Stoking class envy and covetousness, liberals love pushing for a higher minimum wage. It sounds good in theory, but employers have to take many things into account when setting pay scales. The owner assumes the risks, and running a business costs money. The owner wants to hire the best employee available for the wage he or she offers.
Fast-food and similar jobs were the kind that teenagers worked part-time or during the summer (or people with full-time jobs might work as a second job). For younger workers, these were stepping stones to jobs that paid higher wages. If an owner has to pay a minimum of $15 for a job that isn’t worth that wage, the owner will make cuts.
In California, employers must pay workers a minimum of $15 an hour. Everybody who supports the law should be pleased…right? The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, an affiliate of AFL-CIO, seeks an exemption from a law it supported. The union wants to be allowed to negotiate for wages below $15 an hour.
Deneen Borelli, Outreach Director for FreedomWorks, recently appeared on Fox News to call out the hypocrites.
“The union leaders want this special treatment, this carve-out, because they know it’s a bad deal.” Borelli says the unions are trying to increase membership, which is on the decline. “This is a way for businesses to get out from under this dark cloud.”
Otherwise, businesses will have to lay off employees or reduce their hours.