduction of 3.7 million workers” by 2025, with the median estimate being 1.3 million jobless Americans.

It could not be easier to defeat a liberal argument.

All you have to do is use their own words against them.

For example, Democrat Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is upset that she had to pay $7 for a croissant – as anyone would be.

But how is it so hard for AOC to see why she’s paying $7?

A basic lesson in economics should have Ocasio-Cortez understanding that when minimum wages rise, so do the costs of goods.

Hasn’t she ever heard of supply and demand?

Of course, raising the minimum wage also forces businesses to cut back workers’ hours and/or sttop hiring altogether, but, shhh! Alexandria doesn’t want to hear that!

And yet, AOC still calls for a $15 minimum wage.

Look:

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE ????

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE 😱

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

59.4K people are talking about this

A $15 minimum wage for low-skilled workers sounds good in theory. If companies can afford it, then do it. But most businesses can’t afford it. That’s why there is such pushback.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that spiking wages will cause companies to cut back workers’ hours, stop hiring, raise prices, and potentially go out of business entirely. And yet, uninformed liberals keep fighting the fight just to hear their own voices.

From Daily Caller:

House Democrats’ proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would most likely leave 1.3 million Americans jobless by 2025, according to a study released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Noting a “considerable uncertainty” about the impact a $15 per hour minimum wage would have on employment, the CBO estimated that “there is about a two-thirds chance that the change in employment would lie between about zero and a reduction of 3.7 million workers” by 2025, with the median estimate being 1.3 million jobless Americans.

It could not be easier to defeat a liberal argument.

All you have to do is use their own words against them.

For example, Democrat Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is upset that she had to pay $7 for a croissant – as anyone would be.

But how is it so hard for AOC to see why she’s paying $7?

A basic lesson in economics should have Ocasio-Cortez understanding that when minimum wages rise, so do the costs of goods.

Hasn’t she ever heard of supply and demand?

Of course, raising the minimum wage also forces businesses to cut back workers’ hours and/or sttop hiring altogether, but, shhh! Alexandria doesn’t want to hear that!

And yet, AOC still calls for a $15 minimum wage.

Look:

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE ????

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE 😱

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

59.4K people are talking about this

Reactions:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE 😱

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

#ThePersistence

@ScottPresler

Bless your heart.

The croissants at LaGuardia are going for $7 because people continue to purchase them.

If the consumer wasn’t buying the product, then the business would lower costs.

People living in socialist countries don’t get croissants; they have to eat their pets.

5,065 people are talking about this

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE 😱

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

James Randall 🇺🇸@guygemini

The inflated price of food at the airport is caused by the extremely overpriced retail space, which in turn is managed by the city of New York. Maybe you should find way to lower taxes instead of creating more ways to grab people’s money.

186 people are talking about this

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE 😱

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

Christian Schneider

@Schneider_CM

It’s almost like you have the option of not buying one.

134 people are talking about this

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE 😱

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

Mark Dice

@MarkDice

They’ll be $30.00 a piece if you raise minimum wage to $15 you economic genius.

1,571 people are talking about this

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE 😱

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

The 🐰 FOO@PolitiBunny

You’re flying? But I thought you were getting rid of the airplanes? YOU SAID THE WORLD IS ENDING IN 12 YEARS.

1,038 people are talking about this

AOC then fired off another tweet after being resoundingly mocked, as per usual…

GOP taking every tweet so earnestly, making my point for me. It’s not an argument against the price of a croissant – it’s about the value of human worth.

But I guess that idea is foreign to them since their policies treat people as disposable anyway ????????‍♀️

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE 😱

Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

GOP taking every tweet so earnestly, making my point for me. It’s not an argument against the price of a croissant – it’s about the value of human worth.

But I guess that idea is foreign to them since their policies treat people as disposable anyway 🤷🏽‍♀️

23.3K people are talking about this

And the reaction that wins the day…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

GOP taking every tweet so earnestly, making my point for me. It’s not an argument against the price of a croissant – it’s about the value of human worth.

But I guess that idea is foreign to them since their policies treat people as disposable anyway 🤷🏽‍♀️

Ashley Rae Groypenberg

@Communism_Kills

If this is true, why do you think human lives are only worth $15 an hour?

234 people are talking about this

KILLSHOT!

Way Off Target: Retail Chain’s Minimum Wage Hike Has Screwed Over Its Workers

H/T Town Hall.

The workers at Target are seeing their hours cut due to the  $15 minimum wage.

