Skip to comments.Get Woke, Get Fired: Even in New York, the iron laws of economics once again prove stronger
Posted on 02/19/2019 7:24:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The "fight for 15" -- a minimum wage of $15 an hour -- has been a rallying cry on the left for a while now, and they've succeeded in implementing it in various blue states. And look what's -- so utterly predictably -- happening:
Its workers were the first to stage rallies demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Then, they pressed for changes in the way national restaurant chains set their work schedules.
Now, they are asking the City Council to shield them from being fired without a valid reason. That protection, the sort of job security that unions usually bargain for, would be a first for a city to provide to workers in a specific industry, labor law experts said.
City Councilman Brad Lander said he planned to introduce a bill on Wednesday that would require fast-food businesses to show just cause for firing workers and give them a chance to appeal dismissals through arbitration.
To the New York Times, every business issue looks like a job for lawyers, government intervention, or both. Every economist this side of Paul Krugman warned that every dollar above the real minimum wage (which is $0.00/hour) would have to come from a combination of price rises, quality reduction, or staffing reductions. And now that kiosks, which actually will work for $0.00 an hour), are here, McDonald's and other fast-food chains need fewer economically overpriced laborers, especially ones who don't show up for work and fret that fast-food jobs aren't, you know, careers.
The Times is trying to frame this story as Mean Old Management vs. Underpaid Non-Union Minority Workers:
Mr. Lander, a Democrat from Brooklyn, said he was responding to surveys of fast-food workers indicating that theres a substantial percentage of employees that have been fired unfairly. One woman said she was fired from a Chipotle restaurant for not smiling enough.
Social Justice Warriors’ method of guaranteed jobs thru Democratic Socialism. (Who says the State must ‘own the means of production’?)
Now that some blacks are getting red-pilled, Democrats are importing a new loyal base that cannot attain goals above a minimum wage job. They must be unionized, protected, exalted, and held up as the true beacons of the New American dream: incapable of self-sufficiency at any level and completely dependent on Uncle Sugar. Minimum wage jobs are grunt jobs for young folks just starting out. It was never intended to be a career, and the idea of raising a family if that’s all you can earn is ludicrous, but that’s the loonie left for you.
Poll: 1 in 3 #FightFor15 activists believe movement is related to lowering the age of consent across America
Source: the People’s Cube
I recently moved from one side of the state to the other and what struck me the most was that customer service folk, whether fast food, convenience, or grocery, are invariably friendly, and not in a phony way. That’s how it should be, but it stood out because it was so rare. And yes, it is a redder county. Might that have something to do with it.
The principles of economics are like the natural laws of physics. They are real and objective and not arbitrary or subjective, because they are based on human nature, the nature of realty, and reason. They cannot be negated or nullified by wishful thinking or utopian fantasies of leftards.
I had a shop unionize while i was there.
* No new worker protection (Management just made sure ALL paperwork was properly documented)
*HUUUUGE pay raise - .15/hr.
* union mandated insurance that nobody could afford as we paid half.
*worker/ management relations destroyed
*everyone who agitated for union (some long time employees) left within 3 months.
I know the article relates to raising minimum wage; just pointing out how well “improving” the organic market relationship between business and employee works out when “improvements” are imposed.
Sorry for the loosely related rant.
I have noticed that bus boys are disappearing from restaurants. So thanks, at least in part, to increased costs imposed by government, dirty dishes are now being handled by the waiters and waitresses that handle your food.
Eventually this country will have French levels of insane job protections. That’s what Millenials seem to want, and in the end I don’t see anything that’s going to stop them from doing that.
I’ve heard that some got fired for not wearing enough flare
No, it won't.
Thats what Millenials seem to want, and in the end I dont see anything thats going to stop them from doing that.
Caravans from Latin America will prevent it. Nobody is going to hire an entitled American when a grateful immigrant will work harder and bring a better attitude to the work place.
My first restaurant gig was as a busboy. Second best job I ever had.
I was paid minimum wage+ a percentage of waitress tips.(they tipped me what THEY thought I was worth.)
busted my butt everyday, and in 3 months I had enough spare income to buy a NIB Mini-14 with extra mags and 1000 rounds.( right after Clinton’s assault weapon ban.)
After 30 years in the business, I know busboys are not necessary, but are a great help. Busboys are the first ones sent home on slow nights, and the first ones let go when times get tough.
Bottom line- make yourself indispensable.
Given all these non-union union protections, I see two things happening here:
1) Fast food restaurants become 95% automated, from order taking to order prep to order delivery, with a tech-savvy manager to keep the machines running, and one or two minimum wagers to clean up the tables, empty the trash and see that the floors and bathrooms don’t get disgusting, or
2) The union thugs try to organize these places, in which case option 1 above comes into play.
We had a company subsidiary that we purchased in Italy in the 80s that had no full time employees, everyone other than the officers was a subcontractor. We were told that the reason for this was that it was almost impossible to fire someone there unless several witnesses saw that employee murder a co-worker.
On to the last stage, “get government to put restaurants into food desert areas previously crammed with food choices.”
But, if I could find a job, I'd be making $15/hr.
Little comfort when you can't find a job.
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