ToDaZeD “Unintended” Consequences

you want fries with those?

In the ongoing Proggie effort to make it illegal to hire people with low skill levels…

Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.

“Tight labor market”?

U-6 Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force — April 2016: 9.7%

NOTE: Persons marginally attached to the labor force are those who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the past 12 months. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not currently looking for work. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

hm

[Also] …labor-saving mobile ordering and mobile payment available systemwide by the end of the year. Yum Brands and McDonald’s already have mobile ordering apps.

I wonder if those pushing “Living Wage” have any idea what some of the terms below even mean?

For now, [Wendy’s President Todd] Penegor said, wage pressures have been manageable both because of falling commodity prices and better operating leverage due to an increase in customer counts. Still, the company is wary about both wage hikes and a possible recovery in commodity prices and is “working so hard to find efficiencies” so it can deliver “a new QSR [Quick Service Restaurant] experience but at traditional QSR prices.”

Oh, by the way…

Los Angeles city council [heard] to exempt union members from a $15 an hour minimum wage that the unions themselves have spent years fighting for.

…They argue that such exemptions might make businesses more open to unionization.

“The city council’s action today [adopting a comprehensive minimum wage policy] creates a path for workers to succeed and gives our economy the boost it needs to grow.”

Note the Purple-Shirts

“There is a reason union membership continues to decline – they’ve failed to provide a value proposition for joining to employees at the retail level. Employees see right through the millions of dollars unions are spending on [public relations] campaigns to attack employers who pay good wages and provide opportunities for advancement,” [Matt Haller, senior vice-president of communications and public affairs at the International Franchise Association] said.

SEIU … spent about $20m on Fight for $15 in 2015. It spent about $16.4m on workers’ organizing committees…

How much did that $36,400,000 expenditure “give our economy the boost it needs to grow”?

9 Comments!

  1. Fawkes News (V for Article V)
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 8:21 am |

    Mister Trump sez a higher minimum wage is just terrific.

    Just sayin’.

  2. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 9:31 am |

    It’s all Wobbly.

  3. mojo
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 9:53 am |

    The SEIU people are scum. I know, I was an involuntary forced member for years.

  4. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 9:56 am |

    How much did that $36,400,000 expenditure “give our economy the boost it needs to grow”?
    Probably a whole bunch – union leaders, lobbyists and legislators had regular great lunches and some awesome meetings in nice resorts.

  5. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 11:25 am |

    Los Angeles city council [heard] to exempt union members from a $15 an hour minimum wage that the unions themselves have spent years fighting for.

    …They argue that such exemptions might make businesses more open to unionization.

    Unions now push for lower wages?
    Yeah, so joining a union will be the only way to get a job,
    and having a union shop is the only way to make a profit.
    Yep, $15 is all a scam.

    Remember, the real minimum wage is zero.

  6. MikeG
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm |

    (3) Mojo, Yeah, the SEIU crowd are the bastards that tried to force us to join their union. Some of us were allowed to vote but our “I was the worst senator ever” Governor Dayton had his heavy hand in the mix and tried to legislate it into existence. Last time I checked, we were independent business owners operating a childcare from our home. When they finally held the vote, the union was rejected. Not even close. An epic ass whooping.

  7. mech
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 3:08 pm |

    I’ve been telling the folks around here to learn to fix robots that will be taking those minimum wage jobs and somebody needs to keep them running well.

    And to deal with them when they go bad

  8. Thunderbottom
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm |

    ^3., mojo: Were you a “home health care worker”; i.e., someone who was receiving benefits from the Illinois Home Service Program, allowing said person to stay at home to take care of an ailing family member? Former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich (D), signed an executive order, defining such people as “Illinois State Employees”. This allowed the state to deduct union dues (as much as $750 per year) from people receiving benefits from the state. The main beneficiary of this executive order? The SEIU. Former governor, Pat Quinn followed up, declaring that Medicaid-funded home health-care workers (again, people staying home to care for ailing family members) were also “state employees”. The AFSCME sued to get themselves declared as the sole representatives of “state home health care workers”. In 2009, the issue was put to a state-sanctioned mail-in vote. Both unions lost big by a 2-to-1 vote. “Workers” overwhelmingly indicated that they didn’t want to be “represented” by either union. Governor Quinn was later defeated by Republican, Bruce Rauner.

  9. PapaMAS
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 4:47 am |

    I heard some union wages are set by contract as a multiplier of the minimum wage – increase the minimum wage, you automatically increase pay for union workers. True?