Minimum Wage  (Page 1)

San Diego Restaurants Serve “Dining Surcharge” After Minimum Wage Hikes

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/visuals/92230687-132.html
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 6, 2017 at 8:30am 1/6/2017 at 8:30am
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/visuals/92230687-132.html

Legal Insurrection has often chronicled the unintended consequences of minimum wage hikes across the country, from worker struggles in Seattle, automation replacing service personnel, the closing of a popular eatery in New York, and the loss of jobs at UC Berkeley.

Now, in my home town of San Diego, diners are being...

Read More...
 
 
 

Good Job “Raise the Wage” Crowd! McDonald’s to Install Automated Kiosks Nationwide

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:30pm 11/30/2016 at 7:30pm

We’ve been blogging about the push to raise the minimum wage to $15 and the correlation with the rise of automated kiosks since 2014. Fast forward two years and the machines have won.

I blogged in 2014:

This is all basic economics, really. As costs of labor increase, the added cost must be...

Read More...
 
 
 

Study Shows Raising Minimum Wage in Seattle Did Little to Help Workers

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 2:00pm 7/31/2016 at 2:00pm

Minimum wage hikes sound great on the surface, but as we’ve been reporting here at LI, such hikes tend to do the opposite of their proponents’ stated intention.  From forcing businesses to fire employees, cut hours, and find technological replacements for workers, minimum wage hikes are counter-productive, even destructive to...

Read More...
 
 
 

Big Robot welcomes your $15 per hr minimum wage

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 9:33pm 6/11/2016 at 9:33pm

On my way back from Israel earlier this week, I saw a model of efficiency.

Big Robot.

(more…)

 
 
 

Wage Hikes Bring Kiosks to Wendy’s

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 5:30pm 5/12/2016 at 5:30pm

Being replaced by machines is probably not what the Raise the Wage! crowd had in mind, but here we are. Again.

For almost two years, McDonald’s has been flirting with automated ordering machines, and has introduced the new mechanical overlords to some of its locations.

I blogged about this back in 2014:

(more…)

 
 
 

Minimum Wage Hike Kills Popular Upstate NY Eatery

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:00am 4/20/2016 at 7:00am

New York’s new minimum wage is being cited as the main reason that a popular Albany restaurant is closing its doors after serving the community for decades.

Mental Recession reports:

Beloved Upstate Restaurant Closes, Cites Minimum Wage Hike As Major Reason

An Albany area fish fry restaurant is closing its doors after nearly 70...

Read More...
 
 
 

California’s $15 Minimum Wage Hike Costs UC Berkeley Jobs

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 18, 2016 at 3:00pm 4/18/2016 at 3:00pm

Minimum wage hikes tend to hurt lower income-wage earners more than help.

California recently mandated a $15 minimum wage. Now, facilities maintenance and food service workers at UC Berkeley may find their jobs imperiled.

Justin Holcomb writes for Townhall:

The $15 minimum wage hike in California has sent financially troubled UC Berkeley into...

Read More...
 
 
 

California: Where Economic Justice Trumps Economic Reason

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:00am 4/5/2016 at 10:00am

About a week ago, I noted that California lawmakers and public employee unions cut a deal to avoid a ballot battle over a $15/hour minimum wage within the state.

Now, Governor Jerry Brown officially signed it into law:

(more…)

 
 
 

NY phasing in $15 minimum wage

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:30am 4/2/2016 at 10:30am

The State of New York just passed two significant measures. One is a new family leave policy and the other is a new minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Liberals are pretty stoked about both items. Smaller businesses, particularly in hard-hit upstate NY, not so much. Expect the people intended to...

Read More...
 
 
 

CA Lawmakers, Unions Play “Let’s Make a Deal” To Avoid $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Battle

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 3:00pm 3/27/2016 at 3:00pm

California’s elite politicos have long resented our state’s system of propositions and ballot measures, which give the voters some measure of control on how Sacramento runs.

Famous tax-payer victories include Proposition 13 (capping property taxes). Furthermore, Californians have organized statewide to defeat other issues (e.g.,

Read More...
 
 
 

Unions Want Exemption from Minimum Wage Hike They Supported

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 5:00pm 5/30/2015 at 5:00pm

This seems to happen frequently. As we noted in 2013, the IRS and other workers’ unions wanted an exemption from Obamacare, despite the fact that they would be trusted with enforcing it and had been avid supporters of it.

Now labor leaders in Los Angeles, who pushed for a minimum wage...

Read More...
 
 
 

LA City Council Sets Minimum Wage to $15/hour

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:00am 5/20/2015 at 7:00am

Los Angeles now joins two other bastions of progressive political activism in setting the new minimum wage level to $15/hour.

Los Angeles became the largest US city to ra...

Read More...
 
 
 

Seattle Restaurants Struggle With New Minimum Wage

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30pm 3/14/2015 at 7:30pm

A higher minimum wage means more money for low level workers… in theory. The trouble is that raising the minimum wage directly affects the ability of job creators to offer more workers more money. It looks great on paper but doesn’t work well in reality.

For example, we recently reported on a...

Read More...
 
 
 

Poll: Most favor higher minimum wage, free community college

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 1:05pm 2/19/2015 at 1:05pm

Even though the all-out battle to “raise the wage” has fizzled, Americans still have workers’ rights on their minds—and polling data shows that they may be more sympathetic to higher wages and more lenient workplace conditions that we previously thought.

A new poll of adult Americans (not just “likely voters”) shows that...

Read More...
 
 
 

San Fran Raises Minimum Wage, Kills Local Book Store

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:00pm 2/7/2015 at 8:00pm

Progressives love the idea of raising the minimum wage and the City of San Francisco is taking the issue to new heights. Unfortunately, the success and survival of small businesses rarely figure into these decisions.

One small but successful independent book store in San Francisco is now closing. The owner recently appeared...

Read More...
 
 
 

First they came for the cashiers, then the waiters …

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 4:00pm 11/29/2014 at 4:00pm

Cashiers aren’t the only workers who might be forced to look for other employment thanks to robots. To help alleviate the current labor shortage, one Singaporean restaurant plans to employ a fleet of robots to deliver food to customers.

Meet the flying robot waiter:

According to Channel News Asia:

Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be...

Read More...
 
 
 

San Diego Minimum Wage Petition Battle

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4:21pm 9/3/2014 at 4:21pm

Professor Jacobson just noted that voter intensity is likely to be a critical factor in the 2014 elections this November.

However, I assert that a petition drive being held in San Diego, focused on revoking the City Council’s minimum wage mandate, shows that voters are quite intense right now.   Given the complete...

Read More...
 
 
 
Page 1 of 212