Apr
25
2016
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Tweet of the Day, Behold The End Result Of Minimum Wage Laws edition.

Mickey Dees creating self-serve coffee kiosks.

Also, contra the article: actually, yes, this is TOTALLY about eliminating jobs in response to an imposed hike to the minimum wage. And coffee is a large part of the Scotsman’s business model. Or at least it was when I was a spatula serf; I can’t imagine that things have changed that much since then…

Apr
17
2016
1

Poster child for CA ‘living wage’ policies planning to start fleeing minimum wage increases.

Who is surprised?

Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another manufacturer in the U.S., and wiped out about 500 local jobs. The company still employs about 4,000 workers in Southern California.

As the article goes on to note, American Apparel was often used as an example of a company that paid above minimum wage without apparent ill-effects.  Note the use of the word ‘apparent:’ the company has been leaking money for some time now, and, well, they’re getting some of their manufacturing base out of California, aren’t they? That’s often diagnostic.

 

Gotta love the intersection of things getting easier to make, but not universally cheaper, huh? – Actually, you should, if you like things like ‘increasing standards of living.’ But it’s a problem for places that don’t have it internalized yet that factories are ‘things,’ too.

Via @BBUMH.

Mar
28
2016
5

My RedState post of California’s minimum wage hike.

Found here. Short version: dear God, but it’s like talking to a wall. When will these people realize that minimum wage hikes cause higher unemployment? …Yes, yes, I know: bordering states hope that the answer is “Hopefully, not any time soon.”  Still.

Mar
15
2016
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My RedState piece on unemployment/minimum wage hikes.

Found here. Short version: it will surprise none of you to hear that the jobless rate is already up in Seattle, thanks to their ongoing mininum wage hike. One wonders who this news will surprise, honestly.

Nov
03
2015
1

Oh, Portland MAINE was the city that voted down the $15/hr minimum wage.

You can understand my confusion.

I keep forgetting that there’s a Portland on either side of the country. And that one, ah, has more of a charmingly unique viewpoint than the other. The other one is at least sensible enough not to drive its small businesses out of its jurisdiction, not that that’s a high bar to clear…

Aug
17
2015
2

A federal minimum wage should be anathema to anybody who likes local city life.

(Via Hot Air) I was struck by something when I read this: “Neither Obama nor Clinton has spoken critically of a $15-an-hour federal minimum. But recent comments from the candidate, and from officials in Obama’s administration, suggest Clinton and Obama may be worried that such a large increase could prove too much for some parts of the country to bear.” To wit, that this may be one situation where the Democratic establishment may not actually understand the motivations of its own liberal base. For that matter, possibly the liberal base doesn’t really actively understand said motivations either. (more…)

Aug
16
2015
10

Yet another article on minimum wage hikes fueling automation.

Automation is coming.  And it’s being driven by artificial economic pressures. But you knew that already.

The industry could be ready for another jolt as a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nears in the District and campaigns to boost wages gain traction around the country. About 30 percent of the restaurant industry’s costs come from salaries, so burger-flipping robots — or at least super-fast ovens that expedite the process — become that much more cost competitive if the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is doubled.

“The problem with the ­minimum-wage offensive is that it throws the accounting of the restaurant industry totally upside down,” said Harold Miller, vice president of franchise development for Persona Pizzeria, who also consults for other chains. “My position is pay your people properly, keep them longer, treat them right, and robots are going to be helpful in doing that, because it will help the restaurateur survive.”

(more…)

Jul
22
2015
5

Tweet of the Day, Watch This Mugging By Reality In Real-time! edition.

I am going to restrain myself, here. It’s time, perhaps, for a little gentle treatment.

…but, yes, it’s cruel hard to resist the temptation. But if you click through to the Twitter conversation itself you’ll see that Rand Simberg for one is carefully explaining to Asantha Cooray here that pretty much every employer affected by this decision is going to have a similar reaction, and that it’s a justified reaction.  Very possibly, Mr. Cooray is processing that: (more…)

Jul
21
2015
7

Widespread touchscreen ordering to come to NYC fast food restaurants by next year?

Probably.

The Wall Street Journal reports that, on Wednesday, as predicted, the panel convened by Governor Cuomo to study fast-food wages will formally recommend paying workers statewide $15 an hour — a substantial raise that’s nearly double the current rate of $8.75. The only step left is an okay from Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino (which he’s expected to give), and then Cuomo can move forward (which there’s every indication he will) regardless of how the Legislature feels about it. So it looks likely that a big raise will come to New York’s fast-food workers.

(more…)

Jul
07
2015
5

How stupidly obvious WAS this end result of the San Francisco minimum wage hike?

So stupidly obvious that the English major was telling you* this would happen ahead of time.  That’s really stupidly obvious, for those following at home: we’re widely known for being not very good at math.  At any rate, let us go now to AEI, which is shaking its darn head over what happened to Chipotle restaurants in San Francisco:

San Francisco, however, saw across-the-board price increases averaging over 10%, including 10% increases on chicken, carnitas (pork), sofritas (tofu), and vegetarian entrees along with a 14% increase on steak and barbacoa.We believe the outsized San Francisco price hike was likely because of increased minimum wages (which rose by 14% from $10.74 per hour to $12.25 on May 1) as well as scheduled minimum wage increases in future years (to $13 next year, $14 in 2017, and $15 in 2018).

(more…)

May
27
2015
7

Big Labor seeks LA minimum wage hike exemption for companies that hire Big Labor.

Full points for chutzpah: “Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.”  And, here’s the funny part: there’s a section of the Right that actually hopes that the unions manage to get this. Of course, most of the aforementioned section live in Texas…

Via  (more…)

May
20
2015
4

Los Angeles vows to become the first fully-cybernetic American megalopolis.

As somebody once noted: the true minimum wage is zero.

Mind you, this vow is in code.  One does not simply openly state that the goal is to remove a human being from every single job that can instead be automated. Consumers can get very touchy about that sort of thing (particularly when they start wondering if their ultimate fate is going to involve anything more lofty than a protein rendering vat).  No, what one does instead is call your technocratic goal something else.  In this case, the euphemism is ‘minimum wage increase:’ “The nation’s second-largest city voted Tuesday to increase its minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020, in what is perhaps the most significant victory so far for labor groups and their allies who are engaged in a national push to raise the minimum wage.”

But that sentence should note terrify small businesses that currently operate in Los Angeles. No, this sentence from the same article should terrify them: “Even economists who support increasing the minimum wage say there is not enough historical data to predict the effect of a $15 minimum wage, an unprecedented increase.”  It’s terrifying because it’s such a stupid lie. After all, it’s not exactly a secret what happens: (more…)

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