The retail chain Target decided to increase its minimum wage because that’s the flavor of the week for liberals. It’s one of the silver bullets that the Left thinks will raise the standard of living for workers. In reality, it screws over workers, establishment close rather than deal with extra overhead and accelerates the trend towards automated assistance. Yes, robots are probably going to take over a lot of the workload that’s currently occupied by minimum wage labor. In Seattle and New York, you see how this policy has played out. It’s predictable in how this policy is just a failure. The wage increases and then hours are cut, which leads to less take-home pay. So, when workers at the retail giant started complaining, it’s not like we didn’t warn you (via CNN Business):

Stephen Miller

@redsteeze

Completely unforeseeable. https://twitter.com/cnnbusiness/status/1183805744656932865 

CNN Business

@CNNBusiness

Two years ago, Target said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2020. But some store workers say the wage increases aren’t helping because their hours are falling, making it hard to keep their health insurance or pay their bills. https://cnn.it/2oGblf2 

978 people are talking about this

Two years ago, Target (TGT) said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2020. The move won praise from labor advocates and put pressure on other companies to also move to $15.

But some store workers say the wage increases are not helping because their hours are falling, making it difficult to keep their health insurance and in some cases to pay their bills.

CNN Business interviewed 23 current and former Target employees in recent months, including department managers, who say hours have been scaled back even as Target has increased starting wages. Many of these workers say the cuts, which come as Target’s business is in its strongest position in more than a decade, have hurt them financially. CNN Business agreed to withhold the last names of several of the current employees and the city where their store is located so they could speak freely.

“I got that dollar raise but I’m getting $200 less in my paycheck,” said one, Heather, who started in November at a Florida store working around 40 hours a week. She’s now below 20 some weeks, she said. “I have no idea how I’m going to pay rent or buy food.”

[…]

“Target worked me hard from mid-July of 2018 to February 2019, right before my medical coverage was about to kick in,” said Caren Morales, a former Target employee in Diamond Bar, California. She was averaging around 35 to 40 hours a week, she said, and got a letter from the company in February with information about how to sign up for health insurance benefits.

“They cut my hours right then, and so I begged for hours and always went above and beyond.” She quit in May after her hours plummeted to as little as 15 a week.

Yeah, maybe when USA Today said that we should probably take our time with minimum wage hikes because thus far they’ve been rather shoddy in terms of benefitting workers, Target should’ve listened.

NYC Restaurants Feel Pinch of $15 Minimum Wage Hike

H/T Breitbart.

Mom and Pop restaurants are feeling the pinch caused by the law of unintended consequences with the $15.00per hour minimum wage.

Which means that the slash hours and closing up their shops.

New York City’s restaurants are feeling the pinch of a $15 minimum wage hike, cutting staff hours and closing restaurants to make ends meet.

Since the $15-an-hour minimum wage took effect in New York City in December, mom-and-pop restaurants like Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar announced it would be closing its doors at the end of September after being forced to slash restaurant staff from 60 to 45.

“We started by having to let go of the ladies who hand-made our tortillas. It’s certainly better when you can make your tortillas fresh for every taco,” Nat Milner told the New York Post. “It made sense at $8 an hour but not at $15.”

“I’m not against people making more money,” Milner added. “These people have worked for me for 20 years. But taxes, groceries, everything is going up and people have a little less money to spend on guacamole and tequila.”

Gabriela’s is not the only restaurant to succumb to the $15 an hour minimum wage in New York City.

A study from the New York City Hospitality Alliance found out of 324 full-service restaurants, 76.5 percent of those who responded said they had to cut staff hours and 36.3 percent cut jobs altogether to make room for the mandated wage increases.

The $15 minimum wage hike has also been proposed at the national level. Breitbart News reported in July that the House approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 by the year 2025.

Job Creators Network President Alfredo Ortiz slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for a similar $20 minimum wage proposal, especially pointing out that 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was shedding staffers at a $15 minimum wage.

“It’s a shame Rep. Tlaib didn’t hear that Bernie Sanders is cutting his staff’s hours to meet their demands for a $15 minimum wage,” Ortiz said. “If she won’t listen to job creators about the unintended consequences of a higher minimum wage, maybe she’ll listen to a socialist politician.”

Bernie Sanders’ campaign is battling its own unionized workers who are demanding the $15 minimum wage he wants to impose on the country

H/T The Blaze.

Bernie Sanders says paying $15 minimum wage is good for everyone but him to pay.

And now he cuts his staffs hours like all of the mom and pop businesses have to do when the minimum wage hits $15.

