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Restaurants to Eliminate More Waiters in Response to Minimum Wage Hike

Thursday, January 5, 2017 8:46
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But “Fight for 15” right?

(From Mises)

The effect on workers will be that many of them will need to move to lower-wage jobs due to there being fewer waiter opportunities. Many people who are now waiters and potential waiters will have to take jobs as cashiers and other workers at fast food and fast casual restaurants instead of waiting tables. As anyone who has worked in food service knows, these sorts of jobs often pay far less per hour than traditional waiter jobs. So, the minimum wage hike will mean an actual pay cut for many people who could have made more as waiters, were it not for the minimum wage hike.

Moreover, it means that in the future, waiter positions that might have existed in the absence of the minimum wage hike will never exist. More restaurants that rely on a large wait staff will change their model, close down, or never be opened at all, further cutting the job opportunities for workers who would benefit from working as waiters.

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  • Anonymous


    Your business model requires live, human bodies but doesn’t provide basic life support.

    People were subsidized, to tolerate those working conditions — casually. It’s called, “casual labor.”

    Or, there would have been a mutiny.

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