The very first job that most of us have throughout our lives probably didn’t pay a whole heck of a lot.
As a matter of fact, there are a lot of jobs that don’t require a lot of skill so in turn they don’t require a lot of compensation.
The first job that I had was at a small coffee shop in the town that I grew up in and the owner of the place minimum wage because looking back on it there wasn’t a whole heck of a lot that I had to do that required much skill.
That’s what a lot of the Fight for Fifteen people don’t understand is that a lot of the basis for compensation for work performed is based on the skill required to do the job itself.
They think that they deserve X amount of money just because when there are some people in skilled positions that had to work for years to get to that particular amount.
What the Fight for Fifteen people need to understand is that they can make it so they legally get the fifteen dollars an hour they want but when businesses start cutting back on how much manpower they actually need to get a job done they are going to find themselves wondering what fifteen times zero is.
Our readers have no doubt heard plenty over the past few years about the leftist-driven “Fight for $15” campaign to pressure federal, state and local governments to artificially increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Doing so would disrupt our nation’s market economy and dramatically increase labor costs for businesses both small and large.
In localities where the the pressure campaign has already achieved victories to start increasing the minimum wage in steps toward $15, we have already seen businesses respond by laying off or hiring fewer workers, cutting hours of retained employees or passing along the cost increase via higher prices for goods and services.
One other means to cope with the artificially increased labor costs is to eschew them altogether via automation — the use of computers or robots to do simple tasks previously relegated to entry-level, minimum wage-earning employees.
It’s a development that had been steadily growing over decades but has been kicked into overdrive in recent years.