Staffers are reportedly leaving over ‘poverty wages’

The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is in a labor fight with its own union workers, who are demanding the $15 minimum hourly wage their boss is fighting to impose on every American employer.

What are the details?

Bernie 2020 made history earlier this year, when it became the first presidential campaign whose workers are represented by a union. According to The Washington Post, the employees did not waste any time in utilizing their collective bargaining rights.

The Post obtained emails and other documents showing the conflict over pay has been going on since May, the same month campaign workers ratified a contract to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400.

In a draft letter set to be sent to campaign manager Faiz Shakir as early as this week, the union argues that field organizers “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages.

“Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to it own field team.”

The letter explains that salaried field workers making salaries of $36,000 annually are working at least 60 hours per week, making their average pay less than $13 an hour. Union representatives go on to say, “many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially, which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale. Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result.”

The union is asking for field organizer salaries be boosted to $46,800, and for 100 percent of health care costs to be provided for all campaign employees making $60,000 per year or less. Workers are also seeking mileage reimbursement for field staff at $0.58 per mile.

It is unclear whether Sen. Sanders is aware of his staff complaints.

The democratic socialist has been a longtime critic of big-money corporations and employers, decrying profit and urging wealth distribution. The Bernie 2020 campaign is reportedly sitting on a war chest of roughly $27.3 million in cash.

Anything else?

Sen. Sanders has been pushing for a $15 federal minimum wage for years, and the House passed its plan on Thursday.

According to a Congressional Budget Office report, the House Democrats’ bill “would boost wages for about 17 million people — but it would also reduce business income, raise consumer prices and reduce the nation’s output,” Fox News reported.

The legislation is unlikely to go anywhere in the Republican-controlled Senate, but if were to become law, the CBO estimates real family income in the U.S. would be reduced by $9 billion in 2025.

$15 Minimum Wage Drives 50-Year-Old Seattle Restaurant Chain Into Bankruptcy

H/T Godfather Politics.

These people that are pushing this $15 minimum wage do not care if businesses close and jobs are lost.

A California restaurant chain has gone into bankruptcy because the government-mandated $15 an hour minimum wage helped drive it to insolvency.

The Seattle-based restaurant chain, Restaurants Unlimited, has closed down and cited the artificially enforced high cost of labor as a chief reason. The $15 minimum wage killed them, they said.

The chain, which has operated restaurants since the 1960s, said the government-mandated wages made margins far too tight. And then, when a few restaurants had soft openings, that was all it took to drive them under. There was just no margin for loss, they said.

“Over the past three years, the company’s profitability has been significantly impacted by progressive wage laws along the Pacific coast that have increased the minimum wage,” Chief Restructuring Officer David Bagley said in court filings. “As a large employer in the Seattle metro market, for instance, the company was one of the first in the market to be forced to institute wage hikes.”

The bankruptcy follows eatery trends in every state with the artificially high minimum wage, according to Fee.org.

The announcement, however, mirrors labor trends on the east and west coasts. BLS data show that New York City experienced its sharpest decline in restaurant jobs since 9/11 following its passage of a $15 minimum wage law. In California, a local newspaper recently detailed how an entire business district virtually disappeared following the city’s aggressive minimum wage push.

Restaurants Unlimited’s announcement came a day before the Congressional Budget Office released a report estimating that a House bill designed to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would cost 1.3 million jobs.

Fortunately, Donald Trump’s gangbuster economy has helped create jobs in other areas for those employees, but industries that rely on the minimum wage in liberal states are finding the rollicking economy is doing little to help their bottom line, not because it hasn’t touched them, but because liberal government policies have been so destructive that they have outpaced the positive effects of the Trump economy.

While the issue may be popular with voters ignorant of economic matters, economists are generally dour on artificially enforced minimum wage hikes.

As economist and educator Walter Williams recently wrote:

While there is a debate over the magnitude of the effects, the weight of research by academic scholars points to the conclusion that unemployment for some population groups is directly related to legal minimum wages. The unemployment effects of the minimum-wage law are felt disproportionately by nonwhites. A 1976 survey by the American Economic Association found that 90 percent of its members agreed that increasing the minimum wage raises unemployment among young and unskilled workers. It was followed by another survey, in 1990, which found that 80 percent of econo­mists agreed with the statement that increases in the minimum wage cause unemployment among the youth and low-skilled. Furthermore, whenever one wants to find a broad consensus in almost any science, one should investigate what is said in its introductory and intermediate college textbooks. By this standard, in economics there is broad agreement that the minimum wage causes unemployment among low-skilled workers.

Wages are best when they are market-driven, not government-mandated.